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BOOK REVIEW: UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER

BOOK REVIEW: UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s 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 realise 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.

They think they can handle it, but realise almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated. 

Promises get broken. 

Rules get shattered.

Love gets ugly.

This exceptional book tells us the story of a young man who has vowed never to fall in love because of a hurtful experience and his no-strings-attached relationship with the lady next door that he seems never to be able to keep out of his head… passion erupts and the past was revisited to begin the journey to healing and self-forgiveness.  

The difference between the ugly side of love and the beautiful side of love is that the beautiful side is much lighter. It makes you feel like you’re floating. It lifts you up. Carries you.

The beautiful parts of love hold you above the rest of the world. They hold you so high above all the bad stuff, and you just look down on everything else and think, Wow. I’m so glad I’m up here.”

Sometimes we fall in love and it doesn’t end the way we hoped. We might have done something to hurt the other person that makes us think we do not deserve happiness, so we punish ourselves by holding back from love and not forgiving ourselves. This novel helps us realise that love comes with two sides; the Ugly and the Beautiful side. The Ugly side of love makes us doubt if the beautiful side is worth it, so we give up on love altogether, because it is the easier choice. We build armour around our hearts because we don’t want to risk experiencing the ugly side.

“The ugly parts of love can’t lift you up.

They bring you…

They hold you under.

Drown you.

You look up and think, I wish I was up there.

But you’re not.

Ugly love becomes you.

Consumes you.

Makes you hate it all.

Makes you realise that all the beautiful parts aren’t even worth it. Without the beautiful, you’ll never risk feeling this.

You’ll never risk feeling the ugly.

So you give it 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.”

Oh, but love is a wonderful thing;

“I’m looking down at the perfection we created when it hits me.

It’s all worth it.

It’s the beautiful moments like these that make up for the ugly love.”

As expected of our beloved author, Colleen, she kept us in suspense throughout the book. One of the reasons why I couldn’t let go of this book until I was done was because I wanted to see what exactly made Miles so messed up. I concluded that Rachel must have broken his heart but I had no idea how devastating the events that led up to their separation were.

For those that are into getting things steamy, this book has that. The author is usually more tamed in her erotic scenes, Ugly Love was a deviation that I love. It was unrestricted and tameless.  But more than that, we could see the obvious connection and chemistry between Miles and Tate.

 One thing that stood out about this spectacular novel for me is the character depth. Colleen Hoover did a fantastic job with Miles’ emotions that I literally felt Miles’ pain and internal struggles coming off the pages of the book. Same as Tate. The novel has multiple point-of-views so we get to have an in-depth understanding of the characters. I had a wonderful time reading this book. I could relate and connect to the characters’ trauma and healing process. Well done, Mrs Hoover!

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