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Confess: A Novel Paperback – March 10, 2015
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"I was drawn into it immediately!" (Sarah Pekkanen, Internationally bestselling author of The Opposite of Me)
"Hoover will pull heartstrings in this second-chance love story… edgy, sexy." (Booklist, Online Review)
"Colleen Hoover has given us another book with which to fall in love. Another book that grips us, surprises us, makes us laugh. Another book brimming with feeling.” (Vilma’s Book Blog)
"You will devour it. You will worship it. You will sigh with joy because you are experiencing the lyrical and spell bounding prose of CoHo again... filled with suspense, unique characters, and of course the brutal gut-wrenching moments that's expected of any CoHo novel…brilliant, fresh and new.” (Rock Stars of Romance)
"[Colleen Hoover] is a true genius and a gifted storyteller.” (Shh Mom’s Reading)
"If you're a fan of Colleen Hoover's books, Confess is a definite must-read!... Crazy and lovely and everything I expect from Colleen Hoover.” (Shameless Book Club)
“Perfection. Utter perfection... I loved every gut wrenching part.” (Random Book Muses)
"Colleen Hoover is a hands-down genius. When she writes, it’s like magic flows onto the pages. Her writing style is like no other, and her capabilities of telling a story are incredible. Confess made me laugh, cry, and swoon.... Bravo to Colleen for another amazing must-read!” (Ana’s Attic Book Blog)
“Colleen wove an absolutely beautiful story.... It had me by the heart until the very last sentence! A breathtaking book that should not be missed.” (Christy’s Love of Books)
“This story is absolutely incredible... simply amazing. It's perfection in written form. There is something for everyone in these pages. So just buy it, read it, love it!! You won't regret it! 5 +++ Stars!” (Chicks Controlled by Books)
About the Author
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, It Ends with Us, and Without Merit. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit ColleenHoover.com.
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Reading the prologue just about killed me. I could tell that I was in for an emotionally charged story and I was more than up for it. Then when I felt the intensity between Auburn and Owen when they first met I knew I was in for an amazing few hours. There was no way that anything was getting done in my house.
"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."
I've said it before but Hoover has a way of capturing the emotions and chemistry between characters that sets her apart from other authors in this genre. In this book I was captivated by the simple act of hands touching. The moment I am talking about happens at Auburn's apartment when Owen is leaving and they are on opposite sides of the door. It was absolutely and undeniably one of the most beautiful and intimate moments I have had the pleasure of reading. The way she takes such a basic act and turns it into something so breathtaking is beyond amazing.
"There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know."
I won't re-tell the story or give anything away but I will say that I loved it. I loved the plot, I loved Auburn and I loved Owen. Colleen Hoover is one of the leading authors of this genre in my opinion and I was not disappointed. Her amazing storytelling filled with humour, chemistry and emotion was as evident in this book as in the rest of them.
In Confess we meet Auburn. She’s in her early 20’s and ends up taking a job for a local artist, Owen Gentry. That’s how our two meet and it’s a perfect meet-cute. In the moments they do have together during his art exhibit, the sparks fly between the two. Fireworks that are about to explode all over! Neither one of them is looking for a relationship, but their chemistry is so strong neither can resist after just a couple days together. She tries to resist, but he’s so persistent, she just can’t forget about how she was instantly attracted and drawn to this strange Artsy man. Once things begin to develop and Auburn realizes how great of an artist he is, and how his work is created, she is even more drawn to him.
I love the premise of the story and Owen’s studio being a place for people to anonymously drop confessions on paper. His works of art turn out so amazing because of his inspirations, that the author of the book even had the artwork incorporated into the book and the new Go90 app show that was recently published. It’s great seeing this come full circle for Colleen and I will continue to love her writing and can’t wait to see what’s next!
TYPE OF BOOK: Stand-alone
PLOT: Artist Owen Gentry creates art based on people’s anonymous confessions. However, he never expected to meet Auburn when she enters his art gallery looking for a job. The attraction is immediate,but can their budding relationship survive Auburn’s insecurities and her situation? Will the secret that Owen so desperately wishes to Confess keep them apart or bind them together?
Point of View (POV): Male-Female, alternating
HEAT FACTOR: Medium, most fade-to-black
-The amazing Art by artist Danny O’Conner .
-The easy dialogue and the witty humor that is signature of Colleen’s writing. That this book is about love and the sacrifices each one of us makes to keep that love and find it. The love between parents and their children; love between lovers past and present. And of course the love between friends. -
-Colleen’s token ability to add significance in the most ordinary things. Items like the saying OMG, sea shell soaps, blue pup tents, and holding my fist over my heart will forever remind me of this book.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: Now that’s a double edged sword. The ending left me wanting more, and not because it was incomplete. I just didn’t want Auburn’s and Owen’s story to end just yet. There were also a few unanswered questions embedded in the plot. Although those answers would not be important to the story, they just keep you wondering. The HEA is there, however you are left to imagine it, just like the secrets left unsaid. But perhaps that was Colleen’s intent. To leave you wanting. Craving. Drawing your own conclusions. Although Confess is slated to be a stand-alone, Colleen has said in the past, Never say Never. One can only hope there will be another Novella like Finding Cinderella or Maybe Not. Maybe Someday we will find out, but for now, my heart is happy with Owen and Auburn.
“Please don’t allow anyone to make you feel less than what you are”
“I’ll love you forever, even when I cant”. “I’ll love you forever, even when I shouldn’t.
“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know”
“That could be fate, you know”
The confessions included in this book are real. Colleen had requested her readers to anonymously submit confessions to her when she was writing Confess. That, in itself, holds so much weight when reading this story. It was devastatingly heartbreaking to read some of the confessions. I hope those who had submitted them find strength in the words and characters in this story to change their situation and find their own redemption.