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…
Colleen Hoover never fails to impress me. I love that her books always bring something a little different to the table. I was immediately drawn into the story from the prologue alone. Hoover has this amazing ability to get me extremely emotionally involved with her characters. I seemed to feel every emotion Auburn felt!
Auburn was such an easy character to like. She is amazingly strong in the face of all that she has lost. Although her confidence to be a good mother has been beaten down, she fights through it with the help of Owen. I really enjoyed watching Auburn grow as a character. It took me a little bit to warm up to Owen, but as the book went on he continually surprised me. The reaction he had to finding out Auburn had a son was such a beautiful moment (again bringing tears to my eyes). Owen was amazingly understanding when it came to Auburn having to walk away from him, he understood that her son would always be her number one priority.
The only thing I would have liked to have seen done differently in this book is the build-up between Auburn and Owen. Their relationship progressed way too quickly in my opinion, this could be due to Owen’s past with Auburn but I still feel like things should have been drawn out a bit longer.
I really liked that Hoover did a flashback at the end to fully explain the connection Owen had to Auburn and her history. I love that Hoover incorporated artwork into this story, I think the ability so see some of the artwork being discussed in the book added a whole other dimension to the story.