In Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, Tate Collins has just gotten out of a relationship. She’s not looking for love but lust is okay. When she meets her brother’s friend, Miles Archer, their chemistry is undeniable. Miles and Tate agree to a no strings relationship that involves just sex and nothing else. At least that is what they keep telling themselves. Can they stick to their rule or will love find a way into their hearts?
I am not sure how to even start this review. It was such an emotional roller coaster. I actually peeked at the ending of the book about halfway through just to make sure that Miles and Tate got their HEA. I never ever do that when I am reading!
The thing about Miles Archer is that he knows love isn’t all rainbows, hearts and sunshine. He has experienced the dark side of love. Love ripped his heart out, stomped on it, and drop kicked it to the curb. He simply doesn’t feel like he can love again or that he deserves to love again after what he endured.
Poor Tate. She tried so hard to follow his rules but she just couldn’t do it. She needed to be his friend, confident, and lover like she needs air to breathe. Every time Miles threw up a road block, Tate found a way around it and kept coming back for more.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the realism. Yes, it is a romance and yes, there is a HEA but it’s a very bumpy ride all the way to the end. Hoover doesn’t pull her punches and she drags the reader down this dark road. It was honestly very refreshing to read a romance that doesn’t gloss over the ugly side of life.
Overall, this was a very satisfying read for me. For those that have never read a book by Hoover, now is the time to do so. Especially since Ugly Love had been optioned for a movie!
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About the Book:
Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Category: New Adult
Source: Purchased at Penned Con 2014
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.