Review ~ Confess by Colleen Hoover

ConfessTitle: Confess
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: March 10th 2015

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…
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Confess began with Auburn and showed me how deep her feelings ran for her first love, Adam. She was 15 years old and the emotional connection these two had was intense. I cried in this first chapter because it was heartbreaking to see what they had and what they had to do.

Jump five years into the future and we see Auburn has moved back to Texas. It wasn't revealed straight away why she did so, and I couldn't see why she would want to when she had no one close around her. She was lonely, in a new city and wanted to make as much money as she could. She stumbled across a help wanted sign when reading confessions on a window and straight into Owen's life.

Owen is a talented artist and the way he used people's anonymous confessions to inspire his art was clever. He has always been a good guy but his past still haunts him and he doesn’t have a lot of self worth when it came to Auburn. Auburn was torn between her head and her heart, and the decision wasn't easy because she was unable to get what she needed desperately. However, I loved seeing Auburn and Owen together, they had a strong connection but there were always people or obstacles that kept them apart.

I liked how this book kept me on the edge of my seat and I always had a nagging question in the back of my mind on how Owen and Auburn had crossed paths before.  The suspense build up was fantastic as the story unravelled slowly. The tension between these two was beautiful and I could see both of them struggling to hold back. The way Hoover pieced this story together with the paintings was beautiful. It was amazing to actually see the paintings that Owen painted and the confessions that inspired him.

Even though this was a great read, it isn't my favourite book of Hoovers. Ugly Love and Maybe Someday are at the top of my list. It was still an intense read, but I felt that I didn’t connect to the characters as much as the previous books that I have read. It was still a difficult and beautiful story, and Hoover fans will still enjoy it as she added art to this powerful story.

Complimentary copy provided by Simon & Schuster Australia in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Great review, Naomi. I was thinking of starting this one real soon.

  2. Amazing review! I love books that make me cry - especially they manage it in the first chapters, wow! Such a wonderful premise and characters in this one. Must read, obviously!

  3. I love Owen in confess, atleast one of us could enjoy this novel :) The cover is very pretty as well, do you peep the girl in there? <3 Benish| Feminist Reflections

  4. I hope you do. Hoover is just awesome!!

  5. It is still a great read. I hope you do pick it up soon and see how it all connects.

  6. Yes, this one certainly pulled me in, emotionally!!

  7. It was a good read, just not a fav, and yes,I loved Owen too.

  8. Bookworm BrandeeMay 2, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    Intense and tear-jerking are typically used to describe CoHo's work, yeah? :) I'm glad that despite it not being your fav of CoHo's, she still managed to keep you riveted and make you cry. That's a testament to her talent. I am looking forward to reading Confess...after I read the CoHo books I already own. *ha*

  9. I haven't read this one yet. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Those heartbreaking ones can be tough to pick-up. I need to be in the right mood to read this one, I think.

  10. The edge of seat and emotions sounds well done in this one

  11. Haha! Good luck girl!
    She is a master at dragging you in and taking your emotions on a ride. It was an enjoyable read and will stick with me for some time!

  12. CoHo certainly drags your emotions through the wringer. It was a great read and I hope you enjoy it.

  13. It was well done. I think you'd like this one Brandi!

  14. I have heard great things about Hoovers books and I have been really interested in reading her latest release. I definitely am more excited now that I've read your review so thank you so much for sharing.

  15. My pleasure! I love all of the books I have read of hers so far. Ugly love is my fav though!

  16. I loved Maybe Someday and I've been interested to see how Hoover integrates art into this book the way she did music in that one. Looking forward to reading it!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  17. I really need to read some Colleen Hoover. Everyone's been talking highly of her books and I feel so left out! AWESOME BLOG BTW :D

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

  18. It is really good, she is great at bringing other artistic talents into her writing!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  19. Thanks Alex! I love it, it is a new change *wink*
    CoHo is an intense author! I love her!

  20. Wonderful review!

    When I picked up Confess, I was in a bad reading blah. So I ended up putting it down, but I know I have to pick this one back up. Hopefully soon. I want to know how Owen and Auburn crossed paths before! And I have been hearing a lot that not many connected to this one like her previous books, but that's okay. Hoover is amazing :)


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