Review: CONFESS by Colleen Hoover

Confess
by Colleen Hoover

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is 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 chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret 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.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

Right from the start, I told myself to expect the unexpected when it comes to Colleen Hoover. I’ve read most of her books, I always get surprised with the twists, and I always end up loving them. So I knew first hand that Confess was gonna be different, unique and brilliant.

But my heart wasn’t prepared to break, my mind wasn’t ready for the clusterfuck of emotions and my eyes refused to release the tears threatening to open the floodgates. Damn that prologue, it really had me worried. Auburn’s pleas and heartfelt farewell with  Adam deeply penetrated my heart. I thought I would never be  able to finish the story, because damn, first chapter in and I was already wailing.

“I’m selfish. And if one night with you is all I can get, then I’ll take it.”

But I refused to give up. I, for  one, do  not  have  the  habit  of  DNFing  a  book. So I devoured each and every page of Confess, I dissected Owen’s obsession with confessions, I recoiled from Auburn’s cries for her child, and I tortured myself to tears, until the last page. Good thing I wasn’t wearing makeup nor mascara that day, or else, I’d look like Alice Cooper with all the tears that I’ve shed.

I’ll take whatever you’re willing to give me. Because I know that if you walk out that door, then ten years from now . . . twenty years from now . . . we’ll wish we had listened to our hearts when we think back on tonight.”

Confess is really a surprisingly unique story. The idea of writing confessions and having them illustrated in an artwork was a totally amazing, intriguing and engaging idea. I don’t know how CoHo get her book ideas, it’s like every book she writes is like Pandora’s box, opening new and different surprises that tempts the readers to crave for more.
Owen Mason Gentry had a great impact on me. OMG, I want some lovin’ like Owen. This book totally blew me away.  I regret not reading it immediately after I got it a year ago. What was I thinking,  right?  I’m so grateful to my reading buddy,  Jel who inspired me to read this masterpiece.  I couldn’t ask for any other book to read with a dear friend.

Confess is definitely a must read,  highly recommended and totally worth every tear. I think I can safely say that Confess is now my most favorite CoHo book.

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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by Colleen Hoover

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

coffeesynopsisdLily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

coffeethoughtsFinally finished this at 5am. I was restless last night, as if this book was telling me to wake up and face Ryle, Atlas and Lily. So I gave in.

And now I’m lost. Ruined. A mess.

When I first started reading It Ends With Us, it was merely out of curiosity since most of my GR and FB friends had been babbling about the sheer excellence of Colleen Hoover. Of course, we’re talking about THE COLLEEN HOOVER so I’m game to any books she’ll release. I’ve always loved her books and I’m a big fan of CoHo, so yeah, definitely, IEWU deserves a spot in my shelf.

Until I finished reading the book. My first reaction was: How can something so beautiful be so painful at the same time? It took me days to finally come up with a review. I thought if I get to read other books right after IEWU, the feeling of restlessness and extreme pain won’t be as hurtful as before.

I was mistaken.

Clearly, until now, I’m still swimming… swimming like Dory.. swimming in my own tears. Like Celine Dion said, “it’s all coming back, it’s all coming back to me now….” the feels, the jealousy, the pain, the abuse, the trauma… everything. Cuts like a knife, pierces like a dagger. I thought I could empathize with Lily Rose Bloom, but the struggles, abuse, torment and suffering she endured was indescribable and unbelievable. I realize I couldn’t and didn’t want to put my feet in her shoes.

Ryle, Ryle, Ryle… I was sympathetic with him in the beginning, until I saw his other side. Man, my heart was ripped out of my chest. I started to hate Ryle and didn’t want to change my opinion of him.

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And Atlas… my dear Atlas. The moment I learned of his homeless situation, he already held a soft spot in my heart. When he made cupcakes for Lily, I grew more in love with him. I thought I could only love him in the past tense, in the journal, in Lily’s memory of her teens. Eight years later, I love him even more.

The ending was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better end. I liked that Lily won’t be swimming anymore.

What gutted my heart afterwards was when I read Colleen’s side of the story. Oh my. I cried for her. I cried for Atlas. I cried for all the women who had to experience what Lily had. I cried for Colleen’s mom. I cried for Dory.. and I cried for myself. (because I just couldn’t stop the tears flowing from my eyes).

I love you Colleen.

 

P.S. I thank my GR friends for their words of encouragement while I was reading this book. Also, please check out my good friend and read-along buddy, Henz for her spectacular review in her blog, The Bookworm Panda. 

