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August 02, 2014

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love
Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
 Atria Books (Simon & Schuster Canada)
Publication date: August 5, 2014
Genre(s): New Adult (Contemporary)
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 336
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.
I love Colleen Hoover, she has a way with getting all of us 100% in love with her books and emotionally invested to the point of a total book hangover. I jumped at the chance of receiving Ugly Love for review and reading it before all the hype started. The story is more mature than her previous books. Definitely for 14+ for me.. if not higher? I just wanted to give a heads up just in case. Back to the story. I love how the love interested and even the main protagonist's brother are pilots! HOW COOL is that? I've always admired pilots and how they lived their life and spent half of it in the sky so that was a plus. 
The story begins with Tate moves in to her brother's apartment and meets Miles. Miles is the perfect male brooding type so many girls swoon over. I can't lie and say I didn't! Their attraction is instant but there's no insta love. That is what Colleen Hoover mastered. Any other book and it would have felt like immediate insta love but the way she writes it, with the emotions and the words.. AH! just perfect. Both characters don't want a relationship, or at least they think they don't so they begin their physical only relationship. It pained my heart seeing them both struggle with thinking all they want is to sleep with each other without having a full relationship when everything they do point the opposite thing. It especially ripped my heart for Tate because, I think, she got the shorter end of the stick and it was just really sad seeing her struggle with whether she wants to call it quit but that means she won't even be physically close with Miles, or trying to push it more and maybe losing him all together. 
The only other character worth mentioning is Tate's brother and I really loved him. I hope that Hoover thinks about writing a companion novel but for him? that would be perfect. I also loved the bromance between him and Miles. Such good friends and they're all so put together (at least appearance wise and financially). This is very different from the usual NA novels where all the characters' lives are in a rut. I feel relationship dynamics is what Colleen Hoover does best too. Ok fine.. Colleen Hoover does everything perfectly. haha. My heart was pounding throughout half of this book and I got a serious work out because of it. I definitely recommend it to all Hoover and NA fans, especially fans of her novel Maybe, Someday. 
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  1. Oky, okay, okay. You wanted a comment? Oh, I'll leave you a comment!
    You cannot do this, you cannot go ahead and talk about this book and here I am, dying to read it cause shipping is slow and I have to wait four more days and I need it soooo bad!!
    Okay, I need another second.
    I've been reading all those snippets Colleen Hoover wrote on FB and I was wondering how it was possible for the characters not to see how they both wanted to be with each other, feelings and all. I mean, how? Their words were so.. Perfect! I can't wait to see how she did it, I literally can't wait! And the bromance! I always love a good bromance, a good bromance is just what I need!
    Yep, rant over. Just one curiosity. Why not the 5 stars? What didn't you like about it?

  2. I'm hesitant to pick this up because I hated Maybe Someday. I loved CoHo's other books so it was a complete shock that the story was just so upsetting to me. I don't like the fact that here is another heroine getting the short end of the stick in the relationship, but I'm so very tempted to pick this up because of the rave reviews. Although there was a lot of rave reviews for Maybe Someday, too. I just don't know what to do. Lovely review, Juhina! :)

  3. Ooo, four stars is great! I haven't read any of Hoover's books besides Hopeless, which I loved. I have Losing Hope and Slammed and Point of Retreat, so it's just a matter of me picking them up and reading them O_O I saw some ehhhhhh reviews for Maybe Someday, although there are so many really great positive ones... and this one didn't really catch my attention O_O I admit, contemporary doesn't usually jump out at me, in general.

    Stories involving pilots are pretty cool! Reminds me of Jennifer Echols' Such a Rush - I did love that contemporary novel :D I hope you get that companion novel with the brother! :D

    Excellent review, Juhina!! <333

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  4. When I saw a link to this post I constantly shouted internally 'ANOTHER COLLEN HOOVER NEW BOOK? YASSSSS!' she's surely a productive author, yeah?
    her books are either love/hate for me haha I love Maybe Someday and Hopeless to bits but Slammed and its sequels are a big no for me. Remembering how hard I fell in love with Maybe Someday, though... Though the premise is a bit predictable, I'll surely read this one! I MUST read this one. And you're right, the fact that Miles is a pilot is a big pull factor. :D

    Tirta @ I Prefer Reading

  5. Love the sound of the characters and relationship dynamics...I really need to start checking out this author's novels!

    Awesome review :D

  6. I like the idea of the love interest being a pilot! I would love to meet Tate's brother too. I feel there aren't enough good bromances in the books I read! I've seen a lot of people raving about this book recently, so I think I will have to just give it a shot. Great review, Juhina! :)