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.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review*
Confession: Last Saturday I did not leave my bed, I stay in my pyjamas all day, I turned down the chance to catch up with friends. All because I started to read Confess by Colleen Hoover, and I knew that after reading the prologue and what a prologue it was! I wasn’t going to stop reading until I had finished the book.
“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know”
Auburn Reed and Owen “OMG” Gentry’s story was an emotional journey from start to finish. Their meeting and connection could be a coincidence, but it could be more a lot more. Auburn and Owen are incredible characters. Auburn was beautiful and selfless, and Owen was intriguing and there was the need to know now about him and his secrets.
“I could tell her how I know her. Make her realize why I have this overwhelming urge to protect her. But some secrets I’ll take to my grave, and this is definitely one of them”
Their story is told from Auburn and Owen’s POV, and Colleen writes them in such a way that I really felt I had a front row seat to witness what they were thinking and feeling. I was able experience their pain, hurt, and heartache but also their passion and love for each other.
“Her presence calms me, relaxes me, makes me feel as thought maybe things aren’t as hard as they appear”
“The way he makes me feel is so overwhelming……I love how the slightest touch from him leaves me breathless”
Confess is not only a beautiful, poignant, angsty and touching love story about two people who make sacrifices and risk their hearts for love, but also thought-provoking. I loved the Confession aspect of the storyline, and the fact that they were true confession submitted anonymously by readers just made it more unique. I couldn't help but think of what confession; I might write on a slip of paper and post thought Owen’s letterbox the good, the bad and the ugly ones.
“Some secrets should never turn into confessions. I know that better than anyone.”
And let’s not forget the Art aspect of the storyline; I can’t wait to get a finished paperback copy of this book. Although I was lucky to get my Arc in paperback format, but it didn’t contain the all-important artwork! I have to confess when I saw “Image To Come” I was so disappointed. Therefore, I can’t wait to see the original artwork by Danny O’Connor that Colleen has chosen to add that extra dimension to the story. Colleen is a smart and creative lady!!
This book in true Colleen style pulled me in from the start and didn’t let me go, until that last page, although saying that even twenty-four hours later this book still holds me. I did guess some parts of the storyline, but that being said, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this book. I love the ending just perfect, and one that I have reread a few times.
“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”
I love Colleen’s writing style, her way with words, the way she made me connect to some of the characters and punch others. Colleen has written another book that made me cry, cheer, get angry, and most of all feel. Confess is another must read from the wonderful and talented Colleen Hoover.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest reivew.*
Confess was a highly anticipated read of mine. I loved the idea of anonymous confessions and I couldn’t wait to discover how Colleen would weave it into her story. As expected, she did it flawlessly. The confessions were one of my favourite parts of the book. I loved that it was the catalyst for the whole story.
So the book begins with a prologue and the waterworks start already! I mean come on, give us a chance to get started. I loved the way the story was set up, we were given a certain amount of details to make assumptions but not enough for confirmation and all throughout the story, I was left guessing, trying to frantically put the pieces back together.
Auburn is in Texas with one goal in mind. Someone has something that belongs to her and she’ll stop at nothing until she gets what is rightfully hers. But of course, along the way she bumps into Owen Gentry. Auburn knows now isn’t the time for a relationship of any kind but maybe, just maybe, in this case timing is everything.
“That’s what scares me,” I tell him. “I’m afraid if I listen to my heart once, I’ll never figure out how to ignore it again.”
Although the relationship between Owen and Auburn moved fast, it was one that I enjoyed and even though they didn’t spend a lot of time together, it was certainly about the quality, not quantity. I loved them as a couple; they both had their quirks in amongst their secrets. And I was rooting for them from the start.
I wasn’t sure what I was expecting with Confess, Colleen Hoover is known to surprise us, and this was no different. Even though I did guess a few of the secrets, I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for Auburn and Owen to uncover them too.
I loved the way in which the art was incorporated into the story and I believe I met my first CoHo villain who I legitimately hated. Looking at you, Trey! I read this book within four hours because I just couldn’t put it down. I was endeared to both Owen and Auburn and I needed to know, after all they had been through, that they would be okay.
“I don’t feel lost in him at all, because it’s the first time I’ve ever felt like someone truly found me.”
As always, the writing was beautiful. Humour was added into the right places to break up the heartache and angst and there were many beautiful passages.
“I didn’t think seeing her would hurt this much. Every part of me hurts. My arms ache to hold her. My mouth aches to touch hers. My heart aches to love hers.”
My favourite chapter had to be the last one, all throughout the story, there was one final puzzle piece I couldn’t quite put my finger on and the last chapter revealed all. I loved the way in which Colleen brought it full circle. It may have been bittersweet, but as a believer in everything happens for a reason, it ended perfectly for me.
“His eyes are wide and full of anxiety at first, but after taking me in, he lets out a sigh. It’s almost as if he’s acknowledging that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and he’s relieved I’m finally here.”
Confess is another unique tale by Colleen Hoover. Although I didn’t cry ugly tears, I appreciated the break and what I did get was a marvellous story. I strongly recommend you try this one for yourself.
P.S. you must check out the artist, I’m now obsessed with his work. Another great collaboration.
Colleen Hoover is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels. Her first series was published in 2012 and includes SLAMMED, POINT OF RETREAT and the companion novel THIS GIRL. Her second series, published in 2013, includes the #1 NYT's bestseller HOPELESS and the companion novel, LOSING HOPE. She has released a free novella, FINDING CINDERELLA, as a thank you to her readers for their continued support. The novella is a companion to her Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.
You can follow Colleen on Instagram @colleenhoover if you want to watch her pointless, random videos. You can also follow her on TWITTER, but she rarely tweets anything worth following. You can also find her on her blog at www.colleenhoover.com or on her very active Facebook page at www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover where she loves to give away free stuff when her husband isn't looking.