Confess by Colleen Hoover

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Published by Simon and Schuster :: Atria Books ::  320 Pages

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is 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 chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret 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.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

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I personally read this book for two reasons. One was because I have been hearing so much hype about Colleen Hoover’s books, I felt like I needed to be able to weigh in on the situation, at least a little. And second, I chose Confess because Colleen had it made into a show, I saw the trailer for it and it looked so good, I just had to move it to the top of the tbr pile.

I liked the characters and thought that they were easy to relate to. I kind of wish that Auburn would have been a little more assertive at times, because there was a couple times that she just seemed utterly spineless.

Owen was pretty hot. Of course he was described as a super hot artist guy living in a loft, but it was the way that he pursued Auburn, in a way that every woman wished that a guy would come after her. Relentlessly, even when he couldn’t, even when he shouldn’t.

“He doesn’t make your heart feel like this Auburn. He doesn’t make it so crazy that it tries to beat through the walls of your chest.”

The “bad guys” or the mother-in-law character and her son Trey, the other guy in the love triangle, were so horrible and extremely easy to hate. Even though they are so central to the plot, they aren’t highly developed characters, so at least we don’t get to see too much of them throughout the story.

It has been a long time since I read a contemporary romance that I loved this much. One that made me feel the magic between two people. Romantic chemistry usually seems so forced to me: Typically when the main character is “gripping the counter” because of her love interest, I don’t feel it at all. But this book was different. When she was gripping the counter I could feel the churn in my stomach for her.

When the kiss ‘turned painful,’ I could relate, because I have been there too.

“The kiss between us quickly grows painful, and not in a physical sense. The more we kiss, the more we realize what we’re losing, and it hurts. It scares me to know that there’s a chance I’ve come across one of the few people in the world that who could make me feel this way, and I already have to give it up.”

There were two elements to the book that made it unique in my opinion. One was the addition of the artwork in the book. Having some visuals for what Owen was painting was such a cool part of the story. The other was the twists and turns that it took over time. Some of them predictable and some of them not so much, I thought that it was a cleverly woven story.

There was the dreaded love triangle in this story, but it was certainly central to the theme and not just a secondary plot, which made it somehow OK in my book. I know there are some people who *will not* read the love triangle trope as not everything is for everyone.

I liked this book well enough, but have yet to get into another one by the same author. I’ll give this one 4/5 stars for keeping me entertained and making me cry.

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Sara is a book hobbit that lives in a house of all boys, located in the promised land. Books stack the walls to the ceiling in some places, and she just keeps adding more. She was raised on top of a mountain that is locked in the dead of winter ten months of the year. She wears a size eleven shoe and enjoys her chicken cooked on the BBQ grill. In addition to reading she enjoys pinning crafts on Pinterest that she will never make and watching movies about people with sad lives or documentaries about serial killers.

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