Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Published by Atria Books on 5 August 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Source: Kindle Purchase
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
Ugly Love is so full of feels! There is love, hope, devastation, loss, hopelessness, distraction… You name it – I felt it!
My Ugly Love review:
It has taken me several weeks to finally review Ugly Love. That is because even now, I feel like crying when I think about this heart-wrenching story! I cried the biggest ugly tears I have ever cried while reading a book. The story is so well done, especially because it is written in dual points of views, both from Tate’s and Miles’ point of view. However, the chapters written in Miles point of view are a lot shorter, and I didn’t get to know him any better than Tate did. And I thought the way that was done was truly genius!
When Tate first met Miles, he was drunk asleep in front of the door to her brother’s apartment, and she first tried to get inside without disturbing him. Her brother told her on the phone to let him in and have him sleep on the couch, however, and that made Tate realize that Miles was hurting immensely. But because Miles held his cards so close to the chest, it was impossible for Tate to figure him out. And while they had incredible chemistry, Miles was always closing himself off behind the walls he had erected to protect himself.
The character development was really well done, both when it comes to Miles and when it comes to Tate. She was not too serious about anything in the beginning, but as she slowly fell for Miles, she realized that not everything was easy – even if her own life had been pretty good up to that point. Miles was the epitome of a tortured soul, and it wasn’t until the end of Ugly Love that I and Tate got to understand fully the amount of heartache he had been through. And that heartache was so much more than a love story gone sour.
As always, Colleen Hoover’s writing was spot-on. The way she manages to show how her characters feel, even when she’s keeping the reason why a secret, is masterful. And she made me feel all those emotions and more as well. Ugly Love is the kind of story to read when you feel like you need to get rid of some tears you’ve been keeping inside for whatever reasons. The poignant grief, and the very slow build-up to know why Miles was so cut off from his own feelings, up to the point of thinking it would be better to never, ever love again, was so well done. Ugly Love is also a book I want to get on audio, and I recommend it to all readers who enjoy contemporary New Adult with some sorrowful twists.
Some of my favorite Ugly Love quotes:
The only impressive thing about this apartment is the bookshelf in the living room. It’s lined with dozens of books, which is more of a turn-on to me than anything else that could potentially line his barren walls.
We tell ourselves we’ve got this… when we
don’t have it at all.
My skin feels better with her touching it. My hair feels better with her hands on it. My mouth feels
better with her tongue inside of it.
I wish we could breathe like this.
Live like this.
Life would feel better with her like this.
I’ll take what I can get. I’m not Tate when I’m near Miles. I’m liquid, and liquid doesn’t know how to be firm or stand up for itself. Liquid flows. That’s all I want to do with Miles. Flow.
I can’t tell where he’s touching me, because as soon as he touches me in one spot. his hands move to another. He’s touching me everywhere, nowhere, not at all, all at once.