Review || Giveaway
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

July 18, 2014 Review 90 ★★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review || Giveaway Ugly Love by Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on 5th August 2014
Genres: Issues, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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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.


Reviewed by Kay

*I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*

I’ll start my review with a confession – I’m a Colleen Hoover fan. A big one. Huge in fact. I’ve loved all the books she has written up until now, with each one making me think “wow, that’s her best book yet. I love these characters” and “It doesn’t get any better than this”. And therein lies my problem. My fear in fact, that at some point, I’m going to pick up her new book and just think “oh”, that I’m going to be disappointed, feel that I’m missing the intensity of Hopeless, the character connection of Slammed or the romance of Maybe Someday. No one is capable of writing novel after novel that just keep getting better and better, right?


In my opinion, Ugly Love is Colleen Hoover’s best book to date. I was instantly drawn to the characters, wanted to find out more of their story and share their emotions with them as I turned every page of this incredible book. It is an utterly beautiful story. Let me try to explain why I love it so much…

We already know from the book’s blurb that Miles Archer is not your typical Hoover lead character. Not looking for love, with a ban on questions regarding his past and promising no future HEA, he’s hardly Prince Charming material and could, in all honesty, come across as cold, clinical and somewhat heartless. The genius of the book is the balance you get with the alternating chapters. We skip effortlessly between present day, told from our female lead Tate’s POV, to chapters written from an eighteen year old Miles, some six years previously. It is in these flashback chapters that we meet the real Miles. This warm, open, loveable, heart-on-his-sleeve eighteen year old, who is so ready to give and receive love, shows us that deep down, present day Miles is not the cold, emotionless character we have been led to believe. Given that Miles was once such an incredibly warm and loving guy, we can only speculate that something unbearably painful must have happened for him to close down emotionally in the way he has. It is this fact that draws you to the character, and keeps us with him throughout the book. I found myself reading the present day chapters, hoping against hope that glimpses of the old Miles would shine through, and of course, every now and then they did, before he would catch himself and reign himself in. As much as I loved the flashback chapters and the joy of seeing such a loveable, poetic side to Miles, I must confess, I read them with a growing sense of dread as I waited to find out just what could have happened in his life to change him so drastically.

I loved Miles, I truly did, but there were also times when I was so mad at him for the, albeit unintentional, pain he put Tate through. Tate Collins is a fantastic character. Independent, kind, warm and fun, we get to see all sides of her via her various relationships, be it her good humoured, sibling bickering with Corbin or her hilarious and touching interactions with Cap (seriously, who writes the BFF for their female lead as an 80 year old male lift attendant?! Genius!!) to her intense attraction to the dark and moody Miles. Tate is an every girl and I think this is why we love her. From the moment the connection is made with Miles and the ground rules are laid out, you hope that she will be able to follow them without getting emotionally attached and hurt but you fear that may prove impossible. I think sometimes we try to kid ourselves. Hold an internal chat that says “this is going to be fine, we can do this” whereas deep down, we know we are lying to ourselves. This is why Tate is so real to me and where I think Colleen’s writing excels. The hurt, embarrassment and anguish you feel for Tate during this book is so brilliantly observed and wonderfully written, that your heart breaks for her again and again. I fully expect some readers will criticise Tate’s character for being weak, but I think she’s far from that. I just find her reactions so true to life. Now I agree, in real life, if Tate were my best friend, and she told me all about her relationship with Miles, I would be advising her to run for the hills, to find someone more deserving of her love and to move on. However, come on, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? When you are the person in the relationship, it is not so easy to just detach your emotions and follow the cold, logical path, is it? We would be robots if that were the case. People make their own decisions, right or wrong, based on emotion and feelings, and that’s the type of character I want to read about in my novels, not someone who behaves as though they live their life following The Optimum Relationship Guide for Dummies manual.

