While reading Colleen Hoover’s newest novel, Confess, I found myself trying to come up with one word to describe how I felt. It wasn’t till I was a little more than halfway that one word finally stuck out.
Before you get all excited or angry thinking I was frustrated that the book was bad, STOP. I wasn’t frustrated at the book – it was AMAZING – what I was frustrated over was the situation these characters were in. Auburn and Owen were unfortunately thrown into terrible and EXTREMELY INCONVENIENT situations, which ultimately kept them from being happy. It was only until they accepted their situations, accepted themselves and each other, that they were able to overcome the bumps in the road. Confess isn’t the kind of love story with swoon-worthy alpha men and promises of forever and always. It’s the kind of love story that shows us that everyday meetings can impact our lives in ways we could never have imagined.
Auburn Reed has lost everything. She’d do almost anything to fight for the few things in life that still matter to her, even sacrifice her own happiness. When she walks into a Dallas Art Studio looking for a job, she meets Owen Gentry. The last thing on her mind is falling for him, but he makes her happy and makes her feel things she hasn’t felt in a long time. Although reluctant at first, Auburn eventually gives into her feelings and acts selfishly for once, only to learn that Owen isn’t what he claims to be. Owen has secrets of his own, secrets that if he confesses could jeopardize everything he has, and everything he wants.
This book left me with so many emotions I don’t know where to start. I’ve been sitting here for a good ten minutes trying to think about all the things I liked about it and all the things that frustrated me. (I won’t use the word hate, because hate is far from what I felt while reading this book – well no that isn’t true…there’s a character that I loathe and another character I hate, but spoilers so no).
I really had no idea what I was getting into stepping into Auburn and Owen’s world. This book was VERY DIFFERENT from Hoover’s usual contemporary romance novels. It’s borderline NA BUT READS LIKE YA. Part of me wishes it was longer… That we had more time with Owen and Auburn as it felt like it just flew by, but story wise I think the pace was perfect for everything that needed to happen. I wish there were more ups than downs for our couple, but in life it doesn’t always work out that way.
But seriously, let’s talk about our man man, Owen Gentry for a minute.
Owen is not one of those, swoon, take your shirt off, wet panties, kind of guy.
Owen to me is just…a normal looking, alright maybe slightly better looking, normal everyday guy, who just happens to be an artist. He’s amazing with words and in my opinion is one of the MOST REALISTIC and SELFLESS fictional boyfriend’s I’ve ever read. It really goes to show you how EXTRAORDINARY the most ordinary people can be and how they can affect your life in the most amazing of ways.
I breathe in and out, attempting to calm myself down. But only because she said please. I hope she never finds out that hearing her say that one word could convince me to do anything she wants. Ever.
I really liked Auburn in this book, which is surprising because I wasn’t sure if I would. She sort of grew on me which was a pleasant surprise. GIRL HAS MAD BALLS is all I’m really going to say. Auburn and Owen deserve the award for MOST SELFLESS COUPLE EVER. Everything Auburn does is completely selfless and in the best interest of others. Their chemistry is also as magical as you want it to be when you meet someone that makes you feel like you’ve never felt before. It almost makes you wish that finding love was really this easy… One thing I will say though, is that I wish I was as smooth with words as these two.
“But…” I turn and face him. “I thought you learned your lesson about mixing business with pleasure. Isn’t that how you found yourself in a bind today?”
He grins with a very subtle laugh. “Consider yourself fired.” I smile, because I’m not sure I’ve ever been so happy to lose a job. I would choose his coming over tomorrow night over working for $100 an hour any day. And that surprises me. A lot.
I have yet to read a book by Colleen Hoover that has not impressed me. Parts of Confess frustrate the hell out of me, make me angry even, but overall it is an amazingly beautiful story. One that I really wouldn’t mind reading over and over. It is touching as well as unique and I don’t know any other author who could have done it better.
4.5/5 Hearts of Love