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…
I don’t think it is a secret by now that I fell in love with Hoover’s writing last year with her releases of Maybe Someday and Ugly Love. I devoured both of those books in 2014 and they made my top 10 list for the year. Maybe Someday actually was my top book of last year. So you can say the expectations going into this book were pretty high.
As soon as the book started out with a heartbreaking tale of what one girl had to go through early on in life I was all excited and set for another heartbreaking and yet beautiful tale by Hoover. I was completely with the story in the beginning because what person doesn’t want to read about a wounded girl having to fall in love again with a guy who seems artistic and a little unconventional. I highly enjoyed Owen and Auburn right from the start and I did enjoy their early chemistry.
Sadly, once the book kept going and I kept reading more and more about their situations in life I just didn’t feel what I usually feel with a Hoover book. I liked them both well enough but I thought they were making stupid decisions and they were not even together for most of the book. This really bothered me because here we are with Hoover trying to sell me and other readers almost on the idea of instant love between these two. They hardly get any screen time together and forming a relationship so I guess it was just hard for me to buy that they really loved each other. It just seemed very juvenile and young to me to think that they were in love after barely spending any time around one another.
Overall, I just felt that the instant love feel really ruined what could have been great. I liked the book well enough but I needed more and I certainly have come to expect more out of a Hoover book. I guess in the end this just didn’t feel like a heartbreaking and beautiful story to me. It fell a little flat in my opinion.