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Ugly Love: A Novel Paperback – August 5, 2014
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“Hoover builds a terrific new-adult world here with two people growing in their careers and discovering mature love.” -- Booklist (starred review)
"A must-read book of the year! I loved every word, I felt every moment, and I will never forget this story. I don’t give out a lot of 6 star ratings (in fact this will be the first one I’ve given this year) but the truth is that this book went above and beyond. The story was powerful, the writing was stunning, and the way every single piece of it was woven together was simply breathtaking.” -- Aestas, blog review
“By the end of this book, my heart was aching and rejoicing at the same time from the countless emotions it had been exposed to. This is the sexiest, most heart-wrenching Colleen Hoover book to date—a book that shows us a brand new side of this author’s writing genius, and it is in my humble opinion, her best work thus far.” -- Natasha is a Book Junkie, blog review
“Colleen Hoover once again proves she’s a master storyteller in her best and boldest work to date.” -- Vilma’s Book Blog
“She's done it again, my friends. And to be honest I didn't think she was ever going to write something I loved more than MAYBE SOMEDAY, but I was book hung over for 2 full days after UGLY LOVE.” -- Me, My Shelf, & I, blog review
“I fell in love with this book from the very first chapter.” -- Owl Always be Reading, blog review
"Ugly Love is another hit from Colleen Hoover that will leave your heart open and exposed to the myriad of emotions Tate and Miles' story will inflict upon it.” -- Lovin Los Libros, blog review
“ Colleen Hoover has given us a story that is full of emotion.... she stayed true to her reputation of writing characters that are real and a story that is both compelling and powerful.” -- A Literary Perusal, blog review
"Colleen Hoover just demolished me. Completely and 100% blew me away…not that I’m surprised or anything because she never ceases to amaze me.... I was pulled in from the beginning…and I loved every second of it!” -- True Story Book Blog, blog tour review
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You can follow Colleen on Instagram @colleenhoover if you want to watch her pointless, random videos. You can also follow her on TWITTER, but she rarely tweets anything worth following. You can also find her on her blog at colleenhoover.com or on her very active Facebook page at facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover where she loves to give away free stuff when her husband isn't looking.
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Miles and Tate are attracted to each other but Miles is reserved and aloof. He admits to Tate that he hasn’t been with a woman in six years. He makes her a proposition however, they can get into a sexual relationship, no strings attached. Tate agrees but as hard as she tries not to get emotionally attached she can’t help but start to fall in love with him.
The story is told in alternating chapter flashbacks from Miles’ past. I liked the flashbacks, one chapter would end from six years ago, leaving a little cliffhanger, then the next chapter would go onto the present time with Miles and Tate.
Miles’ heartbreaking past is slowly revealed and I have to admit I teared up a little.
I’m big on book settings, one thing I did not like is that I didn’t feel the San Francisco setting here. I would have loved a few vivid descriptions thrown in here and there. Aside from that minor qualm, Ugly Love was good, it was really good contemporary romance. The steamy scenes between Miles and Tate were perfect, they had great chemistry. The dynamic between them worked, Miles needed someone to rescue him and Tate was that person. She had alot of patience for him.
Sometimes love bites but the main theme in Ugly Love is that it is worth it nonetheless.
I have read her before and Colleen Hoover has a way of writing that just draws you in. She makes her characters seem like real people and she makes you care about what happens to them as she tells you their stories. I recommend Ugly Love if you enjoy new adult contemporary romance with characters who have haunted pasts.
Miles is so unbelievably broken and hardened. He doesn't think that he deserves to be happy or have joy in his life. But when he meets his friend's little sister, Tate, for the first time in six years, Miles feels something again. But all he can offer Tate is a physical relationship. At first, that's enough for the nursing student, but it's not long before Tate wants his emotions and heart as well. But since Miles told her that the two rules to their friends-with-benefits agreement was to not ask about his past and to not expect a future, things get complicated and messy!
I loved everything about this story. The characters were rich, the friendships were solid, the hints into Miles' past and why he became the man he is now were amazing. I laughed and I cried. And I went back to re-read sections again. Absolutely amazing.
