Posted March 27, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Confess Book Cover Confess
Colleen Hoover

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 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…

“It’s amazing how much distance one truth can create between two people.”

When the prologue of a book has you in tears, you know you’re in big trouble. This is exactly what happened to me when I opened Confess. Colleen has a way of sucking you in from page one and not letting go until the final word, when she has effectively ripped your heart out. This story, as with all of her work, was totally unique. She took common themes of love, loss, determination and forgiveness and turns them in to an original thought-provoking masterpiece.

Owen and Auburn are both lost souls and when their worlds collide, things get very messy. Auburn has one goal in her life, and Owen could be directly responsible for her not being able to achieve that. I loved Auburn. She suffered a huge tragedy at such a young age, yet was somehow she was able to put one foot in front of the other and move on with her life.  Owen is a fantastic character. He is a moody artist, but his intentions are so good and so pure. Life just has a way of preventing him from doing the right thing. The connection between Auburn and Owen is so intense that you can feel the heat coming off the pages. Their want and need to be together is only overshadowed by how screwed up each of their lives are.

“I’m scared I’ll never feel this again with anyone else,” I whisper.
He squeezes my hands. “I’m scared you will.” 

The way that Colleen unfolds this story is great. There are so many layers, and things are revealed at just the right moment. There are also several different sub stories going on at the same time that come together perfectly. While I was frustrated, and feeling impatient, I knew that the payoff would be worth it in the end. The writing is stellar, and the small moments that could otherwise be glossed over, are some of the best moments in the book. True example of the buildup to the kiss being more important than the actual act. The concept of the real life confessions really added something wonderful to the story. Some of them were more heartbreaking than Owen and Auburn’s story.

5 stars and a bottle of tequila for this one! Enjoy! 

Purchase link – Confess: A Novel

More great books from Colleen Hoover

Never Never: Part One
Ugly Love: A Novel
Maybe Someday
Slammed: A Novel


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