Published by Atria Books, Simon and Schuster Australia on August 5, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.
How does Colleen Hoover create so much depth from a simple relationship? From couples who are completely damaged, to bad boys, and sensitive romances, with every single book, we ship them all.
For the first half of the book, we barely know anything about Miles. He’s mysterious and secretive, not one to reveal himself, unwilling to admit his obvious attraction to Tate. Not to mention he’s a pilot, with a six pack and a caring and possessive attitude. Despite their magnetism and chemistry, it takes a while to push him over the line and when he’s there, he still holds back. It’s frustrating and we don’t know why. We just have to watch the whole thing unfold, before we can truly understand his secrets.
We lie together quietly.
Me – not wanting to admit that I just let him use me again.
Him – not wanting to admit that it was just more than sex.
Both of us lying to ourselves.
The chemistry between Miles and Tate are completely off the charts, and it contains a lot more sex scenes than her previous books did. Tate and Miles decide to have a purely sexual relationship at the start with nothing more – and the result is mind numblingly INTENSE attraction that only Colleen Hoover could pull off. But somehow she does it elegantly, without verging into eye popping smutty territory, and I felt the romance between these two HARD.
Interchanging flashbacks from six years ago, you’ll see glimpses of Miles as a completely different person. Open, happy and free, and totally smitten with his first love. Seeing his character unfold during this time kind of hints at why he’s so broken now, and let me tell you, the end result is heart wrenching.
“Don’t ask about my past,” he says firmly. “And never expect a future.”
Tate serves as an innocent bystander who knows what she’s getting with Miles. Although she willingly walks into a world of pain, knowing that he promises no future, she can’t help but hope. And honestly, even though there were a few times where she tried to justify the pain she was going through, and Miles being upfront with her, I couldn’t help but emphasise with her. I mean their attraction is sizzling, as if they are meant to be, and it’s not a wonder why she wanted more.
Tate’s unlikely best friend Cap, an 80 year old man who works at her building was a great character to get to know. He serves as her confidante, and I found it endearing how they mutually took care of each other and how he had his sideline story as well.
I just loved the chemistry between these two, it was completely off the charts HOT and I shipped them so hard. Finding out what Miles has been through will torment your heart as you realise why the book is called Ugly Love. I loved the depth within the book and how it doesn’t venture into cheesy romance, how it’s completely realistic and believable and there are people out there just like Tate and Miles. The relationships aren’t textbook romances, and I like that about Colleen Hoover’s books. Ugly Love is an emotional, heart breaking experience that will manipulate your feelings in such a way you never thought possible.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!