Review | Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (@colleenhoover )

10 August 2014

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t 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.

Oh my. I don't think I've been on such an emotional rollercoaster while reading a book for a long while. This book had me up and down like a yoyo and frustrated the hell out of me too.

In Ugly Love we meet Tate and Miles and we are told their story through both their POV's. Tate's is set in the present and Miles' six years prior when his world collapsed around him and destroyed his ability to love. Until he meets Tate.  

Tate moves in with her brother, Corbin who is a pilot and on the first night she moves in she comes across a very drunk Miles and from then on her life changes. They become fuck buddies and Miles is adamant that's all they ever be, but you can tell he is fighting his feelings for Tate and just want to slap him and see she's his feelings for her too. She knows he loves her but doesn't know why he won't let himself fall in love with her. 

When you're reading his POV from when he was just 18 you start to see a glimpse of what he won't tell her but it's not til the end that you really, really get it. He has been to hell and back at a young age and can't get hurt again.

I loved how this book was written and when I first picked it up I thought, oh right boy meets girl, boy is cagey with emotions, something goes wrong, they fall in love and all is well. But Ugly Love tells so much more than that. This is a story about love being ripped from someone at a young age making them terrified to ever love again and about someone being able to come in and let them see that they can feel love again and make them see that they deserve it. And Tate did that for Miles. 

But I don't really think Miles would've got there without the help of Rachel. The girl he loved at eighteen and lost in the worst way possible. When he goes to see her it all clicks and he sees that he can move on and be with Tate the way he wants and needs to. 

The ending to this book broke my heart. I cried through the entire last 10% of this book and I loved reading the ending. Seeing Miles saved and happy made my cry a thousand happy tears. He got the ending he so deserved and deep down had always wanted.

I loved reading his past in his POV. You got to see so much more of the pain you would have if it was all from Tate's POV. You really felt his pain and anguish over his past. I also loved how, when he went back to Tate, he didn't tell her it all at once. He told her one small part and promised to open up as they moved forward and they made it all feel all that more real. Rather than he telling her it all at once he told her what he could right then and as they moved forward he would tell her more until she knew everything.

The very end of this book was amazing. So sweet and I love that Cap (the elevator pilot at the apartment Tate lives in) is involved because at the end of the day he was there for them both and listened to both their sides of the stories. I think he helped them both find each other. 

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