Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

cvr9781476743554_9781476743554_hrHopeless by Colleen Hoover

Release Date: December 19th, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 408
Price: $16.00

“Not everyone gets a happily ever after. Life is real and sometimes it’s ugly and you just have to learn how to cope.”

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

As a Colleen Hoover fan, this book was quite a disappointment. The plot was all over the place. First, I thought it would be a cute love story where Dean was a good guy with a bad boy past. Nothing about the book was as it seemed. Sky’s entire background was a hot mess. It was one reveal after another of things that, as I mentioned earlier, seemed to have nothing to do with the plot.

As Hoover novels go, this one was low on my list. I was missing the usual spark that her novels contain and that steamy sexual tension between the characters. There was some in the beginning, but when things got weird, I just did not understand what was happening. I really didn’t want to keep going, but I paid for the book, so I felt like I owed it to my money to trudge on until I finished. With all my disappointments, I can’t say that Hoover isn’t a good writer. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by her so far besides this one, so that’s saying something for her. I will still look forward to reading her other novels, but this one wasn’t her best.

Rating: 2 Stars

Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

17788403Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Release Date: March 18th 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 384
Price: $9.71

“However, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.”

Sydney is enjoying a pretty great life. She’s in college, living with her best friend, working a steady job, and she has a wonderful boyfriend, Hunter. Or so she thinks. Her life is altered when she discovers that Hunter has been cheating on her with her best friend—leaving her unsure of her future and her living arrangements.

Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge who sits on his balcony every night strumming his guitar. She can’t stop listening to his music, nor can she stop looking at him. When Ridge offers Sydney the spare room in his apartment until she can get back on her feet, Sydney accepts, not realizing that the chemistry between her and Ridge is something that neither of them can keep fighting.

There is something special about this book that really hits your emotions. Sydney and Ridge had such amazing chemistry together. Their music was beautiful and every lyric on the page was heartbreaking and lovely. There was a lot more emotion and depth in this novel than in the past novel I had read by Hoover. There was so much feeling and a range of emotions that your heart broke for Sydney but it filled with their love. It was a bit heart wrenching and I did cry. But it was so worth it. As I mentioned previously, there was a rather large musical component to this book, with lyrics included on the pages that Sydney and Ridge collaborated on. There is something synonymous with books and music, at least for me, since as a writer I tend to listen to music as I write to help me really dive into the emotions of my characters. This was a cute read, definitely gut wrenching, but a step up in terms of emotional depth from Hoover.

Rating: 4 Stars

Book Review: Ugly love by Colleen Hoover

17788401Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 337
Price: $15.00

“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.