BXTCHES Gotta Warn: With no pun intended, I should probably confess something to you BXTCHES. I had no intentions of really ever reading this book. Now, before you BXTCHES get all cray on me, hear me out. I haven’t read every CoHo book out there, but I have read about 6 of her books and the one thing I have learned time and time again is. . .this particular BXTCH needs to be in a safe place emotionally before I take a walk into her imagination. With all of the talk floating around regarding Confess: The Series being released (I will have more on that at the end of the review), I started to debate whether or not I should suck it up and read the book, I knew I was going to watch the series, it was just a matter of how many times I was potentially willing to be gutted. The first two episodes were then released and I realized that the book was going to be worthy of my attention. So, here we go. **Disclosure: I promise I will try my best to not unlock any spoilers.**
Confess will be told through the POV’s of both Auburn and Owen.
Confess is going to kick off about five years prior to the story coming to life. Auburn is just a young 15 year old from Portland whose boyfriend (Adam) is terminally ill and has been moved to Dallas, which is where we are first introduced to Auburn. We actually meet her on her final day in Dallas, saying her final goodbyes to her first everything. She is being forced back to Portland. So, right out of the gate, CoHo goes for the jugular. . .told you, you need to be in a safe place when reading.
Fast forward five years and Auburn is back in the Lone Star State. I don’t want to provide spoilers, so I will just say this. Auburn finds herself back in Dallas because she still has ties to Adam’s family. If you can piece the puzzle together, then you go BXTCH!
Walking home from work one day, she walks by a local art studio which happens to be looking for help, needing a little extra cash, she takes a chance and is knocking on the door of Confess. When the owner opens up, Auburn is blown back by the grateful eyes staring at her. Owen Mason Gentry is the genius behind the artwork. After inviting Auburn inside and learning that they share the same middle name (so maybe fate is at play here), Owen has himself a new employee.
Owen’s artwork is based on the confessions of complete strangers, they write down their deepest, darkest secrets and Owen puts the story to canvas, a brilliant and beautiful concept. Auburn finds herself not only moved by the art hanging on the walls, but by the man himself. A feeling that she hasn’t felt in about five years.
With Auburn still tied to Adam’s family, she is careful in the way that she lives her life and unfortunately, Adam’s older brother Trey (who happens to be a cop) doesn’t really think that Owen is the best path for Auburn to take, and of course there is more to that storyline, you’ll just have to go on the path of discovery. Owen has some confessions he will need to share as well. C’mon, you didn’t think things were gonna be that cut and dry did you?
There is really no way for you to know which way this story is going to turn and unfortunately this is about all I can give you, because I’m quite sure I have already said a bit too much.
Let’s talk about the support in this book. This is not an ensemble cast, while everyone plays their part and does so very well, the love really circles around Auburn and Owen. Regardless of how big or small, the secondary characters do fill in some gaps. The one thing (among many) that CoHo does very well is developing your feelings for every character written. If you are supposed to love a character, she makes sure you are swept off of your feet, if you are supposed to loathe a character, she is going to be certain that you are seething with rage. It’s very difficult to lodge a complaint, because everyone does the job they were given to do.
CoHo books aren’t really centered around sex, but that doesn’t mean that they are lacking in heat. Within these pages she does a great job of building the tension between Auburn and Owen. . .there are a few moments that it gets pretty thick. Her books may not be centered around the sex, but that BXTCH doesn’t lack creativity when getting down to the action. It takes a special talent to write sex that could be described as “tender fucking”, but that is what she does. Without any hidden innuendo. . .you can feel the passion between Owen and Auburn.
Even though I was somewhat reluctant to give this book a go, it turned out not to be the most emotionally draining book of CoHo’s that I have read and for that, a BXTCH was thankful. Just because I didn’t find myself in a corner, balled up in the fetal position, doesn’t mean she didn’t take me for a ride, she made sure to keep me alert at all times. The best part of her books, while also being the worst part of her books, is her ability to throw you a curveball when you thought the game you were playing was tennis. CoHo can do angst and drama and suspense and humor and love like no other and if you are someone who thinks fate is just a word, then I implore you to learn all about the author herself. Colleen Hoover is someone who was meant to tell stories, she is someone who was meant to slay us with her words, she is someone who was meant to offer us an escape and allow us to live in her imagination, if only for a short amount of time. It’s glorious, it’s dreadful, it’s beauty, it’s heart pounding. . .after all it is all about the #confessions.
I know that I didn’t give much to go on with this book. If you find yourself in a “should I or shouldn’t I” battle, go with should. Even if you decide to watch the series first, I still would recommend a read of the book. And while I’m not a connoisseur of fine artwork, the confessions displayed in this book and series are really beautiful.
Confess has been turned into a 7-part series that will be shown on go90.com. The first two episodes have already been released, with the remaining five being released on Tuesday (4/4/17). It looks like each episode will be about 22 minutes long and as with any book that makes it to screen, some things are going to be different, BUT, I really think that the changes made in the series is not going to impact the heart of the story. I have already checked out the first two episodes and those episodes are the reason I decided to crack open this book and see what kind of damage CoHo could do to my soul. I have read that one would need an account on go90 in order to watch the series, I have yet to be prompted to set up an account.