Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date; August 5 2014
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.
I often listen to music when I’m reading and while I was in the middle of Ugly Love my iPhone shuffled onto Another Love by Tom Odell and it struck me just how perfect the lyrics are for Miles. So, please play this song as the soundtrack to my review just for these lines…..
And I wanna kiss you, make you feel alright
I'm just so tired to share my nights
I wanna cry and I wanna love
But all my tears have been used up
On another love
Happiness really is a new book from Colleen Hoover. After just one chapter, I knew I was going to love this and made a conscious decision to slow down, read at a leisurely pace and savour every word and experience every moment right along with the characters. After all, it’s likely to be a while before her next release comes along.
This is the story of Miles and Tate. Tate is moving in with her older brother, pilot Corbin and has a brief encounter with a drunken neighbour – namely Miles. He’s in a drunken heap outside Corbin’s front door as she tries to move in, beside himself with misery and completely incoherent. After checking with Corbin, Tate drags him into the apartment and allows him to sleep it off. The following morning, a sobered up Miles is a very attractive prospect and it seems drunken nights like the previous evening are a rare occurrence and the reason behind it, shrouded in mystery. There’s a strong connection between the two of them but Miles is determined to resist it.
Miles – he really did make my heart hurt. This is a man besieged by sadness, an acute sense of loss and regret surrounds him and he appears so alone. The light in his eyes has gone out where it once burned so brightly. He’s a real mystery, sharing very little with Tate but he’s incredibly sexy, sensitive and she can’t help but be drawn to him but I found myself so incredibly intrigued as to what has lead this beautiful man to be crushed by remorse and sadness.
The story is told in dual timelines. While the present very much belongs to Tate, the past is all about Miles as, slowly, his story is revealed. Miles’ history is told in a lyrical, poetic style which lends it an almost fairy-tale like feeling but, as we all know, there’s always something very dark in fairy stories and I found myself wondering what on earth had happened to Miles and, when it is finally revealed, it’s so incredibly sad, so painful, it’s little wonder that this man has just never been able to move forward. Miles – I just wanted to hug him so badly, to take away just some of that pain. Of course, the one thing that can help him begin to heal is standing right in front of him and that’s Tate but he’s far too stubborn, so far gone with his misery that he refuses to see it and accept what they have and insists that a sex only, no attachments arrangement is all he can give her.
Tate is a great heroine. She’s not really looking for a relationship either but can’t help how drawn she is to Miles. She doesn’t like his ‘arrangement’ but she’s so attracted to him that she agrees to go along with it all the while slowly losing her heart and desperately trying not to. The present day timeline is told from her POV and it gives us a good insight into her inner turmoil as she battles against the growing deep feelings she has for Miles, trying not to fall in love but failing.
This book really did a number on me. Colleen Hoover is so incredibly talented at drawing out deep emotions from her readers and Miles is a man so world-weary and sad he just about broke my heart. Especially when the full extent of what occurred in the past is revealed – it really is so very painful. This story is so compelling, so sorrowful that it’s hard to put down and I really did find reality fading away as I lost myself in this book.
This is an angst ridden journey with plenty of despair for the two of them interspersed with possibly the sexiest scenes Colleen Hoover has ever written. She’s definitely upped the sizzle factor in this one. It is, quite simply, yet another beautiful love story from Colleen Hoover, even if it is called Ugly Love, with characters so vividly drawn you’ll feel like they’re standing right next to you and a pulsating, powerful plot to consume, devastate and completely enthral you.
5 deeply emotional stars
Ugly Love has different covers for the UK and the US. In the picture below, the US cover is on the left and the UK cover is on the right. Leave us a blog comment and tell us which one you prefer.
Colleen Hoover's love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled "Mystery Bob" and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, "Slammed." She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT's bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT's bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term "author" still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn't work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.
Colleen's newest novel, UGLY LOVE, releases August 5th, 2014. She is currently working on a new novel, CONFESS, which she is writing as fast as she can before she wakes up from this crazy dream.
You can follow Colleen on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover. You can also find her on her blog at www.colleenhoover.com where she holds a daily book-a-day giveaway, or on her very active Facebook page at www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover where she loves to give away more free stuff when her husband isn't looking.
Colleen also wants the world to know that writing short biographies in third person is incredibly awkward.