title: Ugly Love
author: Colleen Hoover
publisher: Atria Books
publication date: August 5th, 2014
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her: Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future.
First of all, I love Colleen Hoover’s books. Well I thought I would. After I read and fell in love with the Slammed Trilogy I knew she was one of my new favorite authors. She just had to be. Now, after reading Ugly Love, I am not sure about that anymore. When I read the Slammed Trilogy I was instantly hooked. I loved her writing. I loved the way these books made me felel. I not only fell in love with Will but also with Layken; basically with the whole story. And now I am more than disappointed. I am so scared to ever read another Colleen Hoover book again because I really want to like her and her books because I love the Slammed Trilogy so much but if her other books are similar to this one I know I will probably push her from the list of my favorite authors faster than anyone could say her name.
Okay so I will just try to put all my thoughts together and explain why I didn’t like the book as much as most people do.
So first I absolutely did not like the kind of writing she used in Miles chapters.
Nearly all of Mile’s POV chapters were styled like this and – to be honest – I didn’t even get why. Maybe there was some poetic message I didn’t get? Well it’s not like he was into poetry or something. I just really don’t get why she did that. It was weird. And annoying. I mean of course she could have used it at the very end when – you know what happens – but repeatedly using this kind of writing tactic is just weird. But even though this annoyed me it wasn’t the main reason why I did not like the book that much. My main problems with the book are the main characters. I don’t even know where to start.
I really don’t understand how any women, any human being could like Tate and find her actions realistic or even apporpriate. She basically has absolutely no self esteem and her lack of self-respect was just disgraceful. I wanted to slap her ALL THE TIME. I even wanted to punch her right in the face because I could not believe how a grown up woman could act that stupid. I am so mad. She basically just let him use her. That whole „lovestory“ had nothing to do with love. NOTHING. It was all just about sex. She even let him „rape“ her. I just can’t get this one scene out of my head. She’s crying her eyes out, knows exactly that he uses her; she knows she doesn’t want that but lets him do it anyway and all she’s thinking of this moment is that she want’s him to get this over with. ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS? Oh my gosh I hate her. I just hate her so much I can’t even express how much I dislike her, not just as a woman but also as a human being. Her relationship with Miles had nothing to do with love. Nothing at all.
So Tate falls in love with him, we can all see that because everything he says is beautiful, even the word „ox“ and only because he said it? Seriously? Are people like that when they are in love? Because sure as hell I AM NOT. I really don’t see how Tate could fall in love with a guy she doesn’t know a thing about. How is that even possible? Of course you can have a crush on someone you’ve never even talked to because of his looks and all, but how can you truly love someone when 1. he behaves like a psycho and treats you like crap and 2. you know nothing about him?
And of course there is Miles, good looking, dark, silent, mysterious and emotionally broken. When his past gets revealed I have to admit I was heart broken even though I knew that something like that must have happend to turn him into such an emotional wreck. I liked the last couple of chapters. I liked the one when he visits Rachel, I even shed a tear or two because it actually was heartbreaking and for a second I was able to understand his feeling and I was actually able to like him. But on the other hand, him „confronting“ Rachel was also kind of lame. So if Rachel wasn’t living happily ever after Miles wouldn’t have been able to move on? How? Why? So only seeing Rachel happy being in love with someone new, even having a child made him free to love Tate? This is bullshit.
I don’t even want to get started with all the times Miles hurt Tate, brushed her aside, made her feel like crap but there are some scenes that made me hate both characters soo much I mean WHAT THE FUCK? Oh my gosh this makes me so mad.
Maybe these kind of books just aren’t for me. Like I said, I didn’t hate everything. There were some moments I actually liked. I also liked Corbin a lot, and Ian. I also liked the end, except for the Epilogue, I thought that was just a little too much. I mean so you’ve officially been dating for what? For six month? And than, after all you’ve put her through you ask her to marry you, she says yes and not even a year later you already have a baby? Naaah not realistic; at least not for me.
I am really disappointed. I am so scared to read more of her books because I really don’t want to hate them but I really didn’t like this one, almost hated it; hated it from time to time to be honest but I just loved the Slammed Trilogy so much and I was hoping for another romantic lovestory. The struggle is real but I just can’t give this book more than two stars. I just can’t.