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
This isn't so much a review, as it is an explosion of feels. I read this book back in December 2014, and it's taken me a while to even approach talking about it properly simply because every time I have tried to write this post I have become a rambling mess, a girl incapable of containing herself at the mention of the name Miles Archer.
Now, before I explain why I fell head over heels with Ugly Love, let me just start of by mentioning a few things. Number one, I am not a huge reader of New Adult. Number two, I did not, and I mean really did not like one of the most popular NA books, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I also have no desire to read Fifty Shades of Grey. I love me a fictional bad boy, I do - they make me go gooey inside and if I've said it once I've said it a hundred times - redemption is sexy. But there's a line, and so many New Adult books cross that line for me, and in my opinion (and yes, it may be different to yours, and that's okay!) they dress up emotional abuse with a happily ever after, and I cannot stand it.
Why is this relevant to my review? Well, not only do I want people to know that I adored Ugly Love, I also want them to know that I am probably not the books target audience. This book often features on goodreads lists that contain the other books mentioned, and for me, this is head and shoulders above the rest. So yeh, I think it's relevent. But now, the actual review.
I loved everything about this book, it was exciting, intense, and at times, ugly. It isn't a glossy, sugar coated romance - and it doesn't try to be either. At times the book became quite dark, it pulled me under and I really felt for both of these characters. I liked Tate, I liked her a lot, mostly because she wasn't naive about what she was getting in to, she's very aware what Miles is offering her isn't enough, yet she feels too much to walk away. Miles is so broken, he's a shattered man who thinks he is incapable of love. This book keeps you guessing as to why he is the way that he is, and having some of the chapters from his point of view, but six years in the past made it all the more devastating, because you wanted to know what changed him. What broke him.
This book also has a lot of sexy time, it's absolutely not a Young Adult book. If you're looking for a YA Colleen Hoover, I recommend Hopeless. Ugly Love is exactly what it says on the tin, it isn't pretty. But it's a book I can't stop thinking about, and is hands down my favourite Colleen Hoover book. (I've read many more since reading this one!)
I read this entire book in one sitting, it was addictive, intense, painful, and heartbreaking. But it still had a satisfying end, and I love it so much.
5/5 Stars all the way for me.
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Have you read Ugly Love? What did you think?