Author: Colleen Hoover
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
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…
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“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”
Score! Colleen Hoover works her magic again in Confess. I swear, this woman knows how to throw an emotional sucker punch better than most. If you can get through the prologue of Confess without breaking, then you have no soul.
Auburn and Owen are phenomenal characters; it’s so easy to feel their depth and emotions. I completely empathized with both of their situations. It’s heartbreaking and frustrating at times, making me want to strangle some of the other characters on their behalf. Ahh, but these two together are just so … so … I just want to squish them together and lock them in a tent made of rainbows and unicorns and love!
“I’m scared I’ll never feel this again with anyone else,” I whisper.
He squeezes my hands. ”I’m scared you will.”
<Insert heart exploding here>
I knew I’d love Owen as soon as he started mentioning palindromes. Talk about making me weak at the knees! I’m only half joking. He’s a bit of a mystery throughout the book, but there is absolutely no doubt what a genuinely great guy he is. I also adore Auburn. She’s funny and sweet, and an all-around good person. And of course, the humor and flirting with between them had me laughing and smiling.
I don’t want to get into a lot of details about what goes on, but the way everything comes together is … wow! Colleen wove an absolutely beautiful story with plenty of surprises, and the way certain things are connected is positively superb. It had me by the heart until the very last sentence!
I think Confess cements what a true artist Colleen is. She’s an amazing writer, but she continues to incorporate various art forms into her books that take them to a whole other level. There was poetry, then music, and now paintings. They’re not just some mediocre pieces either. Colleen works with extremely talented people, and in this case it’s Danny O’Connor. Plus, all the confessions that appear in the book are real.
So yesyesyes, I love Confess. It’s a breathtaking book that should not be missed.