BOOK REVIEW: “Ugly Love” By Colleen Hoover

Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance
Pages: 336
Source: Purchase

Ugly Love


SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

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.


Colleen Hoover has always been a YA Fiction writer to me. I loved her books “Finding Hope” And “Hopeless”. I’ve read a few of her other works. All great. All aimed towards a YA Fiction audience, in my opinion. When I read about “Ugly Love” I knew I had to give it a try. I was surprised to find this was more Romance/Women’s Fiction than YA Fiction. Still really good. Just a bit more naughty. So if you are expecting a PG 13 story like most of Hoover’s other books… this one would likely be rated R for some sexual content.

“Ugly Love” follows the story of Tate Collins as she moves in with her brother to finish nursing school and work. In the process she meets some of her brothers best friends from pilot school. Ian and Miles. Miles has an obvious attraction to her. As that relationship begins to be explored, we quickly find there are some dark secrets in the past that can absolutely ruin a persons future.

Miles Archer sounds beautiful. I have this visual in my head of him and it’s fantastic. Tate and Miles have a connection that is undeniable and incredibly well written. There are times when they are doing… adult stuff… where its so well written you almost feel as if you are intruding on someone’s personal thoughts and feelings. While we discover the relationship, or lack there of, that Miles and Tate have building there is another story line going on. Miles… 6 years prior. We get to see his life unfold and why he may be the way he is in the rest of the book. Closed off. Uncommitted. And even rude at times. It was like reading two books in one. Both incredible. Character development that makes you love and hate the characters all at the same time. I may have to admit I actually cried near the end. You’ll know the spot when you get to it.

As a fan of Hoover, I was already expecting greatness from “Ugly Love”, but this novel was so much more than expected. It was gritty and dirty, emotionally draining, and made my breath catch in my throat. The feelings in this book pour off the pages. My only complaint is that I want more Tate and Miles. Rumor has it, though, I might be lucky. An “Ugly Love” movie may be in the making… Fingers crossed! Five stars for “Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover. Highly recommended.

I recommend you checking out “Ugly Love” for yourself by picking up a copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble or in a bookstore near you. Also add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and make sure to leave your feedback for the author when you are done reading. Colleen Hoover has many more books, so make sure to check out the rest of those on her website HERE!

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