Book Reviews

Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

19487009Published: August 5th 2014 by Atria Books.

Format: Paperback, 336 pages.

Source: Pre-ordered via Amazon.

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Thoughts: Colleen Hoover has yet again ripped out my heart, but in the best possible way. Like her stories before, Ugly Love sent my emotions on a rollercoaster ride that I didn’t want to get off. No matter how painful the journey was. I don’t want to repeat the things I’ve been saying about every other book this author has written, but Colleen Hoover is able to create such raw and complex characters. That’s the reason why Hoover will continue to be one of my favorite authors of all time. She’s able to give the reader characters that deal with real problems and as they deal with these problems we get to see their very real flaws. They’re human.

This novel is told in dual points of view between our two main characters Tate Collins and Miles Archer. There’s a twist though. Miles Archer’s POV is told six years prior to the present story. The author is able to weave the past and present together flawlessly so by the story’s end everything makes perfect sense. I’m constantly asking myself how Colleen Hoover comes up with these heart wrenching stories. What I love so much about Miles and Tate is that they both know exactly what they want and they’re both headstrong, independent people. That along with some wonderful and not so wonderful secondary characters makes for a great read.

I’m all for honest book reviews, so here’s the honesty. This book is not for younger audiences. Ugly Love deals with some very adult themes like sex and friends with benefits. Hoover kept talking about her desire to write about more adult themes and she definitely did that in this book. Some other reviewers said that it was because of the more mature themes that they knocked down their ratings. I agree that it was a shock compared to her other work, but ultimately feel that this change was necessary for the characters and made sense. It’s my opinion that the sexual content helped with character development and worked with the story Colleen set up for us. It also allowed her to grow her storytelling. So, if you are uncomfortable reading this book because of the content then you don’t have to read it. You alone know your limits. This book is suggested for readers 18+.

“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.”  

I’ve written a lot so I’ll just say this. I absolutely adored Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. The cover is beyond gorgeous! Griffin Peterson, the musician behind the Maybe Someday soundtrack also left readers with a surprise. He wrote another song to accompany this book called Ugly Love. It fits the novel so perfectly! Listen to it here. I’ve had it on repeat for days now. I really hope Colleen and Griffin continue to collaborate. Hoover knocked it out of the park yet again. If you haven’t read a book by her I highly suggest you do. I’d recommend any of them! I couldn’t be more excited for Confess and November Nine coming out next year.

Let me know what you think.



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