Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

8th Sep 2016 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen HooverIt Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books
Pub Date: August 2nd 2016
Pages: 373
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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5 Stars

Sometimes it is the one who loves you 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, 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. 

Colleen Hoover is a literary genius! Her ability to write these stories that completely take over your thoughts long after the book has been put away, is incredible. If you are a CoHo fan, then you more than likely go into her books knowing to expect you’ll question things you never thought you would. It is pretty much a guarantee that you will at some point ask yourself “What would I do?” and It Ends with Us was no exception! I strongly believe that this wonderful masterpiece of a book is best enjoyed by going in completely blind. So if you haven’t picked it up yet, stop looking at reviews and just dive in head first – you’ll thank me later!

This story is raw and not sugarcoated in the least. It never felt overly-dramatized just to add a wow factor. At times, frustration would creep in towards the reaction of certain characters, but CoHo wrote this story in a way that made it easy to understand their reasoning and train of thought. This is a story that needed to be told and after having read the acknowledgments, I don’t think there could have been a better writer for this than Colleen Hoover. Speaking of the acknowledgments, don’t skip over them!

It Ends with Us left me wanting more! Seriously, CoHo, we need some sort of novella, epilogue, 2nd book? *nudges shoulder* lol Something? Anything! C’mon, you know you want to! I’m all for leaving things to the imagination, but your imagination is just soooooo much better than mine!

About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, and November 9. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

6th Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Narrator: Deacon Lee, Grace Grant
Published by Atria Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Pub Date: August 5th 2014
Pages: 324
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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3 Stars

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's 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.

So Ugly Love had my emotions on a rollercoaster. I felt just about everything under the sun for these two people. To me, “ugly love” is when two people in a relationship hurt each other but can’t seem to stay apart. And in that sense, is it really “love” though? I do know what it’s like to have a sort of thing close to what Tate and Miles had. I know what it’s like to be with a guy that doesn’t want anything beyond a physical relationship, and I saw a lot of my past self in Tate. I know what it’s like to stick it out hoping for more, and I know what it’s like to feel worthless and used after, and I know what it’s like not being able to stop myself from doing it again and again. I remember a friend saying to me, “You’re stupid.” And I was, and I knew it way before she said it to me. What I had with him was ugly… but it wasn’t love. Luckily I was able to break out of that cycle and find REAL love with someone worthy of my affections. So, I get Tate. But even though I “got” her, she also made me so frustrated a lot of the time. I wished so many times that she’d just tell him to fuck off and leave.

Now, Miles… Miles, Miles, Miles. Miles, for all his faults, is a good guy and he really did care about Tate, but not as much as he cared about continuing to feel bad about himself. I felt for him and everything he’d been through. But I thought he fought the thing with Tate for way too long and really made a mess of things with her. Now for those who have read the book, here’s another thought, a bit spoilery… View Spoiler »

With that said, I do want to point out that I feel this story would fall under the “exception” and not the “rule” (any He’s Just Not That Into You fans out there?!) for these types of relationships/situations/arrangements… me being proof of this. But as a fictional story goes, it made a compelling one for me.

Audiobook Notes

Tate was voiced by Grace Grant and she did a wonderful job. I really enjoyed her performance. Now, Deacon Lee’s Miles was a bit tough at first. I kept hearing a bit of a John Malkovich accent happening and I did not like it. Luckily there’s not as much of him as there is Grace, so I was able to stick it out and by the end I hardly heard it anymore. Overall I’m glad I did this one on audio.

 

 

About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, and November 9. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

21st Mar 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: November 9 by Colleen HooverNovember 9 by Colleen Hoover
Narrator: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
Published by Atria Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Pub Date: November 10th 2015
Pages: 310
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Library
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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5 Stars

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.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Full disclosure: I went into this novel without even reading the synopsis. I just knew I wanted to read a Colleen Hoover book and my library had this audiobook available, so I went for it. Impulsivity success story!

