Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: August 5, 2014


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.



Wow, this story was very different from what I'm used from Colleen Hoover. Her previous books to me have had a sweet and cheerful essence whereas Ugly Love was a little darker and more heartbreaking that usual. It was amazing to see though how Colleen is able to manipulate her writing in such a way that she creates a complete different tone for a story that makes you feel and bleed emotions like you might have never done before with her other books.

This story is told in two different time frames. One six years ago when Miles Archer is seventeen years old, optimistic, happier, and very much in love for the very first time in his life. The second one is at the present time and being told by Tate Collins, a twenty three year old, independent and, sweet young lady that meets a more reserved, unattached, and intense Miles. From the moment these two meet an incredibly powerful attraction links them together. Miles knows he shouldn't but he just can't help himself and Tate has no intentions to stop him at all. So a simple arrangement is made where emotions or expectations are not welcome. The problem is what they thought would be simple later becomes very very emotionally complicated.
“Don’t ask about my past. And never expect a future.”
I found the way this story unfolds very unique and the use of dialogue very remarkable almost poetic. That of course served as a way to make the story that much more emotionally intense and heart-wrenching. And it was very heart-wrenching. This book made me cry with vivid emotions for the sake of the characters, their sorrows, and their deep struggles. My heart ached for Tate and Miles, they felt emotionally conflicted all the time and that was heartbreaking to see. I felt a huge sympathy for them but a slightly more for Tate until half way through the book. Then the shocking twists in the story made things more real, gripping, and again more heartbreaking. When everything was laid out for me I finally understood and even though it was sad it was also very beautiful too. Yeah, it was just a complete roller coaster of emotions for me.
“It’s not that I don’t like you. . . I just don’t want to like you. I don’t want to like anyone. I don’t want to date anyone. I don’t want to love anyone.”
This was a beautiful and touching story overall. The way things came about at the end were exactly how things were supposed to be for these characters. I felt very happy for them, after all they went through they got a perfect conclusion. I think the big take away for me with this book was the lesson it left me with. Love is not always pretty and beautiful. Sometimes love really hurts deeply. So is love worth the pain it sometimes comes with? Yes, it's completely worth it even with all its ugliness.♥
"It's all worth it. It's the beautiful moments like these that make up for the ugly love."

Favorite Quotes:

"I know how lust works. Lust wants what lust can't have."

"God gives us the ugliness so we don't take the beautiful things for granted."

"If I were capable of loving someone. . . it would be you."


About the Author:
Colleen Hoover is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels. Her first series was published in 2012 and includes Slammed, Point of Retreat, and This Girl. Her second series, published in 2013, includes the #1 NYT's bestseller Hopeless and the companion novel, Losing Hope. She has released a free novella, Finding Cinderella, as a thank you to her readers for their continued support. The novella is a companion to her Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.

Colleen lives in East Texas with her husband, their three boys, their dog, Pacey, and their zombie, Steve. Colleen loves Diet Pepsi more than all of the things, and is a ninja in her spare time.

You can follow Colleen on Instagram if you want to watch her pointless, random videos, or on Twitter, but she rarely tweets anything worth following. You can also find her on her blog at or on her very active Facebook page where she loves to give away free stuff when her husband isn't looking.

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