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Ugly Love has not only stolen a little piece of my heart but maybe the whole damn thing. I was completely swept up in Miles and Tate's amazing story. I fell in love with the way Colleen completely shattered my heart and then slowly pieced it back together, I love that I lost myself in all that was unfolding before my eyes and like a starved animal, I devoured it all. Every. Last. Word.
The story is so perfectly balanced, it's angsty, beautiful, ugly, honest and completely raw. There is no sugar coating the pure emotion and the chemistry is off the scale. Whatever you feel from what you read, you will will feel is completely and while heartedly.
No good love story is simple, where would the fun in that be? It has more ups and downs than a rollercoaster, it has the power to break your heart and make you pray that love is strong enough to conquer whatever life decided to throw in its path. Ugly Love has this magical way of combining all of the above and making you hang on to top the very end to find out how it ends. It doesn't help that Miles is well just gah! I love him, all of him! He may be a little messed up, he may be closed off and he may be an absolute tool sometimes but he's a tool I would happily have!! And Tate. Isn't she every one of us women? We have all been in that situation. Hoping that by sticking it out and holding on, no matter how much it kills us, we will eventually get what we want not matter how impossible it seems. The feelings, emotion and decisions, what woman hasn't been there. I certainly have. I think that is what makes Ugly Love able to steal its readers hearts.
I am off to find me more CoHo to read and immerse myself in.
But for those of you who haven't read Ugly Love? Get to it! You won't be disappointed.
I thought both the main characters were really good,
Tate seemed like a genuinely lovely person who was desperate for Miles to love her like she obviously did him even to the point of forgiving him for saying another woman's name (she's better than I am lol) & Miles........My heart went out to him. With a lot of men in these sort of books they have a tortured past but his was a little different and it was heart wrenching so while you knew he was falling for Tate, when you found out his back story you could understand why it was so hard.
My only criticism was that when he did finally get closure and admitted his feeling it seemed to rush to the end then so you never really got to see them as a couple for more than a few pages although even right to the end the author made your heart pull for him as he looked at his future.
Really recommend this book
Ahhhh the feels, the feels.
I absolutely love Ms Hoover and in my humble little opinion she can do no wrong, however I know that this new book of hers has had a mixed bag of reviews, some hated it and some loved it, I fall in the latter category, I loved it a lot!!
The story is told in 2 different POV a little like Maybe Someday However the male POV, Miles (I shall get to him later) is telling the story from a different time in the past.
Tate has moved into her brothers apartment and is training to be a nurse, she hasn't got time for herself, let alone a relationship, and likes it like that thank you very much!
Miles lives across the hall, he is a pilot.
Anyway Miles won't /can't have relationship either, in true CoHo style the 2 of them meet, but then decide to come to an arrangement to suit them both.........sex!
So they have a "friends with benefits" relationship but Miles will not open up to Tate, and she starts to feel more than friends.
I won't give any spoilers in this review but oh boy I was NOT expecting the story to unfold as it did.
My little heart was shattered in a thousand tiny pieces, the characters are so strong and even the back characters are fab, you just wait till you meet Cap!
She is still a brilliant writer and one of my favourite authors, I ♡ this book.
A big 6 ♡ read.
This is the second book that I have read by Colleen Hoover, I started with Slammed last week and though I did enjoy it I definitely preferred Ugly Love.
No spoilers but I will give you a breakdown of the story... Tate is a 20 something year old woman moving in with her brother in a block of apartments. On moving day she finds a man slumped outside the apartment door clearly very drunk and unable to move him. She calls her brother and finds out that it's his best friend and he asks her to pull him inside the apartment and let him sleep it off. The drunk man turns out to be the wonderful Miles <3 <3 Miles is instantly attracted to Tate and together they start a no strings attached sexual relationship. He clearly has problems and only has 2 rules for Tate... 1. Don't ask about his past 2. Don't consider a future with him. Although the story is written from Tate's POV we do get an insight into Miles POV to find out what has happened to make him fearful of falling in love.
I loved this book from the get go and I really cannot recommend it enough. Colleen Hoover, you are fast becoming my favourite author ever. 5 absolutely massive, humongous, raging stars!
