Genre: New Adult & College, Literary, United States
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Published: March 10th 2015
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…
So, this one starts out with feels. Which puts up all sorts of alarms, because I know there's always a point on Colleen Hoover's books where there's a bunch of drama with all the feels. This meant the stuff at the beginning was nothing in comparison. And I was scared.
For the most part, I enjoyed both Elizabeth Louise and Sebastian York's narration. Except when they had to do the ... I'm assuming it was Irish... accent. That was painful. That character might have been a cool guy or whatever, but whenever he was talking I wanted to just fast forward it and make it go away.
Anger at Lydia, sadness over what Auburn has to go through, Trey basically existing caused strong wanting to stab him.
Like Auburn, I have been made to feel I wasn't a good mom. So I felt invested in the story, hoping she'd be able to prove her naysayers wrong. Also, like her, I have been with someone who made me feel obligated to be with them. So, I felt a lot of connections to the main character.
As for the love interest, Owen... I just wasn't feeling him. Not that I disliked him, but I just felt nothing for him. Even after everything he did. Nada. Now, Emory, Auburn's roommate. She was flipping awesome. Holy fluff balls, some of the things she did!
Anyway, I liked this one but it is not one of my top Colleen Hoover recommendations for someone new to the author.