Book Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Confess by Colleen Hoover – Book Review by Miss Kristine’s Reviews

Synopsis: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Title – Confess (Website, Goodreads, Amazon)

Author – Colleen Hoover (Website, Goodreads)

Published – March 10th 2015

Classification – Fiction

Summary – Auburn Reed has 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, Own 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 Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Own out of it. 

To save their relationship, all Own needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.


Okay, I am officially obsessed with Colleen Hoover.

Confess is the second book of Colleen’s I’ve read and loved. I read Maybe Someday and fell in love with the characters and plot line. I debated on picking up the second book, but decided I wanted to keep the characters alive for a bit longer, so I placed a different book by Colleen Hoover on my 2016 Summer Reading List.

In this stand alone novel, Colleen weaves a fantastic story full of mystery, romance, and confessions. Auburn Reed hates living in Texas. It is hot and she has to walk everywhere because she sold her car. But she has to stay to put her life back together to the way it is suppose to be.

Auburn has to find a second job – and fast. Pieces of paper hanging and a ‘Help Wanted’ sign catches her eye through her tears. That is when she meets Owen Gentry, the gallery owner who gives her a job for the afternoon – and possibly the opportunity to find someone who makes her as happy as when she was with her first boyfriend at age 15.

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Colleen’s amazing talent brings to life Auburn and Owen.

I love that her writing portrays so much of the characters – they run so deep.

The story wasn’t a mystery but there were pieces the reader has to put together. Colleen put in the perfect amount of revelation where it is needed.

The set up of the plot line is brilliant. The change in the POV is clear to the reader (nothing is worse than having to go back and re-read a section because I didn’t know the POV changed). The flashbacks happened at the perfect times. And the tie-in towards the end was fantastic.

The romance and attraction is organic and original. You won’t ever get the cheesy romance lines like “I laid eyes on him and couldn’t remember my name” from Colleen Hoover.

One character I wish Colleen Hoover would have explained more is Tray. To me, the character was hard to relate to because I didn’t know his motives. We don’t read from his POV and Colleen doesn’t explain the thought behind his actions.

But if that is the worst criticism I can give, I still rate Confess 5/5 stars.


Confess by Colleen Hoover is a fantastic story with true characters, a brilliant plot line, perfect amounts of revelation, and organic romance. What more could one want?

Confess by Colleen Hoover

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