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WITHOUT MERIT by COLLEEN HOOVER

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SYNOPSIS
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Usand November 9 comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

5 ‘you bury me’ stars

‘He takes a step closer to me and it suddenly feels like I’ve swallowed his heart because I have all these extra beats in my chest.’

Colleen Hoover is an author who beats to her own drum. An author who writes from the heart, never relying on trends or shying away from tackling the difficult and heavy subjects. In fact this is an area where Colleen Hoover shines. Her innate ability to deal with weighty issues in a fictional setting is always delivered with an abundance of heart, sensitivity, sincerity and honesty. Yet, she always manages to guard our hearts somewhat with her natural warmth, sense of humour and truly beautiful characters.  It’s a heady mix we can’t help but devour.

“We’re just two different people in two different sets of experiences.”

A Colleen Hoover book is like Christmas. They only come once a year which makes a Colleen Hoover release so special. It’s like CoHoMas! The wait, the wonderment, and the tease – it all adds to that excited expectation that boils over the moment her next release lands on our Kindles.

We loved seeing this author return to her YA roots in Without Merit as she so perfectly captures the teenage indecisions, emotions and angst we all remember so vividly. Colleen Hoover has once again delivered a powerful and thought provoking story which tackles a prevalent, tough and crippling subject matter. Not only that, this novel also touches on current issues that pose food for thought.

Some readers pick up a book to escape, some to find an awakening. In Without Merit, we get to experience both through genuine loveable characters who each appear to have flaws, yet when we scratch beneath the surface we find these characters are perfectly relateable; they could be us, a friend, a relative. We care for them and can’t stop thinking about them.

‘I once read a quote that that said, “Don’t make your presence known. Make your absence felt.”
No one in this family notices my presence or my absence.’

The test of a good story is how you feel when you close the book. Was it a story you could easily move on from, or was it a story that consumed your thoughts, scarred your heart, left you worrying and wondering about the characters long after closing the last page? There is no doubt Without Merit affected us in all manners mentioned, as we discovered something of ourselves reflected throughout this story.

“I’ve met a lot of people in my life, Merit. But you might be the strangest of them all.”

Without Merit is told through the voice of 17 year old high school student Merit, and what a beautiful narrator she is. You can’t help but feel for this young girl who thinks she’s an outcast in her small town and within her dysfunctional family. Merit is weighed down by family secrets, and can only take so much. After reaching her breaking point, Merit decides to free herself by relaying the family secrets and shattering her family and herself in the process. What transpires is thought provoking and heartfelt. The feelings so genuine we felt every emotion.

“Why can’t we be a normal family?”
“I don’t think such a thing exists, Merit.”

To divulge more of this story could potentially interfere with your reading experience, so we’ll leave the storytelling to the expert. Suffice to say Without Merit carried all the trademarks we adore about this author, again reminding us why we come back time and time again to experience her incredibly potent, intoxicating and unforgettable stories.  They say you can’t really understand someone until you walk in their shoes and that couldn’t be more true than the characters in Without Merit.

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.”

A touching, honest and incredibly heartfelt story. Each character will touch your soul. Each of their stories will leave an indelible mark on your heart. Oh and …prepare for Sagan and Merit to completely steal your romantic hearts.  Sigh……..Sagan….a hero in every sense of the word!

Reviewed from an ARC copy received from Atria Publishing, with thanks. 


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THE SLAMMED SERIES

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

SLAMMED BOOK ONE

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POINT OF RETREAT BOOK TWO

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THIS GIRL BOOK #2.5 NOVELLA

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THE HOPELESS SERIES

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

HOPELESS BOOK ONE 

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LOSING HOPE BOOK TWO

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FINDING CINDERELLA – FREE NOVELLA

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THE MAYBE SOMEDAY SERIES

Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

MAYBE SOMEDAY

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MAYBE NOT – NOVELLA

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UGLY LOVE – STANDALONE

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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CONFESS – STANDALONE

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…

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NOVEMBER NINE

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

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IT ENDS WITH US

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

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IT ENDS WITH US by COLLEEN HOOVER


5 + STAR ‘SPOILER FREE’ REVIEW :: IT ENDS WITH US by COLLEEN HOOVER

Standalone : Emotional love story


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SYNOPSIS

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up. She graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant and has a total soft spot for Lily; and the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his no dating rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan, her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all too human characters, “It Ends with Us” is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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It ends with us

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

“You are my world, Lily. My world.”

