The Shape of a Heart by Kimberly Gardner

Aspen Mountain Press

Gay Contemporary

ISBN:  978-1-60168-193-5

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

Since Zach Jensen lost his lover, he’s devoted his time to his bookstore and coffee bar.  He’s trying to live his life, but he’s not over his grief.  Then his business partner—his lover’s sister—hires Keith Harte to work the coffee bar.  Zach’s instantly attracted to Keith against his will, but is determined to resist his attraction.

Keith Harte has been living with dangerous secrets for a long time now.  He wants to keep his job at the coffee bar and be with Zach, but he’s afraid.  His past could intrude at any minute…

The Shape of a Heart is a sweet story of finding love and regaining happiness.  I could sympathize with the grief-stricken Zach, even when he was being a jerk.  His guilt over feeling something for someone new was heart-wrenching.  Keith was also likeable.  He’s sweet, caring, and surprisingly strong, despite the secret that has torn his life apart.  The love scenes are hot, and the conflicts are interesting.  The only thing I didn’t like was the overuse of a certain “s” word meaning promiscuous person, but that might not bother other readers.  Overall, I really enjoyed The Shape of a Heart.

     

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