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…
Format: eBook, 378 pages
Acquired from: Online
Genre: NA, Romance
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So I’ve been a bit down lately. That is kind of an understatement if I’m honest, I’ve been down for quite a while, but only just recently has it started to actually affect my day to day life. I thought maybe if I read a book that was sad it would make me feel a bit better about my life. Thinking back on that now, that’s a bit harsh but I obviously thought it was what I needed. So obviously I chose a Colleen Hoover book, because her characters always have heartbreaking stories. So I picked up Confess. So while their story did have some heartbreaking moments, I have to say this is my least favourite of Hoover’s books, and I don’t think I’m alone when I say that.
I knew absolutely nothing about this book (apart from the fact that it had pictures in it). I hadn’t read the synopsis and I hadn’t read any reviews. But, it just wasn’t what I expected from a CoHo book. I don’t know if my expectations were overly high because of November 9 and the amazingness that was that book, or if I’m right but it was definitely missing something.
Overall I liked the plot and where it went, but I think there were quite a few holes that needed filling. I can’t explain it but when I was reading it, it felt like there was too much happening but at the same time, not a lot was going on.
In saying that, I also felt like throughout the whole book, there was this massive build up for the confession, but when it came around to it, it was like …. “oh”. And that was it. You know when you finish a book and it was so good that you just sit there holding it for a little bit until you can come to terms with the fact that it is over? Well when I read that last page and closed the book (exited out because I read it on my ipad) I just went on Facebook. I didn’t really care. It didn’t even feel like I finished it. Such a weird feeling.
One thing I did absolutely love were the confessions. I love that they were actual real confessions (I’m also slightly horrified by that as well), and I love that there is an Instagram page that still posts people’s confessions. And I'll be honest, reading those did actually make me feel a little bit better about my life.. for about 5 minutes and then I forgot.
I will say, I did like the characters although I didn’t really get to see them grow. There wasn’t much character development in there, or relationship development. I can’t say much without spoiling anything, but I don’t understand how they came to be together because they were hardly together at all. I found that out of all of the CoHO books I’ve read, I connected with Auburn and Owen the least. And honestly, I think this is what made me not enjoy it. In order for me to really enjoy a book, I need to be invested in their story, and in order for that to happen, I need to care about their story, and that is hard to do when you don’t really connect with the characters at all. Just saying.
So as I’ve said, not my favourite CoHo, but in the grand scheme of NA books, Confess still went alright. If you like CoHo, then I would recommend reading this, but maybe not after you’ve read one of her other books because you may be in for some disappointment.
Rating: ★★★ /5
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