Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

19487009Title: Ugly Love

Author: Colleen Hoover

Format / Length: Paperback / 322 pages

Publisher / Date Published: Atria Books / August 5th 2014

Category / Genre: New Adult / Romance

Source: Library

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Description: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s 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.


Ugly Love” is the best possible way to describe this novel.

And I loved this book so much more than I would have ever guessed.

Confession time: I’ve never really been a fan of that New Adult sort of category that has been growing and growing over the past years — which is fine . . . I just never thought it was for me — but this one was a pleasant surprise. Colleen Hoover, a prolific writer of the New Adult genre, has come out with a gusty, and simultaneously ugly and lovely novel.

I’m not sure what it was about this novel that I enjoyed more than Hoover’s other novels. (Though I’ve only read a couple — now, though, I’ll be seeking out the rest of them.) The characters, maybe? The beautiful writing? The painful, but lovely storyline that will leave you breathless? Take your pick, really.

I started this novel at about midnight — and did not put it down until I’d finished it.

(Not a great idea if you wish to be mentally sane the next day.)

(But also totally worth it.)

So while I loved this novel — the writing, the characters, the twisted, almost desperate emotions — I did have some small, tiny quibbles with the ending. (Never fear, this is completely spoiler-free.)

I love happy endings, okay? They are great. But in some circumstances . . . are they really realistic? So in short, I like realistic, nitty-gritty things when that’s the tone the author has set for the rest of the novel. I found the ending in Ugly Love to be quite jarring. With its complex set of characters with a past that can never be easily forgotten, the ending seemed to perfect for me. And that is fine if that was the author’s intention. But I would’ve personally preferred a slightly more . . . unhappy ending.

Gosh. Aren’t I just a bright ray of sunshine today?

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Have you read Ugly Love? Or any of Colleen Hoover’s novels? I’d love to know what you think of them!

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

  1. Haha! I’ve only read one CoHo book (Maybe Someday) and her serial (Never Never), and kind of hated them. But I do plan to try out her other works, particularly her newer releases. So I’m pretty stoked that you liked this one. I am a fan of HEAs, but sometimes I just want a little bit of sadness. ;)

  2. I only recently read Slammed. I’m not really a fun. Don’t know when/if I’ll read Point of Retreat :)

  3. OMG YES! I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. I don’t remember how fast I got through this but I know that it was incredibly fast. I absolutely adore Colleen Hoover and the way she can suck me in to her stories like that.

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