Originally written for TheBookClub.
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s 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 risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets 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.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
This is the first Colleen Hoover book that I’m not too fond of, even though I finished it in less than a day. It disappointed me greatly. The book did not do justice to the blurb that you just read.
I’ve read all of CoHo’s books and all of them were brilliant. They had a main element to it which connects the two main characters, like in Slammed it was Slam Poetry, in Maybe Someday it was music and here it was Art. One of my favourite things. That’s the best part of a Colleen Hoover book. It’s not insta-love, but the bonding over something common.
However, I had problems with this book. This was a story that I wouldn’t associate with CoHo. The story had some really nice bits, but it was not put together well. They were all disconnected, and tried to float away, and by time you grasp them, the magic that CoHo usually weaves in her books is gone. *Poof* The structure also just added to the confusion. It started with five years earlier, and ended with five years earlier. That wasn’t my problem. Somewhere in the middle, there was a *Three Weeks Earlier* and then the story continued. If she’s trying something new, it most definitely isn’t working.
Auburn and Owen are not my OTP (One True Pairing) and all of Colleen Hoover’s couples are brilliant. Owen and Auburn didn’t have that chemistry between them and didn’t make our hearts flutter whenever they got together, no matter their history.
But OMG. Owen is awesome. I loved the concept of Confessions and I loved the fact the Owen uses them as inspiration. Some of those are shocking, some a funny and some are heart-breaking. There’s nothing like just opening your eyes to world around you when you need inspiration. And Owen himself was such a mystery. He was a typical artist and I love him for that.
The other characters were different. Emory was one of my favourites. Lydia and Trey were manipulative beings.
And I loved the way it ended.
Huh. So maybe I did like it, after all. Just not as much as the others.
Recommendation: If you love Romance novels, Colleen Hoover should be your top choice!