Hey lovely Readers!
Today’s post is a book review of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
“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.”
In the simplest terms, I loved this book. I really had no expectations for it beyond just enjoying Colleen Hoover as an author. But I was expecting to be able to relate to the story, to feel it so deeply. There’s not one thing I didn’t like about this story.
“Ugly love becomes you. Consumes you. Makes you hate it all. Makes you realize that all the beautiful parts aren’t even worth it. Without the beautiful, you’ll never risk feeling the ugly. So you give it all up. You give it all up. You never want love again, no matter what kind it is, because no type of love will ever be worth living through the ugly love again.”
Lets start with the characters. Tate is now one of my favorite book heroines for one huge reason, she’s just a normal girl. In pretty much every romance novel the two main characters always have shitty pasts. They have huge issues, they’re damaged, or broken. And I love that because it lets people know that they are not alone in their struggles. But this book was different. Tate has no major issues or baggage. She’s just a normal young girl with a job, a loving family, and a simple life. What makes her so remarkable is the fact that she’s just a girl. A girl who loves a broken boy, and that to me was beautiful. She loves Miles so much that she takes him any way she can. And while at first I was angry at her for letting Miles treat her not so well sometimes, I understood it. I admire her so much for never giving up on him.
And then there’s Miles. I just don’t know how to express how much I love him, because not so long ago I was him. If you’ve read this book you know what made Miles the way he is. Well, I’ve been him. What happened to him happened to me. And let me tell you (without giving away spoilers) there is nothing worse than the pain you feel after that kind of loss. It never goes away, but you must continue to live your life. So I understand why Miles acted the way he did, why he was afraid to let Tate in. Because until I met my husband, that was me. I never felt that I could move past what I had lost. And yet here I am 7 years later married to a wonderful man. I just loved reading about Miles’ story and watching him open his heart again.
The writing in this book was absolutely perfect. The chapters switch throughout the book from the present to six years earlier from the perspective of 18 year old Miles. I really liked how these chapters were written in a style somewhat like poetry. It really captured the personality of an 18 year old boy falling in love for the first time ❤ The chemistry between Miles and Tate was amazing. I laughed, I cried, my heart broke, and then was put back together. This book was brutally beautiful and I am absolutely in love with it. It brought up some gut -wrenching memories for me, but it also reminded me of how far I’ve come since living through my nightmare. The loss never fades, but having someone to share the burden makes all the difference. A truly amazing book.
❤ Dedicated to all the little angels watching over us. And to my own whom I’ll never forget ❤
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads