An unforgettable love story that breaks all the rules. When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her a...

BOOK REVIEW: UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER

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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 herslelf 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?


Contains spoilers - if you've not read it yet, I wouldn't recommend reading just yet!



First off, I just have to say that I knew this book was going to be fantastic. How did I know that? It's by Colleen Hoover. Of course it's going to be amazing! I've been such a big fan of her and her stories for so long now, I've read everything she's written and I've never closed the book disappointed. Ugly Love was just as well-written and entertaining as the others. If you're reading this and you've only read Ugly Love, I highly recommend you try her other books. Me and my co-blogger are always gushing about how incredible her writing is and this book is just one of many stories that'll stay with you for a long time. So give her books a try if you haven't - you won't regret it!

Anyway, starting onto the review. This is something quite different to what I've read before. The story was such a quick and easy read, it flowed really well and although it took me a while to read, because everything in my life just happened at once and I had literally no time which is great timing (not). I made time to get through this because I just HAD to know what had happened to Miles. I had to know about Rachel. I had to know what happened between Tate and Miles in the end. When I got to these parts, I was very satisfied.

What I can say about this book in one word? Real.

It was so realistic. Real life isn't all sunshine and flowers and this book just shows that. There are harsh things in reality that change us and make us who we are today. Even the littlest thing can change a massive part of us and, in Miles' case, make us completely block things and people off. It can really affect us in different ways and Colleen shows us the harsh situations that come after a tragic accident. Something that's incredibly difficult for anyone to get through, and I personally think Miles handled it quite well, especially at his age. He managed to get a decent career, some decent friends, pay his way through life and not turn to drugs. He was so torn apart. And although he tried to block love from his life, Tate managed to get through to him in the end and it just goes to show that sharing your woes is okay. It's good to share to people who really care about you. Tate really did and he knew that.

My situation in life wasn't as tragic as Miles but I have been through some tough things in my life, I definitely think it's made me who I am today. You learn from things and have to learn to accept them. Just like Miles did at the end when he went to visit Rachel. He needed closure. He needed that reassurance that everything was going to be okay post-Clayton. It's okay to be happy after such a horrible thing, and it's okay to love someone else.

In the end scene when Miles looks down at his daughter, he can finally be happy. He gets the happy tears. He'll obviously still be sad about Clayton but his life now has a meaning. He's a father again. His son is gone but not forgotten and Miles can shrug off that terrible weight off his shoulders and live the life he wanted. With a family. His family. Miles, Tate and Sam.

Tate obviously didn't have such a terrible time in her life like Miles did but I'm sure she had her problems, and yet she was a massive rock to him. She did let him use her for sex but she knew what she was doing. Sometimes you get these girls in books who are fooled into doing things like 'friends with benefits' but Miles told her straight out. He gave her the rules. She understood and she still tried to get though to him and it worked. If you care about someone enough, they'll let you in. She deeply cared and it must be awful to see someone so incredibly important to you fall apart like that. Especially when he's crying on the floor with his head in his hands. I'm proud of her. She was sweet, caring and a great character to experience the story with.

The past stuff with Rachel wasn't what I expected at all. I was thinking first that she'd just break his heart, cheat, maybe lie but it went a completely different direction. He wasn't heartbroken in the way I expected and I loved that. It's refreshing to get a story that's so different to what you're used to. Not going to lie, sometimes NA stories are quite similar, but not this one. A child. Clayton. Losing his life through a car accident and Rachel leaving him through despair and mourning for her baby. Miles blaming himself for both losses. Losing the people you love most in your life must be such a distressing time, I can't even imagine how heart-wrenching that must be. I have to admit, I shed a few tears (and I'm not really a book-crier!)

Protecting your heart isn't easy and keeping people out is a hard task when there's such compassionate and loving people around you. He can't help fall for Tate, she was there in many more ways than one, she was his saviour.

I'm so excited to be giving this book away because I cannot wait to hear what more people thought of this story. It's truly moving, you're laughing, you're crying, you're blushing - it's incredible.

Let me know what you thought of this book because I, for one, am bursting with the feels at the moment.

It's a massive 5 stars from me, that's for sure.




Phew! Did you enjoy that whirlwind of emotions? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter! If you did love it, you should link your friends to the giveaway we're having. We're giving away a UK copy of Ugly Love to one lucky winner! 



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