Monday, August 11, 2014

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

5 Stars
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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My Thoughts: I want to start out this review by saying this.... I have read several one-two line reviews saying that this book was way better than Maybe Someday. That this was the best book Colleen Hoover has written to date. I am not sure that I agree with either statement, but regardless, this was definitely a FIVE STAR read.

I went into this book with high expectations. One, because of the reviews I saw trickling in said it was awesome. Two, because Colleen Hoover had mentioned that this was not like any of her other books. And three, it is Colleen Hoover. My expectations were more than met and all of the above are true. I found myself pretty much engrossed within a few chapters and I didn't want to put it down. The relationship, as it were, between Tate and Miles is unfolding while the reader is simultaneously reliving the past Miles is trying so hard to forget. You are not only falling in love with who he is but also who he once was. And you keep falling over and over again.

I don't want to go into to much detail because, as you all know, I loathe a spoiler no matter how minor. I will however say this..... 
Colleen Hoover does not only know how to write a breathtaking story, she knows how to take that story and arrange the words on the page in such a way that they aren't just words. They become a feeling, a life, love, heartbreak, and every other emotion. She was given a gift and I am so glad that she decided to share that gift with the world.

Now I want to talk about a couple of things that I couldn't help but wonder while reading. I will also take this opportunity to warn everyone as well. This book is indeed NOT like others Hoover has written. There are quite a few naughty bits and for anyone who has read her previous books we know that that has never before been at the forefront of any of her stories. And that being said it leads me to this thought...

Are the naughty bits what is making people refer to this as her best work yet? Has this become a prerequisite by which we judge all New Adult books? I guess we will never really know. I have to admit I prefer the 'lighter side' of her previous books because that is just what I am use too from her. However, because of the type of relationship Miles and Tate began with I can see how this more steamy aspect is true to the story and I would never suggest it not be taken to that depth. This story is by no means ever going to be categorized as erotic. It is steamy and sexy and at times a little naughty but it is never smutty.

If I had to find one thing that I did not like about this story it would have to be the fact that Miles's past relationship very much resembles his relationship with Tate. Rules being set, rules being broken. The secrecy of the 'relationship', that sort of thing. But over all this was a fantastic book and as always I look forward to what she has in store next. :)

P.S. Ridge still holds the number one spot for me ;)



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