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.
I had zero interest in reading this (or any other Colleen Hoover book ever again) until I saw the trailer. The confessions turned into art intrigued me, so I had to see what it was about!
The story begins with fifteen year old Auburn visiting Adam, her boyfriend of one year, in the hospital. Adam is about to die, and Auburn is saying her last goodbye. That little bit is only one chapter, then it fast forwards five years later and Auburn is on her way home and passes an art studio with a confession box and sign asking for help.
Auburn meets the artist Owen with his oh so dark and mysterious past, works for him that night, then the two of them go out to a bar, have chemistry and decide to meet again… But they both have confessions that could scare the other away.
Confess is fast paced and well written. Colleen Hoover always has some of the best ideas, but I always feel like they’re poorly executed! And 9 times out of 10 her “romances” are abusive and make me want to go on a ranting spree. (Have you guys read about what happened with BookTuber/Booklr WhittyNovels? Click here if you haven’t.)
Auburn has no backbone and lets people walk all over her. When her big secret was revealed, I was kind of pissed off. Not at her, but at her family and Adam’s family.
Owen was really gross and said only he deserved Auburn when they were having sex. He said it multiple times and it was really gross and creepy. Up until that part, I was really enjoying the book, and didn’t find it problematic like other CoHo books, but that scene put a bad taste in my mouth and the romance stopped working for me.
I really liked the twist/Auburn’s secret. I really wish there had been more of a back story! I always wish that with Colleen Hoover’s books though.