BOOK REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly LoveUGLY LOVE
By Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (UK)
Publication Date: 5th August 2014 (UK)
Format: Paperback (322 pages)
Source: REVIEW COPY

SUMMARY
An unforgettable love story that breaks all the rules.

When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her apartment door, it is definitely not love at first sight. In fact, they wouldn’t even consider themselves friends. But what they do have is an undeniable mutual attraction.

He doesn’t want love and she doesn’t have time for a relationship, but their chemistry cannot be ignored. Once their desires are out in the open, they realise they have the perfect set-up, as long as Tate can stick to two rules – never ask about the past and don’t expect a future.

Tate convinces herself she’s ok with it, but soon realises that it’s harder than she thought. Will she be able to say no to her sexy pilot when he lives just next door?

This new romance from Colleen Hoover will have you laughing and crying in equal measure – definitely her best book yet! (Goodreads)

DividerUgly Love is my first read by Colleen Hoover and by the time I had finished it, I was kicking myself that I hadn’t picked up any of her works before. I am always dubious when a book claims to be New Adult, but Hoover takes you on a rollercoaster of a romance that by the last place you are both emotionally and physically exhausted.

What was especially refreshing about this novel is the complex relationship between the main characters. At the beginning of the novel, Tate and Miles agree to have a purely sexual relationship due to Tate trying to concentrate on her fledging career in nursing and the demons that Mile is clearly still battling. To try to keep things simple Miles sets a couple of rules, yet as they spend more time together, it becomes more difficult for Tate to abide by them.

From the very beginning I knew that whatever demons Miles was hiding would end up putting a wedge between them. Yet, no matter how douchebaggy Miles acted towards Tate, it was Tate who I ended up getting annoyed with. Miles had been honest from the get go. Yet, Tate kept hoping that she could somehow change him. Whatever had happened to Miles had caused some psychological damage, that I was unsure how he could get over it.

What was a huge benefit was the fact that the story is told from both Tate and Mileses point of view. I found this really helpful as it gave me the insight into Miles. I find that in this genre, if the books are told only from the female characters point of view, I feel as if I am only getting half the story. By shining a light onto Miles’s past, I was given the chance to see the events that moulded Miles into the person he became.

There is no denying that they both have chemistry, both in the bedroom and out. Miles tries to fight it, he has feelings for Tate. There are the little things he does without even thinking that show how deep his feelings run. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t want to seriously punch him in his family jewels for the way he treated Tate after they slept together. Tate is so blinded by the fact that she is physically attracted to Miles and holding out on the hope that she can help him open up, that she puts up with a lot.

As this is a romance book, there is the inevitable happy ever after, but I was still unsure that they would work things out. This is a real gift that an author can still make you doubt if they will get back together. Hoover refuses to let you off this rollercoaster ride till the very last chapter and even then you are still subjected to one last sucker punch to the stomach.

What I have to also commend is the fact that Hoover has written numerous sex scenes that while they are hot and steamy, they are written in such an elegant way. They also occur in such a natural way and play an important part to the progression of the plot

VERDICT

Ugly Love was just such a joy to read and I sacrificed sleep in order to read more of this book. She has created two characters that you become emotionally invested in to the point that they are almost real. Hoover really could give Nicholas Sparks and John Green a run for their money in taking their readers on journey that has so many highs and lows. Yet, Like Sparks and Green, you finish the book with a sense of hope. Ugly Love may be my first Colleen Hoover book, but it won’t be my last.

RATING
4 star
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