Series: Shape of You 01
Author: Meg Harding
Length: Novel (215pgs)
Publisher: Meg Harding (24th January 2018)
Heat Level: Low – Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 ½ Hearts
Blurb: Jamie “Roxy” Albright has one great love in his life and room for no other. He lives and breathes makeup. Men are nothing more than temporary distractions and romance… well, that isn’t worth his time. With a burgeoning career as a YouTube makeup artist opening doors to never before dreamed of opportunities, time isn’t something Jamie has and distractions aren’t something he can afford.
Instagram model and shirtless wonder Tyler Jackson is quickly falling for elusive Jamie. How it went from a seemingly innocent message to feelings, he’ll never know. Their chemistry is instant and fiery hot, and Tyler’s never been that good at self control. The challenges are endless, though. There’s Jamie’s walls to break through and a country worth of space between them. And just when things are starting to look up, life throws a wrench in the works.
Review: Jamie has had a love of makeup since he was five and now at twenty-three he successfully YouTube‘s makeup advice and has become a bit of a celebrity. He hasn’t got time for deep relationships or romance but when he finally gets up the courage to message Instagram model Tyler he discovers that maybe he wants to make time for more than just a quick fling.
Tyler posts endlessly on Instagram whether it’s pics of himself or his dogs, he has a bit of a modelling career but when he’s contacted by a true beauty he’s amazed that someone so amazing would be interested in him. But with the miles between them and both of their careers taking off spending time with Jamie is proving to be hard, but when you discover the one that’s meant for you sometimes a sacrifice has to be made.
This is a cute story of two men falling into something that proves to be much more than either of them expected.
Contour is a book of its time, Instagram and YouTube play a huge part in Tyler and Jamie even knowing the other exists never mind actually messaging each other or meeting, if not for the online world these two would never have met or discovered just how perfect they are for each other.
For quite some time in this story Tyler and Jamie are apart, their contact is through messages (which we get to enjoy) until they can be together but they hardly ever phone each other… is that a thing now? I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t have at least phoned each other a couple of times, but maybe my age is beginning to show *shrugs*.
At first Jamie seems to be very flighty and self-centred but we quickly warm up to him as he does show to be more than just a vapid empty head. Tyler comes across as a true sweetheart who adores his dogs and is a general nice guy. Together they make a great couple, but they do live hundreds of miles apart, so a bit of tension does rise.
I liked this story but it didn’t rock my world, while Tyler and Jamie were an interesting couple and their together time was special I felt that their apart time was very impersonal as they just messaged or texted each other while getting to know each other. I don’t know about other people but to me messages and texts are just so impersonal, like you can’t really be bothered to just ring someone and speak to them. Hearing someone’s voice and talking brings nuances that just aren’t there with the written word, hearing the joy in a voice, a suppressed smile, a teasing tone, or hearing the tiredness or the restlessness is what makes a connection and for me that was missing.
But the story is interesting and the characters are fun and sweet, it’s a great story for a lazy afternoon.