[Book Review #21] Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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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.

Book Specifications:

Author: Colleen Hoover

Format: Trade Paperback

Part of a Series: No.

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Atria Books (Imprint of Simon & Schuster)

No. of Pages: 337 pages

Price: 595.00Php

Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover features a deep blue background, with bubbles strategically placed in the middle of the etched title. At first glance, you would never know and understand it’s relevance and connection to the story. But after reading it, you would discover that those air bubbles would be a hell of a lot more connected to the book and it’s story. (SPOILER: It’s the last drowning breath of Clayton, you guys!!! And it still effing hurts!!!) You all know how big a fan I am of book covers that have deep connections with it’s story, right? Though, I think the cover could have used a little more sass. But I love it though. (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: This book is about the mainly physical relationship that grew between Miles Archer, a mysterious pilot tormented by his past, and Tate Collins, a registered nurse who moves to his brother’s apartment for easier access to her new job and studies. The very moment they met, it was all physical, and by that, I meant it was all about sex. Their relationship is literally built on sex. No emotions. No nothing. It is quite reminiscent of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey to be honest. The only difference is that Miles once was a normal guy who engaged himself in a normal relationship. I’m once again listing down all the details that made an impact on me below. And please take note, this review is not spoiler-free. 🙂

  • I loved how the presence of Samuel, aka the “Captain” (who significantly mans the elevator inside Tate and Corbin’s apartment) made Tate’s big move bearable. Tate didn’t have any friends around the area where she transferred to except for 2 people who she met because of her work and her studies. Samuel instantly became Tate’s best friend, and it warmed my heart for Tate. And to be honest, Samuel played quite the role here. He was a friend, a companion, an advisor, and  he was a great father figure to both Tate and Miles. I love him.
  • Considering that the relationship between our two protagonists was physical, I have to give my opinion regarding their sex. (Well, that sounded awkward. Haha!) Let’s all be honest. They had great sex! They were more than satisfied with their performances in bed, leading to much more sexual intercourse all throughout the book. But, with all the sex they did, I actually think it’s what made the both of them fall in love with each other. It might have taken some time trying to owning up to their true feelings, but the connection between them was totally undeniable. With all the eye contacts and all, the spark just got bigger and bigger, thanks to their “mainly physical” relationship.
  • It broke my heart to see Tate hurt after all the sex she did with Miles. I mean, yeah, sure, she might have agreed to make her relationship with Miles completely physical, disregarding any emotions that might surface, but come on! Have a heart! That scene where they did “it” in Miles living room, and afterwards, when it was all over, and Miles came, Tate felt his load (oh my god, I’m sorry for the term!) on her legs, and Miles just shut his bedroom door while Tate was still lying on his living room table!! That was just mean and rude, and Tate, as stupid as she is for agreeing to Miles terms, didn’t deserve something as painful as that. And by the way, that’s not just the only scene where Tate proved to be one of the biggest believers of love I came to read about. Believe me.
  • The Miles Archer chapters, at first, was a part that I didn’t understand towards the beginning of the story. To me, it felt a little dragging reading his chapters. But as the story progressed, I realized that without those chapters. I might not have learned more about our mysterious Miles.
  • I loved Miles’s background story. His relationship with Rachel was something that made me remind that Miles Archer was no Christian Grey, if you know what I mean. His relationship with his dad, Lisa (Rachel’s mom) and his short relationship with his son, Clayton. (Oh my god, Clayton!) Everything was wonderful, until the unexpected drowning and death of his son. That must be one of the painful deaths I have ever read about and it was the reason why Miles covered himself up with an Armor that only Tate was able to penetrate.

All in all, the story was great for a Colleen Hoover book. It’s something one might expect from the queen herself. I just loved how the story was creatively and strategically written. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* Let’s all take a moment to celebrate the birth of Tate and Mile’s child, Sam! This ending is just filled with all kinds of feels and it’s the kind of ending that does the whole book’s story justice.

  • I loved the fact that Miles gained closure by seeing how happy and that Rachel was able to move on from the death of Clayton. He can’t seem to learn to love Tate for the sole reason that he hasn’t totally moved on from his loss, and seeing Rachel happy made the opening Miles needed to finally move on and learn to love again.
  • Naming their child Sam to pay homage to Samuel the captain felt just right. It was redeeming considering the impact that he had on the lives of our protagonists, it just felt right and just. It was a great decision.
  • I adored how everyone had a happy ending of their own. Rachel was happy with her new family. Tate and Miles were happy as well, blessed with their very own child. The ending was perfect and it helped bind up the whole story.

Thanks to this wonderful ending, I’m deeming Ugly Love one of my most favorite books! It was such a great read! (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: I read this book after I finished reading All The Bright Places thinking it would be one of my smartest decisions… Boy, was I wrong!!! Ugly Love was filled with giddy and equally heartbreaking moments between Miles, a complicated guy tormented by his past, and Tate, who I must say is one of the greatest soldiers of love I have ever come to read about. Their story was unique and it comes with quite a few twists, but I have to say that it was all worth it in the end. But don’t be fooled!! It’s just as heartwrenching as it is heartwarming. (4.83 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“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.” – Samuel

“God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.” – Miles Archer

“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.” – Tate Collins

“I suppose if a man lived through the ugliest side of love, he might never want to experience it again.” – Miles Archer

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