 

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UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

Ugly Love

by Colleen Hoover

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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★★★★★: Awesome!!! I really loved this book! (Highly recommended)

Elizabeth “Tate” Collins met a totally wasted and semi-conscious Miles Archer on the doorway the day she moved in to her brother’s apartment. The scene itself should have been a turn-off for Tate, but as days passed, Miles suddenly became a constant, albeit hesitant shadow to Tate’s dark world.

Both were attracted to each other. Both couldn’t keep their hands off each other. Both didn’t want to fall in love. But they had come to an agreement if they want to continue seeing each other – to be together for one sole purpose – to satisfy their hunger for sex whenever they pleased.

It sounded like a plan for Miles, who really was afraid to commit. It started alright with Tate, until Miles laid down the rules. No asking about the past. No looking forward to the future.

I say, Fùckk the rules! These two are good for each other. If I had my way with Miles, I might not care about his past but I definitely want to start a future with him.

So Tate & Miles started an affair, right under her brother’s nose. Her brother who was her lover’s best friend. Until finally, Tate’s heart got broken into tiny little pieces, blaming herself for falling in love with a man who’s got no regard for his future. If only Tate knew what was it that had broken Miles and turned him into what he was…

Oh my…. During and after reading this book, I felt like my heart was going to implode, then burst and fly away because it can no longer take the pain and emotions surrounding it. Oh my.. I think my heart just became a puddle now.. A puddle of tears.

My heart cried out for Miles. He lost a great deal in the past. For six years, he suffered and shut the world out. He didn’t want to take the ground, was afraid that it would drown him. So he took his frustrations to the sky. He flew, he dived, he soared, until he could no longer feel. Until one day, an angel brought him down and put back his feet to the ground.

My heart also cried out for Tate. She didn’t want to fall in love. She wasn’t looking for it. But it came. It haunted her in her sleep. It made her crave. It made her dream. It made her smile. She became a glutton for punishment, a pushover for love. In the end, it made her cry and her heart died.

Reading Ugly Love made me realize that love is powerful, eternal, sublime. The things we take for granted need love. The things that make us happy sometimes turn ugly. We are like Miles and Tate. Afraid of commitment, afraid to love, afraid to fall apart.

Oh my. I think Colleen Hoover just turned me into a poet of sorts. I have always loved Colleen Hoover’s works. She’s a gem. A true talent. A genius. She’s a piece of work — a masterpiece. I’ve read almost all of her books (save for Confess) and everytime I finish reading her masterpiece, I end up feeling exhilarated, I break down and burst into tears.  Happy tears. Colleen Hoover is an enigma!

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COLLEEN HOOVER

I love to write and I love to give away things that I write, so follow me on my Facebook author page at http://www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover

Twitter and Instagram: @colleenhoover

I host a book-a-day giveaway on my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. I give something away every single day, so don’t miss out!

My Favorite Quotes/Lines on UGLY LOVE

“If you love me more today than you loved me yesterday, then I can’t wait for tomorrow.”

“God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.”

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“What if someone told you they could erase that entire night from your memory, but in doing so, they also have to erase every single good thing. All the moments with Rachel. Every word, every kiss, every I love you. Every moment you had with your son, no matter how brief.

The first moment you saw Rachel holding him. The first moment you held him. The first time you heard him cry or watched him sleep. All of it. Gone. Forever. If someone told you they could get rid of the ugly stuff, but you’d lose all the other stuff, too . . . would you do it?”

—- Ian, to Miles

“If being with Tate for a few short months can make that pain bearable enough for you to answer with maybe, imagine what a lifetime with her could do for you.”

—- Ian, to Miles

“Some people . . . they grow wiser as they grow older. Unfortunately, most people just grow older.” “You’re one of the ones just been growing older, because you are as stupid as you were the day you were born.

—- Cap, to Miles

“Well, for one, I’m not allowed to break your heart,” he says. “Second, I’m also not allowed to break your damn heart. And last, I’m not allowed to f**king break your damn heart.”

—- Miles, to Tate

“You’re the only one who could have ever met my standards for her, Miles. I’m happy it’s you.”
—- Corbin, to Miles
“Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much you miss people until you see them again.”
—- Tate, to Miles

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“I’m not Tate when I’m near Miles. I’m liquid, and liquid doesn’t know how to be firm or stand up for itself. Liquid flows. That’s all I want to do with Miles.
Flow.”

