Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher by: Atria Books
Published on: March 10, 2015
Genres: New Adult Romance, Romance
Page Count: 320
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping some major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”
“And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”
I confess that Confess was completely different than what I expected. I love Colleen’s books but I knew very little about this book going in, yet I was still so excited to get my hands on it. Sigh, I wanted to love this story but ultimately it was just ok me.
“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”
The story centers around Auburn and Owen. Auburn suffered a heartbreaking loss at an very early age. Since then she’s navigated her life focused on one major goal. When she walks into Owen’s studio she doesn’t know what to expect, but the minute she meets Owen, there is a change, a pull, that she hasn’t felt in years. When he offers her a temporary job for the evening, the two get a chance to connect.
Owen was funny, sweet, and even though you knew little about him, he was very easy to like. Owen has his own secrets and has suffered his own loss, but he’s drawn to Auburn and wants to get to know her better. Despite her initial hesitation, Auburn wants the same thing. She wants to take a chance at something new but circumstances and lies make it difficult for them.
“Some secrets should never be confessions. I know that better than anyone.”
I liked the idea of the two of them together. I liked that they could be silly and fun and that they seemed to share this sort of familiarity, that I don’t know how to describe. I thought it was cute that they had the same middle name and that they can bond over art. Even though there were things they did not want to share with one another, they generally seemed to get each other.
I really did like Auburn and Owen characters, but I found myself frustrated with parts of the story. This story didn’t grip emotionally how I hoped it would. This book had all the right elements to be an amazing story, but I felt there was a certain depth and intensity that it was missing. I had a myriad of emotions while I reading. I was happy, annoyed, and oh so frustrated with the outside sources of the drama. There was a character that I found so disturbing and infuriating that I equated that person to a cockroach. I just wanted them to go away. It both upset me and made me feel for Auburn’s character a bit more. Auburn was a sweet but naive girl and she had a lot to deal with.
This wasn’t your typical romance and I found that aspect intriguing. There were some very sweet moments that were just beautiful to me. I loved the confessions aspect of the story and the beautiful art work, but it didn’t make up for what the story lacked. Ultimately I wanted more for this book. Even though this was not my favorite book from Ms. Hoover, I still enjoyed the writing even though I did not connect with it how I had hoped to. I do commend her for trying something different and having characters that were unique. I am still a fan and I am truly looking forward to her novel.