Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 5th August 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Issues, New Adult, Romance
Buy on Amazon US • Buy on Amazon UK
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 herslelf 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?
Eeek! It’s that time again! Colleen Hoover has a new book release just around the corner and we were lucky enough to be invited to take part in the UK blog tour. Read on to see what Joanne and I thought about Ugly Love…
*We each received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for honest reviews*
Reviewed by Joanne
I have been waiting for this book for what seems like FOREVER! I couldn’t wait to get started on it, but I have to admit, this is the first Colleen Hoover book where I didn’t ‘feel’ it. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t put it down, but when it was over, there was no feeling of being blown away, no book hangover, nothing like I felt after reading her other books.
So what DID I like? Well, Miles of course. Miles, ah he broke my heart into tiny little pieces but also made me want to slap him for the way he was with Tate at times! We get the story from Tate’s point of view, but we also get glimpses of Miles’ past, told in his point of view. Little by little we see the Miles that is sweet, patient, protective and loving, and you wonder what happened to make him the closed off man he is today. The man who doesn’t want love and relationships. The moment those reasons were revealed was also the moment I realised the significance of the US version of the book cover and it was just so devastating. I could see why Miles would never want to risk experiencing the ugly side of love again, but I also wanted him to take that risk, to open himself up.
I felt for Tate, she wanted more despite Miles warning her that he wasn’t capable of love, and wasn’t interested in anything but sex. He was so closed off emotionally with her, he gave her nothing, and he was cold and dismissive once he got what he wanted. I wanted Tate to break it off with him, to have some self respect and realise she deserved more than he was willing to give, but I also understood the pull towards Miles. The chemistry between them was powerful and she was incapable of saying ‘no’ to Miles. She hoped he would change but every time she thought she’d made a breakthrough and could see a tiny ray of light he would close back up and do something that would push her away and her heart was crushed time and time again.
Obviously I’m going to be in the minority here, I just have to say what I felt when I was reading. The truth is I did enjoy the story, I liked the characters, Colleen’s writing was impeccable as usual, but I can’t get over the feeling that something was missing, and I can’t put my finger on what that was. Maybe I need to read it again….
Reviewed by Kelly
Every time I come to write a review for a Colleen Hoover book it gets harder and harder to do because all I want to do is repeat words I’ve used in each previous review. Words like amazing, heartbreaking, her best book yet. So I feel like I’m just going around in a circle here because I felt exactly the same way again with Ugly Love.
Tate and Miles’ story isn’t a straightforward one. Tate is attracted to Miles. Miles is attracted to Tate. She wants him. He wants her. But unlike the way Tate wants Miles, he only wants her for one thing. Sex. Nothing else, nothing more. Ever. Miles is broken because of events in his past and he never wants to put himself in the position of that ever happening again. So this is his answer. Sex with no strings attached. But then Tate gets under his skin and things get complicated.
I really felt for Tate and I was desperately sorry for Miles. I know a lot of people have had a problem with Tate and her lack of self respect for agreeing to Miles’ sex only plan but wouldn’t YOU take up that offer if you were her? An unattached guy you like wants to have no strings sex with you. YES PLEASE!! It’s only when the story develops, along with Tate’s feelings for Miles, that it’s difficult to put yourself in her position and understand why she carries things on and lets him get away with the things he does or doesn’t do. It’s too late for Tate by then, she’s in too deep. I have no idea where to start with my love for Miles. His POV from 6 years previous was at times funny and then subsequently heartbreaking as his POV chapters progressed. When Miles was told some life changing news I couldn’t help but wonder how things were going to pan out for him given what I knew of Miles in the present day. Gah. I can feel tears forming now.
Ugly Love is on par with Hopeless and Losing Hope in terms of its darkness and underlying secret so you need to prepare to potentially ugly cry when your heart gets ripped out, but it’s OH. SO. WORTH. IT. When all is revealed I had such a heavy heart and it HURT. I knew I needed to prepare myself, I knew I should be ready for it. I wasn’t.
The moment I finished the last word on the last page I wanted to start the book again. That speaks for itself about how much I loved this book. I honestly could not put it down. My need to read got so bad that when I got towards the end of the book I actually sat in my car after dropping my kids off at school and didn’t move until I’d finished the book 40 minutes later. I couldn’t see from squinting at my phone’s tiny screen and the sun pouring in my car windscreen but I just didn’t care. I needed to know how things ended. Right now Ugly Love is my #1 of 2014 and I IMPLORE you to drop everything on 5th August. You’ll thank me!
5 stars +++
“I couldn’t stop him if I wanted to. I want ‘that’ so much I don’t even want to eat, and he probably doesn’t realize how much I love Thanksgiving dinner. Which means I want ‘that’ a lot, and ‘that’ isn’t referring to the plate of food in front of me. ‘That’ is Miles. Us. Me kissing Miles. Miles kissing me.”
“You want to have sex with me? I’ll totally let you. A lot.”
“If I were capable of loving someone…it would be you.”
“I didn’t fall in love with you, Tate. I flew.”
“It’s all worth it. It’s the beautiful moments like these that make up for the ugly love.”