Series: Stand Alone
Published by Atria Books on August 5, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 9 hours 14 minutes
I’ve been meaning to read Colleen Hoover for quite a while, but when I started reading reviews for Ugly Love I knew. Knew that this was the one I couldn’t resist. The title appealed to me, promising a book that would break my heart. And what more can you want from a book right? Yes, I am a masochist when it comes to my books.
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.
Well it totally shattered my heart, but not at all in the way I expected. I mean, there was the obvious pain, but the real shattering moment was almost too much. I had been reading Ugly Love all day, non-stop. It was soooo good. But at that moment I stopped (until the next day), because I couldn’t take it. I hadn’t seen it coming and it destroyed me. I couldn’t cry at first, because of shock – and then I cried the ugliest tears I think a book has ever produced in me. It was rough.
Ugly Love will make you feel – but not just sadness. I laughed my ass off early on in the book. I smiled with joy and my heart was warmed. It was the full range of emotions – the good, the bad, and yeah – the ugly.
The characters are really well written – how else could I feel so much, right? The way Colleen Hoover alternates between points of view and time frames is executed beautifully and really connects things in unexpected ways.
I have two minor complaints – and they’re interconnected. In the bits that take place 6 years in the past, we get a fairly healthy dose of teenage angst, spurred on my some seriously bad – self-involved, blind – parenting. I can handle both of these things to an extent, but there was a bit more than I like and I didn’t feel it really was necessary. It wasn’t head enough to make me dislike Ugly Love, but its worth noting and docking half a star.
Beautifully written, Ugly Love won me over immediately as a fan of Colleen Hoover. If you feel like an emotional book, look no further! And, as a bonus, I’ve recently discovered that Ugly Love is being made into a movie! Score! Let’s hope they don’t mess it up!