Nothing…and we mean, nothing…could have prepared us for how this story unfolded. You know a book has affected you when you finish it and sit there numb, unable to even contemplate moving until you’ve processed all the intricacies of the emotional, unforgettable and extraordinary story you’ve been privy to. When, a day later, you catch yourself staring into space thinking about the characters you’ve loved, their situation and their outcome as though you’ve experienced every aspect of the story on some personal level. And then…. struggling to find the words to adequately convey your feelings when all you really want to do is grab every reader and yell, READ this book! When, no matter how emotionally battered you feel, you want readers to experience the pain and courage it took this author to put down her words for us to share.

That’s exactly how we feel after reading It Ends With Us. The naked truth? This story wasn’t anything we expected but so much more than we could have asked for. We were left overloaded with emotion at the intensity and direction Colleen Hoover took us in with Lily’s story. This is the Colleen Hoover we love, the lady whose words are like a warm, comforting hug one minute, a kick to the heart the next.

“I love you, Lily. Everything you are. I love you.”

It took guts to write this story because as heartbreaking as it was for us to read it, we can only guess what it took for Colleen Hoover to reach into her heart and bring this book to life. This is an author with the incredible talent to weave a story that left us questioning ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings and with It Ends With Us, Colleen Hoover deserves all the accolades this story will bring.

We (fairly or unfairly) placed Colleen Hoover on a pedestal years ago. She’s way up there as far as authors go and we have come to expect the unique and the phenomenal from her. It’s hard not to when she is responsible for books such as: Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless and Maybe Someday. These are the sort of books we treasure and don’t get to experience as often as we’d like.

We liked, but didn’t love the last two books we read by Collen. They felt a little ‘safe’ for want of a better word. We know this author, we know what she’s capable of and those two books fell a little short of our expectations, but that’s our opinion and we know others loved them. We were worried our love affair with Colleen’s writing was over and that, readers, would have been a travesty. It Ends With Us has broken that voodoo and we couldn’t be happier…despite having tears streaming down our faces.

“How far would you go, Lily?”
“I don’t know.”

Some have told us this is a huge departure for Colleen Hoover but we disagree. This, this is the sort of story we always knew Colleen Hoover would one day deliver. Now we understand the posts we’ve seen from her stating how difficult this book was to write and how much it took out of her because reading it tore us to pieces. We loved these characters with every beat of our hearts so when they hurt, you can bet we hurt too. This one hit us hard. Personally it resonated with us in ways we’d rather it didn’t and would love to forget.

Colleen Hoover dug deep for this book and It Ends With Us is testament to how Colleen has grown as an author in the last four years because this story is remarkable, different, honest, heartbreaking and at times agonizing reading. This is not an easy book to get through but by God, it’s rewarding.

“Someone once told me that there is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

There is so much we’d love to tell you about this book. We’d love to sift through the layers, the complexities, the sheer emotion of the story, but we won’t because the surprise element is what makes this story so palpable and only an author can tell their story. What we will say is that Colleen Hoover sideswiped us big time, many times and that synopsis doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what you’ll find between the pages of this book. The significance of the title had us in tears.

Reliving Lily’s youth was particularly difficult for us both. It was a personal journey we understood implicitly and it hurt to read. We were Lily and that was punishing for us both. In true Colleen fashion, though, she delivers this part of Lily’s story in an imaginatively warm way that had us both tearing up and giggling, our hearts overflowing with warmth as much as dread. Oh how we loved the courageous Lily Bloom. We championed her, we understood her and we felt for her every step of the way from her younger years to present as we lived Lily’s journey.

‘Imagine all the people you meet in your life. There are so many. They come in like waves, trickling in and out with the tide. Some waves are much bigger and make more of an impact than others. Sometimes the waves bring with them things from deep in the bottom of the sea and they leave those things tossed onto the shore. Imprints against the grains of sand that prove the waves had once been there, long after the tide recedes.’