I really do not want to give away much of the actual storyline, so I’ll say no more about how the book unfolds. I will just say this story has a different feel to it from other Colleen Hoover books. It’s a little darker, not containing quite the amount of humour we’ve seen in her other books although there are light moments, particularly involving the brilliant Cap. It’s certainly sexier without being unnecessarily graphic. Even in her sex scenes, there’s a wonderful truth to how she writes. I mean honestly, how often in other stories have you read that the hero “rips off” the girl’s panties and though “Really? What were they made of, paper? I’m quite sure mine wouldn’t give way so easily without first doing an impression of a cheese cutter slicing through a lump of Cheddar”, so I love her for injecting some humour into that scene.

Ugly Love is a gorgeous book that both broke my heart and had me crying with joy. Emotional, poetic, gut-wrenching, beautiful and oh so real, it goes to the very top of my favourite books of 2014 list. As it is somewhat different to her other work, the author may be nervous of how it will be received on release. My message to her? There’s absolutely no need to worry. You’ve got this Colleen.


He brings his hands up and slides them through my hair, brushing his thumbs across my cheeks. He inhales a shaky breath while looking down at my mouth. “You make it so hard to breathe.”

He nudges my shoulder with his and looks down at his feet. “You look pretty, Tate.” I want to plaster those four words on a billboard and require myself to pass it on my drive to work every day. I would never take another day off work again.

“Love isn’t always pretty, Tate. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then before you know it, you’re back to square one and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

“Tate,” he whispers. “I know I’ll regret saying this but I want you to hear it.” He pulls back just enough for his lips to meet my hair, the he grips me tightly again. “If I were capable of loving someone…it would be you.”

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit

90 Responses to “Review || Giveaway
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover”

  1. Carrie

    I seriously love the way her words suck you right into the story. I haven’t found a Colleen Hoover book that I haven’t fallen in love with.

  2. Nikki Epperson

    I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book, but I’d love to! I’ll definitely be on the lookout as soon as I get more Amazon money. 🙂

  3. Sara

    I love that I can pick them up and not want to put them down until I’m done!

  4. Jenny

    Oh heck…i completely missed the US only part and can’t retract my entries – so sorry for being such a nonse (idiot)!!!

  5. Ren

    Colleen Hoover is one of the best authors ever!! All of her books are to die for. Every book of hers will touch a part of you that’ll leave you sobbing, dazed, giddy or even in love, after finishing the book. You will never regret reading her work. <3

  6. Kim Perry

    I love the characters and the writing! I’m pulled in and experience the emotions right along with the characters.

  7. Kristy

    I love all of Colleen Hoover’s books. I love the angst and the real life situations she presents. I love that her books aren’t “fluffy” and that she doesn’t “sugar coat” anything. She is a complex writer. <3

  8. Nancy L.R.

    Such a huge fan of Colleen! I just love her books and cannot wait for Ugly Love!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Heather L

    I love everything Colleen Hoover writes. Can’t wait to read Ugly Love.

  10. Brooke

    Wow, what’s there not to like??? I love her writing, how it totally and completely consumes me and I am ripped apart and then pieced back together to become an all new whole…how’s that?

  11. Babbling Chatter

    Colleen Hoover is one of TOP favorite authors!!! 🙂 If she writes it I definitely will be reading it. 😉 She always throws me off with each book and I love the rides she has put me in through her writings.

  12. Lisa Helmert

    Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors who will break my heart in less than a month with Ugly Love. It’s okay though, I’m willing to have it broken as long as she continues to write amazing novels! 🙂

  13. Kim Gayheart

    When you read a Colleen Hoover book you best get the kleenex’s, food and drink and get comfy because once you start you won’t want to put it down. All her books should come with a warning>>> Will cause tears and heartache and will leave you emotionally spent. She really knows how to spin the words and twist the heart.

  14. Jamie B

    I’ve never actually read a Colleen Hoover book but I’ve been seeing so many good reviews for this book that I will definitely have to read it!

  15. Nat Vcnt

    I love everything about her books. How real and raw emotions are displayed in such a beautiful way. Hoover is and will always be one of my favorite authors

  16. Jerilyn

    Cohorts for life supppper excited it’s a little over two weeks away!!!!!:)))))

  17. /jamie Taliaferro

    I love how the stories can touch your heart and soul. You can’t help but fall for each of the characters and want them in your real life daily. I love every book of hers and just got my best friend hooked too 🙂

  18. Kathy

    with all the glowing reviews, I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! #mileshighclub

  19. Gretchen

    I love the realness to all of her characters. you’re able to go on the journey with them because they are like you.

