(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Atria on March 10th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Dating & Relationships, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance, Social Issues
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…
“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”
I confess, this is my first Colleen Hoover book. Deitre told me one day that I had to start reading her stuff and gave me two titles to start with: the first was Confess, the second Maybe Someday. So after finishing my current read, I decided that I was going to pick up Confess and read it before classes started back and it devoured all of my time. Boy, was that the right decision to make! Once I picked this book up I could barely put it down—I didn’t want to put it down.
The prologue starts the book off with a bang. If you’re faint at heart, you might even be in tears by the time you reach page ten. My tears came later, but still there were tears. Auburn Mason Reed was likeable and relatable, and I instantly loved her character. She had drive and ambition, and she had a brain inside her head to help her get the job done. She just needed a job that would pay better than her first so that things might start to look up. I enjoyed learning more about her as the story progressed. I would start to think I knew everything about her character, and then she threw me for a major loop. Auburn had dimension, drive, and heart, all good things for a main character.
Also telling half of the story was Owen. I love when stories are told through two sets of eyes. Auburn and Owen saw each other in amazing ways, building their characters as if I was talking to them instead of constantly in their head. While Owen’s art said something about him—and the art in this novel is beautiful—how he described Auburn spoke volumes of his character, too. I easily fell in love with him and wanted him to get the girl and what he would define as happiness.
Some of what I loved most about this book I can’t talk about because I don’t want to ruin anything. However, one of my favorite parts was how Auburn loved Adam and Owen. She loved Adam as much as she loved him when he was still alive. Even though her love for Adam never wavered, she opened her heart to Owen. Both boys meant something to her. First love and last love blended together to make a beautiful and heartfelt love story.
If you’re wondering whether or not you should read a Colleen Hoover novel, you should! Stop standing in that aisle at the bookstore with the book in your hand and run to the register. I can’t believe I waited this long to read her work. Confess gave me goosebumps. Halfway through the last chapter, I just started crying—crying about the raw pain, endless hope, and selfless love story condensed into one book.
“I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”