Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 5 Aug 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
An unforgettable love story that breaks all the rules.
When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her apartment door, it is definitely not love at first sight. In fact, they wouldn’t even consider themselves friends. But what they do have is an undeniable mutual attraction.
He doesn’t want love and she doesn’t have time for a relationship, but their chemistry cannot be ignored. Once their desires are out in the open, they realise they have the perfect set-up, as long as Tate can stick to two rules – never ask about the past and don’t expect a future.
Tate convinces herself she’s ok with it, but soon realises that it’s harder than she thought. Will she be able to say no to her sexy pilot when he lives just next door?
OK OK – takes deep breath.
Sooo I kinda stayed up all night Saturday reading this book and I have to pronounce Colleen Hoover the Queen of words that bring on all the feels. I mean ALL the feels.
I was instantly apprehensive remembering just how ugly the sobbing got when I read Maybe, Someday. With the buzz about Ugly Love being even more emotional I prepared myself in advance anxiously awaiting that point where my heart gets ripped out of my chest. I gotta tell you – I didn’t cry. You’re probably screaming WHAT? at the screen right now but it’s true – I didn’t cry. You want to know why? It’s because I would still be crying, the type of crying you never recover from. The type of devastation that there is no way back from. As the plot unfolded I had an inkling of where we were going to end up. Believe me I prayed to the god of words and plot lines that it wasn’t what I thought but just in case the niggles at the back of my mind was confirmed I couldn’t allow myself to feel that kind of pain. So I detached myself, I kept that barrier firmly in place. Don’t get me wrong I still felt the pain but I just COULDN’T do it on a personal level – I know it makes no sense but it would have just been too personal. The type of personal where you get up in the morning and kiss and hug the people you love just for being there. That totally happened by the way. Just not the personal I could take too personally – if you get what I mean. Yeah you probably don’t unless you’ve read it – which you totally should because its beautiful.
Told in dual narrative from Tate and Miles’s point of view. Whereas Tate’s perspective is the present action and interaction, Miles takes us back to events that have shaped his present situation. OH MY GOD MILES. From their very first encounter you can feel the bond between them while equally experiencing Miles’s reluctance to give/accept anything other than a physical relationship. My heart literally ached for both of them. While you question Tate’s continued acceptance of the situation, you can also understand that the bond between them defies logic and therefore, Tate can’t be judged for enduring emotional situations that would have destroyed a lesser woman.
Miles is completely broken, the reason unfolding seamlessly alongside the growth of his ‘relationship’ with Tate. As an outside observer it’s obvious just how much being with Tate alters Miles for the better. Yet his reticence causes them both more pain. There were moments of excruciating heartbreak where Miles words were like daggers through the heart, not only to Tate but through mine alongside hers. YET, yet, you know deep down that it’s so much more. The worse thing being that there was no solution nothing to get around those broken pieces until they ripped both of them to shreds.
Although Miles is broken he is also kinda freaking PERFECT. Yeah, I know I’m twisted. BUT when this guy loves, he loves with everything he’s got, EVERYTHING *swoon* It made me completely envious, what would it be like to have someone love me like that – to feel utterly adored and cherished – like the only woman in the entire world. PERFECT RIGHT?
I’m not giving more of the plot away because YOU HAVE TO READ IT. What I will say is that Colleen Hoover’s writing style is utterly, utterly beautiful – her mastery with words shines through this book. Miles’s point of view reads like a verse novel with the stunning use of word placement and creative use of white space. It is simply sensational.