From number-one New York Times best-selling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love - and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.
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 that Owen is keeping some 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.
©2015 Colleen Hoover. All rights reserved (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved
"OMG… One Must Give this book a listen."
One More Gifted book from Colleen Hoover. She spins this intricate web of confessions that make Owen and Auburn’s story slowly reveal itself. One May Guess at whose Confession will be bigger. You end up trapped in the center wanting to jump to the end to know what confession might break them completely… but you can’t because you don’t want to miss a minute of this incredible book.
Sebastian York has always been my favorite male Narrator for his portrayal of alpha males. Owen is definitely not an alpha male, he is a sensitive artist. I was thinking that Sebastian wouldn't work in the role... being like a loud drum solo instead of the intricate guitar solo you expected. Thank goodness Sebastian pulled it off. In the beginning of the book he portrays Owen with a soft almost boyish sweetness as he welcomes Auburn into his studio. As Owen life and confessions unravel, Sebastian bring the power back into his voice as he fights for what he wants. He captures all the nuances in the book from the sweet confessions in the tent to the intense moments in the Art Studio.
As for Elizabeth Louis, she shines throughout the book. She is completely believable as Auburn’s character and the way she captures Auburn and Owens interactions with shy reserve to intense desire had me on the edge of my seat.
Colleen’s made an excellent choice of Elizabeth and Sebastian to bring alive this amazing book full of emotional highs & lows along with some extreme hate that might require a gun toting Bestie (just sayin’). The pair were like the perfect duet pulling you in with their harmonizing voices and leaving you ready to put it on repeat to listen to over and over again.
OMG… One Must Give this book a listen.
I'll preface this by saying: I either LOVE or HATE Colleen Hoover's novels. I LOVED Ugly Love, and have listened to it more than once. On the other hand, I couldn't make it through Hopeless as hard as I tried. That being said, I was anxiously awaited this book hoping it would fall into the realm of the former rather than the latter.
Annnnd I relatively disappointed by this one. While this book is still much better than a lot of books out there as far as quality goes, it was a slow listen for me. The plot was anticlimactic and predictable, the characters were a one-dimensional, and I never really felt a connection to the storyline.
I really wanted to like this one but it just fell flat for me. Worth a credit if you're a Colleen Hoover fan, but if you haven't read any of her stuff, I'd spend my credit on Maybe Someday or Ugly Love instead.
Confess was a struggle to finish. Auburn and Owen were both weak characters; Auburn's level of weakness was inexcusable throughout most of the book, although the reader is supposed to forgive her because she has something to lose if she fights against those causing her adversity. Even though Auburn and Owen 'won' in the end, it was placid and unsatisfying. I was surprised that this book was so highly rated...I know Colleen Hoover is an awesome YA writer as I have a couple of her books, but Confess fell flat. Save your credit and get "Maybe Someday" if you don't already have it.
"Not my favorite Hoover"
A little too predictable
I normally love Colleen Hoover but was disappointed with this one. I will have to just re-read my favorite, Ugly Love!
"#Confess, 5 stars are not enough for this story!"
OMG (not being lame, you’ll see when you read the book) this is one of the most incredible stories I have read. Colleen Hoover just has this amazing talent of weaving storylines together, so much so you can never guess what is coming. This book will fill you with so many emotions right from the prologue. I literally went from sobbing, to laughing to hating some characters so much I could feel my blood pressure rising! The story has the perfect blend of raw reality and humor right when you need it most.
I read the paperback and listened to the audiobook at the same time, because I simply did not want to have to put the story down for any reason! Sebastian York and Elizabeth Louise did an amazing job narrating the story for the chapters I listened to. I look forward to listening to the whole audiobook soon since this story just begs to be read over and over!
Of course, this isn’t just a simple book. In the digital or paperback version, you also get to see the paintings (commissioned by Danny O’Connor) that Owen creates from peoples’ confessions and that adds so much more to the experience. I can’t even look at the last painting without wanting to curl up in the fetal position and bawl my eyes out! Please do yourself a favor and also purchase the digital or hard copy of the books in addition to this very well done audiobook!
I am simply in awe of Colleen Hoover’s creativity and storytelling ability. Seriously, 5 stars are just not enough for this book!
"not what I expected."
didn't love it but didn't hate it.
narrators did a great job but the story just didn't empress me. it felt rushed a bit , left me struggling to care about what happened.
"I love Colleen Hoover but..."
I love Colleen Hoover but this was not my favorite. I loved Ugly Love and Hopeless. I loved confess too, it's a beautiful story but i don't like when a book finishes and I don't get a happily ever after... I didn't get a glimpse of what happens with Owen and Auburn long term :-(
If there is one name that people recognize that read New Adult – it’s Colleen Hoover. I read Hopeless– which I loved. And then there was Never Never – which I didn’t like at all. I’ve heard so many lovely things about ALL of her books – but it just hasn’t been a ship I have jumped on, for no reason in particular. But I see the appeal, because I am *THIS CLOSE* to adding Hoover to my auto-buy list.
