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…
Four stars: A good, contemporary New Adult romance that isn't overly dramatic.
Auburn is desperate to find the money she needs to pay the lawyer. Unfortunately, it seems hopeless. As she trudges home wiping tears from her eyes, feeling defeated, she notices a help wanted sign in the window of an art gallery. Hesitant, Auburn considers going in, and then to her surprise, the owner, practically drags her in, while assuring her he won't kill or rape her, and then offers her a job. Owen, immediately remembers Auburn, and he wonders if fate has delivered her to his door. What follows is the beginning of a friendship that could topple with the revelations of secrets. Will Owen and Auburn confess all and save their relationship?
What I Liked:
- I have long avoided reading Colleen Hoover as I was convinced that all of her stories are full of over the top drama and angst. When I finally read this one, I was pleased to discover that I was wrong. Confess was a good, solid read, and yes there is is a bit of drama, but nothing that was gut wrenching. I found this to be a nice, romance, and I liked the intricate way the author wove it all together. I am glad I finally took a chance on this one.
- I like the way Ms. Hoover writes her characters. They always seem relatable. Some are quirky and odd like Owen and the roommate Emery, while others are sweet and kind like Auburn. Her characters are always realistic, flawed and down to earth people.
- The romance was just right. It was nice, slow and steady. It starts with a hesitant friendship, and an attraction and then it builds and builds into something more. Yes, there are some stumbles, but they aren't due to stupid miscommunications or unnecessary drama, they are more like growing pains. I liked the way it all came together in the end.
- This wouldn't be a Colleen Hoover book without a bit of drama and some secrets. I was prepared for the worst, but pleased when it turned out to be mild. Yes, there was hurt and heartache but it wasn't anything that will kick you in the gut and tear out your heart.
- The ending was terrific. I liked seeing how everything turned out, and I especially loved the way it all came together, especially regarding Owen and Adam. It left me satisfied and smiling.
- I listened to the audio version, and I loved that it featured both a male and female narrator. I thought both Sebastian York and Elizabeth Louise did an excellent job of bringing Owen and Auburn to life.
And The Not So Much:
- I was disappointed that there wasn't a bit more depth and detail regarding Owen and his father. Especially when all of the truth was revealed. I would have loved for more. I guess I wanted his dad to really come clean.
- Adam plays a small role but an important role, and I found by the end, that I wished there had been more of him.
- Even though I liked that there was suspense and mystery surrounding both Owen and Auburn when it came to their pasts, I felt when the truth was revealed that there wasn't enough detail. I would have loved to see more regarding Auburn and Adam, how they met and all of that, and I wanted more on Owen and his dad.
- I found myself wanting more of the confessions. I thought they were fascinating, especially since they were based on real life confessions.
Confess was a good, solid NA book that surprisingly didn't have over the top drama and angst. I appreciated that I got an interesting story with a bit of mystery, humor, romance and some terrific quirky and entertaining characters. I am glad I took a chance on this one, it was well worth the time.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.