UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover
Paperback: 336 Pages
Publisher: Atria Books
Synopsis: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s 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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Let me start by saying that I love Colleen Hoover! This was a key reason that I even picked up and read this book, and the book was really good. I loved the characters – I found they were different from characters that you usually find in books, with the main female and male character being in their early 20’s and having unique professions (nurse and pilot respectively). I loved the set up – which consisted of a time change between the past and present. And, I found the development and climactic ‘reveal’ to be really good. As well, the poetic element of the novel made it unique and more ‘literary’ – something that I was hesitant about at first, but quickly grew on me as the novel developed.
However, in comparison to some of Hoover’s other novels, this one fell just short. There was something missing from the characters that made me care just a little less, and made me feel just a little less dedicated to the story. This was not something I ever felt in Hoover’s other novels. I think the time change set-up was a main factor in affecting this, as the book ends up telling two love stories at once – but the male in both the past and present is the same. This left me feeling conflicted over who I wanted Miles (the male lead character) to be with, and therefore the ‘pull’ I usually feel between two characters I want together was lacking.
However, this is not to say that this wasn’t a great book, because it was. And I did really enjoy it.