Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan @ bookslayerreads.  Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too. Please go check out Megan’s blog and say hello!!


Today I’m choosing a book I read a few years ago and that I totally loved!!




From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already 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, Owen 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 important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

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




CONFESS was released right when I was packing to move across the country. Needless to say, my husband was constantly yelling at me to stop reading! Obviously he has never read a Colleen Hoover novel because everyone knows once you start there is no way to stop. I devour her stories and everyone of them has crushed my heart and left me crying. CONFESS does not disappoint. Colleen Hoover, you owe me a box of tissues!


CONFESS is about confessions. I was mesmerized by the concept of this book from the start. The dedication begins with, “the confessions you read within this novel are true confessions, submitted anonymously by readers.” That completely intrigued me and had me flipping the pages to get to the confessions! Auburn Reed has had an average life and you can definitely say things haven’t gone according to plan. However, Auburn is one of the most resilient characters I have ever read and she isn’t going down without a fight. She is walking home one night in desperate need of a job when she stumbles across Owen Gentry, an artist looking for an assistant for his show.


Owen like most artists is eccentric and all over the place, but when he sees Auburn his life comes into focus. This isn’t a case of insta-love, it more about things lining up. He can see the life he wants to have, the life he deserves to have. However, he is also keeping a secret and it could destroy any chances he could ever have with Auburn. My emotions were all over the place where Owen is concerned. I loved him then hated him and then just wanted to slap him while screaming at the book “just tell her already”!


Once I started reading CONESS I discovered that there’s even more to this story than meets the eye. There’s an added layer to it that I absolutely loved but that I won’t mention because discovering it as you read is honestly the best. One of the things I love most about Colleen Hoover’s writing is how deeply she makes me care for her characters and how strongly she makes me feel for them. Deception and pain, love and loss, secrets and truths, hope and redemption—they all twist and tangle together creating another unforgettable novel from one of the freshest and most trusted voices in romance.


Have you read this or any of Colleen Hoover’s stories?  For some reason, I used to love them, but lately I don’t feel the same.  They used to shred my heart, make me cry ugly for hours and now…….not so much! Do you think it’s time for me to break up with this author?






13 thoughts on “STANDALONE SUNDAY

  1. Excellent review! I did not love this book as much as I did other CoHo’s books. I must confess (LOL) that Owen grated on my nerves for the first part of the book (the way he saw Auburn, stood up etc.) and I wanted to shake some sense in Auburn for the choice (mistake) she made. 😉

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