Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

ugly loveUgly Love
by Colleen Hoover
August 5th 2014
Atria Books
Kindle Edition
337 pages
New Adult / Romance / Contemporary

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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Rating: C – Okayed

Ugly Love took me by surprise. I thought this was another Fifty Shades inspired book after watching the movie teaser off Youtube. I read some comments and I noticed that there’s quite a bunch of people complaining that the teaser’s quite different to the book. But it’s not the movie teaser that really piqued my interest, but the actor to play the main character *drum rolls, please*, Nick Bateman. I don’t know if you already know but on my previous post, I’ve mentioned my (huge) crush on him. I mean, this is Nick Bateman we’re talking about. How can I resist? So at about one in the morning, with an iced coffee by my side, I started reading Ugly Love and finished it in one sitting.

What I Liked

Class A writing. This book was beautifully written. That’s not something I’m going to question now.

What I Didn’t Like

Self-respect. I can’t see what she really saw in Miles aside from he’s a looker (but I get it, with Nick Bateman on my mind, I definitely get it). His looks screamed sex and consequently, that’s the only thing he can give and the only thing she can get and nothing else. Even though she believed she deserves better, she let herself sell short. Seriously, a bottle of self-respect for Tate won’t hurt. She definitely needed it for she was so obsessed with Miles for the wrong reasons.

Overly melodramatic. Miles is unmistakenly hot but he’s too unrealistically melodramatic. Yes, what he went through in the past was beyond hurtful but it’s been years, and though he was left broken, there must have been some time where he could’ve started to move on with his life. He should’ve gotten over himself. And I can’t endure with how he was so in love (actually I think he’s just obsessed which looks quite absurd given that he was not a 12-year-old boy when it all happened) with Rachel. Bleh.

Time jump. I’m not into the author’s continuous ‘jumping from past to present’ way of telling the story. I only want my flashbacks on the prologue. I can tolerate one or two within the chapters but more? Nope. That’s just my preference, though.

At first, I didn’t get what was so appealing about this book (even though my friends tried to convince me to read this and every other novel written by Colleen Hoover). I just didn’t get why they were so excited about the upcoming movie. I was apprehensive with Ugly Love, but in all honesty, now I finally get why there’s a book hype going on with this novel.

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