Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Release Date: August 5, 2014
Info about the author: Goodreads - Twitter - Website
Publisher: Atria Books
Age group: New Adult
Pages: 320
Buy the book: Amazon - Book Depository

Description (from Goodreads):

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:

After getting overly emotional while reading Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, I got extremely excited when I read the synopsis to this new book by her. The moment it was released, I bought it to my Kindle and wanted to devour the whole thing right away. And oh my, it was very very very very emotional, just as I expected.

Tate Collins, a registered nurse and a student, moves in with her brother in order to settle into a new city, job and life. Quickly, she meets Miles Archer, an airline pilot and the colleague of her brother and something clicks between them. Miles is tall, serious and oh, so attractive and though there seems to be nothing common they share, Tate cannot keep her thoughts away from Miles. When the desire Miles has for Tate is revealed, they make an agreement that allows them to discover their passion towards each other without consequences; Tate has to promise that she won't ask anything about Miles's past or expect a shared future. Miles promises he won't give Tate hope about a future together. Even before they start hooking up, Tate knows that she's a goner. But she can't stay away from Miles.

The book is narrated from both the point of view of Tate and Miles. While the narrative segments of Tate focus on the present day and the budding relationship between Miles and her, the segments from Miles's point of view go six year back in time to a time Miles was in love with a girl called Rachel. After Rachel, Miles has been closed off, private and serious and sure of the fact that he'll never be able to love again. But then Tate shows up and it messes up everything Miles has thought about his future, love and possibly being happy again someday.

I am happy that Hoover provided Miles's point-of-view to the story because without it, Miles would have kind of seemed like a total douche. Yes, it is true that he is honest and straight, telling Tate right away that the only thing he's looking for is sex, nothing else. But as they spend time together, he still remains closed off and occasionally quite unfeeling, again and again breaking Tate's heart into smaller pieces. But then you read something from Miles's point of view and your heart breaks for him and you kind of start to understand WHY he acts the way he does. 

At points I had a difficult time understanding Tate and why she lets Miles treat her the way he does. Yes, Miles is dreamy and attractive and occasionally very kind and caring, but he's also moody, secretive and cold. She knows that he's bad for her, but she just can't stop seeing him. Yeah, I know this sounds exactly like a cliche that's repeated in new adult books over and over again, but somehow Hoover builds the story so brilliantly that while reading the book I wasn't rolling my eyes (like I usually do with cliches), but actually tried to enter Tate's mindset and understand her decisions and actions.

Hoover's writing is so beautiful, heart-wrenching and honest that it, once again, managed to make me cry. I would really like to know how she comes up with these heart breaking stories and whether she can write the scenes without crying. 

Ugly Love is a solid four star new adult title that's romantic, heart breaking, entertaining and full of hope. The dual narrative kept me wanting to read on in order to know more about the characters, especially about Miles's past, which led to me reading this book in just a matter of hours. It is a bit more heavy on the sexy times that the previous Hoover titles I've read, but I did not mind it too much. Since the synopsis already mentions that it focuses on characters who have a "friends with benefits" type of relationship, what else could I have expected? 

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