by Colleen Hoover
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Synopsis via Goodreads
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…
I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would, the last couple of CoHos books left me feeling a little underwhelmed, but CoHo has an interesting way of writing that successfully keeps me intrigued. I like the way she slowly reveals a little bit of the mystery throughout the book, I never try to guess what’s going to happen next I just like for her stories to reveal themselves the way they do.
Auburn has to be one of my favorite CoHo leading ladies, I found her to be a tremendously strong woman and liked how she inspired strength in others throughout the book. my heart broke for her so many times when she had to go through the crap that she did, I admire that she would go anything for the people she loved in her life.
Owen was great, I enjoyed his point of views a lot and his style as an artist and seeing where his inspiration came from fascinated me. His character kind of emphasized that I really like artists. That’s always been one type of guy I’ve always felt drawn to and not always in a romantic way, I always try to make friends with painters, writers, and musicians and so far out of the 5 CoHo books I’ve read I’ve loved Ridge- Guitarist, Ben- Writer, and now Owen-Painter. I think it’s safe to say that I love creativity.
The plot was well done, there were a lot of flashbacks thrown into the story, but they were all clear about where they were in the timeline and I really appreciated that. The ending in the present day, however, left me very unsatisfied, I feel like I needed more closure from Auburn and Owen, but I loved the last chapter of the story, it was perfect I wouldn’t have changed an entire thing about it.