I am SO excited about Colleen Hoover’s upcoming release, Confess!! It’s coming out in just a couple of weeks (on March 10th). I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her, each story stunning me, and captivating me with it’s real-life feel, impactful reveals that I never saw coming, and yet every bit of that realism… exquisitely detailed. Gorgeously written. Colleen Hoover is one of my forever favorites, and I feel so blessed that I’ll already get to read another one so soon! *squeeeeee!!!*
So what’s this one about?
Here’s the blurb, to give you an idea of what we’re in for:
At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is 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 chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret 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.
To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.
Whoa. What is he hiding… what confession can be worse than the sin, itself? I MUST KNOW!!!
Here’s an exceprt to kick off a week of sneak peeks!
I pass through the hospital doors knowing it’ll be the last time.
On the elevator, I press the number three, watching it illuminate for the last time.
The doors open to the third floor and I smile at the nurse on duty, watching her expression as she pities me for the last time.
I pass the supply room and the chapel and the employee break room, all for the last time.
I continue down the hallway and keep my gaze forward and my heart brave as I tap lightly on his door, waiting to hear Adam invite me in for the very last time.
“Come in.” His voice is somehow still filled with hope, and I have no idea how.
He’s on his bed, lying on his back. When he sees me, he comforts me with his smile and lifts the blanket, inviting me to join him. The rail is already lowered, so I climb in beside him, wrap my arm over his chest, and lock our legs together. I bury my face into his neck, searching for his warmth, but I can’t find it.
He’s cold today.
He adjusts himself until we’re in our usual position with his left arm under me and his right arm over me, pulling me to him. It takes him a little more time to get comfortable than it usually does, and I notice his breathing increase with each small movement he makes.
I try not to notice these things, but it’s hard. I’m aware of his increased weakness, his slightly paler skin, the frailty in his voice. Every day during my allotted time with him, I can see that he’s slipping further away from me and there’s nothing I can do about it. Nothing anyone can do but watch it happen.
We’ve known for six months that it would end this way. Of course we all prayed for a miracle, but this isn’t the kind of miracle that happens in real life.
My eyes close when Adam’s chilled lips meet my forehead. I’ve told myself I’m not going to cry. I know that’s impossible, but I can at least do everything I can to forestall the tears.
“I’m so sad,” he whispers.
His words are so out of line with his usual positivity, but it comforts me. Of course I don’t want him to be sad, but I need him to be sad with me right now. “Me too.”
Our visits over the last few weeks have mostly been filled with a lot of laughter and conversation, no matter how forced. I don’t want this visit to be any different, but knowing it’s our last makes it impossible to find anything to laugh about. Or talk about. I just want to cry with him and scream about how unfair this is for us, but that would tarnish this memory.
When the doctors in Portland said there was nothing more they could do for him, his parents decided to transfer him to a hospital in Dallas. Not because they were hoping for a miracle, but because their entire family lives in Texas, and they thought it would be better if he could be near his brother and everyone else who loved him. Adam had moved to Portland with his parents just two months before we began dating a year ago.
The only way Adam would agree to return to Texas was if they allowed me to come, too. It was a battle finally getting both sets of parents to agree, but Adam argued that he was one dying, and he should be allowed to dictate who he’s with and what happens when that time comes.
Don’t forget to check out Vilma’s 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!
Ready for that giveaway?
How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment telling us your most favorite Colleen Hoover novel (or just leave a comment that’s fine, too!), and by 10pm EST, Wednesday February 25th 2015, I will randomly select ONE winner for a print copy of Confess: A Novel.
The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent directly to the winner by the publisher (Atria Book – Simon & Schuster).
Open to U.S. and Canada only but all are welcome to comment!
10 Days of CONFESS Excerpt Chain Stops
- 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
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, Finding Cinderella, and Ugly Love. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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