Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Review: More Than a Casual Hookup

October 8, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Review: More Than a Casual HookupUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books, Simon and Schuster Australia on August 5, 2014
Source: Publisher
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! 

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40 responses to “Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Review: More Than a Casual Hookup

  1. S.Huston

    I forgot all about this, I've been in a slump lately and some Colleen Hoover is just what my feels need. 321 BOUGHT.DOWNLOADED.STARTED.

  2. Wow, this book almost sounds too good to be true! I have heard of Colleen Hoover, but never picked up any of her books myself for some strange reason. But this sounds like the ultimate romance book where we get a lot of emotions in there as well. I love the sound of it!
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  3. I know, she's absolutely amazing with the way she writes every sort of couple and they are all ones that we ship, no matter the circumstance! They are lucky to have you pushing an awesome book on them XD

  4. YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSS! Colleen Hoover has stolen my heart time and time again, this one was no exception! It's honestly so amazing how she always manages to capture the raw love in such a shattering way. I've been shoving this in all my friend's faces because well, of course right? 😉

    Lovely review Jeann!
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  5. I've been a Colleen Hoover fan ever since her 'Slammed' series (which I LOVED.) and I can't wait to read more of her other books too! I love how the author can always pull off realistic romances with characters who could jump off the page. Fabulous review Jeann, this one is definitely going on my TBR 🙂

    • I actually haven't read her Slammed series yet but I have heard so many awesome things, I don't think it will disappoint at all. She does so well with all different types of couples and situations too! Thank you lovely.

  6. I love Colleen Hoover! Her books never disappoint. I haven't had the best luck with most NA, but I always love her books. Ugly Love was no different, even though I did have my issues with it. I found Miles's chapters began to really get on my nerves. The Rachel this and Rachel that just really bugged me. But I did love him and Tate together and their chemistry. Gah… you'e really made me want to reread this!

    • I totally agree Charnell, I haven't read a CoHo book that I haven't liked before. Fingers crossed it stays the same. There were definitely issues with Ugly Love, although the chemistry was amazing between him and Rach. You could really see the contrast between the old Miles and the new one.

  7. I still haven't read a CoHo novel even though I've got them sitting on my shelves. This one sounds like a heart-wrenching read, but I'm intrigued by Miles' past. It takes a lot for someone to become so distant to everyone else, so it must have been something pretty awful. Wonderful review, this is another one I need to add to my list of ever-growing books. 😛
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    • Oh Joy I think you would love the CoHo novels, they are so well written and truly make me stay up at night to read them. It is really heart wrenching too, you'll be in for a surprise! Thanks lovely!

    • Oh yes, Tate's actions weren't very understandable because she knew what she was getting into but did it anyway…BUT a lot of people do this, and it's relatable, so it didn't bother me too much.

  8. I'm always a black sheep when it comes to NA as I wanted to throw this book out of window at one point. I do agree that this chemistry was really good and that there truly were sparks and all that but Tate had no self-respect at all. I really cannot understand how she managed to go back to him over and over. It bothered me so much. You'll see it from my review one day. BUT I'm so happy that I'm the only one though!!! Great review, Jeann 🙂
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    • That's too bad Tanja! I think a lot of people who couldn't understand Tate's behaviour would say she had it coming. Although, there are people like her out there. Thank you lovely!

    • Thank you, man that chemistry was totally insane! Especially since at the start it wasn't simply lust but something deeper. It was done really well as always. I love Colleen Hoover!

  9. I am glad that you loved this one and connected so strongly with the characters and were rooting for them so badly! That's always a fantastic feeling for a book!

    I'm not sure if I'm ready to read a book with such a strong focus on the romance so I'll keep it in mind for later on when I feel a bit stronger emotionally speaking.

    Great review Jeann!
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  10. I'm so glad that you liked this one, Jeann! I've been wondering whether I should give this one a chance or not, as I've seen a couple of disappointing reviews from it, but now I'm sold. I don't commonly read NA (though I suspect that I actually have; a lot of books that feel YA to me have been shelved as NA, so to be honest I'm not too sure) but I've previously read and enjoyed another of Colleen Hoover's novels before, so I'll have to give this one a shot. 🙂
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    • Glad to hear you're keen on picking it up Kara, this one is definitely in the spectrum of NA, but a lot of previous Colleen Hoover books could be read as YA. Glad to hear you love her writing, it's amazing!

    • Hehe I know what you mean, perhaps it's definitely something you can just enjoy without having to think too hard or get your head around it. I do that with contemporaries, although sometimes they annoy me lol. Definitely pick up Hoover!

  11. It's great that this one worked so well for you, Jeann! I do plan on reading Hoover's novels in a few years time, her romances sound fantastic and really genuine.

    Great review, Jeann! <33

    • How exciting Emily, have you read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell? That one is definitely a NA 🙂 it's an interesting genre, as long as you wade through the ones filled with bad boys and sex lol. She's a fantastic author!