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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover [a book review]

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover [a book review]Ugly Love Published by Atria, Simon and Schuster on August 5, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Own copy
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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.


my thoughts

Ugly Love is certainly a lot different from all of Colleen Hoover’s past works. Other than the age of the main characters are older than the ones from the previous books, and more scenes not appropriate for younger audiences, BUT still the same intensity in the words in her writing, behind her writing, above her writing. 
This is certainly a lot different, but also the same. 

Though I still find myself liking her first book Slammed. The poetries that was in there shocked my system down to its core. I guess that will always hold a special place in my heart. lol. But I also loved loved Maybe Someday. All the intensity of feelings behind every song is too much too much. I think it’s my most favorite of her books (Maybe SOmeday). So I guess, after reading Maybe Someday and not feeling much of it in Ugly Love, I guess that’s the difference. If poetry was it for Slammed, and Hope was it for Losing Hope and music was it for Maybe Someday, Miles’ past was “it” for Ugly Love..or all the she-bangs they did,lol. 

Let’s talk characters. Miles was a “mysterious” guy, but not all that mysterious when it comes to Tate. Except he’s still hiding what ruined him from his past. Well, when I got to the point where I was reading the reason that crippled him, I was devastated to the point of numbness. Literally, I was slack jawed and in shock! From one moment all was happy, and then BAM! Colleen Hoover just dropped the bomb in front of me! I didn’t even have a second to prepare myself for the ruination that ensued! Everything that he is just made sense! 

Let’s go to Tate. I love Tate. The fact that she’s a nurse already made me love her! (Because I’m a nurse too! haha). LOL. There’s nothing overly special with her, BUT she’s the kind of woman we all can relate too, so that alone made her special. She’s hardworking and responsible and well, a bit irresponsible with her heart. My heart was breaking with her every time she realized she’s falling deeper and deeper for Miles. She’s such a martyr and I hate martyr women, but she made it seem like she’s not. She is martyr for most of what she sacrificed for but I don’t know how to explain this. She’s just not the whiny kind of girl. And she showed strength instead of weakness, in her masochism. I don’t know if you got what I was trying to say. You know when you read of a character in a book who is martyr and you don’t like how martyr they are because they embarrass you so much, even if you’re just a reader? Like the kind of martyr who begs and begs? Well, Tate isn’t like that. While she did sacrifice and pretended for things to be fine, but deep inside she’s breaking, and when things weren’t great, she didn’t beg. So that’s what’s different with her. So, if I’m going to be a martyr for love, I think I’m more like Tate. I do it silently, but I won’t beg. I really did admire her because when it was time to move on, she really tried to move on and didn’t whine and overly drowned herself in depression. She’s really a nurse. 🙂 Because we nurses can deal. lol. Tate’s independence made her badass for me. And I love her! 

Overall, I loved Ugly Love, enjoyed it, devoured it. Not as much love I had for Maybe Someday and Slammed, but it’s just a bit different from the others.

4 Stars

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