REVIEW – Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Title – Ugly Love
Author – Colleen Hoover
Publication Date – August 5, 2014

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One of the authors we were most excited to meet at Book Bash was Colleen Hoover. We both absolutely adore this talented lady. Her work has touched us both in different ways and we couldn’t wait to hug the woman responsible. We should have known that we  would never be able to meet Colleen in a cool, calm manner. When she started giving away ARCs of Ugly Love by hiding them throughout the hotel and providing clues on her social media, we were determined to get our hands on a copy! We stalked her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram until we saw a tweet that said she was headed back to the hotel and the first person to give her a hug would win a copy. Needless to say we raced outside and stalked the hotel parking lot only to finally see this fabulous lady and proceed to barrel into her. We shared a double hugbomb with Colleen and got our copy of Ugly Love. I’m not sure either of us managed to form a coherent sentence during our time with her. We still can’t believe we met this amazing woman! So, a huge THANK YOU to Colleen Hoover for filling our world with her beautiful words, for being sweet, generous and kind-hearted and for letting us join the #MilesHighClub early.

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Synopsis

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.

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Bs Review

Ugly Love is undoubtedly the best book I’ve read all year. Once again, Colleen Hoover has taken love and loss and turned it into an indescribable journey that stole my heart from the very first page. Tate and Miles took me on an emotional rollercoaster, the likes of which I’d never experienced before. Every low crushed a little bit of my soul and each high had it soaring. I didn’t think it was possible to fall more in love with Colleen’s inimitable talent, but she unquestionably outdid herself with this story.

“When I see the stoic look on his face, I want to step back, but I’m afraid I’ll trip over my own heart. I don’t want him to watch me fall.”

Tate and Miles are some of the most honest characters I’ve ever met. Everything about them is organic, uncertain, hopeful and raw. The emotions they experience throughout this story permeated the pages of this book until I couldn’t help but feel each and every one of them settling in my heart. Sometimes it hurt to be inside their heads because the pain was too real and the emotions overwhelmed me so completely. Miles and Tate have been expertly crafted to embody the dichotomous nature of love, the beautiful and the ugly. The two of them together exemplify every aspect of that rare, all-consuming, head-over-heels, once-in-a-lifetime, indescribable love we all wish for.

“It’s as if pieces of the guy he used to be bleed over into the guy he’s trying to be.”

Colleen’s words broke me in that unexpectedly stunning way only Colleen can orchestrate. Ugly Love shattered me and left me entirely consumed by the devastating sadness and overwhelming joy that somehow managed to fill my soul simultaneously. This story is one of a kind and it easily soars above the rest. Miles and Tate’s story owned me from the start. Colleen made sure that my investment in these characters and their fates was unwavering. I was desperate for more answers about Miles’ past. I had to fight myself not to read ahead to the chapters in his POV to find out exactly what had broken him. The suspense was killing me, but the emotional build up was completely worth every frustrated and futile exercise in patience.

“We’re both gasping for breath between our tears. It’s intense. It’s heartbreaking. It’s devastating. It’s ugly.”

I know this is supposed to be a standalone novel, but one of Colleen’s many talents is engendering in her readers, a restless desire for more. I need more Tate and Miles. I want to hear Ian’s thoughts and I’m absolutely desperate to hear Corbin’s story. I could never have enough of these amazingly unique characters and their irreplaceable relationships. Colleen Hoover’s somewhat sadistic plotting to make her readers ugly cry was entirely successful. She had me sobbing while I both praised and cursed her. She made me smile. She made my heart soar. She proved to me once again that no one can break my heart quite like Colleen Hoover can and still leave me feeling overflowing with light and hope and love by the end.

Rating

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5+++ ugly, heart-wrenchingly real stars!

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Cs Review

Colleen Hoover is one of those authors who I drop everything for and read her new release right away because she has just proven time and time again that she can touch the depths of my soul. I’ve read each and every one of Colleen’s books, and Ugly Love was no exception to these feelings. It wasn’t the romanticized version of love – it truly was about the ugly, scary side. The story of Miles and Tate had a very different, more adult-like feel from her usual writing style. However, it just proved that Colleen is quite talented and well-rounded. She isn’t able to be pegged down, and that’s what will keep me reading her work.

I loved that this story was really about the broken male, but the female had her stuff together. It provided for a different premise to so many books in the genre. Miles has been running from his past, but not headed toward any future. He’s stuck in limbo until he meets Tate, his friend’s sister. Because of this, they began as this forbidden type relationship which just made me invest in them a tad more; I loved the sneaking around and stolen glances. They agreed upon set rules, but how often does that ever work out? I could literally feel the sizzle of their attraction through the words on the page. Their chemistry and connection was completely undeniable. There was just something about the hesitancy, the lying to themselves, and the fear that made their relationship so real. Tate was such a wonderful, level-headed female who stayed strong in her convictions. I loved that she wasn’t going to give up on Miles, but she also wasn’t going to allow herself to be stuck. It was a beautiful melody to read what Colleen was putting on paper.

Colleen Hoover has an incredible talent in the way with which she writes. Miles has a point of view in this book, and it is certainly told in a unique way; a way that is completely appropriate to the tone of the chapters, but that is so opposite from Tate’s point of view. In doing this, you can easily tell who is speaking, but you also get an incredible build up to the climax of the story. You become so engrossed in the prose, in the words, and in the characters that you continue to turn to the pages. Ugly Love is a tantalizing tease of an emotional rollercoaster that you find yourself never wanting to get off of!

I was hooked from the very first moment of Tate and Miles’ meeting to the very last page of the epilogue. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will undoubtedly just FEEL. The emotions run extra high in this book and I can’t recommend Ugly Love enough to other readers. Colleen Hoover hit a grand slam out of the park with this book, and as always, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Rating

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Playlist

 Colleen Hoover and Griffin Peterson have teamed up once again! You can now download the official song for this beautiful book, “Ugly Love” by Griffin Peterson:

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