  20. Amber Atkinson

    I LOVE all of Colleen’s books!! She will always be an automatic one click for me! Super excited for Ugly Love!!

  21. Kristy Petree

    I’ve read and loved all of her books. They just pull you into the story, as if you’re right there. The characters are likeable and easy to relate to. Mr. Cooper *swoon/sigh*

  22. Pam

    I’ve only read Finding Cinderella, but I loved it. I love her sense of humor and she can write the drama just as well.

  23. Karen L

    I think Colleen is one of the most original authors out there today. she amazes me with every book she writes.

    • Kay

      Thank you so much Chris! It’s such a beautiful book, it was a joy to review 🙂

  24. Christina Ortiz

    Colleen Hoover is an amazing author. I have loved all her books. There are two tops things that I really love when she writes a book. One is that her sense of humor comes through in her books, I love how one moment I am emotional or serious and the next I am laughing out loud. The other is after I read her books I still think about them all the time afterwards. That is a great author when they make you always think about their book.

  25. Jessica Williams

    I love EVERYTHING about Colleen’s books! I am a self-proclaimed CoHo slut. I can’t get enough! She pulls me in with every word and completely consumes me until I’ve finished. Then, I start over and read each one again because I’m not ready to leave the world she has created.

  26. Kristen K.

    I love pretty much everything about Colleen Hoover’s books! They are fantastic! Can’t wait for Ugly Love!

  27. Kristin Delcambre

    I think this will be a common theme for the comments, but I love everything about a CoHo book! She has a way with words that just brings the characters to life. Urn incredible what she can do with the same 26 letters of the alphabet that everyone else gets to use.

  28. Ilse

    I love her characters and how I easily connect with them and don’t get me started on her writing because I can go on for days about how I am in love with her writing.

  29. Shannon

    I love how Colleen’s characters suck you into their world and make you feel like you are right there with them! Her writing is amazing. Your review has me bouncing and not so patiently waiting to read Ugly Love! And would love to win this giveaway!

  30. Erika Harris

    I love how her characters are so real and you always feel sooooo many emotions. I am always so vested in the characters. I love how once you start reading you cannot put the book down.

  31. Beatrix

    Awesome giveaway!! 🙂
    I’ve read all CoHo books<3
    I still remember the feeling when I first discovered & read SLAMMED. Ah the memories


  32. Julie K

    Everything Colleen writes is golden. Each book is heartwarming and pulls at you deep in your soul.

  33. Tamm

    I love Colleen Hoover’s books and cannot wait for Ugly Love. Thank you for the chance to win!

  34. Lynn Roberts

    I love all of Colleen’s books so this review did thrill me and make me very anxious for the release of Ugly Love. Thank you!!

  35. Lacey T

    I absolutely love all her characters!! I love how Colleen creates characters that have so much depth and feel so real.

  36. Sandy Roman Borrero

    Colleen wrote Hopeless. Little did I know the lingering book hangover it would leave. Emotional, romantic, angsty, sexy, life altering writing. I haven’t gone back since. Adore her and stalk her every chance I get.

  37. symone

    I loved your honest review. I cannot wait to read this new book. All of colleen hoovers books are great. She surprises me with each book she writes and it’s originality.

  38. Rae Kay

    I Love the way my emotions grab at me when I dive into one of her books. They are such tear-jerkers meets smiley-goofy face 🙂

  39. Robin Segnitz

    I absolutely adore Colleen’s writing! Thank you for this wonderful opportunit. Will review if I win Ugly Love!

  40. Linda Henderson

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but I’ve heard they are amazing.

  41. Amanda shamblin

    I’m a huge fan. Your books have so much emotion and in depth characters.I can’t wait until I get to read this . I’m unlucky so it will be awhile lol.

  42. Lisa Grissinger

    Love Colleen’s books and love to share them. Amazing stories…characters you can’t forget.

