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Confess: A Novel Kindle Edition
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.
At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is 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 chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret 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.
To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.
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"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)
“PURE Colleen Hoover magic… It has everything we absolutely love from her.... There’s just so much meaning AND magic in life, and her characters remind me of this each and every time. Some sadness, lots of sweetness, plenty of romantic angst, and best of all? Hope.” (Maryse.net)
“Compelling, fresh, heart wrenching and entirely unforgettable. Deception and pain, love and loss, secrets and truths, hope and redemption—they all twist and tangle together creating another unforgettable novel from one of the freshest and most trusted voices in romance. This book is not to be missed.” (Vilma’s Book Blog,)
"It is real. It is raw. It is emotional. It is breathtaking. Colleen is always a six star +++++ read for me. Her talent knows no bounds and she never ceases to amaze me. A story of love, lies, truths, confessions that will leave you breathless.” (Schmexy Girl Book Blog)
“Another slam dunk from Ms. Colleen Hoover! A beautiful story about fate and second chances.” (Owl Always Be Reading)
"Everything she writes is gold. The ideas in Colleen’s head are masterpieces. The incorporation of art, confessions and the written word, is sublime.” (Nicely Phrased Book Blog)
“This book is full of tension, suspense, twists, heartbreak, but also humor and incredibly sweet and swoony moments. Another absolutely fantastic must read by Colleen Hoover!” (Waves of Fiction)
"A beautifully written romance [turned] into a genius story line that is quintessential Colleen Hoover." (Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads)
“I don't know Colleen's recipes for her books but her mad genius shines through.” (Book Boyfriend Reviews)
“What a beautiful and emotional story! Colleen has a wonderful way of giving feeling to her words… Confess is a work of art with a ton of heart and swoony moments.” (My Book Muse)
"Confess is a gripping page-turner from cover to cover. It’s a beautiful, unique, one-of-a-kind, enthralling work of art that I could not and did not want to put down. Instant favorite! I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Absolutely everyone should read it. It joins the rest of her novels on my All-Time Favorites list. My eyes still water and heart still swells when I simply think of this book. Read it and love it.” (Nestled in a Book,)
"Confess is another intense story of love, sacrifice, and yes, confessions. Hoover is a go-to author for me for stories that tear me apart and put me back together again. I savored Confess.” (The Reading Date)
"Colleen Hoover has done it again, she has taken my heart, ripped it open and pieced it back together. Beautiful book that is a must read for me!” (Blushing Babes Are Up All Night)
“One of the best books that CoHo has written. There wasn't one moment of reading this that I wanted to put it down.” (Books, Chocolate and Lipgloss)
“One of the best books that CoHo has written. There wasn't one moment of reading this that I wanted to put it down.” (Books, Chocolate and Lipgloss)
"Prepare yourselves for the artistry that is Confess. Confess is a piece of greatness." (Seeking Book Boyfriends)
“Words cannot explain how much I absolutely adore this book!...And the idea behind this book? Pure. Genius." (Addicted to Heroines)
“Colleen portrays an intensity of emotion that you don’t get from just any book. A rare talent in a sea of unique voices, I feel lucky as a reader to be on the receiving end of her efforts. Whether this is your first Colleen Hoover book, or you’ve read everything she’s ever published, Confess will leave you confessing your love for all things CoHo.” (Scarlet Siren)
"Exquisitely heart-wrenching and absolutely unputdownable, Confess is another unique Colleen Hoover masterpiece and one of the must-read books of this year!! The perfect measure of heart-warming depth and heart-wrenching angst…a truly magical reading experience.” (Aestas Book Blog)
"Confess is another emotionally packed, superbly written book. Colleen Hoover continues to bring readers a genuine story that is distinctive and well delivered.” (Book Crush)
"I LOVED this book. I don't think it's any secret that Colleen Hoover is a master storyteller… Her pure talent and storytelling ability is second to none.” (Book Drunk Blog)
"Beautiful and heart-breaking and hopeful. There aren't many authors who can rip me apart and put me back together quite like Colleen can. The characters are multi-dimensional and real. Confess was utterly unputdownable." (KimberlyFaye Reads)
“Confess is smartly written with twists that flatter this unpredictable love story…. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Confess is a fantastic, moving, love story with surprises you’ll never expect. I confess that I loved it. Hands down a five star read.” (Love Between the Sheets)
“Colleen Hoover books are simply mesmerizing; transporting the reader to another world as you immerse yourself in her stories and characters. Confess was no different…I will say this about this book…I laughed, I got teary eyed, I was scared and I loved EVERY MOMENT.” (Shh Mom’s Reading)
