Published on: March 10th 2015
Published by: Atria Books
Genre: NA Romance
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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…
“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”
I can’t believe how long it has taken me to actually pick this book up and read it! It’s been sat on my bookshelf for over 2 years but it somehow never quite made the cut when it came to me choosing my next book. Thankfully, the book being made into a TV series kicked me into gear and I finally picked it up, and then couldn’t put it down until I had read the entire thing!
This story was unique and beautiful and featured two characters who I immediately connected with. Sure there were some parts of the story that I guessed at (as we all do with most romance novels), but there were other parts that I just didn’t see coming and that flawed me. The romance is so much deeper then even I was expecting and there is a strong sacrifice theme running through it too which made it the perfect amount of emotional for me.
“I’m scared I’ll never feel this again with anyone else,” I whisper.
He squeezes my hands. “I’m scared you will.”
One reason why I love CoHo books is that they are not filled with drama just for dramas sake, everything that is in there needs to be in there. The entire story line had me gripped and once I (finally!) picked this book up I didn’t put it down again until I had finished it. CoHo has this incredible ability to spoon feed us just enough information through out the book that keeps us on the edge of our seats the entire time and when I got to the end of the book and everything was revealed I was stunned to silence.
This book is unique due to it’s connection with the art that is both written into it but also featured in the book itself. Danny O’Connor’s art work is beautiful in itself, but when combined with the confessions featured in the book it becomes so much more powerful. I’ve included my favourite three prints from the book below, but you can find (and buy) more from Colleen’s store.
One cool thing about this book is that all of the confessions in it came from real people, who anonymously sent them into Colleen. There are some confessions which made my heart hurt, some which made me cry, others which made me smile. But knowing that they had all come from real life people just made their messages so much more powerful than is CoHo had made them up herself.
“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.” My tears fall harder at his words. “And I’ll love you forever. Even when I shouldn’t.”.
As I mentioned above, this book has been adapted into a TV series by Awestruck and all seven episodes are now available to view on their app (US only). Unfortunately for anyone outside of the US only the first episode is available on the Awestruck YouTube, but hopefully the rest will be made available soon too. Check out the trailer below…
It might not be my favourite CoHo book but the powerful combination of art, confessions and a story of love and sacrifice has made it one that I will be reading over and over for a very long time.
Re-Readability: Hell Yes!
I would recommend this book to fans of: colleen hoover, emotional reads, stories that contain real world issues, na romance, inspirational reads, books that feature art
Other books by Colleen Hoover you should read:
It Ends With Us . November 9 . Ugly Love
Hopeless . Losing Hope . Finding Cinderella
Slammed . Point of Retreat . This Girl
Never Never #1 . Never Never #2 . Never Never #3