2014 Book Reviews · Favourite Books

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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‘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 realise 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.’

First I want to say an absolute huge thank you to those gorgeous girls at The Hotbed for asking me to get involved with Colleen’s blog tour. I am a huge huge fan of Colleen’s and often race through her books in a few hours and Ugly Love is no different.

As soon as I pickedUgly Love up I was hooked, I genuinely couldn’t put it down. I NEEDED to finish it, I NEEDED to see what happened. It was truly addictive.

So often us bookworms rave about books and we find it impossible to pick a favourite book because well we are bookworms. But I can hand on heart say that this is one of my absolute most favourite books ever. I feel like all Colleen’s book before this have been her warm up acts, because this book is her best work yet. Ugly Love is just incredible.

Ugly Love is the story of Tate Collins, she moves in with her over protective brother Corbin. On arrival at his home she discovers a passed out man leaning against her brothers door and she has no way of getting into the flat without the man falling into the flat. Not knowing what to do Tate rings her brother who demands that she stays on the line whilst she shoves the man aside and gets inside. Only it’s not that simple, once pushing him aside he makes a grab for her leg and Tate is so panicked she slams the door on his hand and soon manages to lock herself safely inside, but her bags are still outside! So Corbin tells Tate to stay exactly where she is whilst he rings his friend Miles across the hall to help her out, it soon turns out that Miles is the drunk man outside and Tate has to help him inside to sleep it off on Corbin’s sofa.

Tate cannot believe her luck but knows her brother wouldn’t allow anyone remotely unsafe in the flat with her. So Tate goes about getting him inside, once she does he breaks down crying and mistakes Tate for Rachel. He keeps saying how sorry he is, so Tate at a loss of what’s going on brushes his hair and tells him it’s ok.

The next morning Tate wakes to a furious looking Miles standing in her bedroom door. She can’t work out why he is so angry, she makes him step back then slams the door in his face. Tate is not a morning person and has no desire to have an angry Miles looking like he wants to kill her in her room.

As the book progresses it seems that although they started off badly Tate and Miles have a chemistry that they can’t ignore. Only soon enough Tate is learning that Miles had ZERO interest in love and relationships, but he does want Tate for sex. But this isn’t a regular thing for Miles, he confesses to not having been with another woman for six years, but there is something about Tate that makes him crazy for her. They agree to a sex only relationship, no feelings and no falling in love, Miles makes this very, VERY clear. But in moments of weakness it’s easy to see that Miles is struggling to not fall for Tate and as for Tate she is in trouble, she may think she can stick to the rules but it’s impossible.

Miles refuses to talk about his past and what is stopping him from ever loving again, leaving us all to wonder what could of been so bad. Miles is a pilot along with Tate’s brother, when Miles is home he will text and see Tate behind Corbin’s back. Yet when he is away he has nothing to do with Tate, no calls, no texts, nothing. Leaving Tate to feel used at times, but when Miles is around her she can see that this is more than he wants to believe. But she can’t get him to see that for himself, he just won’t allow this to be more.

The book is told through alternate chapters, Tate’s perspective is told through the present day and Miles’ perspective is told from the past. In the past we watch a teenage Miles lose his mum and fall in love with Rachel the very first time he lays eyes on her. It’s pretty obvious that it’s the same for Rachel too, she is the new girl in school and Miles has to show her to class, only he walks straight passed it because he doesn’t want to leave her side, then rather cutely has to confess they have to go back on themselves. As we delve further into Miles’ past we start to uncover some twists and turns and eventually what led him to never love again.

OH. MY. GOD. This book broke me, it was incredibly compelling and the relationship between Tate and Miles was ridiculously addictive. Starting off on the wrong foot was the perfect way to start and seeing an incredibly vulnerable Miles was very clever, because after that we see a very reserved Miles. So instantly we have to know why he is so closed off and so against love, because something happened with Rachel to cause this.

I absolutely loved that we got to see Miles fall in love in his chapters, seeing him fall in love and watching that progress, knowing that we are about to see his heartbreak unfold in front of us makes for riveting reading.

I fully understood Tate’s frustrations and felt them along with her. I absolutely adored her friendship with 80 year old Cap, it felt very genuine and was ever so sweet. I often found myself excited to see more of Cap.

Something I loved most about Colleen’s writing was they way she wrote her sex scenes without going into too much detail, it was very romantic and swoon-worthy. Had it been more explicit I think it would of taken away from the story, so I am pleased with the fact we only got what we needed to know and was allowed to use out imagination for the rest.

Ugly Love is Colleen’s greatest story so far, it’s a story of friendship, love and heartbreak. Full of passion and emotion that you will personally feel. It’s goosebumps inducing good.

This is one of those books that is genuinely impossible to put down, Colleen sweeps you up, makes you fall in love then shatters your heart, making you cry until there is nothing left.

I know I often say this is a must read, but I can honestly say that it would be a travesty if you were to miss out on this book. BUY IT, READ IT. DO IT NOW!

Ugly Love is spellbinding!

I will never be able to put how I feel into words, this was my attempt and it only signifies around 10% of what I felt.

Ugly Love is available to pre-order on kindle and in paperback. It comes out August 5th.

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