Thursday, August 7, 2014


Ugly Love
by Colleen Hoover
Release Date:  August 5, 2014


#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. 

4 - not the least bit Ugly - Smooches

Ugly love becomes you.
Consumes you.
Makes you hate it all.
Makes you realize that all the beautiful parts aren't even worth it.  Without the beautiful, you'll never risk feeling this.
You'll never risk feeling the ugly.

CoHo strikes gold again with Ugly Love, her newest standalone novel.  Ugly Love is the story of Miles and Tate.  And as great as it is, it is not an easy read.  It's actually kind of ugly at times ... who knew ugly could be so, so good!

Tate meets Miles when she moves in with her older brother Corbin.  Corbin and Miles are friends, co-workers (both pilots), and neighbors.  For reasons we don't know until much later in the story, Miles is anti-love, anti-relationships ... anti-anything that has to do with women.  For the past six years, he's been completely celibate.  And then he meets Tate.  And everything changes.  Well, not everything.  He's still against any kind of anything meaningful with Tate, but they agree to a "sex-only" relationship with Miles' having two rules - 1.  Don't ask about his past and 2. Don't expect a future with him.

Tate is busy with school and work so this seems like the perfect plan ... she doesn't have the time nor energy for a relationship (and Miles is pretty hot) so it seems like a great idea at the time.

And then it slowly gets ugly ...

The thing I loved most about the book... 


 I am crushing hard on Tate.  I absolutely fell in love with her character in Ugly Love.  Did I love all the choices she made?  Oh hell no!  If I had the ability to reach into my Kindle and smack her I definitely would have .... many, many times.

Even though Miles is unforgivingly adament he will never have real feelings for her, makes virtually no effort to get to know her beyond the bedroom, and treats her pretty crappy at times, she stays.  

It's the first time he's ever asked me a semi-personal question.  I hate that his question fills me with all these feelings of hope, and all he did was ask me if Tate was a nickname. - Tate

Waaaaah!  Poor Tate.

Tate justifies the way he treats her and it broke my heart each and every time he broke her heart (and there are many times).  

Everything he says should send me running, but instead, it makes me want to wrap my arms around him and give him whatever it is he's willing to take from me. - Tate

Tate is constantly trying to reconcile Miles' words with his actions and it's so, so frustrating.  The majority of the present is told from Tate's POV so we get nothing from Miles .... NADA!  Not only is Tate in the dark, we are too.

We do get inside Miles' head but it is in the past, six years ago.  And this is why the book is not 5 stars for me.  I struggled with Miles' past POV.  His voice was very sing-songy and whimsical and while it was fine for a chapter or two, 

I was over it.  I did not like it.  I was done.


Miles' POV aside, I LOVED this book.  The writing was brilliant.  Everyone keeps saying this is not the "typical" Colleen Hoover book ... it's different ... and I'm just wondering, "WTH are you talking about?"  The only thing that's different from the rest is that it's steamier and sexier.  And who doesn't like that?!?!  The story was spectacular and heart-breaking.  I was right there with Tate balling my eyes out every time Miles trampled on her heart.

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

You rock HARD Colleen.  Thank you for another "rip my heart out" excursion ... and with Ugly Love you somehow managed to do it TWICE!  And I loved every bit of it!

COLLEEN HOOVER is the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday, Losing Hope, Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl and Hopeless. She has recently been featured on ABC’s Nightline, The Associated Press and CBS This Morning. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. 


Twitter: @ColleenHoover 
Instagram: @ColleenHoover 

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