Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Description (Source: Amazon):
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 Owen is keeping 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…”
This is the second Colleen Hoover I have read, and I devoured it in less than 24 hours. I enjoyed the first CoHo book I read (Hopeless), but not enough to want to go read everything she has written. However, Confess changed that. I absolutely adored this book! I’ve actually already finished another one of hers and will be posting that review soon. 🙂
The story starts with Auburn, our female protagonist, speaking with an attorney but the reader isn’t made aware of why until about 1/2 way through the book. It’s clear that the matter Auburn is discussing with the attorney is something that will take a lot more money than Auburn currently has. A defeated Auburn leaves the attorney’s office and notices a help wanted sign on an art studio. She is immediately drawn to the artist in the studio, the enigma that is Owen Gentry.
Owen Gentry knows Auburn from her past, but neither she nor the reader knows how or why. Seeing her again makes him believe in fate, and he knows that he has to have her. Unfortunately – life, in the form of misunderstandings, loyalty to family, and bad luck interfere Owen and Auburn’s love story.
As with most CoHo books, this story is told from both of the protagonist’s POV. This is probably one of my favorite things about her books, as I love the in depth look into both the character’s heads.
Another great thing about this book is that Colleen Hoover had some paintings commissioned just for this book! I love that it adds to the reader’s experience. The art is absolutely beautiful, and I’ll probably be buying a couple prints from her shop. These are a few of the paintings by the very talented Danny O’Connor as supplements to the book. Click on each painting to be brought to Colleen Hoover’s page to purchase the prints.
What I liked:
– I love the immersive experience Colleen Hoover gives readers by incorporating real art into the book. It’s so unique and really adds to the visualization of the characters.
– Both Auburn and Gentry are realistically flawed. They don’t always make the right decisions, but they try to do what they think is best for the people around them. I appreciate when characters make mistakes and aren’t perfect little unrelatable unicorns. Their mistakes are also not face-palming “are you freaking kidding me” ones either. You know the ones I speak of – the ones where it feels like the author put in in just to make a plot twist or cause angst between the two love interests, but it goes against everything we know about the character. Yeah, none of those.
– The complexity of both Auburn and Gentry. Kind of goes along with my above point, I suppose.
– The twist reveal at the very end. Oh my stars.
What I didn’t like:
– Not really a didn’t like…but a show of how vindictive I am, lol. I wanted to see Trey get in trouble for all the shit he pulled. What a douche bag.
– Oh, and lastly, the book is being made into a show on go90! I’ll include a trailer for it below. It does look like they’ve changed a bit for the show, but I read an interview with Co-Ho about it and she explains why some things needed to be changed (see her interview here).