Colleen Hoover · Contemporary · New Adult · New Romance · OTP · Romance

UGLY Love by Colleen Hoover

“It’s not exactly love at first sight for Tate Collins when she meets the tormented and secretive Miles Archer. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only things Tate and Miles have in common is a mutual physical attraction that can’t be denied. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they might have stumbled on the perfect no-strings arrangement. He isn’t looking for love, and she doesn’t have time for it- so that leaves just the sex. What they’ve got could be surprisingly satisfying, as long as Tate can stick to the two rules Miles has for her: never ask about the past; don’t expect a future. They think they can handle it, but everything is different when real emotions start to change the equation.

HEARTS GET INFILTRATED.

PROMISES GET BROKEN.

RULES GET SHATTERED.

LOVE GETS UGLY.”

This book has all my favorite making for a good love story. I call these books “For Love and Loins”. You know the books that get a little steaming but it all leads to a great foundation for a fantastic, love filled romance! I’m also a sucker for the gorgeous brooding type. Who has his life together but there is always something missing. Then there is the sassy female who stands up for herself, takes no prisoners type attitude. It’s all so cliché, but when it is done right, with the right mixture of characters, the story can be really beautiful. This is one story that was most definitely beautiful.

I found myself immediately liking Tate. She was her own person and that was that. Throughout the story she sort of lost a back a back bone, but not enough to be annoying. I don’t mind this as much as other people do because when you love someone and you have these intense emotions and that you can’t understand right away, it is somewhat disheartening. You start to question your back bone and everything you stand for because for some crazy reason, you cannot rationalize why your have such intense feelings, and how it just completely knocked you off your roll. I’ve been there before and I love a story that gets it right because if you haven’t lived through these emotions, they are pretty hard to put to paper. I love that she didn’t walk away or back down from Miles, it is so hard to stick it out for love when the other person doesn’t want anything to do with it. I kept finding myself saying “Go Tate!!” and I wanted to say to her, “I am so proud of you.” and give her the biggest bear hug!

Miles Archer. Miles. Miles. Miles….where do I begin? First I’ll say, I would never want to to be in Miles’ shoes when he went through his tragedy. Holy Cow. No, thank you. Move along. I will say he turned out pretty good for all he went through as a young man. I mean, his life could have gone a whole heck of a lot worse. Thank goodness he had some discipline and focus. However, terrible as his past was, at some point you have to say, “Okay, time for me to man up, and get on with my life. Stop sulking.” It shouldn’t have to take 6 years and some bomb shell of a lady to get your head on straight. Some people I guess need that though. I wasn’t annoyed by Miles in any way, I just wish he was less stubborn and didn’t make Tate feel like crap. There were parts in this book, where I truly wanted to slap Miles. Well, Tate too for that matter. Miles was so himself through all his back and forth with his emotions though. He let his true self be seen sometimes with Tate and I think that is what kept Tate hanging on. Even if these little “slip ups” were unintentional. Who knows, maybe they weren’t? He was pretty secretive for most the book.

The only thing I really wish this book had, was a best friend for Tate. She had bits of her mom, but sometimes you need more. Miles had one, one who knew everything about him. Although we didn’t get much out if him, the bits we did get were pretty brilliant. I just wish Tate had one of those in this book, because she really needed one at times. I wanted to be her friend, and be there for her when she needed someone to talk to. I wouldn’t have talked her out of anything she was doing, because I think she was doing everything she could, the right way. I would have been there for her to help her talk through all her thoughts. She had so many, and when they stay in your head and not out in the open, in some kind of order, things get messy. So, I guess this book was aptly named. Ha-ha!

This was a wonderful book about love. The good parts, the bad, and how you should stick with it if it’s something you both truly want. I’m glad I read this book. It was one of those books that makes you feel like your not alone in the “ugly love dept”. Everyone has had at least one of those relationships. Some don’t always end the best, though.

I would recommend this book to all my friends, family and co-workers (if they were younger than 65 and liked to read, which….not so much).

My rating is 5/5

I.

Loved.

This.

Book.

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