Exclusive Excerpt: Confess by Colleen Hoover + Giveaway

Author: Colleen Hoover
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Review Source: Atria Books

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 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…

My mouth is agape and my eyes are wide as I stand and read all the confessions my eyes can reach. I still have no idea what this building is or what I even think about all these things being plastered up for the world to see, but reading them somehow gives me a sense of normalcy.  If these are all true, then maybe my life isn’t quite as bad as I think it is.

After no less than fifteen minutes, I’ve made it to the second window, having read most of the confessions to the right of the door, when it begins to swing open. I take a step back to avoid being hit, while I simultaneously fight the intense urge to step around the door and get a peek inside the building.

A hand reaches out and yanks the HELP WANTED sign. I can hear a marker sliding across the vinyl sign as I remain poised behind the door. Wanting to get a better look at whoever or whatever this place is, I begin to step around the door just as the hand slaps the HELP WANTED sign back onto the window.

Help Wanted.
Knock to apply.

I laugh when I read the alterations made to the sign. Maybe this is fate. I desperately need a second job and whoever this is desperately needs help.

The door then opens further, and I’m suddenly under the scrutiny of eyes that I guarantee are more shades of green than I could find on his paint-splattered shirt. His hair is black and thick and he uses both hands to push it off his forehead, revealing even more of his face. His eyes are wide and full of anxiety at first, but after taking me in, he lets out a sigh. It’s almost as if he’s acknowledging that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and he’s relieved I’m finally here.

He stares at me with a concentrated expression for several seconds. I shift on my feet and glance away. Not because I’m uncomfortable, but because the way he stares at me is oddly comforting. It’s probably the first time I’ve felt welcomed since I’ve been back in Texas.

Don’t forget to check out Me, My Shelf & I 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!

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, and Finding Cinderella. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.

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Book Review: Yours Tonight by Joya Ryan

Yours Tonight
Author: Joya Ryan
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 5th 2015
Review Source: Little, Brown Book Group UK | Netgalley

He will give her everything she's ever wanted . . . Jack Powell's confidence is matched only by his intensity. The darkness in him comes from years of secrets and memories he'd rather forget. Lana has an exotic innocence that draws him in and Jack wants a taste of her. She's a light in the darkness of his world - and she needs help, which he agrees to.

The only rule? He makes the rules.

Lana gives up her control, letting Jack take her body however he needs, while she works her way into his heart. But Jack's past catches up to them and Lana finds herself wrapped up in a scheme that will expose every secret she's worked so hard to keep. She clung to Jack once when her world was crashing down, but this time, she loves him. She'll continue to reach for him - her only fear is if he'll reach back, or go on his way, taking her soul with him . . .

Addictive and unforgettable, Jack and Lana's story will seduce, surprise and stay with you. A brand new romance by the #1 sestselling author of Break Me Slowly, this is an emotional roller coaster you'll want to keep riding forever.

This novel is recommended for those 18+ due to sexual content and/or mature subject matter. 

I’m a sucker for broken characters. They make the plot much more interesting and intense, and that’s what happened here in Yours Tonight. Both Jack and Lana have skeletons in their closets, and sometimes the skeletons poke out. Despite that their issues are years old they've imprinted on the characters and left a dark mark. Both having been through things nobody should ever experience in a lifetime, they bury their demons and try to find the good they could have together.

Jack and Lana meet at a bar when Lana’s clearly distressed and Jack offers his company. From there, the sexual tension between the pair grows, and Lana gets to experience sex as she hasn't before—kinkier and with spice. But outside of the bedroom is where the cracks show. Both characters are unwilling to share the pasts which clearly interfere with their current lives and it puts a barrier between the couple. But Lana isn't giving up that easily and she’s determined to get Jack to open up to her. Even if it means risking pushing him too fair and him walking out of her life.

I liked this one. I'm very partial to this type of adult fiction. The kind with broken characters, not-so-right families and light BDSM and Yours Tonight offered all of those things. Jack was an intense character, whereas Lana is weak. The aftermaths of their past affected them in different ways, causing Jack to close up and harden, and Lana's wall to close up. The anxiety and fear which plagues her is the product of her past.

I have much more anticipation for book two. I feel like the plot's going to kick in there. With Jack and Lana's relationship, we'll find out if they can stick it out through the thick and thin and make it work, and we definitely haven't seen the last of her father, stepmother and Brock. I have no doubt that the troublesome trio will be stirring up some storms in Yours Completely.

The only reason I couldn't rate this novel higher is because such a high standard has been set in the adult fiction/erotic genre that unless the novel completely blows my socks off, leaves me in a book hangover and left me spoilt for other books, like some book have, I find it hard to rate it. I really enjoyed this book but it didn't knock my socks off.

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