"Hoover’s creativity makes her stories unique and special…a deeply moving story… well-deserving of 5 stars.” (Smut Book Junkie Reviews)
"This story is absolutely beautiful. Do yourself a favor and Fall in love with Owen and Auburn. You won't regret it.” (The Reading Vixens)
"The characters and plot were well-constructed, and the writing (as always) was dead-on. I felt like I was actually inside the story; like I was experiencing every single moment of it. I saw things through the characters' eyes and I could even feel their pain. This book was just that gripping. I highly recommend!” (Itching for Books)
“If I could give it 20 stars, I would…highly recommended.” (Let’s Talk Books)
"There is no twist or turn that the author misses…she brings the emotion and passion that we all love to read about. Her characters are not only multi-dimensional, but they are real.” (Art Books and Coffee)
“If you are looking for memorable, magical and beautiful, Colleen Hoover and her captivating words in Confess are just right for you.” (Crazy, Chaotic Book Babes)
“CONFESS is one of those rare books that will honestly steal your HEART. This book was emotional, breathtaking, touching, beautiful, honest, and raw. The writing is superb and flawless. The storyline is so original and genius. CONFESS will consume and captivate you.” (Four Chicks Flipping Pages)
"This book was an actual masterpiece. For Colleen to write a story about art and have her story be the most beautiful piece of art that I’ve ever read is just something I can’t wrap my head around.” (Book Baristas)
"This book captivated me from the first page to the last. Owen and Auburn’s story unraveled in a unique and beautiful way. This touching story has the all the twists and turns you are used to getting from Colleen’s books. Colleen is a master storyteller, and this story came to life infused with artistic brilliance and emotion.” (Kindle Crack Book Reviews)
“An absolute masterpiece… Colleen vividly and flawlessly captures the emotions and behaviors of all the characters…utterly heartbreaking at times, yet incredibly beautiful. I was captivated by the realistic and complex characters, the multilayered plot and emotionally charged storyline. This book is the epitome of unputdownable.” (Confessions of a Book Whore)
"Colleen Hoover has the mind of a genius. Somehow she manages to take an idea for a story and twist it into this whirlwind of surprise… She connects her characters to one another in ways that just blow my mind.” (A Book Whore’s Obsession)
“I was so enraptured by Confess that I did not want to put it down! Once again Colleen Hoover has worked her epic, magic, writing genius and my love her has grown even more!” (Lost in Literature)
“I cannot recommend this book enough. It has so much heart and soul, and the story is beautifully delivered." (Reading Is Sexy Book Blog)
“ I confess that Colleen Hoover never ceases to amaze me with her creative genius and powerful words…Colleen provided a memorable experience with the unique pairing of the poignant confessions and the exquisite artwork…Colleen Hoover continues to remind me why I refer to her as my favorite author.” (A Literary Perusal)
“It is very rare that I fall in love with a book after reading the prologue, even more rare that only a few pages into that prologue and I already have tears running down my face.” (My Guilty Obsession)
“Colleen Hoover has created another unforgettable story exploring the human condition and, in this case, how much of themselves a person is willing to sacrifice for the ones they love. Her trademark sense of humour, her familiar literary techniques, the very recognisable tone of her characters, are all there to pull us in and leave us incapable of putting this story down.” (Natasha is a Book Junkie)
From the Author
Mrs. Hoover's highly anticipated novel, It Ends With Us, releases August 2nd, 2016 and is currently available for preorder.
Her novel, Ugly Love (2014), has been optioned for film by Hackybox Pictures and is slated to begin filming in 2016, starring Nick Bateman.
You can follow Colleen on her very active Facebook page at facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover and on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover
For tour dates or more information, please visit colleenhoover.com.
- ASIN : B00LD1OHE0
- Publisher : Atria Books (March 10, 2015)
- Publication date : March 10, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 7564 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1476791457
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,370 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The part of the novel I adored was the inclusion of the paintings. They were absolutely beautiful, and made me want to reach out my own hand and touch them - I feel you Auburn!
The beginning is incredibly promising. I was struck by it. I felt very connected to Auburn from the beginning to the end. I also felt very connected to Owen. But, somewhere along the way, and it is ever so subtle, because I didn't even realize it until the end, the story takes some kind of a turn. The "love story" takes a backseat, and a lot of unnecessary drama takes the steering wheel. I kept wanting more time with Auburn and Owen. I wanted to get to know them better. Truth be told, in Hoover's magical ways, with the little time you get with them, you still feel them. You feel them as separate characters, and you feel their connection. But, that dwindles throughout the book, and that left me feeling really empty. It made me feel like I lost something.
