Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published August 5th, 2014 by Atria Books.
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. (Goodreads)
Where should I even begin to explain my feelings for this book? For some reason I feel like I always have to defend Colleen Hoover books. People think they are messed up, foster unhealthy relationships, show weakness, are unrealistic, etc. For anyone that says those things I wish they could have lived through a few of my relationships. Not that I would even wish those relationships on them by any means, but maybe they would shut those people the hell up and they would realize not all men are great guys who say and do the right thing all the time. Maybe they would realize that even strong women can sometimes be weak. Maybe people do stay in shitty relationships and hide their feelings, possibly even bury them in even more unhealthy relationships. Maybe they even know they’re in a toxic relationship but don’t know the way out. Maybe it even took those crappy relationships to make them strong. Maybe it was those exact things that made them appreciate who they are with and how they got to where they are today. So never act like you’re better than someone else, even if it is a character in a book. These characters are living their life, now you live yours.
Whew that felt so good to finally say.
Now let’s talk about this book. I’m gonna be honest as I always am with you guys and let ya know I didn’t love this one. I really, really wanted to. There were some great scenes and some important lessons but this book took it a bit too far. Tate put up with way too much from Miles. I get it ok. It was supposed to basically be this contract for sex because they were both babes and not ready for a relationship. While the reasoning behind Miles’ decision was tragic, I can’t stretch and believe that because something tragic happened he felt the need to basically treat Tate as an object rather than a human being. Tate was just so darn tongue-tied by the amazingness of it all to really express what she was feeling. This book will definitely pull at your heart strings as most Colleen Hoover books will, but this book also made me quite uncomfortable as well. So shouldn’t I just let these characters live their life like I just advised all of you to do? Yes, I should but the behavior displayed by Miles seemed out of character. I felt like he knew exactly what he was doing and he did it anyway, and from everything I gathered about him while reading Ugly Love I do not feel he would do the things that he did. Also, as a woman, I know I could never just have sex without my feelings getting involved. Maybe that’s unique to me, but I highly doubt it.
I get what Hoover was trying to do and it’s quite impressive she was able to go there, but it just wasn’t working for me. I rated it 3 stars because there were other parts of the story that I really enjoyed. It was well written, it was fast paced, the characters were challenging, and it definitely evoked emotions both good and bad from me. I can’t really recommend this one unless you’re a die-hard Colleen Hoover fan. Proceed at your own risk with this one.
“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”