Published by Simon and Schuster on March 10th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary, New Adult
eARC provided by Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
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.
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.
I went into this book expecting to be disappointed, I was so wrong. Confess is such a well written novel about love. This book drew me in right away and I found it hard NOT to love this book.
Auburn knew love once. She loved a boy named Adam who died when he was 15. Five years later, 20 year old Auburn has relocated to the town she lost Adam in. She meets a man named Owen who needs her help with his art show. It’s a once a month job. Owen is an artist who paints art inspired by people’s anonymous confessions. This meeting is a once in a lifetime chance for Owen to meet back up with Auburn. He knows her better than she thinks. But his secrets may cost him Auburn, and everything she has been working for.
I really enjoyed this story. I guessed so wrong what this book was really about. This book had a bit of mystery, a little humor, a bad guy, a damsel that needed help, and a misjudged heartthrob. The way this story is spun it didn’t even occur to me that I was reading NA romance. It is just that damned good. I was on the verge of tears at the beginning. Then the author gave me two POVs to bounce off throughout the journey to Auburn’s heart.
Right away Owen and Auburn have a connection. Their middle name is the same. Owen’s occupation as an artist is really the thing that draws them together. He hires her on the spot and she works an art show for him. His art is based on confessions left anonymously. The confessions were really interesting. I loved her thoughts on them, how she pointed things out about the confession writers right away. His art is dark and provocative. Auburn and Owen have an instant attraction, but an uncomfortable courting. Owen gets into something that might cost Auburn everything.
This story is really about love. It makes for an awkward love story but the backbone is love. This book touches on love lost, unconditional love, new love, and love that won’t give up. The story is smartly written. The author gives us characters that make tough decisions about real issues. These characters go through a lot for the ones they love. Things I can’t imagine myself doing, but they manage to maintain a sense of humor through it all. Auburn especially was so damaged, but very resilient.
I know this review is kinda vague, but I refuse to spoil this for you. I want to gush about this. I even did a video review, trying to spell out my love for this story. My only complaint would be that the ending felt a little rushed. That would not stop me from recommending this book. The story was completely original and utterly unforgettable.