I love stories where a couple has this amazing day/days together then part ways but keep reuniting or running into each other throughout the years, only to end up together in the end. I LOVE THEM. A Lot Like Love is a movie with such a story and it’s one of my favorites ever. Yes, even with Ashton Kutcher as the love interest. November 9 is also that type of story. YESSS! Well, except for the twisted parts.

See, there’s more to this story. There’s history and dark secrets and when all of it hits the fan, I really didn’t know how Colleen Hoover would turn things around to give us a happy ending. BUT before all of that, I got to fall in love with two characters that were so open to love but at the same time committed to this crazy plan. All I wanted was for them to love each other and be together but nooooo! Haha I appreciated their journey. The ups and downs they go through really stirred up my emotions which, if I’m being honest, hadn’t happened with a book in a long while.

I’m so happy I decided to finally read a CoHo book and to have started with this one. I’m looking forward to reading a lot more of hers now.

Audiobook Notes

Zachary Webber and Angela Goethals narrated this book wonderfully. They brought these characters to life with such real emotion and character. Really loved it!

 

 

About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, and November 9. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

30th Sep 2015 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: Confess by Colleen HooverConfess by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books
Pub Date: March 10th 2015
Pages: 306
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Women's Fiction, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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… 

“There are people you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know.”

This is exactly what I needed to end my treacherous reading slump! I didn’t have a specific genre when I was browsing for my next read; all I knew was that I had to pick something that I knew would be a for sure 4+ stars. Colleen Hoover nailed it! The title Confess is a clear indication there are secrets that need to be revealed, and honestly that was all it took to draw me in.

There were two things you’ll absolutely LOVE about this book:

First, how easy Colleen makes it to be able to relate to the characters. I could totally see myself being friends with them in real life!

Auburn and Owen are able to bring something special out of each other. Nothing feels forced or unnatural. Both of their struggles will tug at your heart and I completely understood why they make the decisions they each make. CoHo throws several curve balls, but I kept hope that she would give them each a deserving ending.

“I don’t feel lost in him at all, because it’s the first time I’ve ever felt like someone truly found me.” -Auburn

“I’ll take whatever you’re willing to give me. Because I know that if you walk out that door, then ten years from now . . .  twenty years from now . . .  we’ll wish we had listened to our hearts when we think back on tonight.” – Owen

My favorite character was Emory! Every girl needs a friend like her in their circle. She was hilarious, blunt, loyal, and a total bad ass! She always said exactly what she was thinking and I absolutely loved her for that! She reminded me tons of Warren from Maybe Someday. I vote for her getting her own novella like Warren did with Maybe Not!!

“It’s not gossip when I’m saying it to both your faces. It’s called conversation. We’re discussing how you guys are attracted to each other and you want to fall in love..” -Emory

Second, I was a huge fan of the art gallery concept. As mentioned in the book description, Owen is an artist. He doesn’t just run your typical art gallery though. He has a slot on the front door of his studio where people walking by can drop in an anonymous confession of their choice. Owen then takes these confessions and uses them as inspiration for his paintings. Some are cute and others are sad, but the one thing they all have in common is they are real! The author, Colleen Hoover, took real confessions from real people, incorporated them into this story, and gave them beautiful art work which she includes in the book! Here’s an example:

 

“I’ve never let anyone see me without makeup. My greatest fear is what I’ll look like at my funeral. I’m almost certain I’ll be cremated, because my insecurities run so deep, they’ll follow me into the afterlife. Thank you for that, Mother”

 

If you’ve ever read a CoHo book, you know she likes to gives us something extra.  With Maybe Someday it was music and with Slammed it was poetry. Well, with Confess, she gives us a way to confess our own truths! There is a @ConfessYourTruth on Instagram where you can direct message your confession and Colleen Hoover chooses some to be shared on the page anonymously! How cool is that?!

This story had a little bit of everything. Countless times I caught myself smiling from ear to ear like I was the one being flirted with. Some parts made me laugh so hard I cried. It also had it’s fair share of suspenseful moments that made me turn the page so fast I nearly ripped it one of at some point! (true story) If you’ve yet to read it, I hope you love it as much as I did! If you already have, let me know what your thoughts were in the comments below!

 

About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, and November 9. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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