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UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover
Atria Books | 336 pages | PB ISBN 9781476753188 | August 5, 2014 | $15.00 | eBook ISBN: SBN 9781476753195 | $7.99
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s 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.
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“It’s Intense. It’s heartbreaking. It’s devastating.”
Ugly Love is unique in that there is a story within the story that covers two timelines: present day and 6 years prior, as told from two points of view – Tate and Miles, respectively. The alternating timeline adds depth to the characters, intensity to the plot and the unfolding of the story was simply brilliant.
The story immediately draws you in with the legendary first meeting of Tate and Miles. It may not have been memorable for Miles, but Tate made a profound observation that would keep me engaged for the duration of the story.
“I don’t even know the guy, but the obvious devastation he’s experiencing is difficult to witness.”
The kind of agonizing emotion Miles exhibits is that of someone whose world has been wrecked. But the circumstance of that breakdown is not something he is willing to discuss. In fact, he is not much of a talker period. And so the brooding soul that is Miles quickly seeps into Tate’s every thought.
“That’s how it is when a person develops an attraction toward someone. He’s nowhere, then suddenly he’s everywhere, whether you want him to be or not.”
As they navigate their arrangement, it becomes increasingly difficult to be truly satisfied with no strings attached. Tate struggles to adhere to the rules Miles laid out in the beginning: never ask about the past and don’t expect a future. But she is inextricably drawn to Miles and the desire to be with him far outweighs the insignificant feeling that overcomes her with each casual dismissal.
And yet she trudges on, pushing the rules until lines blur, tensions mount, hearts fracture and things get ugly.
I was conflicted with my views about Tate. On one hand I was disappointed that she would willingly continue with the arrangement when Miles was so blatantly indifferent towards her. On the other hand I wanted her to keep pushing in the hopes that Miles would eventually bend the rules if not break them all together. Perhaps that is just the hopeless romantic in me who wants to believe that love conquers all.
From the beginning, it was clear the devastation Miles experienced was the kind from which you never fully recover. As each chapter of his life unfolded, we saw glimpses of the man he was before it all turned sad. While I was angry with him at times for the way he treated Tate, I loved the incredibly thoughtful side he gave us glimpses of on occasion. It was evident Miles was drawn to Tate, anchored to her as if she was a life raft in his turbulent world. Miles’s story was captivating and overwhelming and my heart ached for him.
I absolutely love that Colleen Hoover stepped outside the box with Ugly Love. She has given us a story that is full of emotion but so very different from her previous books. However, she stayed true to her reputation of writing characters that are real and a story that is both compelling and powerful. The story is laced with Colleen’s humor and wit but the emotional response this story elicited far exceeded my expectations. Brace yourself for the emotional rollercoaster that will ensue while reading.
The highlighting in my kindle alone should validate my love for this story. But there is so much more to it than the written words that jumped out at me from the page. It’s in the connection I felt to Tate in the way that a kindred spirit would identify. It’s in the overwhelming emotion that stirred within me from Miles revelation. It’s in the havoc that was wreaked on my heart as I took this journey with Miles and Tate. And it’s in the fullness in my heart from this beautiful story.
Overall Rating: 5+ STARS
I was provided a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Colleen Hover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday, and Finding Cinderella. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
Yes, you read that correctly: Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author, is coming to one lucky fan’s hometown to have a book club discussion with 10 of their friends!! Get the teams together and pre-order UGLY LOVE then send your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 4th to enter for a chance to win. The winner and their 10 guests will all get signed copies of UGLY LOVE, too! Dreams. Come. True.