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Ugly Love from author Colleen Hoover is the latest novel to be checked off my to be read list. I have had nothing to do this week but read and work because we had a giant ice storm over the weekend, and I am trapped in my house. Why not enjoy some extra reading time?
This prompted me to try a book I’ve heard of but never really was interested in before. Trying something new with my extra reading time sounded like a great idea.
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About Ugly Love
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.
Thoughts on Ugly Love
Ugly Love is the first Colleen Hoover book that I’ve read. Many readers either love or hate her, and there seems to be absolutely no in between. Which is why I’ve been somewhat hesitant to give her books a try before. But I wasn’t happy with the other two books I tried to read this week, so I figured this couldn’t really be any worse.
Because it feels like she is so overhyped, it took me a while to give one of her books a try. I have found more times than not when a book or an author are way overhyped, I go into it with high expectations, fully expecting to absolutely love a book. But then that makes it extra disappointing if I am one of the rare readers to dislike a book or not connect with it the way others have.
The book started out okay, but it was a quick read, and the chapters were short, which I appreciated. I didn’t feel anything fabulous about any of the characters, but I wasn’t hating on them either. I pegged this book a three star read by the fifty percent mark.
I’m sure most of us have tried friends with benefits or just casual sex relationships at some point in our lives, and it works for a while. But feelings happen, and not everyone wants feelings. So the concept of the book was relatable to many, I’m sure.
My favorite parts were the Miles chapters, because I found myself wanting to know so much more about him. He obviously had a traumatic and ugly past, and I wanted to keep reading about him. It irritated me a bit that his chapters were always short.
My biggest complaint is the book is fairly predictable, but at the same time, I found myself wanting to see the happily ever after happen. I was rooting for the change in Miles and him really growing and actually being able to love Tate.
My favorite character was Cap, he was simply perfect in this book. I’m so glad Colleen Hoover included him in the book, or I don’t think it would have been half as good as it was.
The way she seamlessly intertwined Miles’ past with the present was excellent and that is the sign of a good writer to me.
Final Thoughts on Ugly Love
I wasn’t expecting great things from this book, as it started off just okay, nothing fabulous, nothing to really draw me in and make me want to keep reading. But I am so glad that I did, because the last twenty percent of the book was totally and completely worth it.
I was very surprised at how much I loved the end and it finally did make me want to keep reading, and I got all the answers I wanted. It was a bit predictable, but I kind of loved that fact. Because it ended exactly how I wanted it to.
If you are struggling to get through this book, be patient. It is totally worth it to get to the end.
As I said earlier, I pegged this book as a three star read halfway through, but the end turned it into a four star read for me. Ugly Love was the first Colleen Hoover book that I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. I definitely will give more of her books a chance now that I’ve read this one.
I am so glad that I gave Ugly Love a chance, and it brought me out of my reading slump because I was unhappy with the previous two books I had attempted to read. This was exactly what I needed to get me reading again and enjoying it.
Have you read Ugly Love or any other writing from author Colleen Hoover? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of multiple novels and novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
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