Review ~ Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is not a friends with benefits story. Tate and Miles are NOT friends. I just want to clear that up before we get started. 🙂
Okay, I have read all of Colleen Hoover’s books and loved them all. This is the first book where Colleen enters a more mature setting with adults and steam. I have to say that she did an amazing job with the letting us into the bedroom and the kitchen and the car. Yeah, and they were HOT. I loved that she finally ventured there.
The book shows us the past and the present and I have to say that I only really liked the past because I wanted to know what happened with Miles. Oh, who’s Miles? Well, Miles is this sexy as heck pilot that does not want to ever love again.
“It’s not that I don’t like you… I just don’t want to like you. I don’t want to like anyone. I don’t want to date anyone. I don’t want to love anyone.”
But underneath all that, he’s a generous, sweet man. So what made him that way? Well, we get that around 75%, but before that we have lots of time with another woman. I’m not sure how that made me feel. I get it, I get that he had a life before the present, but I’m not sure I liked seeing his younger self with another woman. I don’t really think this is spoilerish but throughout the present parts, we know something happened to Miles because, really, who wouldn’t want love unless something really bad happened to them.
I loved Miles, I never once got frustrated with him because I knew he wasn’t just being a jerk, he was destroyed by something so profound. I saw underneath it all and so did Tate.
And see how his sweetness comes out.
“If I were capable of loving someone . . . it would be you.”
Tate, our main girl, is quite amazing. She willingly puts sets herself up for a world of hurt, but she does it anyway because she loves him.
“He leads. I let him. Because he’s a solid and I’m a liquid and right now, I’m just his wake.”
She wanted his present, his past, and his future, but she couldn’t. It wasn’t part of the deal.
“Don’t ask about my past,” he says firmly. “And never expect a future.”
There are a few wonderful side characters … Cap, the elevator button pushing guy, is the sweetest old man ever was my favorite! And he’s full of advice.
“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.”
Do I think this is Colleen’s best book ever? No. I truly believe Hopeless and Maybe Someday are her best books.
Did I love this book? Yes. Absolutely! I also thought the book was extremely clever. She is a genius with originality and I envy her for it. She’s ground breaking and sets the bar high for other authors.
She wrote this book like the most beautiful, heart-wrenching poem. There were many analogies that fit so perfectly and came together. I just think she’s so very talented.
“I didn’t fall in love with you, Tate. I flew.”
If you like creative, lyrical, poetic romance stories with some heartbreak then this story is for you!
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.