Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 320 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis
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.

Grace’s Review:
This story isn’t unique.  You’ve probably heard a version of it before. The experience of loss.  The feelings of guilt and being unworthy of love.  And the struggle as one tries to break down the walls around someone’s heart.  But this story stands out because of Colleen Hoover.  She makes this story unique and special.  Her words are poetic and the emotions between the two main characters, Miles and Tate, are described in such detail, you feel each emotion with them. Colleen has a true talent in bringing her readers into a story.  I often feel like I’m watching the story rather than reading it.  You truly feel the moments.  The pain.  The heartache.  The lust.  (Yes, this story had a lot more than her previous work)

This story is told from dual POVs, Tate’s POV is in the present and begins with the first day she meets Miles.  Miles’ POV is in the past and begins with the first day he meets Rachel.

Are you thinking love triangle?  Think again.  From the beginning, we only know something tragic happened to Rachel.  We just don’t know what.

As the reader, you can see how Tate’s attraction to Miles builds and how she tries to control their connection because Miles only gives her a piece of himself.  He has 2 rules.  1) Don’t ask about his past.  2) Never expect a future.  Through actions and the occasional words, you know he’s attracted to Tate.

He brings his hands up and slides them through my hair, brushing his thumbs across my checks. He inhales a shaky breath while looking down at my mouth. “You make it so hard to breathe.”

But with his POV in the past, you don’t get an understanding of whether he is feeling more for her beyond the lust.  All you know for sure is his absolute love and devotion to Rachel.
It only hurts when I’m not kissing Rachel.
Maybe this explains why falling in love is so damn painful.

I felt for Tate and her unrequited love for Miles.  You can feel her struggle, as she knows with each passing day that she is falling in love with him.  And each passing day, he finds a way to break her heart.

If I had a super-power, it would be infiltration. I would infiltrate his mind so I could see every single one of this thoughts. I would infiltrate his heart and spread myself around like a virus.

Ugly Love teaser

For the majority of the book, Miles is so closed off emotionally with Tate.  When he finally opens up, it will break your heart.  Two people, Ian and Cap, offer Miles a swift kick in the ass to make things right. When he finally says three little words (it’s not what you are thinking), your heart will be mended.  And with some forgiveness, he gains the strength to move on.

While Miles didn’t always treat Tate like she deserved, little things will win you over.  How he treated Rachel – “we got this” – the blanket scene, the sunrise.  All swoon-worthy.

Like other books, Colleen also builds a strong cast of secondary characters, in particular, Cap, Tate’s unexpected BFF who was a scene stealer.

“Love isn’t always pretty, Tate. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

If you are a Collen Hoover fan, then you’ve likely already read this book.  If you haven’t, know that this book is worth the high price.  I have yet to read a book by Colleen that I didn’t like, which is why she will remain on my “drop everything” list.  She has taken a story which wasn’t unique, and brought a new beauty to it that it will stay with me for a while.

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