Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is a beautiful, heart-wrenching love story that will suck you down and then send you soaring.
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.
“Don’t ask about my past and don’t expect a future.”
Colleen Hoover puts her heart and soul in her writing, which is impeccably brilliant. Her words fly from the page straight to the reader’s heart, pumping emotions through their veins like adrenaline. This book made me feel every emotion as Hoover slowly unraveled Miles’ past and Tate’s present. I loved the alternating point of view between Miles and Tate. As the reader walks through Tate’s current predicament, Miles’ past is artfully revealed, as each chapter builds more and more on the truth of what happened.
I also really enjoyed the artistry with which Hoover approaches her writing; it’s like poetry –– not only is it impressively lyrical, but the change in formatting really puts the reader in the speaker’s shoes, creating realistic images and moving moments.
The relationship between Miles and Tate was a wild ride, filled with hot scenes, emotional turbulence and intimate moments. I couldn’t get enough of these two. Hoover explains it best when she describes Miles as solid and Tate as liquid. I loved this comparison; it’s another example of how beautiful Hoover’s writing truly is.
The climatic reveal is shocking and the ending is so amazingly satisfying that I’m still sighing in contentment. If you enjoy New Adult love stories, with strong female protagonists and damaged/alpha males, you will love this book. Read it. Just read it.
STARS: 5 out of 5