Author: Colleen Hoover
Series or standalone: Standalone
Genre: New Adult
Publisher & Date of Publication: Atria Books, 2014
Summary: “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.” (Goodreads)
Review: I went into Ugly Love knowing it was a well-loved book by the Goodreads and BookTube community. This was my second experience with a Colleen Hoover book. A few years ago, I read Maybe, Someday and had the very unpopular opinion of hating it. For reference, it’s average rating on Goodreads is 4.31 stars and I gave it 2. After finishing Ugly Love, I realized Colleen Hoover and I just aren’t meant to be.
I didn’t hate Ugly Love like I hated Maybe, Someday, but I didn’t like it very much, either. Considering my genre of choice is contemporary romance, I should have loved this book. For some reason, though, I just could not bring myself to have more than a “meh” feeling about it. As far as plot goes, the friends with benefits storyline is always predictable. No matter what drama happened between the main characters, you still knew how the story was going to end.
Speaking of characters, Tate and Miles are something else – and not in a good way. Tate is a recently graduated RN working toward her Master’s degree. This is totally awesome, but it’s so minor in the scheme of the story. She barely talks about her job or her classes and only discusses homework when it’s an excuse to be around Miles. To put it bluntly, I didn’t find Tate to have much self respect. She was just happy to get what she could of Miles without any consideration for herself. To me, that’s not a healthy relationship. Miles has a tragic backstory – and it is really awful what happened – but he uses it as a reason to be kind of an ass to everyone. He’s hot, but beyond that I didn’t find him to be incredibly likable. I felt for him, but his treatment of everyone else was unfair.
One thing that I also really disliked about Ugly Love was how the story was separated. Tate and Miles each had their own chapters – which is fine – but Miles were set in the past and written in verse. It just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t bring myself to care about what was going on. I was curious about what his backstory was, but the verse just ruined it for me.
Overall, I know my opinion of this book differs from the general consensus, but I just couldn’t bring myself to love it.
Rating: 3 stars