ARC Review + Tour: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Posted March 13, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review + Tour: Confess by Colleen Hoover
by Colleen Hoover

3.5 Stars


Released: March 10, 2015
Published by Atria
Pages: 320
Format: eARC


“I think Owen is going to become a lot of readers newest book boyfriend.  With just enough bad boy in him to spice things up, but a good guy at heart.” ~ Under the Covers

You know when you love an author’s writing because their books have been epic before that you just hold them to a higher standard than usual?  That is the case with me and Colleen Hoover.  So while I enjoyed CONFESS and in other circumstances it would’ve been much better probably for me, I just don’t think it holds to the standard I’ve set for her.  And I think a lot of that was the fact that I couldn’t fully connect.

Our heroine, Auburn Reed, has had a rough start in life.  From early on we see her suffering when her boyfriend at the time is fighting a losing battle against a disease and dies.  I’ll admit I was fully connected to her then.  At some point between that point and her current situation she lost a bit of my attention though.  By letting situations and people control her.  By not having it in her to fight for the right thing.

Owen Gentry on the other hand is a great hero.  Just a bit damaged by life, but still in control of his future.  And having the sweetest connection to Auburn, which we learn about at the end of the book and brought tears to my eyes.  I think Owen is going to become a lot of readers newest book boyfriend.  With just enough bad boy in him to spice things up, but a good guy at heart.  I can even look past the fact that his initials are OMG and that is used as a joke in the book more than once.

What I loved?  The concept of a painting inspired by people’s confessions.  Such a cool idea!  I really enjoyed the artistic aspect of this and now it just makes me seek someone that does this and that could paint some for me. 🙂

The romance between Owen and Auburn is sweet and has some sexy moments.  I was at times drawn in and at times just going through the pages waiting for the next thing to happen.  So it read a bit like a rollercoaster for me as far as my interest in the story.  It would lose me, then pull me back, lose me again, get me glued to the pages again.

I feel like the ending was good but there was one part I wasn’t sold on and that is the ease with which the subject of addiction recovery is handled.  I think just saying everything is fine now wasn’t believable enough for me, where I would’ve liked to see talk about steps there were taken.  One good person coming into someone’s live won’t magically make that issue go away.

*ARC provided by publisher


About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels and five novellas. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance categories.

Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. It debuted at #5 on the New York Times. Since then, all her eligible works have become New York Times best sellers.

Colleen Hoover is published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Colleen also has several self-published titles.

In 2013, Colleen’s third novel, Hopeless, was the first self-published novel to reach #1 on The New York Times, where it remained for several weeks. Hopeless went on to become one of the top 20 bestselling ebooks of 2013.

In 2015, Colleen’s novel CONFESS won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance. That was followed up in 2016 with her latest title, It Ends With Us, also winning the Choice Award for Best Romance. In 2017, her title WITHOUT MERIT won best romance.

Her novel CONFESS has been filmed as a series by Awestruck and is available on Katie Leclerc and Ryan Cooper star in the series.

Colleen founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service and bookstore, with her family in 2015. The Bookworm Box is a subscription service that provides readers with an exciting opportunity to receive signed novels in the mail each month from authors all over the world. All profits from the subscription service are donated to various charities each month. To date, The Bookworm Box has donated over $1,000,000 to help those in need.

Colleen’s next release is All Your Perfects, a contemporary romance novel due to release through Atria Books in July, 2018


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Thanks for the review Francesca

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Thanks for the review.


Thanks for the review. ..if only that was the case when someone entered an addict’s life :/