Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Publishing Date: March 2015
Rating: 4 stars
In 2016 I decided to give Colleen Hoover a try and read Maybe Someday. I wasn’t crazy about it but I enjoyed it enough to pick up some of her other novels. I quickly made my way through Ugly Love, November 9 and It Ends With Us and absolutely loved them, even if they were a bit smutty here and there.
This past weekend I found myself in the mood for some New Adult contemporary. All I wanted to do was stay in bed and read. I had just finished London Belongs to Me, and while I did enjoy it I felt like it was missing a chunk of what I loved about New Adult. It was very PG, the romance was a bit too slow burning and the dialogue was verbose, unnecessarily so, which annoyed me profusely. But the characters were unique and the overall story arc was good enough to put me on a contemporary mood. It was only when I started browsing through my eBooks that I realised that there was a Hoover standalone that I have not read yet. I’d seen Confess around Booktube and Bookstagram last year and recently read that it was being adapted into a tv-series. So I dived right into it and finished it the same day.
Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?
With her moving and compelling prose, Hoover “will pull heartstrings in this second-chance love story”
Colleen Hoover is brilliant when it comes to weaving unique concepts into her novels. Confess features an artist who uses anonymous confessions as inspiration for his art. The novel features a number of these paintings and they are breathtakingly beautiful!
As always, both our protagonist have dark secrets they’re keeping from one another, that inevitably keep them apart. I found Auburn’s story gut-wrenchingly sad and really wished I could punch all the idiots in her life that have made her feel inadequate. But when Auburn meets Owen she begins to gain her confidence enough to take her life back.
Owen has his own secrets, he’s seen Auburn year before and has never been able to forget her face. When she shows up in front of his studio he believes that it must be fate. But his own secrets prevent him from being with her.
Auburn will do anything to protect who she loves even if it means sacrificing her our heart and happiness and Owen understands that.
I thoroughly enjoyed Confess. I’d gone into this one without knowing anything about the novel and was pleasantly surprised by the depth and the plot twists. Both Auburn and Owen’s stories broke my heart, which in turn made me so invested in their happiness. And the plot twist at the end…
If you enjoyed any of Colleen Hoover’s previous novels or just love a good NA contemporary then you need to give Confess a try.