What surprises me – and maybe shouldn’t – is that she writes characters with so much depth. They are flawed and layered, and unapologeticly real. Emotion pours off the page, and in all-consuming and at times, suffocating (in a good way). The chemistry between Owen and Auburn came natural. Their scenes together were my favorite and not just the sexy times.
It’s hard to really get into the plot without spoilers – but holy moly is it twisty. You think you have everything figured out – but you don’t. And how intricately their stories are intertwined will blow you away. I will also go on the record and say that the Confessions are one of my favorite things. I loved how they were real confessions, from real people. It also adds an additional layer of depth to the paintings, since these are what was used as Owen’s inspiration. (There is more to it than that but SPOILERS!!)
Elizabeth Louise & Sebastian York nailed it. It’s hard to find two narrators that are both “in-sync” with the characters. Not to mention Sebastian York’s voice is sexy. I can listen to this man all day long, seriously.. Both will be added to my favorite narrator list for sure.
As you can see – I loved this book. I am itching to go and buy a physical copy so I can see the paintings for myself. Plus – it’s a new favorite and MUST be added. I highly recommend it. (Especially on audio, because OMG sexy voice).
"<3 <3 <3"
awwweee loved this story. loved the characters...loved Owen's "job" and the story line was really good.
"Colleen Hoover got me again!"
Once again, Colleen Hoover doesn’t disappoint. Confess is another emotional and engrossing story that didn’t let me go until I heard the last word.
I’m becoming a big fan of Ms. Hoover’s writing. Her stories feel real, her characters are not without their faults, but this only makes them more credible. She always deals with complicated matters that reflect reality in many ways. Her cleverly woven stories are always a treat. I never mind being taken for a gut-wrenching and intense ride, where anger, angst, hate and frustration are often my companions, all while a beautiful love story and sensual chemistry develop.
I love the way she grabs me with her insufferable situations and makes me feel a range of emotions the way only a well thought out plot and characters can.
Her love stories are messy, angsty and many times frustrating. Especially when you want the heroine to blow everything and follow her heart. As a mother, I could totally relate, and I completely understood her actions.
There’s no higher vulnerability for me than my kid. And this is where I think it might make a big difference in how you relate to Auburn’s actions and the story, in general. I could easily see someone that doesn’t have kids finding her decisions totally frustrating. Nobody has a woman more by the balls than those with the power to take an offspring away. Not a good woman and mother, anyway.
Auburn’s heart was tragically broken when she was only fifteen year’s old – now life presents her with a new chance at love and happiness. Unfortunately, it won’t be easy because a beautiful 4-year-old already owns her path. She won’t do anything to jeopardize that path.
I love Colleen’s heroes! And Owen Gentry was not the exception.
At first I wasn’t sure if he was the right guy for a girl whose immediate gold is to fight to get her son back. But as the story develops I discovered an amazing guy; a great artist with a heart of gold who has a tragic story of his own.
I love that we got a villain to hate! Yes! I was angry. Villains are mostly cowards that hide behind a power and are perfect manipulators when they exercise that power….I HATED that guy! I loved how I immediately found him creepy.
My only complaint is that everything got wrapped up a little too quickly for my taste. And even though I felt satisfied with the ending, I didn’t feel a real end to the story, in general.
All in all, I really enjoyed Confess! I can’t say it’s my favorite to date, Maybe Someday and Ugly Love still hold that place. Yet again, I found the story downright engrossing; you don’t listen to an audiobook from beginning to end with just one small break unless you are totally invested.
Genre: New Adult
I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Louise, and although this is the first time I’m reviewing one of her narrations, she’s not new to me. In fact, if I see a NA title I want to listen to, and I see her as the narrator, you can believe it’s an auto-buy for me.
Again, just as she was perfect with the heroine in a book I just finished a few days ago (Becoming Rain), she’s also fantastic with the portrayal of Auburn Reed.
I love how she can bring the emotions from the text to life. And just by having listened to two different heroines almost back to back, I can easily see how she truly gets the essence of a character’s personality.
One of her biggest talents is her voicing of male characters. Her approach always feels effortless, and she always manage to deliver masculine voices that will never interrupt your enjoyment of a romance novel. She’s fantastic!
This it’s one the few instances I say she could have carried the novel on her own, and I’d have never missed a male narrator…She’s that good!
Now for one of my favorite man! Sebastian York, Oh man! Oh man! He’s a fantastic reader! This is not the first time or the last time you’ll hear me say that; However! I did find his voice a little too grown if I may, for a portrayal of a 21-year-old. I was taken aback for or a second when I heard Owen’s age.
Sebastian’s voice is the a voice of a man! And I loved that, so I hated that I felt a little conflicted by his portrayal of a young men. Nevertheless, there’s nothing immature in Colleen’s characters, so his delivery works. And now that I got that off my chest, I can assure you he’s reading is fantastic.
Sebastian is also a very talented narrator; he’s excellent with Owen’s vulnerabilities and emotions.
I loved Owen! Even though, in my mind he was a little older than 21..lol
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