Confess, by Colleen Hoover ★★★✰

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…

3.5 Stars for Owen & Auburn.
★★★✰

My Casting:

Why do I feel so unsatisfied? Why do I feel like I’ve read an incomplete story?

Sorry, but this is probably going to be an unpopular opinion. And I so wanted to love this!

“Some secrets should never turn into confessions. I know that better than anyone.”

I usually adore Colleen Hoover’s work, and there were parts of Confess that I really enjoyed, but I just felt like it just wasn’t all tied up in a cute little bow. I felt like we never really got a climax or a punch line. And I hated the way it ended.

I know that a lot of people were pleased with how it ended, but for me, it felt like a cop-out. I wanted more of Owen and Auburn at the end, seeing as we hadn’t exactly been spoilt with an abundance of them throughout the book. And I just ended up feeling cheated and utterly underwhelmed.

I don’t feel like the characters ever really got the chance to get to know one another or develop their relationship. I just kind of feel like the story never really got going, never really went anywhere and then it never really ended, either. It’s a bizarre feeling. Maybe it was that there was so much going on that nothing ever had a chance to make an impact, which, as a result, left you feeling like nothing note worthy actually happened at all.

“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”

I really liked the idea of it and I was so excited to read a new CoHo, but I was pretty disappointed and now I feel like I need to read something really juicy to scratch the itch that Confess has left me with.

I loved Owen. I really liked Auburn. I was so excited by the idea of the confessions and loved the inclusion of the art that was especially commissioned just for this book. The secrets, the mystery, AJ, Owen-Cat. It all sounds great, but I feel like Ms. Hoover was holding something back and just didn’t really put her soul on the line with this one, like she usually does with her stories. I also find it ironic that seeing as the book is calledConfess, we never actually witnessed Owen’s big confessions!

“Sometimes we don’t get second chances, Owen. Sometimes things just end.”
He winces. “We didn’t even get a first chance.”

It started off so well, because I was sobbing through the prologue, and usually, that means I’m in for a bumpy, emotional, heart-wrenching ride. But the rest just never really got off the ground.

Sometimes, when I feel like this, I wonder if it’s more me than the book I’m reading. Perhaps I’m in the wrong frame of mind for that particular story or perhaps I’m pre-occupied with other things. Who knows. Perhaps at a different time, I might have felt differently, but right now, Confess just didn’t float my boat.

“Sometimes we don’t get second chances, Owen. Sometimes things just end.”
He winces. “We didn’t even get a first chance.”

There isn’t all that much I can say, really…

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