Review for ‘Ugly Love’ by Colleen Hoover
The Synopsis: “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. “
The Review: I’ll start off by saying that I was happy to read a more adult book by Co Ho. I like her ya books, too, but this one is definitely more adult/na and I felt it gave the romance more depth. Tate is in her early 20s and somewhat naive. Its easy for the reader to see that she hasn’t been with a guy for awhile by the way she reacts to Miles. In fact, one of my favorite scenes is towards the beginning of the book when Miles is having a particularly interesting visit to Tate’s family’s house. I’ll leave that part for my spoiler review 😛 As the book progresses, it is clear that Miles is very uncomfortable talking about his past, and Tate can’t seem to figure out what could have possibly happened to him to make him so uptight about it. As a reader, I felt just as frustrated as Tate did. Colleen wrote this book with random flashbacks from Miles spread throughout, which helps the reader slowly piece together just exactly what happened to Miles in his past to make him avoid love in the present. I can promise you a stressful mystery as you try to figure out what is going on. Mixed in with the flashbacks we get the story happening in the present and we meet some fun supporting characters. My favorite was ‘Cap’, a friendly old man who works in Tate’s apartment building who ends up being a great addition to the mix. As the story progresses, the reader will really feel for Tate and her developing feelings, and i myself wanted to punch Miles at times for being so closed off to love. However, without any spoilers, I will tell you that if you wait patiently for the ending, the book ends with the perfect amount of closure. The progression of Tate and Miles’ ‘relationship’ progresses pretty quickly. I mean, I’m not sure how realistic it is that Tate quickly decides that she is willing to have a strictly sexual relationship with a near stranger, but no one forces her to make that decision, so I respect that. Besides, its a romance book so if you’re reading it you have to expect some intensity, am I right? All in all, there were parts that had me grinning and parts that had me crying.
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Suspenseful romance, mysterious pasts, and good supporting characters
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Not getting the complete history until the very end, strong sexual content, or a moody male lead
The Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, because Colleen Hoover took this story and turned it into a wonderful emotional roller coaster that had me intrigued until the last page.
My Spoiler for This Book: Ugly Love Spoiler
Author’s Goodreads Page: Colleen Hoover Goodreads