One of the reasons Colleen Hoover is one of my fav authors is because every single book of her that I’ve read is original, intriguing, with a solid plot and likeable characters. We all can agree she’s an amazing writer and a talented storyteller. Right? Right…When I read the blurb for this book I was immediately intrigued. I wanted to know more about these characters and about these confessions and of course I had high expectation being a book written by CoHo. Despite my rating, this was a good read, but it wasn’t the best book I’ve read from this author. For me it wasn’t as gripping as her other books, it wasn’t like “Slammed” a novel that will always have a special place in my heart. Maybe because like I mentioned above my expectations were too high.
“Confess” is not only different from any NA that I’ve read, but it’s different from Colleen’s other books as well. The story is about Auburn who at 20 knows what loss means because she experienced it several years ago. Several years ago she was forced to grow up, make some difficult decision and try to move on after she lost a piece of herself. Auburn desperately needs a job and the one who will help her is Owen Gentry, a 23 years old young artist who’s looking for an assistant. They click from the beginning and Auburn is fascinated by Owen’s paintings. What Auburn doesn’t know is Owen knows her or…about her and that he has a secret.
“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, and this is definitely one of them.”
First and foremost I have to say that I really like the cover. I like the design and I also like the colors. Very pretty and very different from all NA covers. One aspect of this story you don’t know only by reading the blurb is the fact that all the confessions you read are true confessions submitted anonymously by readers. I loved, loved this aspect of the story! Very original and interesting. Another aspect that I loved is the original artwork. It wasn’t the first time when I come across something like that, so for me it wasn’t something new, but it definitely was interesting. I like this kind of things in my books. You will certainly be mesmerized by the beautiful and emotional prologue. It was gut wrenching and I’m pretty sure some readers will be in tears after reading it. I loved it!
While I found the premise of the story interesting and the story line was good, I found both main characters to be two-dimensional. I can’t say I loved either of them, therefore I didn’t connected (too much) with them. Auburn is a sweet girl with a big heart and I guess you could say she’s kinda strong as well.(in some way) One thing that I liked about her is how determined she is. Overall, I only like her, because at times she felt too weak for me. Needless to say she annoyed me a couple of times. I felt for her, I really did and I truly tried to put myself in her place, but in the end I couldn’t comprehend her reasoning. I wanted her to fight for her and for what she wants and not to be such a damsel in distress. Maybe I’m a little harsh, because she wasn’t too bad and in the end she ‘save herself’, but I’m still frustrated with her character even now, several hours after I finished this novel.
Own was better in my opinion. He is sweet, patient, protective, attentive, almost the perfect hero. Almost! Overall, he was a great guy, even if he’s a little judgemental and a little creepy as well in the beginning.
Auburn and Owen’s relationship progressed very fast in my opinion. There’s no insta-love, but everything felt rushed. And that’s why I didn’t feel any connection between them. Like I mentioned in some of my reviews, I’m that reader that has to feel the connection/chemistry between the characters. I need to feel it because it supposed to be a romance. Both of them mentioned many times they feel connected with the other, but I didn’t feel that connection.
When I read the blurb for the first time I really wondered about Owen’s secret. I was expected something big, important, something mind blowing. Unfortunately I can’t say I was impressed with it. It was just meh for me, it was pretty lame. Auburn’s ‘situation’ with Lydia is resolved very easily. I didn’t buy it! I expected the story to progress a little different from that point and I would have liked to see more ’action’. Also the ending felt a little too rushed for me.
There are not many side characters and you could say they all play an some role in Auburn and Owen’s relationship. I won’t say much about them. So, Lydia is a b*tch, Trey is an a**hole and Owen’s father is just…ungrateful.
Overall, this was a good read, but not my favorite read from this author.