I’m going to confess straight up that I’m biased when it come to CoHo. Even though her books are generic, and pretty much based on the typical NA storyline – I still can’t stop falling in love with everything she writes. I enjoyed Confess thoroughly and it’s one of those books where you don’t need to think or analyse the book, but simply take things as they are and enjoy the book. The review below might come off a bit biased but I’ve tried my best to write about every aspect of the book as it is.
GoodReads Summary :
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…
The story is good enough, fast-paced and overall, enjoyable. It has the power to keep the reader going, and yes things are dramatic almost throughout the book but then if you’ve read a CoHo book before, you know that drama makes up her stories. However, it’s not dramatic enough to fall under the category of ‘cliche’.
The book begins on a sad note, with the separation of two lovers, but CoHo smacks you and makes you laugh in the very next chapter and suddenly twists things to make you sad again. The entire story is based on a conflicting situation, where the characters want to do one thing but know that they ‘should’ be doing something else. The way the story builds up, and then everything coming together in the end was hardly predictable, and once we find out the various connections all the characters had with each other, it is just sad.
The writing is strong, fluid and easy to read. You won’t even understand and the pages will keep turning themselves and soon enough, you’ll be done with the book. It has an easy fluidity to it, as like other CoHo books – the story and writing flow together.
The characters are general NA characters which appear in every book, with maybe a few slight variations here and there but mainly, resembling the same person. It just seems that NA authors nowadays don’t take that much time to actually develop and create a character, they just take up already existing ones, attach a disturbed back story of their past to them (which is as broken and mysterious as possible) and there! Readers go all mushy about them. The characters in this book are good, but they’re nothing new, if you know what I mean. They’re the same old.
Reading this book leaves you with an overwhelming reaction which urges you to straight up give this book a 4, or even a 4.5 rating. I finished the book two days ago, and still haven’t marked it on GR, because I wanted to think and see whether I would feel the same two days later. As predicted, I was correct. It didn’t have any lasting effect on me. I don’t catch myself thinking about it, and it had no impact whatsoever. I have rated it a 3.5 stars purely on entertainment basis and because it was a very good ‘read’ but no so good ‘book’.