—- Tate

“It may be a small piece at a time, but my past is yours now. All of it. Anything you want to know, I want to tell you. But only if you promise me I can also have your future.”

—- Miles, to Tate

“I want your mess. I want your clothes on my bedroom floor. I want your toothbrush in my bathroom. I want your shoes in my closet. I want your mediocre leftovers in my fridge.”

“Whoever coined the phrase, I love you to death obviously never experienced the kind of love Tate and I share. If that were the case, the phrase would be I love you to life. Because that’s exactly what Tate did. She loved me back to life.”

NEVER NEVER (Part 1) by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Never Never (Never Never #1)
by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

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Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

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★★★★★: Awesome!!! I really loved this book!

Two lost hearts, two forgotten identities, two conflicting people, one chance at getting everything right. Silas and Charlie are lost and are striving to know what really happened, how and why.

When mysteries start to unfold one after the other, I told myself, oh this keeps getting better and better! Mind you, I was doing my laundry while reading this book, and I couldnt stop reading until eveything sets into place. Only at the end, it didnt. I just became more and more agitated as I tried to piece everything together. What happened to my laundry, you asked? Well, all the clothes dried by themselves without me hanging them on the clothesline. I was lost. I couldn’t believe this happened. I need to know what comes next for Silas and Charlie! As in right now!

Amazing! Arguably one of the best short stories I’ve ever read! Colleen and Tarryn are a match made in book heaven! Can’t wait to read their next collaboration!

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COLLEEN HOOVER
I love to write and I love to give away things that I write, so follow me on my Facebook author page at http://www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover

Twitter and Instagram: @colleenhoover

I host a book-a-day giveaway on my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. I give something away every single day, so don’t miss out!

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TARRYN FISHER
I would like to write a novel that every, single person loves, but not even J.K. Rowling could do that. Instead, I try to write stories that pull on people’s emotions. I believe that sadness is the most powerful emotion, and swirled with regret the two become a dominating force. I love villains. Three of my favorites are Mother Gothel, Gaston and the Evil Queen who all suffered from a pretty wicked case of vanity (like me). I like to make these personality types the center of my stories.
I love rain, Coke, Starbucks and sarcasm. I hate bad adjectives and the word “smolder”. If you read my book-I love you. If you hate my book-I still love you, but please don’t be mean to me; I’m half badass, half cry baby.

Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

findingFinding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5)
by Colleen Hoover

This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.

officialsynopA chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

officialreviewThis was really a very cute, heart-melting and uber romantic story about a guy, looking for the girl he had connection with after spending almost an hour inside a utility closet. Okay, the closet isn’t a romantic setting to say the least, but his efforts and attempts to find his girl, was romantic for me. I really couldn’t stop smiling while reading Daniel & Six’s story. This is a light-hearted read compared to the heavy drama that Hopeless brought me

I don’t know how she does it, but Colleen Hoover always writes great books and this is no exception! Every story send chills to my spine, tears in my eyes, creases on my forehead, dimples on my cheeks, and smile on my lips. Finding Cinderella may be short, but every page is worth it.

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I’d love to say more, but based on every review I’ve read on Hoover’spage and , I think all of her followers have said everything I’ve ever wanted to say. Perfect beach read. Perfect nighttime story. Perfect morning starter. Yay!!

My Rating: 

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Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

hopelessTitle: Hopeless (Book 1)

by Author: Colleen Hoover

officialsynopSometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

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This is My first Hoover book is Hopeless and I instantly became a fan. I love how the author wrote and described Dean Holder and Sky; very realistic, character driven and full of emotions. While other people may probably say that it’s never a good idea to talk to strangers, I, on the other hand, would entertain Dean Holder if he comes up to me and ask for my name. I will tell him all things he wanted to know,, without batting an eyelash!

But seriously, the whole story is really beyond amazing. It opened my eyes to the world of the abused, neglected and abandoned. It made me realize that in the real world, someone, somewhere out there, yearns for the love of family and yearns for acceptance without prejudice, like Sky. That there’s somebody else hoping to find the one that had left a missing piece in their heart, like Holder. That somewhere, there’s someone who could never forget everything that he has done in the past, like Hope’s father.

Holder and Sky. Dean and Hope. The past and the present. I got the best and worst of both worlds in this stunning series. I enjoyed the cheesy moments, the heart-breaking scenes, the bestfriend intervention (Six is a really cool BFF!). I love everything in this book.

Colleen Hover has woven a tale that tells you not only to like, and live, but also to Love.

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