Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Book Review


Title:
Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published by: Atria Books on August 2014
Genre: New Adult
Setting: San Francisco, California USA
Format: E-book
Rating: 2.5 Roses

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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Note: I wrote this short review after the long one below because I can't decide on what to rate Ugly Love. The review below is spoiler-free, but read at your own will. I just don't want to spoil you with the characters.

I am starting to hate stand-alones right now. It's a real challenge for authors to wrap up novels in a single book. I thought I would love this book by CoHo but I did not. I am starting to feel like I am picking the wrong books of CoHo to start with. I've read two books and I love the way she writes it and I love the cover but the story just never did it for me.

All in all, this book is steamy and squeal-worthy in some parts. What drove me to finish the book, aside from Miles, is my curiosity. I want to find out why Miles is the way he was. Maybe this book was beautiful but it did not suit my taste since I hate women degrading themselves for men.
I enjoyed sweet and romantic Miles (and how he FLEW in love with me :P), as usual, just like with FSOG, the only parts I love were the sweet, romantic and billionaire Grey (LOL).

I can't decide, so this book is actually 2.5 roses, all because of sweet and romantic Miles and the source of his brokenness (NICK BATEMAN IS AN ADDED BONUS TOO!), Cap and his wit, and the lesson about love, of course. There is no beauty if there is no ugly side to love, and that's just true.
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I started this book on December 24 then I stopped.... I picked it up again on the 28th and finished it during our ride home from Ilocos on the 30th. I gotta tell you, it gets pretty awkward at times since I'm in a van with 14 other peeps and I am reading steamy scenes without their knowledge! There are also times when I want to giggle and squeal but I supress it because they might ask what I was reading and I don't want to broadcast to my family that it was Ugly Love. Haha, I have a bookworm cousin and she might know a thing or two about it.

So anyway, I am battling real hard with myself on what rating I am going to give this book, so I guess I am going to break it down first then decide at the end of this review.

Characters

Miles is a really hot guy that is worth all your saliva. He's pretty damn hot, srsly. But hotness aside, I love how his character unfolds in his 6 years earlier POV. You just can't resist both the past and present Miles, even though Miles as a character in the flashback POV seems too stalker-y and I found the poetic feel to it kind of creepy and it doesn't suit Miles at all.
He is f*cking sweet and sentimental, though. Gaaah! Add him to the listof my boyfies, a-kay?

Tate is... ugh. Why do you even exist if you'll just become a "liquid"? (Read to know what I mean)
She is a very weak character in this book. She's a protagonist, yet she's not worthy of anyone's time. There was no depth to her, she's just a "liquid" that becomes a slave to her "solid" Miles. She's just as obsessed as Miles was with Rachel (Miles' ex).

Corbin is someone I look forward to. There's more to him than just this book and I am curious. Please make a novel about him please, Colleen!

I thought Dillon would be a big part as antagonist but he's just a filler. Just to show how hypocrite Miles was.

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Attraction is a really strong force between two individuals and I can understand that about all the couples in this book. All relationships here are just attraction, physical attraction to be exact, and infatuation.
What I didn't see on the book was the development of feelings into something more than just attraction, into something more than just sex. Like, what did Tate like about Miles and vice versa? Oh wait, erase that, we all know why Tate fell in love with Miles. What I don't understand is why Miles fell in love with Tate. Haha. Yes, she has a kind heart, what else? Maybe she's sexy and good in bed? Hahaah way to go.
I just don't like Tate as a character. There was no depth to her and I kind of hate how she handles things. I hate the way she picks herself up then just lowers it down for someone else. I hate that. I really hate that. Miles knows how to be a boyfriend but he is disrespectful as a man, and Tate disrespects herself too much to allow Miles to disrespect her the way he did.

This is a standalone novel so I can understand that Colleen Hoover needs to compress everything in a certain number of pages, I just didn't like the way it was wrapped up. The epilogue kind of made up for some, though. It shows how Miles can really love a person when he really wants to love her. But his thoughts, though, still creepy.


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