Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Monday, September 15, 2014 with 5 comments
Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: stand-alone
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Source: Purchased
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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.

I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. As I do with anything Colleen Hoover writes. I’ve learned to push back my New Adult fears where she is concerned. There is such a thing as mixing sex with plot and Hoover has mastered it tenfold.

As tradition goes, my friend Jess and I decided to buddy read it. Ugly Love, Oh my, what can I say. The word that describes it best would be addictive. Jess couldn’t even wait up for me, she blew through it and left me in the dust. Lol. If I wasn’t so busy lately I would have done the same. It’s a very hard book to put down.

There is sex, quite a lot of it. I think Ugly Love read more as an adult book honestly. The characters were mature, and had their shit together it seemed. Unlike the immaturity you sometimes find in the NA genre.

Speaking of characters, there is Tate and Miles, told from both point of views. I loved that, and I especially loved it this time around because the Miles bits in the beginning tell the story of his past. While we are watching Tate and Miles relationship, you are getting the background that Tate is not. That was important, because without that, I would have written Miles off as a total douche.

Their relationship is messy, and ugly. I get where the title comes from. Miles has gone through a shit load of stuff, and it’s rough. I really felt for him and what went down all those years ago. It’s a doozy, let me tell you.

Tate, she can’t help herself but fall for him, and I’ve been there. I’ve been in a relationship where sex is supposed to be it, but it never ends up that way. It gets complicated.

What I loved most about Ugly Love is how it sucks you in. From the get go, I was attached to these characters. I especially loved Tate’s brother. He was great. Also, Miles best friend Ian was pretty awesome too.

My only qualms with this book were… Miles name. He’s a pilot you see, and his name is Miles. For some reason that annoyed me, but that’s just nit picking. Also, the ending was kind of cheesy. I mean I loved it, but after reading all the heartache, I wasn’t prepared for such a mushy gushy ending.

Overall, Ugly love really is beautifully written. I love how the words cascade down the page in some parts. It adds to the feeling of it all. Fans of Colleen Hoover need to read this. I’m so glad I did, and it was definitely worth the wait.

This was me when I put down my kindle

About the author:

Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, and This Girl. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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  1. WOW, April! I haven't read Colleen Hoover at all, but you have thoroughly convinced me. So glad that you enjoyed this one, cheesy ending and all. ;)

  2. LOOOOOOOOOOVE this one! I read it, then read it again, then heard the audio. So good :)

  3. I can't wait to read this one! I've loved all of Colleen Hoover's novels so far, and it's good to hear that this one also stacks up :)

  4. I really loved this book. Although, I have seen a lot of reviews where people had issue. I tried not to pick it apart, b/c I know then I would have been unhappy. My favorite book is Maybe Someday, though. I don't think this one was as well done, to be honest. But I did love the alternating POVs in this book, especially how she wrote Miles' chapters.

  5. Haha, nitpicker. I loved this one, too. I don't know if I could pick a favorite of her novels, but this is definitely a contender. Glad you enjoyed it!


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