on March 10, 2015
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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.
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…
One word. Er, acronym. Three letters. (If you’ve read the book you probably know which word I’m talking about.) OMG. This booked ruined me in the most beautiful way. I knew it would happen, it was written by Colleen Hoover. But I loved it. Every heart-warming — and breaking– moment of it.
We meet our main character, Auburn, in one of the darkest times in her life. She’s just had to say goodbye to someone she loves, and moves away to try to make a life for herself. First day in her new ‘home’ she meets the artistic and somewhat flirty Owen. The story progresses over a few days, and then a few weeks, and by the end of the book I felt like I knew these characters for much longer than I had.
Absolutely stunning. I cried both happy tears and sad tears (and devastated tears). Hoover knows how readers want to feel deep in their chests when they’re reading about characters like Auburn and Owen. They aren’t perfect people, they are realistic, and so is their love.
Auburn is such a strong female character who fights for what she believes and is willing to sacrifice anything for the people she loves. I have major respect for this girl, not only for all the shit she has to deal with, but also how she goes about doing it in such a mature way. She definitely doesn’t let bad circumstances affect how she deals with things.
Owen is strong in a different way then Auburn. He is far older than his years and it shows in the way he handles his situation with his father, and also how he treats Auburn. He’s a romantic, obviously, but in a subtle, differently alluring sort of way. He’s different than the book boyfriend types I’m used to reading about, but I really enjoyed it. And him.
He squeezes my hands. “I’m scared you will.”
> “There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”
> “I’m afraid if I listen to my heart once, I’ll never figure out how to ignore it again.”
> “I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”
> “How is it possible that I’m already falling in love with you?”
> “He kisses me like I’m his canvas.”
> “It’s amazing how you don’t realize just how alone and scared you were until you have someone by your side to support you.”
> “He presses his palm against my heart. “And no one else deserves to be inside you if they can’t get there through here first.”
> “I don’t feel lost in him at all, because it’s the first time I’ve ever felt like someone truly found me.”