If you’re a person who shies away from heartbreaking stories or who shuns anything resembling a love triangle (this is not a love triangle) and you allow those feelings prevent you from picking up this book, you’ll be kicking yourselves because this is one of the best reads of this year. We can’t urge you enough to take a step outside of your reading bubble and trust this author to guide you with her beautiful, honest, heartbreaking and raw words. This story demanded to be told, we feel it demands to be read and as we sit here with tears streaming down our faces, we know we won’t be forgetting this experience any time soon.

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MORE BOOKS BY COLLEEN HOOVER

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THE SLAMMED SERIES

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

SLAMMED BOOK ONE

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POINT OF RETREAT BOOK TWO

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THIS GIRL BOOK #2.5 NOVELLA

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THE HOPELESS SERIES

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

HOPELESS BOOK ONE 

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LOSING HOPE BOOK TWO

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FINDING CINDERELLA – FREE NOVELLA

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THE MAYBE SOMEDAY SERIES

Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

MAYBE SOMEDAY

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MAYBE NOT – NOVELLA

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UGLY LOVE – STANDALONE

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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CONFESS – STANDALONE

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…

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NOVEMBER NINE

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

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CONFESS by COLLEEN HOOVER

Confess

SYNOPSIS

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…

Confess

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“It’s not a confession if no one reads it. It’s just an unshared secret.”

First up, we have to commend those who shared their real life confessions in this book. Some were shocking, some heartbreaking, all extremely personal. It’s not something we could have done because once shared the anonymity of those confessions ceases to be personal and private, but our hats go off to those who did share, it certainly couldn’t have been easy putting yourselves out there and we applaud your bravery because knowing they were real certainly added another element to this story.

It’s been too long since we’ve picked up a Colleen Hoover book so to say we were enthusiasticly opening our Kindles to start Confess is an understatement. We couldn’t wait to be enveloped in the beauty of this author’s words and the uniqueness that is so prevalent in her stories.  To us, reading a Colleen Hoover book is like being coming home. Her stories and characters are, in a way, comforting. We expect to be captivated, comforted, warmed throughout whilst at the same time experiencing first hand the trials of her characters. We adore the “Colleen-isms”, as we call them.  You know, the little ‘something’s’ that make her books so remarkable and captivating.

“I’m afraid if I listen to my heart once, I’ll never figure out how to ignore it again.”

There hasn’t been a book of hers we haven’t fiercely loved and so it is with the heaviest of hearts we have to say, on some levels Confess didn’t work for us. There were things we loved and things we didn’t.

If there is one thing Colleen Hoover does spectacularly well it’s creating the most wonderful heroes. She writes her men with the perfect balance of sensitivity and vulnerability yet with a presence that is so commanding in the best possible way. They’re men who love with all their hearts, they’re not pushovers but neither are they weak. They’re men we respond to and can’t help but fall in love with and Owen Mason Gentry is no exception. What a beautiful man. HE is what kept us flipping the pages.

‘My mother says there are people you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know. I feel like Owen is the latter.’

Another aspect of this authors work we love is the way she makes us work emotionally  in her storytelling, never failing to bring us into the story, thus ensuring we FEEL every up, every down, every hope, every despair, every joy and every heartbreaking moment right along with the characters. We don’t just read her books, we become a PART OF HER STORY and our hearts are normally held ransom right until the very end.

However, (and this is possibly the hardest thing we’ve had to ‘confess’) we’re sad to say we didn’t experience the emotion in Confess as we have in previous Colleen Hoover reads.  That ‘Colleen-ism’ that we love with a passion seemed to be absent this time around. Oh we felt certain parts of the story – how Owen’s life was woven into Auburn’s and how this was brought to its conclusion was wonderfully moving and a definite highlight, but for the most part, it all felt a little too convenient and rushed .

It was as though we were being told ‘this is how it is’ rather than being shown. We felt we weren’t afforded the nitty gritty of the characters or the actual story, which felt underdeveloped and non cohesive.

We did feel for Auburn at times, but mostly she frustrated us. Lydia’s dismissal and manipulation of Auburn was abhorrent and as much as we understood the reasoning behind Auburn’s hesitancy in standing up to this wretched woman and Trey, it frustrated us that she didn’t and the way this, and other aspects of the story were wrapped up felt  a little too opportune.