I wanted to read this for ages as I am a big Colleen Hoover fan but kept putting it of due to the kindle price. However I treated my self as a holiday read. Unfortunately the story was pretty weak, the main characters had no depth and I actually preferred Miles’ back story from high school - it flowed better and I could connect with the characters. Unfortunately this story didn’t get a chance to develop and the ending was abrupt and rushed. I was disappointed. This book seemed like the author had rushed it and didn’t flesh it out - what a shame as her other books have been worth a read.
She knows it. She rocks it. I would walk a million miles for one of Miles' smiles.
One criticism I hate the UK cover. The US one is so much better. So my review - brain = liquid. Heart = butter.
Miles, heartbroken, damaged, beautiful, fascinating, sexy, not had sex in 6 years. Those all just became my new favourite words, too. Believe and me and when and I and tell and you and I'm and ready. How could Tate not fall for him?
Don't ask about the past. Don't expect a future. Guess what, I 'm a reader and I neeeeeeeed to know. Like I need my next breath.
She sucks you in. Gets you so invested in the story that you will beg on your knees for more; even though you know it will be ugly.
I can't compare this to Hopeless because it would be like saying I love one child more than another. I love both equally.
I read UL in paperback and had to put paper in my favourite parts (I do not do book abuse).
Cap is a genius! Love isn't always pretty Tate. 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.
Anyway, I put lots of bits of paper to mark my favourite bits but there are too many to mention.
I loved this book. I want to give Colleen a big smushy hug. She gave me Holder, she gave me Ridge, she gave me Miles. Loved it. Je suis en France maintenant, et danque il faux que je dis j'aime Colleen. Vraiment. Absolument, plus fort!
I loved how this book was written, it's from both POV but where's Tate's POV is present, Miles' is from six years ago.
Miles' POV is written very to the point almost factual making it feel completely different from Tate's.
From Tate's POV it tells of her struggle not to fall in love with a man void of giving love only sex, from Miles' it tells the story of how he became the man void of giving someone his love. This story has everything I need and crave in a book, angst a plenty, sexy pilot to boot, hot sex and dripping in romance. There were times I wanted to bang their heads together and scream at Tate but I understood their actions completely.
This book will go down as an all time favourite of mine the only thing that could top the book ............. The film !
Nick Bateman - Miles Archers shoes are big shoes to fill !
I'd never read any of Hoover's books before, so the writing style was a complete surprise to me. I'm going to put my hand up to the fact that I'd assumed she was like dozens of other writers in this field, but I was pleasantly surprised. Her writing is both lyrical and conceptual and I really loved that about it. I loved the way she plays with ideas of liquid and solid and describes the irresistible draw between two people who are that attracted to each other. It seduced my brain in ways it hasn't been since I last read something by Tiffany Reisz.
I loved Tate as a lead character. Despite her helplessness in the face of her feelings, she's strong and vibrant and sassy in a lot of ways. She's no vapid doormat. She knows her mind and she's okay with who she is, despite her moments of vulnerability. I liked that she could see Miles' behaviour as unfair and she even mentions red flags a couple of times in the book and that gives her extra credit as far as I'm concerned. I was emotionally engaged with her and rooting for her. Her internal turmoil is both painful and realistic and absorbing. I liked that she didn't judge anyone (except Dillon, who totally deserved it) and her friendship with Cap is one of the best threads throughout the story.
The cast of supporting characters are also really good. Dillon is superbly and shamelessly creepy. Corbin is a typical big brother and his character rings as truly authentic. I know this because my brother was exactly the same and I didn't date for 9 years. 9 YEARS. Thanks Stuart. Really. Thanks. *facepalm*. That blend of unfair dictation and love is realistic and it was great. Cap is also brilliant - I love his lame jokes and the wisdom he imparts. I'm still laughing over the interrupting cow joke.
This is erotica and while the sex scenes are really well written, they're not so hot and steamy that you get flustered reading them. In a weird way, that's one of the strengths of this book. Because they're not so captivating, they're not the whole focus of the plot. The emotion is. It's a fine line to walk and I think Hoover captures that balance brilliantly.
I think what caused the conflict for me was Miles Archer, the main male character. The way he was written, I really wanted to like him. He's obviously damaged and Hoover didn't go anywhere near that hideous trope of abuse being disguised as love. She wrote him really well. He doesn't claim it's love, he doesn't hide what he is and he makes no excuses for it. He's up front and honest about what he feels he's capable of giving and even when he acts in an unpleasant way, they both knew it was coming. That's where the emotional turmoil is so great - Tate can't help feeling let down but she knows it's because she set herself up for it by wanting what he promised he couldn't give. The problem I have with him is that I didn't buy his reason for being the way that he is. I get that his back story was traumatic but I just didn't feel like it translated into his current mindset.
