Published by Atria
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Also by this author: Ugly Love
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
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…
“Tell me something about yourself that no one else knows. Something I can keep for myself.”
I have been itching to read Confess since that gorgeous cover reveal and I’m happy to say that the inside matched the outside. What a beautiful and emotional story! I was a little nervous to dive into this one after Ugly Love failed to live up to my expectations but Confess got to me within the prologue. I’m talking about big, fat, ugly crying. It’s been some time since a book hit me this hard and it was just a sign of good things to come.
“Some secrets should never turn into confessions. I know that better than anyone.”
What I love about most CoHo novels is how unique her story and the characters are. For example, Owen, he is the artist that catches Auburn’s eye. If it wasn’t his boyish looks, it was his sheer talent in creating works of art from people’s confessions. If you follow CoHo online, she has stated that these confessions are ones readers sent to her. My favorite one was “When I’m With You, I Think of All the Great Things I Could Be If I Were Without You”. I mean how deep is that? I like to think that I’m not easily swayed by pretty writing but Colleen has a wonderful way of giving feeling to her words. I felt Owen’s passion when it came to his art. I also felt the anguish that both Auburn and Owen felt in their daily lives. I am so against spoiling anything so I apologize when I don’t give you a recap of what this story is about but it’s because once it starts unfolding it makes you question things like happiness, and fate, and sacrifice, and consequences.
“I’m scared I’ll never feel this again with anyone else,” I whisper. He squeezes my hands. “I’m scared you will.”
I only had a slight issue with the progression of Auburn and Owen’s relationship. I wouldn’t say this is love at first sight or insta-love, but there was an intensity right from the get-go that felt, at times, a little forced. By the end of this book I felt like I was in a place to understand the bond between them. The end also had me in tears, which again, has been rare for me as of late. Confess is a work of art with a ton of heart and swoony moments. If you are a fan of Maybe Someday I can easily see how you would love this as well.
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