Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Adult Romance / New Adult
Synopsis: 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…
My Rating: .75ish
So this one was a bit difficult to judge. I read it in a matter of hours and it felt a lot more like a novella than an actual book. I will say that these 3.75 stars mean just what they mean – I enjoyed this book. However, I think unfortunately it’s rather forgettable. Ugly Love continues to reign as the best Hoover book I’ve read so this falls somewhere in between the awesomeness of Ugly Love and the below-average of Hopeless. I had issues with it and will discuss below.
The story follows a dual narrative like all Hoover books and we meet Auburn who lost her love at age 15 to cancer and we now see her five years later as she’s tried to get on with her life. She’s not doing too good, desperately needing money she takes the vacancy in the art gallery which is when we meet Owen. Owen owns a sort of flash-art gallery that only opens once a month and it’s all very trendy and hipster. His painting are in demand and all are titled by confessions that random people leave on his door. The romance blooms from there as these two characters connect.
One must never forget that despite everything Hoover writes romance novels, this is what we’re here to read and I think Hoover does above average what others in her genre do mediocre or even badly. New Adult is a place where it can be pretty good and it can be pretty awful.
This book is pretty straight forward – you have bad characters with no redeeming qualities and you have good characters filled with altruistic actions. Our female protagonist, Auburn cries quite often in this novel – granted she’s in a very difficult situation but I wish she didn’t cry as often as she does. She certainly had that damsel in distress vibe going on until the very end which became quite frustrating for me. Owen was the interesting one out of the two but I still feel that Hoover does much better when the character’s self is what is getting in the way of their happiness versus the outside forces. There was tons of clinches and slut shaming and I just can’t get into that. All in all – cute, quick quick read. A good palette cleanser which worked great for me because I’ve read 3 back to back 500+ books and I needed to just… rinse. This is what this book is, a quick mouthwash before you go off to better things.