If I can't buy his damaged back story, then it means that he's just acting like a dick in the present.
And that's where I'm conflicted. Because I really wanted to like him. I felt for him. I wanted him to change, to open his heart, to let it go. I felt sad for him because of his past and the story in the present is so well written that I wanted to give it my whole hearted approval. There was just something missing for me.
I'll maybe feel differently in a few days, I don't know. On the plus side, I'll go and see the film and I'm definitely going to download other books by this author because I have a feeling she could be a new favourite.
Would I recommend it to other readers? Yes, I would. Especially if you read erotica anyway. It's a fresh look at a genre that sorely needs it.
Colleen Hoover has such a gorgeous writing style - her female leads have attitude, they're funny and perfectly written. Her books are never boring or dull. I found it particularly interesting in this that whilst we had the story, we were given Miles' past alongside, slowly and steadily. Honestly, I loved it and she wrote it very poetically. Whilst he was an enigma for most of it, we were getting these little tidbits from his history. His backstory is heartbreaking and you can totally understand how tortured he is. At no point did I ever dislike him, despite how he treated Tate.
With Tate in this, I have no problem with how she acts or who she becomes. Plenty of women become stupid over men. I saw a review saying she becomes spineless, alright: she's not exactly going the right way about a feminist of the year award BUT, she is genuine, she loves and frankly, I know that desperation, I know how it feels to know you're basically flogging a dead horse but you can't let go. In her case, she sees more buried deep inside of him and just wishes it would come out. Besides, if she kicked him to the kerb as soon as she perhaps should have, we wouldn't have had a story!!
Love the characters, love the story. I don't this this author is capable of a bad book!!
Colleen Hoover's books remain the books I get most excited about and she remains one of my very favourite authors.
I'm almost ashamed to admit that this is my first Colleen Hoover read. I've heard so much about this author's books and she's been on my TBR list since forever. When I spotted this book on sale on Amazon a few days ago I grabbed a copy and I'm so glad I did. Now I understand the hype, and I totally get it.
I ADORED the writing. Gosh, I was highlighting so much I just gave up in the end. May as well just highlight the entire book. Lol.
The best part of this book was the skillful way the author elicited emotion from the reader. I felt EVERYTHING alongside Miles and Tate. All the pain and the heartache and the hurt. I cried and I laughed and I cringed.
Miles was in so much pain that it was difficult to read at times. I knew his treatment of Tate came from the issues in his past, but he was really horrible to her at times, and it was challenging not to scream at Tate to walk away, because he trampled all over her. However, she was tenacious and determined to cling onto her hope that he would come through and realize what they had.
I liked the way this book was written in dual perspective, switching from present to past. It didn't take much to figure out what had happened six years ago so I can't say it was a major shocker, but it was very emotional all the same. I enjoyed getting Mile's current perspective at the end.
I loved how protective Corbin was of Tate though it was a little OTT at times. My favorite secondary character, without a shadow of a doubt, was Cap. He was awesome and so full of wisdom. He always knew the right thing to say, the right way to act.
I had a few minor issues with this book, but not enough to merit a mention or a reduced rating.
All in all, this was a really great read and I look forward to checking out more of this authors work.
This review will be posted to my blog in due course: My YA NA Book Obsession
Some favorite quotes:
"That's how it is when a person develops an attraction toward someone. He's nowhere, then suddenly he's everywhere, whether you want him to be or not."
"His lips against mine feel like everything. Like living and dying and being reborn.."
"I'm not Tate when I'm near Miles. I'm liquid, and liquid doesn't know how to be firm or stand up for itself. Liquid flows. That's all I want to do with Miles. Flow."
"I don't know if I can do this, Miles. I don't know if I can follow rule number two, because I suddenly want to climb into your future more than I want to climb into the backseat."
In my opinion, Ugly Love is Colleen Hoover's best book to date. I was instantly drawn to the characters, wanted to find out more of their story and share their emotions with them as I turned every page of this incredible book. It is an utterly beautiful story. Let me try to explain why I love it so much...
