Book Review : Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

September 8, 2015 Book review 27 ★★★★

The title of this book says it all. It is without a shadow of a doubt ugly. It is also without a shadow of a doubt love. I don’t know if any other author except Colleen Hoover have taken this theme and made it work as well as she did.

Book Review : Ugly Love by Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 5th 2014
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Family Life
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story.
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.

I’m not going to talk plot in this one as it is one you should read without knowing too much. I will say the characters are very intense, very passionate and very likeable. As much as I wanted to laugh and say who are you kidding with your doomed-to-failure-rules-and-plans, I also couldn’t help but fall hard for both characters.

There is a huge insta-love storyline in one of the strands and this irked me.

“My new favourite flavour is Rachel.
My new favourite thing is Rachel.
I want Rachel for my birthday.
I want Rachel for Christmas.
I want Rachel for graduation.
Rachel, Rachel, Rachel”

BUT again Colleen’s genius writing style won me over. I always find her writing to be quirky and I love her phrasing and imagery. It hits me like an arrow that ricochets off the wall and comes back to stab me over and over. Her books kill me but I’m a willing victim.  So insta-love meh but when it’s written like this, I’m in anyway!

Two things stopped it being a 5 star read:

– the above mentioned insta-love
– I thought too little was happening for a large portion of the book

But to counteract that are the much longer list of things I loved!

Miles. I love complex, unreadable characters. Check and check.
Tate. Did I think she was acting crazy? Yep. If I were her friend, would I tell her cop on? Yep. Did I understand why she did it? HELL YES!
Miles and Tate.
The intrigue as to what happened 6 years ago
The heartache! So much heartache. I can’t even….
The gorgeous writing, I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy the artistic way that Colleen strings words together
The well-fleshed-out side characters. I kind of hope we get a book about Ian and another about Corbain.  Or even better one about Captain.

“Love isn’t always pretty. 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”



Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Overall I loved it. If you have never read a Colleen Hoover book and you enjoy emotional plotlines, then you need to rectify that. Make a date with a packet of tissues, a box of chocolates and one of her books and I’ll give you a bookish shoulder to cry all over 🙂 Deal?


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27 Responses to “Book Review : Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover”

  1. Danielle

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this! I’m kinda spoiled for what happens but I still got it on audible and looking forward to listening to it. I still haven’t read a CoHo book since the Hopeless/Losing Hope emotional trauma lol but I’ve bought them all (surprise surprise) so Will listen to this while I’m pounding the pavements this autumn trying to get fit lol
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    • trish

      Stupid spoilers! I listened to the audio for this one and it worked out really well. Anything to distract from the pain of exercise! 🙂

  2. Rita @ View From My Home

    Hmm.. I have been wanting to read a Hoover novel, but insta-love…sigh… I’ve been trying to pick up a romance lately and keep putting them down due to this major failing in my opinion. I like the thrill of the chase, and the realistic stumbling blocks along the way. However, if I go into a book knowing full well it will be like this and it’s pure escapism, then okay I can enjoy it. This is a long way of saying I will remember to look to borrow a Hoover book, then if I enjoy it, buy a title or two 🙂

    • trish

      I love CoHo books as they have a creativity angle to them and a little bit of suspense. So they don’t seem as predictable as some romance books. If you see one in the library, you should give it a chance Rita 🙂

  3. Christy

    I looooved this book. The thing about him and Rachel, I saw it as them being so young, and when you’re that age, emotions are intensified. Hell, you know how many 16/17 years I know who are in love within a week of being together? Crips they’re hormonal. lol. You’re absolutely right about her writing, gah, the woman is seriously gifted.
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    • trish

      I know Christy, I did think about his age too but the intensity was cray, cray before they even exchanged a single word! I still loved the book though!

    • trish

      I know, it’s one of those books that you have to keep reading and reading and when you are finished then so much just makes sense. I thought it was so well done. And yes, Captain was fab!

  4. Lola

    This sounds like a book that really focusses on the heartache! I am not a fan of insta love either, but it sounds like the good points made up for that in this book. The characters and side character sound really well done, I like it when both the main and side characetrs are fleshed out and have depth.

    I only have read one Colleen Hoover books so far, Hopeless. I enjoyed that one, but haven’t gotten aroudn to reading any of her other books so far.
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    • trish

      Normally insta-love drags a book right down for me so the fact that I could overlook it here meant that there was a huge amount of other pluses. Love CoHo and I really enjoyed Hopeless too 🙂

    • trish

      I follow her on IG too! She is so funny, the antics of herself and Tarryn Fisher just make me laugh! Have you never read one of her books? You so should Heather!

  5. Tina

    I actually haven’t read a Colleen Hoover book but Ugly love is one of the books I just checked out. I hear you either love it or you hate it. I personally loved your review. I liked how you didn’t give too much away, I’ve been avoiding spoilers like crazy when it comes to this book because I want to form my own opinion on it. So thank you for an amazing review!
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    • trish

      It was a great read Jess, I don’t think I ever hated Miles as I felt that something awful had happened. But Captain was great!

  6. Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek)

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one overall, though we have a difference in our ratings for the first time I can think of in a long time!! I gave this one 5*, it just hit me with all of the feels. Some people really didn’t like the lyrical prose during the flashback chapters, but it really worked for me, it created the hazy sense of a memory and showed a clear difference between past chapters and present day, because I really hate when a book doesn’t make that clear and you spend half your time trying to figure out which tense you are in lol. Strangely, the book wasn’t flawless, but I still gave it 5*, this was one of those times when sheer enjoyment factor took over and rendered all other possible concerns moot.

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    • trish

      Oh don’t get me wrong this book slapped in the face with all the feels too! And the prose was spot on for me, I love that style and again I was astounded that CoHo had yet another new trick up her sleeve for me. I never thought about it creating that hazy distance feel but now that you said it, it did! I can’t wait for November 9 and for her to shatter my heart all over again. And we weren’t too different in our ratings and doesn’t the exception prove the rule! This is our exception!

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