Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: August 5, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased physical copy
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.
This was the second Colleen Hoover book I read, the first one being Maybe Someday.
What I liked:
- There’s something about Colleen’s writing that really sucks me in and allows me to finish her books in no time at all.
- Great friendships! I loved Miles’ relationship with his friends, as well as Tate’s adorable friendship with Cap. Solid, supportive friendships can be hard to find in books sometimes, and they’re my favorite relationships to read about.
- I thought it was in interesting style choice to write Tate’s POV from the present and Miles’ from the past and I think it worked well for the story.
- I actually really liked Miles and enjoyed seeing how his story played out over the years, how he grew as a character and overcame his past.
What I didn’t like:
- I thought it was really predictable. I figured out Miles’ secret past not even halfway through the book so the big reveal fell flat for me. So many reviews led me to believe I’d be sobbing at the end, and while I did tear up a little at one place, that’s all that happened.
- Tate was really boring. We spend the whole book slowly unraveling Miles’ past, but we never learn much of anything about Tate. Her entire character revolves around Miles, how she feels about him, and their sex life. We never know anything deeper about her.
- Instalove- Considering Miles’ past, I thought it was really unbelievable that he falls for her straight away, or at least falls into bed with her. It’s pretty much love at first sight, which is pretty unbelievable coming from a guy who hadn’t been in a serious relationship for years.
- Miles’ chapters were really interesting but I hated the style that Colleen Hoover chose to write them in. It is supposed to be poetic but it just looked like she hit the ENTER key at random places throughout each sentence.
- Miles tells Tate as soon as they start sleeping together that he doesn’t want a serious relationship and is very clear that their relationship is just about sex. He reiterates this again and again, and each time, Tate acts like she’s been betrayed and gets pissy about it. She was like a doormat. She never stuck up for herself and told him to fuck off and it drove me crazy.
This would have probably been more of a 2 star read if not for the writing. I really enjoy Colleen’s writing so it was enjoyable to read even when the characters were irritating the hell out of me. I’m really interested to see how the movie turns out. I think I might enjoy that more than the book.
In case you missed it, I created a book soundtrack for Ugly Love too! I’d love for you to check it out.