We already know from the book's blurb that Miles Archer is not your typical Hoover lead character. Not looking for love, with a ban on questions regarding his past and promising no future HEA, he's hardly Prince Charming material and could, in all honesty, come across as cold, clinical and somewhat heartless. The genius of the book is the balance you get with the alternating chapters. We skip effortlessly between present day, told from our female lead Tate's POV, to chapters written from an eighteen year old Miles, some six years previously. It is in these flashback chapters that we meet the real Miles. This warm, open, loveable, heart-on-his-sleeve eighteen year old, who is so ready to give and receive love, shows us that deep down, present day Miles is not the cold, emotionless character we have been led to believe. Given that Miles was once such an incredibly warm and loving guy, we can only speculate that something unbearably painful must have happened for him to close down emotionally in the way he has. It is this fact that draws you to the character, and keeps us with him throughout the book. I found myself reading the present day chapters, hoping against hope that glimpses of the old Miles would shine through, and of course, every now and then they did, before he would catch himself and reign himself in. As much as I loved the flashback chapters and the joy of seeing such a loveable, poetic side to Miles, I must confess, I read them with a growing sense of dread as I waited to find out just what could have happened in his life to change him so drastically.
I loved Miles, I truly did, but there were also times when I was so mad at him for the, albeit unintentional, pain he put Tate through. Tate Collins is a fantastic character. Independent, kind, warm and fun, we get to see all sides of her via her various relationships, be it her good humoured, sibling bickering with Corbin or her hilarious and touching interactions with Cap (seriously, who writes the BFF for their female lead as an 80 year old male lift attendant?! Genius!!) to her intense attraction to the dark and moody Miles. Tate is an every girl and I think this is why we love her. From the moment the connection is made with Miles and the ground rules are laid out, you hope that she will be able to follow them without getting emotionally attached and hurt but you fear that may prove impossible. I think sometimes we try to kid ourselves. Hold an internal chat that says "this is going to be fine, we can do this" whereas deep down, we know we are lying to ourselves. This is why Tate is so real to me and where I think Colleen's writing excels. The hurt, embarrassment and anguish you feel for Tate during this book is so brilliantly observed and wonderfully written, that your heart breaks for her again and again. I fully expect some readers will criticise Tate's character for being weak, but I think she's far from that. I just find her reactions so true to life. Now I agree, in real life, if Tate were my best friend, and she told me all about her relationship with Miles, I would be advising her to run for the hills, to find someone more deserving of her love and to move on. However, come on, we've all been there, haven't we? When you are the person in the relationship, it is not so easy to just detach your emotions and follow the cold, logical path, is it? We would be robots if that were the case. People make their own decisions, right or wrong, based on emotion and feelings, and that's the type of character I want to read about in my novels, not someone who behaves as though they live their life following The Optimum Relationship Guide for Dummies manual.
I really do not want to give away much of the actual storyline, so I'll say no more about how the book unfolds. I will just say this story has a different feel to it from other Colleen Hoover books. It's a little darker, not containing quite the amount of humour we've seen in her other books although there are light moments, particularly involving the brilliant Cap. It's certainly sexier without being unnecessarily graphic. Even in her sex scenes, there's a wonderful truth to how she writes. I mean honestly, how often in other stories have you read that the hero "rips off" the girl's panties and though "Really? What were they made of, paper? I'm quite sure mine wouldn't give way so easily without first doing an impression of a cheese cutter slicing through a lump of Cheddar", so I love her for injecting some humour into that scene.
Ugly Love is a gorgeous book that both broke my heart and had me crying with joy. Emotional, poetic, gut-wrenching, beautiful and oh so real, it goes to the very top of my favourite books of 2014 list.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good cry, a big laugh and a butterfly inducing romance! (Colleen Hoover, i still think you're evil despite how much i loved this book haha!)
About a third of the way through, the raw emotion, angst and great story telling we expect does finally happen but I wanted more. Tate & Miles's relationship certainly had it's ups and downs and it was emotional in parts, I particularly loved the scenes towards the end which almost brought me to tears but it still wasn't the gripping rollercoaster ride I was hoping for. I liked it but didn't love it :(