  43. Ana Celaya

    OMG!! Thank you so much for hosting this amazing giveaway!!!!
    Well, I’ve only read Slammed and Point of Retreat, but I’ve been wanting to buy her other books such as Hopeless and Losing Hope, (I’ve already bought Maybe Someday, but I want it to be one of my last reads for the summer because I know it will rock my world) and now… UGLY LOVE!!!! I have to have it, I need to read it and I’m so anxious for it!!
    Anyway, what I deeply love of Colleen Hoover’s writing style is the passion and the connection you feel with the main characters. She has that amazing gift of touching people’s hearts since the very beginning; I really love love-stories, and she’s perfect at it! 🙂 I can honestly say she’s one of my 3 favorite authors.


  44. Nikki

    Colleen Hoover just knows how to hurt you so good. All of her books are a must read.

  45. Jennifer Taylor

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway. I like the story lines and the characters of Colleen Hoover’s books.

  46. Darlene Wright

    I haven’t read any of the books yet but look forward to trying them. Thanks

  47. Ebony B

    Hmm… I love her writing.. but I also just love that there’s always a surprise that you aren’t expecting. She’s awesome.

  48. Sarah Grace Maglanque

    Everything! I love everything in her books! It’s really hard to pick something out, y’know. 😉

  49. Jennifer I

    I love how Colleen Hoover draws us into her stories and doesn’t let us go until the end! xo

  50. Allison

    Colleen Hoover captures you from the first page and leaves you wanting more. I love everything she puts out!

  51. Madalyn Hardwick

    Thank you for this giveaway! 🙂 The thing that stands out to me about all of Colleen Hoover’s books is that her characters actually feel like people I would encounter in real life.

  52. Arianna

    I somehow stumbled upon Hopeless last year and loved it so much, I read all of her books and have been reading every book/author she supports. I love love love Colleen! She is by far my favorite author!

  53. Jessica Mobbs

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! Next month I’ll finally be able to meet the awesomeness that is Colleen Hoover! I can’t wait!!

  54. Bliss Silverleaf

    There are so many things I love about Colleen’s books! Her characters aren’t only this, books’ characters. They LIVE through and are so real, so perfect, so full of personality! Even the secondary ones have their powerfull meaning in the story, it’s so difficoult not to love all them! I love that her books are so intense and exciting, and I really, really, really love reading them!
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  55. Kimberly Plummer

    I love how you get sucked into her books and the story sticks with you long after you’ve read it!

  56. Diana Doan

    I love CoHo’s books! I love how she manages to suck us into her world!

  57. Stacy

    I don’t know if there is one thing I love about them…but I can’t wait to read Ugly Love!!!

  58. Kelly Tannacore

    I love Colleen Hoover! Her books are so well written and really make you feel exactly what the characters are. They can not be put down~!

  59. Kassandra Zamora

    I love how real her writing is and how she always finds a different way to blow me away with her stories <3

  60. Roselle Torres

    I love the emaotional depth of the story of her books and the way she communicates the story to her readers. It feels so real.

  61. Tina V

    I love how she can weave her words so beautifully! – Every single story I get lost in those words! I also love the emotional depth of Colleen’s writing! She is amazing!

  62. Renita

    I love Colleen’s books because she always keeps me guessing. She takes situations that happen in everyday life it gives them such a captivating twist that it makes them impossible to stop reading (or impossible not to fall in love with the characters). Cannot wait for Ugly Love!

  63. Rachael Brown

    I’m sad to say that I haven’t read a Colleen Hoover book yet, but I will definitely read this one! All of her fans seem to love everything she writes, so I’m sure I will have to go back and read her previous books after reading this one! Thanks for the chance!

  64. Sharon C Broom

    I love the way her books make you feel! The feeling of actually falling in love. Maybe Someday has been my favourite read of the year so far and I can’t wait to read Ugly Love. Thank you for the chance 🙂

  65. Jesenia Figueroa

    When you read Colleen Hoover you expect one thing, and then… BOOM!!!!! you get something so much better. Her characters are so different one to another, you feel those words.

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