I also have to agree with a few other fellow reviewers who said that the ending was not satisfying. It is not because there is a cliffhanger, or that it is terribly upsetting, it is just empty. After going through such a roller coaster, you are left with a moment that is anticlimactic. It is a slow and torturous buildup, and given that you do not have much time with these characters, I wanted the end to give me more than what it gave.
Another thing, how beautiful is it that these confessions are told? I LOVED the idea, but again, it takes up the beginning of the book, maybe more like the first half, and then we lose them. Which is unfortunate. I think if you search in between the lines, you can see that the confessions have taken on various other forms. But I wanted more of what carried me through the first half of the book.
So, here is my take. The story starts out strong, filled with feels, beautiful ideas and paintings. Then, the story transforms into something different, and unfortunately, does not end the way it started. So, I think it is an acquired taste. It's a beautiful story, just not satisfying. So, I wouldn't not-recommend (please bear with my double negative), but I would say read at your own risk.
The main characters Auburn and Owen are two people you connect with from the start. They’re both dealing with traumatic losses from their pasts. For Auburn, it’s the death of her boyfriend, and for Owen, he’s struggling with the death of his mother and brother.
From the start, their budding relationship is plagued by problems. There’s Owen’s relationship with his father, who is dealing with personal problems. Then there’s Trey, a jealous guy who stalks Auburn and Owen, trying everything he can to tear them apart.
You can feel the raw emotions Auburn and Owen go through as they deal with being kept apart, and finding the strength to overcome the obstacles of their past. I loved seeing their growth throughout the novel as they finally gain the courage to stand up for themselves.
As with the other Colleen Hoover book I read, Confess is filled with a few twists that were surprising, and added more intrigue to the novel.
Aside from the story, another nice touch is the beautiful artwork featured in the book; I thought it was fitting since Owen was an art dealer.
After reading this novel, I’ve officially become a member of the Colleen Hoover fan club and can’t wait to read more of her books.
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So I found out I can watch the series on this book on amazon prime so I needed to read this first before I watch the series and got though this so quickly. .
I love Colleen writing it’s so easy to read, I loved the characters Auburn and Owen immediately and how guilt shapes each character that gets you right in the heart. The confess plot was clever and I loved the concept of the interpretation on “confessions” it’s a must read. .
A bonus as Owen is an artist there is images of his art in this book
The story is all about Auburn Reed and artist Owen Gentry. The pair meets as if by chance when Auburn finds herself in need of a job and Owen needs a last minute art gallery assistant. After an emotional prologue, the very beginning of the story is so great. It introduces you to Owen’s art straight away and the whole concept behind “Confess”. And it’s such a clever concept! I won’t say much more about it because it’s so great to read about but wow Colleen, 10/10!
Auburn has gone through a lot for her young age and although it is alluded to in the prologue the magnitude of her situation isn’t unveiled until much later in the story, by which time I was so swept up in the chemistry between Owen and Auburn I completely never seen it coming! If anything it makes you appreciate Auburn’s character even more and helps to understand her actions a bit more. The trouble isn’t over for her and the book is a whole rollercoaster of emotions and feelings of regret for the life she’s missing out on and self-sacrifice in order to please other people. It’s a tough read but I just couldn’t put it down.
Owen is quite a complicated character, particularly in Auburn’s eyes as the secrets just keep on coming. Fortunately the story is told in dual POV so you know a little bit more than Auburn and when everything is revealed you just fall in love with him a little bit more. Owen ties the whole story together more than you know throughout and I absolutely LOVED his tie to Auburn.
I really love the cover of this book and after reading it I have a whole new appreciation for it! There is always something more with Colleen’s books whether it’s poetry, music or in this case art. I love that it adds a whole new sensory level to the book and that really sets them apart from the crowd.
I have loved everything I’ve read by Colleen and I’ve even re-read a couple of her books more than once. Confess was such a compelling story that I am sure I will be re-reading it just to be back with Owen and Auburn.
I can't believe how long it has taken me to actually pick this book up and read it! It's been sat on my bookshelf for over 2 years but it somehow never quite made the cut when it came to me choosing my next book. Thankfully, the book being made into a TV series kicked me into gear and I finally picked it up, and then couldn't put it down until I had read the entire thing!
This story was unique and beautiful and featured two characters who I immediately connected with. Sure there were some parts of the story that I guessed at (as we all do with most romance novels), but there were other parts that I just didn't see coming and that flawed me. The romance is so much deeper then even I was expecting and there is a strong sacrifice theme running through it too which made it the perfect amount of emotional for me.
"I'm scared I'll never feel this again with anyone else," I whisper.