‘How can a fifteen-year-old girl defend her love when that love is dismissed by everyone?’

Now, there were many parts, Owen in particular, that touched on that Coho magic we’ve come to love and we savoured every one of those , but overall it fell short for us. We were excitedly anticipating Confess, looking forward to having our hearts shredded and healed in true Coho fashion but it didn’t eventuate. Whilst we did enjoy Confess we didn’t fall madly, deeply in love as expected and it hurts our hearts to ‘confess’ this. We missed the way Colleen Hoover used to grab our hearts, twist them in our chest then slowly let go as we sobbed from the beauty of her characters and words. Now we can’t wait for her next book and hopefully feel the return of that Coho magic we so desperately love.

On a side note:  We reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the Publisher which did not contain the paintings that were so crucial to the story and wonder if this would have enhanced the emotional pull of the story for us.

 

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  CONFESS by COLLEEN HOOVER
Releasing 10th March 2015 – Pre Order your copy here
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Confess

♥ BOOKS BY COLLEEN HOOVER 

MAYBE SERIES
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Maybe Not CH

 MAYBE SOMEDAY
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 MAYBE NOT – NOVELLA
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THE HOPELESS SERIES
(TB Reviews)

Hopeless Series

 HOPELESS
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 LOSING HOPE
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 FINDING CINDERELLA – Free Novella
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 SLAMMED SERIES
(TB Reviews)

Slammed Series

 SLAMMED
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 POINT OF RETREAT
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 THIS GIRL
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ON OUR TBR’S

 UGLY LOVE
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ugly love

 

 

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MAYBE NOT – A NOVELLA by COLLEEN HOOVER

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SYNOPSIS

Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

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Maybe Not

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G:  ✯✯✯✯ Stars

“She’s the best worst thing that’s ever happened to me.”

If there’s anything we’ve learnt from a Colleen Hoover book is that there is no such thing as a secondary character. Although they may play a supporting role to the main characters, they never fail to make an impression on us and enter our hearts. So, it’s only fitting that at some point they should tell us their own story and we’re absolutely thrilled Warren was able to tell his and Bridgette’s story in Maybe Not.

“You did smile, Bridgette, and you need to own it, because it was fucking beautiful.”

We first met Warren in Maybe Someday and he made quite the impression. The loyal, funny prankster who was a perfect balance to Ridge. Who was, in some ways, his voice of reason, we know…hard to believe isn’t it!  Getting to peel back the layers of Warren’s personality was enlightening to say the least as we became acquainted with him on a whole new level and what a gorgeous character he was.

Warren is so entertaining. He possesses an almost child-like quality that endears you to him immediately. He’s got a heart of gold, is as funny as all hell, yet there’s a whole new element to this guy that lies behind the prankster loving façade.

‘She’s nothing I’ve ever wanted in a girl. And absolutely everything I need.’

This isn’t simply a retelling of MS from a different perspective and nothing felt repetitive. This was a story in its own right….a story behind the story if you like, so don’t be thinking this is simply a rehash of Maybe Someday because it isn’t.

Some revelations were very unexpected and the relationship between Warren and Bridgette was steamy, emotional, funny and let us tell you, Warren definitely had us swooning a few times! As is the case with a Colleen Hoover book, there were moments of true beauty in this warm and entertaining read.

“The only difference between falling in love and being in love is that your heart already knows how you feel, but your mind is too stubborn to admit it.”

We find out the reasons why this girl is always so mean, and the misunderstanding regarding Sydney from Warren’s POV produced a few giggles.

Bridgette was quite the contradiction and didn’t she give Warren a run for his money, causing Warren to decide he quite liked mean girls because Bridgette was definitely mean to him but not to the point where you disliked her because they both gave as good as they got.

“You sure do know how to make a guy feel like shit, Bridgett.”

Bridgette’s revelations were quite heartbreaking and there was so much to this young lady. Finding out how she came to room with the boys was quite the twist! Is it any wonder she had built up such high walls? She was no easy nut to crack and Warren certainly had to work hard for her affections but oh it was fun watching him try!

