Wednesday, July 16, 2014

[ARC Review] Ugly Love

Ugly Love
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.

 “He tightens his grip on my neck … and then he kills me. Or he kisses me. I can’t tell which since I’m pretty sure they would feel the same. His lips against mine feel like everything. Live living and dying and being reborn, all at the same time.”

I can’t even comprehend the feelings that I have for this book, or even for Colleen Hoover for that matter. I love her, but I hate what she does to my emotions… but at the same time I completely love everything she does to my emotions.  I won’t lie, I’ve been a #Cohort for quite some time now. Colleen writes it, I read it. Point blank.  Ugly love is, well Ugly love is something to leave you speechless. I mean how can you really describe how much something made you feel when you’ve got so many different emotions running through you at the same time. I flew in love, I fell in hate. I laughed, I cried. I cried a lot, and I mean Ugly Love means Ugly cry. At times I felt my heart just couldn’t take it anymore, that I would explode with pain, anguish, and utter shock. Maybe it should be Ugly Love, Ugly Cry, Ugly pain. 

“Ugly love becomes you. Consumes you. Makes you hate it all. Makes you realize that all the beatufiul parts aren’t even worth it. Without the beautiful, you’ll never risk feeling this. You’ll never risk feeling the ugly. So you give it up. You give it all up. You never want love again, no matter what kind it is, because no type of love will ever be worth living through the ugly love again.”

Every chapter further I got into this book the more I flew in love. I kept looking down at the percentage of where I was in the book and cringing. Every thought I had was No! I don’t want to be closer to the end. Maybe if I read a little slower… it won’t end. Ha! The false hope there, grand surprise. I just can’t tell you enough of about the revelations, (OH the revelations!) and the moments of bliss that you’re going to incur while reading this. You’ll have your suspicions, some of them will be right, some will be wrong. I do know one thing, Ugly Love will blow your mind, and rock your socks off at the same time. I won’t tell you about the story, since that’s what the synopsis is for. I would never want to ruin a book for someone, and if I were to tell you any of the goings on of this novel, I wouldn’t stop. So you’re just gonna have to deal with my gushy feels.

“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.”

Throughout this entire story I wanted to love Miles. I wanted to hate Miles. Talk about conflicting emotions, I can’t even imagine what Tate must have felt for him. Oh wait, maybe I can…  Miles has had some serious, unbearable, never come back from again type heart break. The type of hurt that will ruin and change a person forever.  He’s brooding, dark, stoic, beautiful and intoxicating. I love how his hair can’t decide whether it wants to be brown or blonde. How his eyes are so piercing crystal blue that you can’t take help but imagine getting yourself lost in them. I hate how secretive he is, but I now understand why.  There’s a poem from one of my favorite movies of all time, 10 Things I hate about you – which is how I see the connection between Miles and Tate, from Tate’s point of view. I know they don’t exactly match up entirely, but I don’t want to change the poem.

“We’re both smiling. The relaxed look on his face fills me with so many emotions I can’t even begin to classify them. I’m happy, because we’re having fun together. I’m sad, because we’re having fun together. I’m angry, because we’re having fun together and it makes me want so much more of this. So much more of him.”

“I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car, 

I hate it when you stare. 
I hate your big dumb combat boots and the way you read my mind. 
I hate you so much it makes me sick, it even makes me rhyme. 
I hate the way you’re always right, 
I hate it when you lie. 
I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. 
I hate it when you’re not around, and the fact that you didn’t call. 
But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you, 
not even close…
not even a little bit… 
not even at all.

“I didn’t fall in love with you, Tate. I flew.”

Tate is just adorable. She’s the type of person you can’t help but love. I know I always say I aspire to be the leading ladies in books, but in this case… I really do. Even with the Ugly.  I admire so many things about this character, and I can honestly relate to her issues with Miles. I mean why do we do it to ourselves? We put ourselves in these positions of masochism and deal with it just because sometimes the best parts of life come along with the worst. Tate’s a nurse, with an overbearing brother that she loves even though he’s a pain. While trying to get her life straightened out she’s also going to school to get a higher degree of her nursing. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse, and I’m hoping that soon enough I’ll have enough money saved to go back to school, and get out the constant rut that has become my life.
“After You Tate”. He says, pushing open his door. No, Miles. I follow. That’s how it is with us. You’re solid, I’m liquid. You part the waters, I’m your wake.”

Oh my god, did I absolutely love the support characters of this book. Cap. Oh Cap. You’re my new best friend. The relationship and rapport that he has with everyone is just beautiful. The advice from an older generation is always so simple yet truthful. Always listen. Then there is Ian and Corbin. They’re just there for you. A constant shoulder, just like Cap is. The protectiveness of both Ian as Miles’ best friend, and Corbin being the best big brother Tate could ever have, seriously how could you not love these men? Exactly. You have to.

“My skin feels better with her touching it. My hair feels better with her hands in it. My mouth feels better with her tongue inside of it. I wish we could breathe like this. Live like this. Life would feel better with her like this.”

I can’t tell you enough amazing things about this novel, or about Colleen Hoover. Read it. Read it right now. You’ll never forget the undeniable feels you will get. This is one of those books that if you don’t read it RIGHT NOW, you WILL regret it. I’ve been left with a serious book hangover and a heavy but filled heart. I’m happy and I’m sad. Colleen really makes you feel as if you’re the one that’s experiencing the events filled on the pages. Ugly Love is a story you’ll never forget. A story you’ll re-read, that will change you. Every. Time. You. Read. It. THANK you Colleen Hoover for your undying devotion to writing these stories that really do invoke your deepest seeded emotions. Again, I can’t give Ugly Love or Colleen enough praise besides my undying gratitude.

“I know the thought of confronting your past terrifies you. It terrifies every man. But sometimes we don’t do it for ourselves. We do it for the people we love more than ourselves.”

 “It may be a small piece at a time, but my past is yours now. All of it. Anything you want to know, I want to tell you. But only if you promise me I can also have your future.”

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Title available August 5th, 2014


  1. Aw, great review! I can't wait to read this. CoHo definitely messes with our emotions. I like the character names a lot in this.

    1. I loooooooved the fact that a girls name was Tate, and thanks!! I actually had this review finished for a little while, waiting for the release blog tour which starts on 7/29 held by Atria. I COULD NOT wait any longer. This review was literally like money burning a hole in my wallet. It was such a struggle to keep it contained as much as I did lol. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!!!!


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