Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”
Tate Collins is studying to become a registered nurse when she moves into her brother Corbin’s apartment until she can find a place of her own. With a crazy schedule of rotations and class, Tate doesn’t have time for love. A detail her brother is all too thrilled about, since his job as a pilot often has him away from home for days on end. Everything goes according to plan until Tate runs into one of Corbin’s friends/co-worker, it is then that she trips and falls into a situation she never could have expected.
Miles Archer is a god. No, not Greek mythology or deity, he’s just chiseled and sculpted in all the right places, oozing charm and arrogance which makes him utterly appealing. He has no room for love or relationships and he guards that part of himself with as much ammunition as he can carry, until he realizes his undeniable attraction with Tate.
Their chemistry fizzes beneath the surface and they concoct the perfect arrangement. No love. No feelings. No emotions. Just sex. What could possibly go wrong?
Armed with two rules Miles gives her at the very start of their affair:
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
Tate has to decide if no strings attached is something she can really handle, especially when it seems like all her strings begin to attach her to Miles.
Things get messy.
Wounds are opened.
Promises get broken.
Rules are destroyed.
Love gets ugly.
I really enjoyed this book. There is nothing profound in this story, nothing that will stick with you or alter your life in amazing ways. It’s just a good book. Of course you have drama and sex, but you also have a really attractive male character that makes your heart leap and your pulse jump. The writing is simple and very straightforward. Unfortunately, the characters don’t have a lot of depth. Yes, we get Miles’s backstory, but again, we don’t dive deep into that time in his life. We get his emotions at face value, but nothing deeper. Despite this, I still thought it was a good book and I would recommend it to those readers who like romance or even a quick beach read. I’m looking forward to other Hoover novels because sometimes you just need some steamy literary sex to get you through the day.