“And I realized that I’m never happy. I was an unhappy child and I’m an unhappy adult and nothing in my life makes me feel the way you do.”

Emotion, steam, giggles and a couple of surprises along the way.  Colleen Hoover fans will love this one. Enjoy!

“Give. Me. Your. Hand.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by Atria with thanks**

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THE MAYBE SOMEDAY SERIES

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MAYBE SOMEDAY
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BOOKS BY COLLEEN HOOVER

THE HOPELESS SERIES
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Hopeless Series

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LOSING HOPE
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FINDING CINDERELLA – Free Novella
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The SLAMMED SERIES
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Slammed Series

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POINT OF RETREAT
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THIS GIRL
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UGLY LOVE
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 (NBUgly Love is currently optioned for a movie starring Nick Bateman…swooon)
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MAYBE SOMEDAY by COLLEEN HOOVER

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SYNOPSIS

Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 5 ++++ Outstanding…..she’s done it again…stars!

‘Truths are written, never said.’

Jenny:  Well, Gitte, I think we’ve just about run out of accolades to describe the uniquely beautiful talent that is Colleen Hoover. I’d love to spend a day inside her head! How does she manage to create such wonderful, relatable and truly engaging characters to life?

Gitte: I don’t know Jenny, but what I do know for sure, is that every time I pick up a new story by Colleen Hoover, I’m filled with nervous anticipation as well as excitement because she has a lot to live up to. I almost want to say she’s her own worst enemy, in the sense that her talent is sublime perfection and the expectations are already incredibly high before you even turn the first page. There’s no question in my mind, however, this was no exception.  She went above and beyond. This lady is crazy talented and I’m in complete awe and feel very lucky to experience such intense beauty every time I read her work.

JennyYep, and with Maybe Someday, we’re once again blessed with the presence of such beautifully written characters.This time, we get to meet another swoon-worthy incredibly sweet character, who’s a musician no less, who goes by the name of…be still my beating heart….Ridge.  And what an absolute sweetheart he is, yet there is something unique about Ridge, but we’re not going to ruin a readers experience by revealing what this is.  Readers really do need to discover so many aspects of this story for themselves don’t you agree, Gitte? It is the twists, turns and revelations which made this book so special, so unique and so captivating…..apart from the enchanting writing style of Colleen Hoover that is, and it is for that reason, our review won’t cover a lot about the story will it Gitte?

Gitte: Absolutely Jenny, I wish with all my heart that every single reader could go into this story blind just as I did. I was swept away instantly; connecting and falling in love with every single character. Smiling one minute; welling up with tears the next. My heart felt as if Colleen Hoover gently placed it into an implement of slow and steady emotional torture; increasing the pressure as I became immersed in Ridge and Sydney’s story.

‘I don’t feel guilty simply because I’m staring at her. I feel guilty for how it’s making me feel.’

Jenny: We meet Sydney when she enters Ridge’s life after she is cheated on and betrayed in the worst possible way. Left to pick up the pieces in her life, she strikes up a friendship with Ridge who is stumped creatively and struggling to come up with lyrics for his band Sounds of Cedar. Sydney helps Ridge with both inspiration and through friendship, but soon realises there are feelings between them both that are going beyond the realms of working and friendship. There is a definite and deep attraction on both sides, yet a relationship between them is fraught with complications and obstacles, mostly concerning the heart which cause problems all round.

Gitte: The obstacles were definitely in abundance; however some more ill-timed and overwhelming, others emotionally consequential. The beauty with which they were written was of such intensity that I felt the butterflies; that momentous moment when one half meets its match; the half that makes it whole. It was wonderfully epic, poignant and breathtaking. Love in adversity is never an easy path to travel, no more so, when faced with love in two different guises that call to a different instinctual protection, adoration and a full claiming of the heart. A heart that is otherwise taken and true in its basic honesty at its very core and definition.

Jenny: There is a lot to Maybe Someday and Colleen Hoover certainly put us through our paces that’s for sure!. Each character, including secondary characters, play such a pivotal role throughout the story and each took a piece of my heart. The way the music is intrinsically woven through this story is breathtaking and one scene in particular had me sobbing my heart out with its pure beauty and emotion. Being a music lover I got it, I embraced it and it moved me so passionately and implicitly. The music really does add a whole new depth to the reading experience of Maybe Someday don’t you think Gitte?

