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Editorial Reviews


"Only Colleen Hoover can pack that much brilliance into one novel." (Jamie McGuire #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Beautiful Disaster)

“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)

"Thank you for another 'rip my heart out' excursion ... and with Ugly Love you somehow managed to do it TWICE! And I loved every bit of it!” (The Real Housewives of Romance, blog tour review)

“If you were to only read one book this year, make that book Ugly Love.... It's definitely my favorite book of all time, and that's not a phrase that I use lightly.” (Kayla’s Reads & Reviews, blog tour review)

“I LOVED this book. I stayed up until 1:00 a.m. to finish it, something I haven’t done in ages.... Ugly Love was a riveting page-turner that I couldn’t put down.” (Reading Books like a Boss, blog review)

“Colleen is an artist. She has this uncanny ability to take normal, everyday words and somehow turn them into the most beautiful poetry I’ve ever read. The beauty of her lyrical writing style made me teary-eyed countless times. She can take something so simple and make it so powerful.” (Nestled in a Book, blog review)

“Colleen Hoover does it again. She always creates a story that gets under your skin and hits you right in the heart. Ugly Love was no exception. Miles and Tate have a very intense story to be told and only Colleen Hoover could do it justice.” (Readers Live a 1000 Lives, blog tour review)

“I’m not sure my heart will ever forget this book. Incredible read!!!” (Flirty and Dirty Book Blog, blog tour review)

“Colleen Hoover has done it again. Her words have wholly altered me, mind, body, and spirit. I can’t explain what I’ve done or where I’ve been the past few hours, and the only thing that is in my mind is WOW.” (The Scarlet Siren, blog tour review)

"Ugly Love carries the kinship of stellar writing, (poetry, really), searing emotion, and a story that hits you in your very core.” (I Heart Big Books, blog tour review)

"I LOVE everything and anything that this woman writes…This is everything we come to expect from Ms. Hoover and SO MUCH more! You know when you come across a book and you don’t know what to say about it other than that you loved it and it was amazing?! Well thats how I feel about Ugly Love. JUST READ IT! TRUST ME!” (Shh Mom’s Reading, blog tour review)

From the Author

Colleen Hoover is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels. Her first series was published in 2012 and includes SLAMMED, POINT OF RETREAT and the companion novel THIS GIRL. Her second series, published in 2013, includes the #1 NYT's bestseller HOPELESS and the companion novel, LOSING HOPE. She has released a free novella, FINDING CINDERELLA, as a thank you to her readers for their continued support. The novella is a companion to her Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476753180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476753188
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,901 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ugly Love is further proof that Colleen Hoover can write anything. Her stories are never redundant. Ugly Love is her eighth book to date, but each book is so meticulously crafted. She and her stories exemplify what a true writer is, the kind that puts every ounce of her soul into her words, who focuses on creating a beautiful story, rather than whipping out a laundry list of subpar titles at rapid fire speed. You know what you're getting with this author... quality, beauty, perfection, everything... every single time. And that is why we wait with baited breath for her every word.

"A guy folding laundry while flaunting his abs and being a pilot is seriously impressive."

Ugly Love is the story of Miles and Tate... Miles, an airline pilot who can't love; Tate, a nurse who believes she can handle that. I've loved every single male character that Colleen Hoover has ever thought up, but there was something about Miles right away that grabbed me. Maybe it was his dark, brooding, quiet personality. Maybe it was his tall, sexy demeanor that captivated me. Maybe it's the walls he puts up that I felt compelled to see torn down. Likely, it's all of that. From the very first time we're introduced, I knew I wanted to see this man picked apart, I wanted to understand him. Tate is a character that the reader will connect with immediately. She's the girl next door, literally. She's no nonsense, what you see is what you get. There were moments where I thought she was weak, but now I know she's just real. She does exactly what any woman would do in her situation. The situation being Miles Archer.

His eyes focus on mine for several seconds. "Don't ask about my past," he says firmly. "And never expect a future.
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"I want to plaster those four words on a billboard and require myself to pass it on my drive to work every day. I would never take another day off work again." "I should be ashamed of my weakness. A man should not be allowed to make me feel that way that stolen kiss just made me feel." Yes you definitely should be ashamed. "But then I met you, and every single day since then, I've wondered how someone could be so beautiful if there wasn't a God." Seriously, this is the kind of overwrought material you'd expect to find in a SNL skit. And it ain't meant to be comedy. Er, wait, maybe it is. No doubt Hoover is laughing all the way to the bank getting her obviously huge fan base to bite at this. These characters live in some kind of alternate universe where there is no language spoken but superlatives.

There's the tried and true "sex-only relationship leads to love" formula and the caricatured weak-willed, simpering, swooning woman. Tate knows that she and Miles are so good together, but how could she know that? She throws herself at him and the only time they get together is to screw. Really, it's all they do. At one point, she describes herself as strong-willed, but she is no more than a doormat and and a nympho. She even lets him assault her once: "I let him f**k me" she admits, then cries when he walks away and slams the door on her. The next time he comes around, she forgets all about that and jumps back into bed with him. He doesn't even take her out to dinner to apologize. Only to the airport to watch planes take off. And then more sex.

What to say about Miles? He becomes a predator, but with willing prey. He isn't at all likeable. There is no explanation given, nothing to indicate what it is about him that Tate would fall in love with.
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Perfection. Absolutely amazing and there aren't enough stars to rate this book. It was an honor to get the chance to read an advanced copy, and I'm still thinking about Miles and Tate's story days after finishing.

I always have really high expectations when I pick up a new Colleen Hoover book. She hasn’t let me down once, and it’s no exception with the perfection that is Ugly Love. This book wrecked me and amazed me all at once. It is powerful, sexy, mysterious, emotional & heart-wrenching. I have always said that Colleen Hoover has the best way of pulling you into her stories with her poetic writing, and once again I felt like I was in this book, living this story, with Miles and Tate. The book is told in dual POV’s with most of Mile’s chapters being flashbacks to his past. I love how the story went back and forth, because it made for a suspenseful read that was hard to put down.

I also love that she continues to write unique story lines. I have been finding it a challenge to enjoy the NA genre lately, and have been chalking it up to just a phase I’m going through. But, I think my problem is that I needed a book like this to remind me why I fell in love with this genre in the first place. It is books like this that make me love to read and want to recommend her books to EVERYONE I KNOW. The beauty that is this book just solidifies why Colleen is my absolute favorite author.

We first meet Tate, who is moving in with her brother with plans to get a new start on life – get her masters, work her butt off as a nurse, and eventually get her own place. And it’s the day she moves into her brother’s place that she has her first encounter with Miles, who is passed out drunk in front of her door.
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