Book Review of: Ugly Love
By: Colleen Hoover
Overall: Tate is working as a nurse, who is also going back to school to further her nursing degree. Tate moves in with her brother Corbin, who is a pilot, while she finds herself an apartment. Living there, Tate meets some of her brother’s friends, who are also pilots working for the same airline. One of whom is Miles Archer. Tate and Miles have a sizzling hot attraction to eachother right from the start. But, there are several reasons why they don’t start dating eachother. First of all, Corbin doesn’t want his any of his friends dating his little sister. Secondly, Miles is totally emotionally unavailable from some previous pain. He does not want to be in love or date anyone, at all, ever. Plus, Tate is super busy with her full time nursing job and full time school program. She does not have time for a relationship. Because of these reasons, Tate and Miles decide that a “sex only”
agreement between them would work. Both think that just hooking-up for sex when they have time is a win-win situation for both of them at this point in their lives. So, they agree to start doing that, and the sex is amazing. However, of course, this arrangement is not sustainable, and things get complicated and messy between them quickly. Tate wants Miles to open up and be closer to her, and he is not capable of doing that. He has completely built a wall around his heart because of a terrible tragedy from his past that he will not talk about. She starts to have feeling for Miles, and thinks he will come around, and catch feelings for her too. But, Miles has absolutely no intention of ever doing that.
Ovations: I liked that this is a complex love story. It is not your usual happy/sad/happy rom-com plot set-up at all. There is no witty banter, there is no
meet-cute story. This is a deep story with many layers to uncover. I like how the book goes back and forth between Tate and Miles points of view with each chapter. You have a much better gauge of where the characters are emotionally that way. I like that because Tate is a nurse, you can feel how she instinctively wants to try and heal his pain. I like them as a couple when they are happy together. I liked the ending.
Oh Well: This is a tough book to read for several reasons. First of all, Miles is not nice to Tate some of the time. It makes you mad that she keeps putting-up with his terrible behavior. Yes, they do have a sex only agreement that benefits them both. They are using eachother consensually. But still, Miles does behave very selfishly at times and Tate does not deserve that. Secondly, as the plot unfolds, you learn Mile’s backstory and find out why he has emotionally shut-down. It is very sad, heartbreaking, and devastatingly difficult to read about.
Opinion: This is a very real and raw contemporary romance. It is not a flirty, witty, rom-com. It is about a man living with deep emotional pain from his past, and a new woman in his life trying to help him to open his heart and love again. I enjoyed that the point of view of each chapter changes between Tate and Miles, so we can understand each of them better. I enjoyed the book overall, but some parts of it are distressing to read. Rating: 7 out of 10.
Colleen Hoover is a very popular writer right now. The first Colleen Hoover book I read was, November 9. (Click on the link to read my review of that book.) It is also a love story with a tragic twist. But, it was much more enjoyable to read than this one. I liked it more than this one because it was more romantic and not so serious the whole way through. I rated that book a 9 out of 10.
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