Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway: Confess by Colleen Hoover

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With Confess,  Colleen Hoover has given us another book with which to fall in love. Another book that grips us, surprises us, makes us laugh. Another book brimming with feeling as secrets hide behind words and confessions bleed off the page. Owen and Auburn’s story is defined by heartache and pain, fueled by hope and determination. It starts with a chance encounter that would change everything for them both. I loved this book and I hope you do too! So while we wait for Confess to hit e-readers worldwide on March 10th, I’m thrilled to share with you a never-before-seen excerpt from a scene that helps us understand Auburn’s grief-stricken past.

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Synopsis

confess coverFrom #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…

Excerpt

It’s been five weeks now since I came to Dallas, and the two of us have run out of sympathy from both sets of parents. I was told I have to return to Portland immediately are my parents will be slapped with truancy charges. If it weren’t for that, his parents might have let me stay, but the last thing my parents need right now is legal issues.

My flight is today, and we’ve exhausted all other ideas for how I can convince them that I don’t need to be on that flight. I didn’t tell Adam this and I won’t, but last night after more pleas from me, his mother, Lydia, finally voiced her true opinion on the matter.

“You’re fifteen, Auburn. You think what you feel for him is real, but you’ll be over him in a month. Those of us who have loved him since the day he was born will have to suffer with his loss until the day we die. Those are the people he needs to be with right now.”

It’s a strange feeling when you know at fifteen that you just lived through the harshest words you’ll ever hear. I didn’t even know what to say to her. How can a fifteen-year-old girl defend her love when that love is dismissed by everyone? It’s impossible to defend yourself against inexperience and age. And maybe they’re right. Maybe we don’t know love like an adult knows love, but we sure as hell feel it. And right now, it feels imminently heartbreaking.

“How long before your flight?” Adam asks as his fingers delicately trace slow circles down my arm for the last time.

“Two hours. Your mother and Trey are downstairs waiting for me. She says we need to leave in ten minutes in order to make it on time.”

“Ten minutes,” he repeats softly. “That’s not enough time to share with you all the profound wisdom I’ve accrued while on my deathbed. I’ll need at least fifteen. Twenty, tops.”

“I laugh what is probably the most pathetic, sad laugh to ever leave my mouth. We both hear the despair in it and he holds me tighter, but not much tighter. He has very little strength even compared to yesterday. His hand soothes my head and he presses his lips into my hair. “I want to thank you, Auburn,” he says quietly. “For so many things. But first, I want to thank you for being just as pissed off as I am.”

Again, I laugh. He always has jokes, even when he knows they’re his last.

“You have to be more specific, Adam, because I’m pissed off about a whole hell of a lot right now.”

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Don’t forget to check out Aestas Book Blog tomorrow for the next episode in the CONFESS
excerpt chain, and follow along with all the other stops on the 10 Days of Confess chain!

Day 1 – 2/23: Maryse’s Book Blog

Day 2 – 2/24: Vilma’s Book Blog

Day 3 – 2/25: Aestas Book Blog

Day 4 – 2/26: Rock Stars of Romance

Day 5 – 2/27: Shh Mom’s Reading

Day 6 – 2/28: Give Me Books Blog

Day 7 – 3/1: Once Upon a Twilight

Day 8 – 3/2: Me, My Shelf & I

Day 9 – 3/3: Schmexy Girl Book Blog

Day 10 – 3/4: Shameless  Book Club

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Review: Never Never (#1, Never Never) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

My Thoughts

A chilling, captivating thriller.
Hoover and Fisher have combined their unique talents to deliver a deliciously twisted tale of deceit, love and friendship that keeps you guessing long after the heart-stopping end.

4 four stars

Synopsis

never never coverBest friends since they could walk.
In love since they were fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember.
She’ll do anything to forget.

 

 

 

 

My Review

Check your preconceptions at the door, readers. This is a different—and exciting—Colleen Hoover/Tarryn Fisher experience. Never Never is a story that defies a specific category. It’s romantic, suspenseful, witty, edgy, mysterious and even creepy. I loved it!!! It has a supernatural twist that fuels the intriguing crux of the novel, sparking endless possibilities to conjure in one’s mind. Chapters alternate protagonist point-of-views as we piece together what’s happening in a book that starts with a blank.

“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”

Charlie and Silas have been friends since they were young, together since they were teenagers and now they’re strangers.

“I look at her, she’s the girl I supposedly make love to. The girl I’ve apparently made love to for a while. The girl I apparently still love. I just wish I could remember …”

The book’s mysterious circumstances begin to unveil, as Silas and Charlie’s story takes shape. The plot-driven approach peppers fragments of who they are slowly, as they react to situations and each other. I won’t divulge too much information, as it’s best to experience this story blindly, but I’ll share that their tale is twisted and unusual.  Not only that, there are shocking truths that change everything, and nothing is at it seems.  And these truths… they’re mere glimpses of what’s to come and it makes the story feel more sinister.

