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.Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 5th 2014
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Family Life
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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”
|Did I feel it?|
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?