Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
- Genre : New Adult Contemporary Romance
- Date Started : February 8, 2015
- Date Finished : February 9, 2015
Description: You can read the full description from Simon & Schuster.
Ugly love is about learning to accept the ugly side of love not just the beautiful. Miles has a past that he can’t get over and refuses to even try. Tate is the girl next door, no really, she lives next door with her brother. They meet on one of Miles’s darkest days but the sexual tension between them could fill the entire apartment complex, its a big complex over 18 floors. Once they finally decide to give into their mutual attraction, they plan on a no strings, friends with benefits without the friend part arrangement. As you can guess, Tate can’t really handle that and is constantly breaking the 2 rules Miles has, don’t ask about his past and don’t expect a future. Eventually, Tate finds some self respect and ends the arrangement and moves out of her brothers place and into her own. Of course this makes Miles question why he won’t let himself love anyone and finally confronts his past. Miles is finally ready to start the healing process and let himself love, and Tate is the woman he wants to love and let love him.
I enjoyed this story and the concept of accepting that love is both beautiful and ugly and Miles’s struggle to come to terms with his past. I wish there would have been more character development because Miles and Cap were the only characters I felt were more than just 2 dimensional. I wanted more of a personality out of all of the characters because they had potential and I felt like we were just skimming the surface. Not going to lie, the characters sort of irked me. I understand why Miles is the way he is, we get his back story but why is Tate such a doormat. I feel like if we had a little more back story for her, that it MIGHT have helped because I had no sympathy for her or her situation. I kept thinking, you are a grown ass woman who is a RN and getting her masters, what happened to you that you would let a man treat you like this? I’m just disappointed that we didn’t get a deeper understanding of the characters.
The only other thing that I did not like about the book was Hoover’s constant use of odd and varied format style in the flashback scenes and a few key repeated phrases. The format style in the flashbacks section annoyed the hell out of me. If Hoover was trying to convey some sort of feeling with that, I’m going to assume it was not irritation and hatred but that’s what I got out of it. I know it was supposed to be intense and emotional but it threw me out of the story every time. I dreaded reading the flashbacks but they were so important in learning who Miles was. As for the phrases, when ever Tate was liquid, it made me want to get a bounty paper towel and soak her up! Also over using the word weird. Tate and Miles are not weird, and it bugged me that they kept using that phrase. Maybe that is the way New Adults are supposed to talk but it threw me because I honestly didn’t know this book was a New Adult book before I started it.
Overall I’m giving Ugly Love a 2.5 stars because while I enjoyed the story and think others should read the book for themselves, there was not enough substance for me to give it anymore.
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