Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Tate Collins is 22 year old and she’s training to be a nurse.
She arrives in San Franciso and while waiting to find an affordable place that’s right for her, she moves into her brother’s apartment.
Miles Archer is a 24 years old closed off airline pilot, sad to the core and celibate.
Yep, he hasn’t had sex in 6 years.
He works with Tate’s brother, he is also his friend and neighbour.
I have no idea what’s going through his head. He never smiles. He never laughs. He doesn’t flirt. His face appears as if he keeps a constant veil of armor between his expressions and the rest of the world.
Tate slowly grows incredibly attracted to him and, when he proposes a fuck-buddies arrangement, she accepts lying to herself and him about wanting more.
He has 2 rules:
“Don’t ask about my past,” he says firmly. “And never expect a future.”
Soon it becomes clear there’s so much more than great sex between them but Miles seems determined to keep his heart out of the equation.
What happened to Miles that left him unbearably hurt and unable to love again?
How much longer will they swallow their feelings for each other?
Oooooh boy this book.
An emotional story about how devastating the consequences of loving someone completely can be and how much is worth to give love a chance even if it’s scary.
I truly regret purchasing the AUDIOBOOK because the actor that reads Miles’s chapters made impossible for me to connect with Miles.
He even ruined the name Rachel for me:
“Racccccihel, Racccihel, I want Racccihel!”
Naturally it’s not entirely his fault…the author is to blame for the writing choices.
I wanted to skip ALL the chapters in Miles’ PoV where he seems brainless with all his “Rachel-Rachel-the sun shines out of your arse-Rachel” Mantra.
And YES, IT WAS THAT REPETITIVE AND IRRITATING!
I understand she wanted to convey a common 16 years old’s obsession with his first love but “too much” is as bad as “too little” and it completely ruined my reading experience of this book.
I’m not saying I hated the entire book.
I think I would have rated it 3 star if I had not chosen to listen to the audio version of this story.
Unfortunately I did and I can still hear in my head the whiny interpretation of young Miles by Deacon Lee.
I REALLY WOULDN’T RECOMMEND THE AUDIOBOOK.
I disliked the alternate chapters with the “6 years ago” flashbacks in Miles PoV also because when I read romance books I do not enjoy knowing about the hero’s previous love interest in DETAILS throughout the book.
I had 2 more issue with the story:
► Tate’s character…I don’t know HOW she accepts Miles’ absurd rules almost until the very end. Love? With someone that refuses to trust and respect you?
scenes at the very end felt so fake and unnatural.
She leaves Miles after their tragic loss with a LETTER and he feels responsible about EVERYTHING for 6 YEARS!
She admitts that maybe she should have reached out to him…yeah MAYBE, she was too busy falling in love, getting married, having another child and well she wasn’t ready to face him.
The story per se has a lot of potential, Miles and Tate chemistry is good, secondary character “Cap” is sweet…but I have to many issues with it to give more than ⭐ 2 stars ⭐
~ My Ratings ~
Writing: 2 /5 ✶I listened to the Audiobook
Plot: 2 /5
Hero: 2.5 /5
Heroine: 2.5 /5
Secondary Characters: 3 /5
MC’s chemistry: 3.5 /5
Triggers: Sad loss, Detailed Hero’s first love story in every other chapter.
Recommended to: Colleen Hoover’s fan or Adult Romance Readers that are not bothered by things I mentioned above and enjoy lots of angst.
~ Quotes ~
“Ugly love becomes you. Consumes you. Makes you hate it all. Makes you realize that all the beautiful parts aren’t even worth it. Without the beautiful, you’ll never risk feeling the ugly. So you give it all up. You give it all up. You never want love again, no matter what kind it is, because no type of love will ever be worth living through the ugly love again.”
“You’re looking at me like you fell in love with me.”
“I didn’t fall in love with you. I flew.”
“Well, for one, I’m not allowed to break your heart,” he says. “Second, I’m also not allowed to break your damn heart. And last, I’m not allowed to fucking break your damn heart.”
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