My Rating: ★★★★½
Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?
Trigger Warnings: sexual assault, attempted rape
A few weeks ago I unintentionally started what ended up being a CoHo binge on audio. I’m currently on my third one this month alone and by now have realized that I’m really in the mood for contemporary romance books. I’ve had this book since it was first published and had every intention to read it since I’ve enjoyed Colleen’s books before, but was just never in the mood. That being said, I went into this book blind. All I knew was the cover is absolutely gorgeous and it might have something to do with confessions, and I was sold.
Things I Liked:
Owen and Auburn are probably my new favorite Colleen Hoover couple. (Well, this is only my third CoHo book so I still need some catching up to do, but so far out of all the ones I’ve read so far, this couple is my favorite.) Uncovering the mystery of how Owen and Auburn were connected was one major reason why I was so invested in this story. I’m not sure if I really believe in fate but I love how Colleen utilized the concept of it in Owen and Auburn’s relationship. I love how they first met; it was so cute and almost did seem like fate. Their connection and chemistry felt authentic and relatable; its the kind of connection I aspire to have one day and was just so ridiculously adorable when it first began. I could not get enough of how cute they were together!
I found the concept of Owen’s art studio so unique and fascinating, and something I would definitely want to check out in real life. I really loved the added visuals of Owen’s paintings in the physical edition because it added more depth to his character and another layer to the story. I actually listened to this on audio first then skimmed through the paperback once I finished, so I didn’t know there were photos of the paintings until I was done, so it was a nice surprise but I really wish I’d read the physical copy first. Whenever art is described in a book I always find myself just glossing over it, accepting whatever vague image I come up with first and not really putting much thought into it. I found that actually having visuals of some of the most significant art pieces mentioned in the book not only helped my imagination, but also gave them more meaning. I was able to really look at the art and examine it next to the confession that it coincided with and really think about them, as if I really were in Owen’s studio.
As for Owen himself, I absolutely adore him! He’s funny, talented, and incredibly selfless. He always encourages and empowers Auburn, never taking her agency, only reminding her of it. He never pressures her into doing things she doesn’t want to do and is always considerate of her feelings, even before they officially met. As for Auburn, initially I didn’t know what to make of her except that she seemed a bit lost and out of her element after moving. I admired her bravery and determination, although I was really irritated at her constant need to please people who obviously don’t have her best interests at heart. I understand she was trying to do what she thought was best, but it was really frustrating to see people take advantage and manipulate her because they saw a weakness and how desperate she was.
The reoccurring theme in this novel was secrets and confessions, both of which Owen and Auburn have plenty of throughout the story. There were some secrets and plot twists that I sort of saw coming really early on, but there were also a few that completely threw me off-guard. One of the reasons why this book is so addicting is because of all the mysteries behind the characters; I was so absorbed into the story and needed to uncover all the secrets I could get my hands on!
Things I Disliked:
I got bad vibes and instantly disliked Trey right from the moment he was introduced. There was nothing to like about him: he was arrogant, manipulative, and condescending. Probably the only other thing I didn’t like besides Trey was the open-ended conclusion that left me wanting more. I was partially satisfied with it, but also had hoped for some sort of epilogue chapter or something.
Fairly lighthearted, very entertaining, and totally captivating, Confess was such a fun quick-read! Filled with the perfect amounts of drama, humor, and romance, this is another Colleen Hoover book that I’ve fallen in love with that left me grinning by the end of it.
About the Author:
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of thirteen novels and multiple novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
VERITY, Colleen’s next full-length novel, is set to release December 18th, 2018. It is now available for preorder.
Have you read Confess? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!