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 my second Colleen Hoover book, and it did not disappoint. I was drawn in from the very beginning and never wanted to stop reading.
I love how unique and fascinating the storyline is. The idea of "confessions" is a big topic in this book, and I like how it is incorporated into the story. Owen's art is based around people's confessions, which we get to read. These are actual confessions from real people according to Colleen Hoover. I think that aspect of the book is so intriguing and a cool addition. I also enjoyed the integration of the artwork. There are color prints included in the book. I love that Colleen Hoover put in the time and effort to do that. Not only is the artwork beautiful, but it just makes the story come to life. All of those things along with the premise made for a very engaging read.
The book switches perspectives between Auburn and Owen, which I always enjoy. Owen is a great, complex character. I really felt for him and wanted him to be happy. I felt sympathy towards Auburn's situation and it was very interesting to read her journey. However, her character fell flat for me. I did not totally connect to her and she didn't have much of a presence for most of the book. Obviously, she was physically there, but didn't seem to be doing much of anything. I know part of this is the situation she is put in, but her character did not leave a big impact on me. While I generally like the characters, Owen more than Auburn, I didn't feel as strongly about them as I hoped I would.
The plot and writing really kept me reading. The plot developments kept me on my toes, and I could not wait to see how everything was going to turn out. There are revelations that shocked me and some that brought me to tears. This is a very special story and I loved seeing the characters grow and overcome their obstacles together. I also adored the romance. The writing sucked me in and connected me to the story even when I couldn't fully connect with the characters.
Overall, this is an emotional and heart-warming novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.