Love is not Always Pretty

Ugly Love: A Novel: Hoover, Colleen: 9781476753188: Books

Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love is a story about two people who fall in love in a very non-conventional way. Wow – sex really does sell! The way that Hoover incorporates sex into the book is not raunchy or distasteful instead, in an intriguing way that makes the reader want to keep reading to get to the next ‘juicy’ part.

Colleen Hoover is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels and novellas. She currently lives in Texas with her husband and three sons. Hoover is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas. In 2015, her novel Confess won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance novel. Following up in 2016, with It Ends with Us winning the same award. In 2017, her title Without Merit also won the Best Romance novel. Her novels fall into the new adult and young adult contemporary romance categories, as well as psychological thriller.

This book falls under the romance genre. The intended audience is young adult women but anyone looking for a good, steamy romance book should read this. In my opinion, the title Ugly Love fits into the purpose of this book because this is a story of two people who did not exactly fall in love at first sight. After they do fall in love, hearts get infiltrated, promises get broken, rules get shattered, and love gets ugly.

The book starts off with Tate Collins, a 23-year-old registered nurse who moves in with her brother Corbin for a bit until she gets a job. When she arrives at her brother’s apartment, she is greeted by a very drunk man passed out in front of her brother’s apartment, who happens to be the man that she will soon fall in love with, Miles Archer. Miles is a 24-year-old pilot who comes with a unique situation and a lot of baggage. When Miles was 16, he fell in love with a girl named Rachel and by 18-years-old they had a child named Clayton. Clayton and Rachel made Miles feel like he had a purpose, bringing him happiness and love. Two days after Clayton was born, Miles and Rachel got into a bad car accident and Clayton died. After his death, Rachel blamed Miles and left him because she could not stand the sight of him. Miles swore off any kind of intimate relationship with any person because he felt that he did not deserve it and most importantly, he wanted to protect himself from ever feeling that kind of pain again.

A short while after meeting and having ‘awkward’ (steamy) encounters, Tate and Miles come up with a no-strings attached sex arrangement. Before they do anything, Miles has two explicit rules which are “don’t ask about my past and never expect a future” (Hoover 88). With a bit of reserve, Tate agrees to his rules because she wants to have sex with a very skilled and attractive man. According to the rules their relationship is just sex, nothing more. However, about three weeks in she starts to develop real feelings toward Miles and wants more than what he is willing to give her. Tate gets curious about who the real Miles Archer is, why he has these rules, why never smiles, why he does not look at her while they are having sex, and if he will ever love her. Every time she asks Miles anything personal, he gets closed off and dismissive. Tate has a monumental breaking point after Miles leaves her standing naked in the kitchen with his cum running down her leg after they have sex, at this point she decides that she must tell him how she feels. Tate voices her feelings towards Miles, and he does not like what she says, so Tate finally comes up with a rule of her own, “don’t give me false hope for a future” (Hoover 215) Miles agrees to this. A few weeks later, Tate’s whole world changes when Miles calls her “Rachel” while they are having sex; at this point Tate realizes that Rachel is the reason Miles will never love her and is the person responsible for making Miles the person that the is today. It is not until Tate moves out and says goodbye to Miles, that he realizes that he loves her and needs to let himself love someone else. At the end of the book, Miles goes to Tate and finally confesses his love for her and tells her everything about him including about Clayton and Rachel. They get married, have a daughter, and live happily ever after.

This book enveloped me, and I read it in one sitting. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading steamy romance books. This book had me turning each page with anticipation of either Tate and Miles ending their relationship or having sex. Throughout every other chapter the point of view changes between past (Miles) and present (Tate), which I must say was really confusing at first. Then it quickly grew on me, the way that younger Miles describes his relationship with his previous girlfriend is pure poetry. Hoover really captured my attention between the poetic approach and the flashback chapters that tangle a prior love relationship into the current day lives of the two main characters. When I bought this book, I anticipated it to be a lot like 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James with a lot of sex scenes that do not serve a purpose. However, it was so much more than that. Yes, there were a ton of sex scenes but they were not just filled with lust, they were filled with love.

Publisher: Atria

Price: $10.19 on Amazon

ISBN: 978-1476753188

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