Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover


A review of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.

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.

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

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

My Review of Ugly Love

If you’ve read It ends with us, you’ll know that Hoover is a genius when it comes to unputdownable romance stories that’ll make you feel all your emotions in your extremities.
In this spectacular book, Hoover makes us see and feel what love and pain are, through the eyes and minds of the main characters Miles and Tate.

When Tate finds Miles drunk and wasted in front of her brother, Corbin’s apartment one night, she doesn’t know how much involved she would later be in the life of that ‘drunk nuisance’ standing in her way of smooth entrance.
But as much as the two keep getting involved in their lives, Tate realizes that whatever hit Miles in the past is way stronger than anything she has ever faced or fought. But she wouldn’t give up.

She wants in, to be in Miles’ life, to know about his past, that terrible experience that turned him into what he presently is, but will she finally get everything she wants without biting a large chunk of pain? Will Miles give her the closure she desperately craves for? One thing about love is that you really won’t mind or care for terms and conditions till you fall deeper into it. When Tate accepts all Miles’ terms to just have fun and not ask any questions concerning his past and present, she doesn’t know she’ll one day desperately crave to know those answers like her life depends on it.

Also, read Book Review: It ends with us by Colleen Hoover.

In life, there are some pains you can never forget, no matter how many years have passed. You only learn to let the beautiful side of love swallow you whole, or you continue to wallow in guilt and self-blame. There’s the ugly love, and there’s the beautiful love. And even when we’re drowning in that ugly love, we can only save ourselves by deciding to make use of our life buoy which is the beautiful love.

I’ve heard people criticize Hoover on the basis that she writes traumatic love stories. But I don’t think that’s what she does. If anything, she writes realistic romance. Romance is not always about the happy-ever-afters. Romance is supposed to mirror reality. If it’s too sweet, then it’s probably not real.

In real life, people are wrecked, people have terrible pasts, and people have commitment issues. And I think Hoover tends to achieve a goal in her romance stories, to let people know about their imperfections, and that it is okay to be flawed. It is okay to have terrible pasts. It is okay to love and want to be loved. What’s not okay is violence. What’s not okay is toxicity. What’s not okay is settling for less in a relationship. What’s not okay is blaming your past for your actions and inadequacies.

Also read Book Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover.

Unfortunately, some people will prefer being lied to. And that’s why they do not want to read her ‘traumatic romance stories.’ But how will you know something exists and affects some people if you don’t read about it? How will you know what trauma is, if you don’t seek knowledge? She reveals the toxic relationships people endure with her fiction, and condemns them. So I’m totally in love with Colleen Hoover’s works any day, anytime.

I love the way Hoover goes back and forth through the perspectives of Tate and Miles. From Miles’ perspective, we read about his past, and he draws us into his life. With time, we get to understand his struggles and pains, and why he acts the way he does. And we read about the present from Tate’s perspective. The two points of view help us understand the main characters and we’re able to read their life stories without being judgmental.
A review of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is necessary because it is a solid 5/5 book. I love the fast-paced romance, the pains, the joys, the fears, the ugly love, and the much more beautiful love. I really enjoyed reading this book and I’ll definitely recommend it.

Have you read the book? How do you feel about it? Please share your thoughts with me in the comment section. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter, like, and follow me on all social media platforms and share with your friends. Thanks for visiting Bookish Pixie.

Ugly love by Colleen Hoover
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

14 thoughts on “Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover”

Leave a Comment