Gitte: Does it ever Jenny! Music is extremely important to me. Music has an uncanny way of healing, inspiring as well as enhancing any emotion felt, at any given time. There is a song, a lyric or even a melody for everything you could possible feel or be moved to feel. Music brings hope, love and inspiration. Music can also quite simply make you want to do a crazy dance whilst singing along to the lyrics in the need of dispelling the cobwebs, the sadness or the ordinary. Music can make something ordinary – extraordinary. In the case of Maybe Someday, in some respects it did just that, when you compare Colleen to herself, if such a thing is possible. Though there’s nothing ordinary about Colleen Hoover; her characters or her stories. The passion of the musical element bleeds through Maybe Someday making it into something even more incredibly extraordinary.

Jenny:  To me there was no clear resolution that I could think of for Maybe Someday and I was feeling perplexed and my heart was breaking wondering how this could end. I was concerned at how I would feel at its conclusion because I loved all the characters deeply and equally, so much so that I thought my heart was being torn in different directions. In fact, I remember being about 80% into the book and thinking….”how the hell is Colleen Hoover going to write herself out of this one ?” because I had no idea how I wanted this end.  Now this is where the sheer brilliance of this author came into play because she did it!  She had me feeling comforted and happy despite my misgivings. She didn’t just take the easy road either, nope, she made me sweat it out and she turned me into an emotional wreck as the story intensified to its climax. She broke my heart and she mended it and she left me in a happy place and she managed to do all this without compromising a single character. Absolute brilliance!!! How did you feel Gitte?

‘It’s the girl who planted herself between me and my maybe someday.’

Gitte: How did I feel? Amazed…awed….astounded, I could go on. Maybe Someday grabs a situation, we’ve read about many times – agonised over even, by the scruff of the neck and discards it, creating a unique and wholly different concept. What happens if you love and connect with every character involved just like I did with Ridge, Sydney and Maggie? What happens when push comes to shove and a choice has to be made? Does the Author force it upon the reader? Does the Author write herself into a corner thus letting her much loved characters suffer precisely because of just that?

Colleen Hoover did something extraordinary, something I’ve never experienced. She didn’t force the hand, she didn’t hurt her characters or the reader in the process, she even infused humour where it was needed. She showed the ultimate respect. She wrote something so magnificent that slowly breaks your heart for all concerned, then slowly and diligently stitches that heart back together again with respect, love and unreserved devotion. No, Colleen doesn’t take the easy way; she takes the unique beautiful and respectful way.

‘Hey, heart. Are you listening? You and I are officially at war.’

Jenny:  Now, I have to say here that I read an early copy of this book which contained the epilogue. To me this was an integral part of the story and for me personally, I felt it was imperative that it be included because that epilogue left me feeling contented and I needed to hear it. Whilst I’m gutted it wasn’t included I am happy readers can access it and implore readers to check it out after finishing the book as I feel it’s a necessity! It goes without saying I fell in love with this book. This author is yet to disappoint. She has a  talent and a flair for telling a breathtaking story that takes it to another level and I will never tire of hearing what she has to say. Maybe Someday ticked all the boxes for me. I laughed, I cried, I hoped, I swooned. I loved!

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

 Gitte: The splendour and the beautiful writing of Maybe Someday made it so that I loved, sympathised and cared for every single character that played a part. I felt a crazy protectiveness for Ridge, Maggie and Sydney. I wanted them happy, I wanted them to find just what they were looking for, what they ultimately needed, what made them whole. I have to agree with Jenny; the epilogue should have been included; I needed that epilogue. I was fully invested, in a protective mode of everyone concerned. Of needing to know that the finality, the consequential fate was all encompassing. I needed to know everyone was okay. Then I did, my heart felt whole and I cried at the incredible extraordinary talent of Colleen Hoover.

‘I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to.’

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Click on the link below for the deleted Epilogue from Maybe Someday
Password is the last word of the last chapter of the book:  
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THE MAYBE SOMEDAY SERIES

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MAYBE SOMEDAY
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