Review: Contour by Meg Harding

Meg Harding’s Contour is a contemporary romance with Jamie, a genderfluid YouTube sensation who’s all about being out and proud and Tyler, an Instagram Famous model who’s more than just a hot tatted-up body and puppies.

Contour CoverJamie “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. Goodreads

Contour is short, sweet and has something for fans of contemporary romances that mix media in the storytelling process. You’ll have some very ah-ha moments while Jamie is doing his makeup tutorial in the beginning of the book, and your heart will melt at Tyler’s perfectionist side telling him certain angles aren’t for him.

I love a romance that deals with social media, whether the main characters are popular on the sites or not but the additional “people are liking our interactions” aspect was very good to me because I’m a romantic at heart and I enjoy seeing people being very lovey-dovey on Instagram or YouTube!

On one side we got Jamie, who’s also the sensational makeup enthusiast FoxyRoxy who rocks vibrant hair colors and matches them with contact lens which are his shield from the world. I adored that everything Jamie does through his presence online is to be proud of how far he’s come and to uplift his followers. He also is best friends with his assistant and I loved the interactions he had with Lorelai. She’s there to both support and give him the much necessary “gag” face when he’s being uber-cute with Tyler. There’s also Mattie (who needs his own book), he’s a musician who kind of is my favorite of the supporting cast because he gave Jamie the best advice.

On the other side, Tyler is an Instagram model who got popular from his work out videos but since he’s also a sweetheart southerner who’ll charm you into inviting him to meet your parents with two dogs, there’s no doubt to why he’s InstaFamous. Beyond his gorgeous face and tattoos, Tyler is kind, a good friend, and slightly insecure. Thankfully he’s also got a supportive friend called Dan (who I’m rooting to get his own book cos Dan is a CATCH.) Dan is there to help Tyler from obsessing over how “perfect” or rather imperfect his pictures are. I enjoyed his presence because he is there to support Tyler’s relationship but that doesn’t mean he’ll let Jamie (or anyone else) hurt his best friend.

Romantic Gestures

The relationship between Tyler and Jamie develops online because they live so far from one another that every time they meet it’s a grand romantic gesture. Which is my favorite thing in a book. They’re successful and rich and I liked that they got that because of their own hard work. This also means this makes them reconsider their relationship goals. For Jamie who’s never had a wish for something as committed and for Tyler who does. I found myself cackling to their text exchanges and getting misty-eyed at their dates.

Another great thing about their pace is that although they get close in a couple of months, they do talk a lot and the communication doesn’t stop even when they are intimate. They’re cautious but spontaneous at the same time which is inspiring because their balance is awe-inspiring.

Heat Level

Speaking of intimacy, I’d rate this four out of five when it comes to the heat because there are more than two explicit scenes. I quite approve of how the scenes are enthusiastic vocally and also discussed when it comes to limits of who should know what happens between them considering that their lives are very public due to their presence on social media.

Contour has all the swoon you’ll want and I hope this five star review helps you either snag it or put it next on your to-read pile.


Title: Contour
Series: Shape of You, #1
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Oceanside Press
Length: 200 Pages
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Representation: genderfluid main character that uses he/him, bisexual main character
Tropes: long distance romance, social media romance


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