Audiobook: The Shape of You by Felice Stevens Narrated by Nick J Russo


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Too big. Too fat.
All his life Eric Sontag has judged himself on his size, believing love and friendship aren’t in the cards for someone like him. Tired of being alone and scared of his doctor’s warnings, he enrolls in a nutrition support group, determined to change his life. When a beautiful thin man sits next to him, he can’t believe they have anything in common, but conversation between the two soon proves first impressions aren’t always what they seem.

Drifter. Loner.
Corey DeSantis has always been the scrawny waif; he’s tired of struggling with his art and with life. Scarred by the disappearance and death of his drug-addicted mother, he doesn’t wish for love, believing it will bring him nothing but pain in the end. Now his only hunger in life is his desire to paint…until a health scare and his mentor force him to attend a nutrition class where he meets a man who piques his interest. One drunken kiss later, Eric is all Corey can think about.

The same, yet different.

An unlikely friendship is born with both men wanting more but afraid to listen to their well-guarded hearts. When Corey receives shocking news leaving him angry and helpless, it’s Eric he leans on, to help see him through, while a surprising career opportunity finds Eric leaning on Corey for advice. One night of explosive passion leads to a second and soon neither man can imagine a life without the other. Life is shaped by the challenges accepted and roads not taken but as Corey and Eric walk the path together, they’ll discover the most beautiful destination of all. Love.


There isn’t a lot going on in this story – at it’s heart it’s two guys learning to love themselves and someone else.  We do get to explore body dysmorphia from the standpoint of both(?) sides of the spectrum. I thought that was great! We don’t always realize that body image cuts both ways, and – maybe especially for men? – there is a lot of pressure to be big as well as fit.

Both MCs are fascinating and I enjoyed their chemistry as well as the time we spent with them by themselves.

I think that if we’d spent more time – especially with Corey – on the emotions behind the men’s eating issues this story would have had more substance and been a little more complete. As it was, things are solved fairly easily and we get a lot of very sweet feelz, but not as much emotional depth.

I enjoyed this very much and thought it was a great, unique path for our MCs to explore.

Story 3 of 5 stars


I admit I picked this up because Nick J Russo narrated it. I just love him and since I’m a fan of the author, I figured it’d be good – at the very least.

What I like about Nick’s narrations is that he’s just so easy to listen to. I love the quality and tone of his voice and I know he always delivers when it comes to proper pronunciation, timing and emotional quality.

As usual he did a fantastic job and I think this is the best way to enjoy this story.

Audio 5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars


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