Confess | Book Review

Print Length: 321 pages
Atria Books
Publication Date:
March 10, 2015
Sold by:
Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Amazon Kindle/iBooks/Nook – $7.99
          Paperback – Barnes and Noble: $16
          A signed copy: $17 –


“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”

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

“I’m afraid if I listen to my heart once, I’ll never figure out how to ignore it again.”

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.

Colleen Hoover. You are a mastermind. This is my first book I read by Colleen and damn, she left me wanting more. I am so glad that I have a huge stack of her books that I got from the library to read through.

Confess follows Auburn and Owen. Both with messy lives and not able to gain complete control over what goes on in their own lives we learn about what their secrets are and why they keep them hidden. All Auburn wants is for everyone around her to be happy and make sure they are okay, even when it hurts her in the process. Owen leans on expressing himself the only way he knows how, through his art. Creating artwork based on the confessions brought to him anonymously to his studio’s doorstep.

Both Auburn and Owen and the story overall are beautifully written. Colleen is adept at revealing meaningful things with perfect timing. Not when you think it should happen, but when it actually needs to happen. I was rooting for Auburn and Owen from the beginning. And at one point I said to myself  “I need to accept that Auburn and Owen might not work out so prepare yourself.” But Colleen didn’t disappoint. I felt a boatload of emotions while reading and her writing is unlike any other authors that i’ve read before. It was refreshing and to read a romance novel this way as it wasn’t the same old romance story like most others are.

While reading this book I felt completely engaged the entire time. It amazed me how sucked in I got from the first page all the way to the last. She’s very detailed and writes extremely well. It was easy for me to move along through the story with Auburn and Owen. Solid  ★★★★★ out of 5 stars from me!

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