He squeezes my hands. "I'm scared you will."
One reason why I love CoHo books is that they are not filled with drama just for dramas sake, everything that is in there needs to be in there. The entire story line had me gripped and once I (finally!) picked this book up I didn't put it down again until I had finished it. CoHo has this incredible ability to spoon feed us just enough information through out the book that keeps us on the edge of our seats the entire time and when I got to the end of the book and everything was revealed I was stunned to silence.
This book is unique due to it's connection with the art that is both written into it but also featured in the book itself. Danny O'Connor's art work is beautiful in itself, but when combined with the confessions featured in the book it becomes so much more powerful.
One cool thing about this book is that all of the confessions in it came from real people, who anonymously sent them into Colleen. There are some confessions which made my heart hurt, some which made me cry, others which made me smile. But knowing that they had all come from real life people just made their messages so much more powerful than is CoHo had made them up herself.
"I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn't.".
I have waited so long to read this book because I knew it was going to rip my heart out and stomp all over it, but when I finally did pluck up the courage to open it, I couldn't put it down.
Auburn Reed is 20 and is struggling. She lost her first love (only love really) to an dreadful disease, and since then she's never managed to settle. She plays her cards close to her chest, and we the reader is left wondering what happened in the five years since she was forced to say a final goodbye to Adam.
Owen Gentry hides away in his art studio, inspired by people's deepest, darkest confessions. Submitted without names via a slot in the door to his studio. Then, once a month he showcases his artwork that these words inspire. - now this is a GREAT concept, one that had me wanting more and more. The inclusion of some of his paintings into the book made Hoover's words come to life. The only thing I would have liked to have had more of, was more of Owen's artistic process. We only really ever hear about the end results of what he is painting, not while he is painting.
When Auburn walks into Owen's studio looking for a job, he recognises her and her name straight away. Why? He keeps that to himself. There's an instant attraction between the two of them, but because of aspects of each of their lives, they try not act upon them. When they do arrange to meet, Owen stands Auburn up.
What follows on is a story of heartache and more secrets. Told from both character's POV, the reader finds things out as Owen and Auburn reveal them.
Such a wonderful story, told extremely well. I'm looking forward to seeing the tv series adaptation of it (If I can view it in the UK)
However, I did not account for how much I would fall in love with this story! I don't want to spoil the ending for you all - but just wowzers!! OMG the ending is one of the most breathtakingly bittersweet and beautiful things I have ever come across! Ever! Seriously people it is that amazing. If you don't normally read Colleen's work (firstly, why?! are you insane? Go read Confess and Ugly Love NOW!) read this book just for the experience of an absolutely perfectly plotted ending that is beautifully written. I think the thing that I adored about the ending the most was that I genuinely had no idea of the connection right up until it was revealed - which is a rarity. Although, again this really shouldn't have surprised me as this is one of the reasons that I like Colleen's writing, she doesn't write straightforward romance stories, there is always a quirk or a twist.
Now, I have read some people's reviews of Confess that feel that the book gets kind of lost in the middle and although I can see why they would feel this way - I absolutely do not. I love the fact that the story doesn't feel rushed - and that isn't to say that it drags in any way or form! I appreciate that by giving Auburn and Owen time to develop as a couple, and it wouldn't have made sense to have some of the later events happen (especially because at this point the reader doesn't know the full connection to the past these two share) if they didn't have the chance to grow together. Also, a lot happens in this book, I personally don't really know what more people could want to happen - but then that's just me!
Owen's character is definitely swoon worthy and I really enjoyed him as the main love interest. He certainly proves himself and his love of Auburn at several points in the book - which is really good to see (sometimes when I'm reading a romance novel I literally sit there and say "why him?" because there is nothing I hate more than a love interest who doesn't deserve the reader's, let alone the character's, time of day!). Owen's character is really what I would call a 'stand-up-guy', and I appreciate this, he acts out of love and loyalty in regards to his father and Auburn. My only criticism of him is that because we don't know the connection between him and Auburn, occasionally, he comes off sounding a little creepy or OTT. But hey-ho I'll take this small character flaw because it is actually redeemed in the last chapter of the book, so I'm not complaining that much!
I re-read Confess after starting this review to refresh my memory and the end still made me tear up - the story is truly beautiful in its wholeness. Honestly, there are parts of this book that I don't particularly like, or don't connect to, but the ending, or rather the connection between Owen and Auburn, for me absolutely (110%) negates all of those small things. I think the link between the two and the ending chapters are a tribute to Colleen's ability to craft a, near, perfect love story that extends beyond the physical and even emotional and reaches instead into the soul.