The story moves quickly and concludes with a totally heart-stopping, leave-me-breathless, oh-my-godding kind of ending. It was brilliant and it totally rocked. I promise that like me, you’ll be more than ready to devour the next book in this compelling new series. Ready to unravel this mystery to the core. Ready to embrace what is sure to be more chilling… more thrilling… more spellbinding.

Overall, it was a wonderfully suspenseful, addictive book. I was happy to see these two differently styled authors come together to push the boundaries of their individual comfort zones, and the result is definitely something to gush over. They’ve given us a page turner of a story we are sure to remember.

He’ll do anything to remember.
She’ll do anything to forget.

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Reading Order and Links

This is the first book in a continuing series. Three books expected.

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Review: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

My Thoughts

A funny, romantic, feel-good must-read.
It’s another Colleen Hoover home run and it mustn’t be missed!

5stars

Synopsis

maybe not coverColleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday, brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

My Review

Colleen Hoover once agains shatters the notion that novellas can’t pack a punch. In her sexiest book to date, she delivers non-stop humor tumbled together with a whole lot of heart. This wonderful novella is all about falling in love, moment by moment, minute by minute. Warren and Bridgette were like two puzzle pieces so perfectly cut to fit, but too stubborn to try and put together. It was a slow, but intense fall, as they each fought their own impulses to run the other way. Well, it was for Bridgitte, that is, because once Warren realized he couldn’t live without her, he did everything in his power to make her his. Whether it was through laughs, or kisses, or words, Warren made sure that each action he took showed Bridgette how much he cared, how much he wanted her.

There were so many elements I LOVED about this book. I loved the bickering, the challenging, the frenetic push and pull. It was addictive and energizing… the kinds of moments that had me smiling unabashedly. It was fun to read. It was masterfully written. It was funny. Sexy. Heartfelt. It was another Colleen Hoover home run.

She’s the best worst thing that’s ever happened to me.

When Warren first encounters Bridgette, his new roommate, he’s horrified… he did not want a girl sharing his space, his bathroom. But a half second later and a good look at her, he realizes this could be the best thing ever.

I hate Brennan.  I hate Ridge.  I also love them for doing this to me.
Maybe having her for a roommate could be a good thing.
“Hey, asshole!” she yells through the door. “I used all the hot water.  Have fun.”

Maybe not.

Bridgette and Warren start off on a warpath, slinging insults back and forth as their attraction for each other grows. The novella imparts in Warren’s POV and it’s so compelling to see how he battles his own feelings, his own intrigue. He’s fascinated by everything about her despite not really understanding her… and he can’t seem to get enough. He hates her one minute and is ready to marry her the next. The dynamic Hoover creates is brilliant.

Her hands are in my hair, and I don’t want her to move out.  I want her to stay. I want her to be my roommate forever.  She’s the best fucking roommate I’ve ever had and my God, she’s so nice. How did I ever think she was mean? She’s so, so sweet, and her lips are sweet and Bridgette, I love your name.

And then one moment of weakness dictates the perfect arrangement. Suddenly, there’s no going back for Warren. He’s all in. Ready to convince her he’s everything she needs.

“If I have sex with you, you have to promise you won’t get clingy afterward.”

I laugh, but I don’t move away from her neck.  “If you have sex with me, Bridgette, you’re the one in danger of becoming clingy.  You’ll want so much more of me, I won’t be able to tell the difference between you and saran wrap.”

But as both soon discover, there’s so much more between them than the sheets. And once Warren sees the truth and vulnerability in Bridgette, he sees a girl who inadvertently has stolen his heart. And for Bridgette, she sees a boy who has done everything he could to show her he cares. That he accepts her for exactly who she is.

She’s so confusing.  She’s so frustrating.  She’s so damn unpredictable. She’s nothing I’ve ever wanted in a girl, and absolutely everything I need.

I giggled my way through this book, as Colleen Hoover’s irresistible wit collides with her superb storytelling to deliver a wonderfully entertaining novella. Fans of Maybe Someday will enjoy seeing Ridge and Sydney all over again as this unlikely romance takes flight.

“God, you’re such a bitch.”

She laughs again.  “I know.  A bitch who finally met the right asshole.”

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Maybe Not can be read as a standalone, but best enjoyed after reading Maybe Someday. 

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Cover Reveal: Confess by Colleen Hoover

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I was thrilled to be able to exclusively share the first look at the striking cover of Confess on USA Today’s HEA blog! I absolutely love this cover… it would say it’s my favorite, but I’ve LOVED all the CoHo covers to date. Read up here and watch Colleen’s video introduction of the novel!

Confess will be out March 10th and you can pre-order here:

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Synopsis

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 that Owen is keeping some 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…

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