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The Shape of a Heart

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Grieving after the death of his partner, Zach finds comfort amidst bookshelves and coffee beans in the arms of his sexy new employee. But when a secret from Keith's past threatens their new-found happiness, Zach must find the courage to risk his heart to save the man he's come to love
ebook, 86 pages
Published March 2009 by Aspen Mountain Press (first published 2009)
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Gosh, I wish that Goodreads had 1/2 star ratings. To me, this book was a solid 3.5 stars. Usually I bump it up when it is a 1/2 star rating for me, but in this instance I think I will make it 3 instead.

I am not saying I didn't like this book, because I did. I had some problems with a few things while reading it. I thought the plot was interesting, and although I liked Zach and Keith, I would have liked to have seen their relationship develop more throughout the story instead of right at the end....more
Really liked the build ups in this book but had a problem with how things were resolved. It is almost like the two parts of the story were individual stories that were smashed together with just enough overlap to make them match.

In the first half Zach was getting over a dead lover. He went from overwhelming grief to reluctant date with everything moving along just fine. About half way through the story he becomes Keith's protector and the Jay storyline goes out the window. I'm glad it didn't ge...more
Aug 13, 2009 Jenre rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
I picked this book up Aspen Mountain Press because I'm interested in books which deal with a grieving character. I think that it's quite a difficult plot device to pull off as there are many factors - such as length of time since the previous lover died; how consumed the character is by grief; and how quickly the previous lover is forgotten - which can affect how successful the author is at making the transition from past lover to new lover smooth and believable. The most successful one I've rea...more
Elisa Rolle
Kimberly Gardner is another of those author who likes to play with stories more centered around the characters than the plot.

In The Shape of a Heart the focus shifts from Zach to Keith letting them have their emotional development. Zach is the mourning owner of a coffee-bookstore (and this gave me a pang in my heart, people who knows me since a bit know why...). Mourning since two years before he lost his lover Jay, and he is still grieving from the loss. Like often in these cases, Zach is bask...more
Nichole (Dirty H)
This was just way too short to be satisfying. It felt like a poor man's Ally Blue. Now, I don't want to sell Gardner short by implying that she was intentionally trying to copy Ally Blue, I'm sure she wasn't. But it was just so similar to an Ally Blue story thematically and characterwise, I can't help but point it out. It's like if you combined Easy with Willow Bend and then took out all the gut wrenching emotion, suspense and humor, you'd end up with The Shape of a Heart. Keith is Stevie (see E...more
2.5 stars
This is the opinion for 2nd edition, released by Loose ID in 2012

I haven't read the 1st Aspen Mountain Press edition, so I don't know how significant is the re-edit or expansion of the story.

I like the build up to the relationship. I feel Zach's pain of losing his partner of twelve years. But somehow, it feels like two different issues mashed into one story, and I don't know if the execution works. Because Zach's move along from his grief to acting on his attraction to Keith quite fast...more
Jess Candela
It started out well enough, but then it seemed to end abruptly and try to just tie everything up with a pretty bow. But there were too many loose threads dangling for my liking. Such as, why did Zach have such an extreme reaction when Keith opened his front door? I thought we were going to learn something significant, like maybe how Jay died. But there was no followup on that, so it just seems like a weird over-reaction. And how did Jay die, anyway? Y'know, minor details like that....
Don Bradshaw
Just ok. Zach and his friend Rhonna own a combination bookstore and coffee shop. Zach is grieving over his partner's death two years ago when Rhonna hires a hot guy to run the coffee shop. The problem is that Keith is running from his ex boyfriend who has been stalking him. I really didn't find any of the characters engaging. The story was much too long on angst and way to short on relationship building.
Nice, but rather predictable.
Feb 12, 2012 Janna rated it 2 of 5 stars
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