Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published on August 5, 2014 by Atria Books
Genres Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages 337 pages
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Ugly Love revolves around the main character of Tate Collins. She moves to San Francisco from San Diego to finish her MA and moves in with her brother while she is looking for a job, etc. She meet’s Miles Archer, her brother’s friend, co-worker and neighbor and there is an instant attraction between the two of them. They make an arrangement with rules that Miles sets; just sex, don’t ask about his past and don’t expect a future. Tate thinks she can handle is at first because she is so busy with school and work. However, they quickly realize that the situation isn’t as simple as they thought. Feelings get involved and promises get broken. As the author states in the book blurb, “Love Gets Ugly.”
I was worried this would be like some of the other books I have previously read where there was an arrangement like this about sex. I was completely wrong. I am coming to understand that Colleen Hoover has a completely different style then what I would expect and I love it. She is by far my favorite New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer and this is only the 3rd book of hers that I have read. I adored this book. It was one of those books when I finished it, I immediately wanted to re-read the entire thing. It was that good. First, I felt like I really got to know both Tate and Miles. The book is told from Tate’s point of view in the present and flips back to Miles point of view in the past. Towards the end of the book, we also get to hear from Mile’s point of view in the present. Second, the entire book I was trying to figure out what had gone on in Mile’s past and the author did an excellent job of telling that story at the right now. Third, Hoover knows how to write sex scenes perfectly. I don’t like comparing authors and I usually try not to buy I just read “Elastic Hearts” this weekend by Claire Contreras. Until recently, she was my favorite NA author, but I have found that more and more, her work reminds me Fifty Shades of Grey, which is not my style. Hoover writes these kinds of scenes perfectly. The sexual tension in this book was fantastic. But when she writes a sex scene, it’s hot, without adding in a lot of things (i.e. vulgar names of body parts, very explicit writing) that I think honestly ruin the writing for me. This book has the most sex out of the previous I have read by her but like I said it was done perfectly.
Overall it was a great book. The characters were well developed, the story had a lot of depth and we got to know other characters, such as Tate’s brother Corbin and the doorman at the apartment building, Cap. And I really loved all the characters in this book. felt like the book dealt with a great deal with emotions, lust, love, loss, forgiveness, etc. I highly recommend this book. I read it in 24 hours it was that good. And it is certainly one that I will be re-reading in the future. I am looking forward to reading the other 5 books she has written.