Published August 2014
Genres: New Adult
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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.
“How can you love someone who has given up on love and who believes the good things in life are not worth taking any risks?”
When Tate Collins moved to San Francisco and into her brother’s flat, she never expected to find a drunken and completely broken down Miles Archer on the doorstep. And never in a million years did she expect to be attracted – let alone feel something – for her brother’s oh so secretive and murky friend and neighbour.
The attraction between Tate and Miles is hanging on a tight string that is just waiting to be snap. And when it does, Miles is nothing but honest with Tate: he doesn’t want her to question his past, nor should she expect a future from him. Sex with no strings attached, that’s all that Miles can offer, and Tate – being completely and utterly drawn to Miles – can’t help but agree to Miles’ offer, knowing full well she will get hurt in the process.
Let me start by saying that Ugly Love is probably one of the best novels I have ever read. That’s how strong I felt about it. It’s not your average kind of romantic and blissful novel. No, it’s definitely crammed with heartbreaking scenes and tear-threatening moments, and it will make you think and overthink it long after having read it’s last page. To me, a novel that can conjure up so many deep emotions is a real masterpiece, and I didn’t expect any less from the magnificent Colleen Hoover.
Tate moved to San Francisco to finish her nursing degree, and will be living with her brother Corbin, an airline pilot who is living in a fancy building where many other pilots have been provided housing. Naturally, she mingles with his group of friends, and quickly becomes attracted to the quietest one of the bunch, Miles – who also happens to be the first person she met when she arrived at her brother’s flat, just as he was having a drunken breakdown.
Miles is your perfect anti-hero, and we get to witness him from 2 different points of view. The first point of view we get is Tate’s, and frankly there is not much we can see through her eyes but a closed-off and slightly depressed 24-year old who strides through life without ever allowing himself to feel anything.
Some might think that Tate is a push-over by agreeing and always giving in to Miles coming back just for meaningless sex. Yet, I understood so very well how Tate felt: she is so hopelessly taken with Miles that she can’t help but hope that she will be the one to make it better, and that by just giving him time, he will finally open up to her and admit that he wants more. Yet, Miles keeps hurting her and at the same time, unintentionally, giving her hope my making small bits of progress in their relationship. Just so much she never manages to give up on him.
Yet, there is a second POV we get to witness Miles from, which is his own, but 6 years back. Obviously, this alternating POV will allow the reader to find out, bit by bit, what made Miles the way he is now, and also gives way to the most tragic and heartbreakingly bittersweet scenes of the book.
Even though as a reader, you could have guessed something tragic had happened to Miles in his past (and you even could have guessed the nature of the events), it didn’t make it any easier to actually read the words. I think that with every page, I fell a little more in love with Miles and finding out about him just broke my heart for him.
I totally could relate to the pain he was putting himself through and was so grateful that he had Tate to support him even if he couldn’t see what she did to him in the first place. And I am so glad she didn’t give up on him, even though I felt like crying for all she had to go through to actually make him open up to her.
Colleen Hoover managed another masterpiece again, one that completely exceeded any expectations and I can’t thank her enough for writing such meaningful books. And the meaning of Ugly Love couldn’t be any clearer – it revolves around a very singular and important question: would you give up on all the beautiful moments in life just to make sure you would never experience any kind of pain? And this book couldn’t have answered the question any better way…
“God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things for granted.”
If you plan on reading Ugly Love, be prepared to be swept away by a whirlwind of emotions, and by a writing that will take you on a very particular journey… like you are actually inside of the characters. While Tate’s POV felt so very real, Miles past-POV did too, but in a more dream-like, hazy way and was thus so. much. more. intense. Sometimes I was just so deeply affected by him I had to read the whole page over and over again, because Colleen Hoover managed so much meaning into just a few words. Now that I’ve read this book, I can’t help but say I’ve fallen utterly and completely in love in Miles. He’s the perfect book boyfriend, actually scratch that – he’s the perfect man – to have in your life because he is just. so. full. of. love.
We knew Colleen Hoover was a master of any type of prose thanks to the likes of Slammed or Maybe Someday, but again, Ugly Love took her skills to the next level. Never have I ever been so affected by a book and Colleen Hoover will forever remain in my pantheon of best NA/contemporary romance authors.
Please, I encourage you to read this book and let it take you away just as it did me. It’s not a coincidence when I say that the pain you will go through when reading this book will totally be worth it all.