Review: ‘Ugly Love’ by Colleen Hoover

Review: ‘Ugly Love’ by Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 5th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Love & Romance, New Adult
Pages: 322
Format: Paperback
Source: gift
#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story.

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 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.

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There’s one thing I don’t understand with romance novels.. When the characters and plot doesn’t actually remind me of a love story. This is pure lust and obsession. There’s a trope that everyone is familiar with: the man who doesn’t want to commit and the woman who wants to change him for the better. It’s not new, it’s not exciting, it’s just boring. This one had it all and I was terribly not impressed. Sprinkle that with sex scenes and this is what you get. I was more interested in Miles’ past and I had many theories, but I wasn’t truly accepting of him being super in love with a girl he laid his eyes on for 5 minutes. He literally falls in love at first sight. But if you read it, it’s more like an obsession.
She’s in everything. Every single thing has just become Rachel. It’s consuming me. My new favourite flavor is Rachel.  My new favourite thing is Rachel. 

I was expecting a shrine dedicated to her. I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes.. Not only is Miles the wounded hero with the tortured past, he was also just blah. This man had no expression and I get he had an invisible wall but still.. I just couldn’t find his character attractive.


Tate is also just as bad in my opinion. She will literally talk about how his hand is touching her or his foot or knee and I could not keep my eyes from rolling. Please just stop Tate. You are attracted to his body. You barely know a thing about him and you say it’s love? This isn’t love. It’s lust with a little bit of like. You like him because he’s mysterious and I applaud you for not giving up on him but really??? A relationship hardly starts with just sex involved.

More quotes from Tate:

I’m not Tate when I’m near Miles. I’m liquid, and liquid doesn’t know how to be firm or stand up for itself. Liquid flows. 

Tate is literally obsessed with Miles. Miles used to be obsessed with someone else. Definitely not a love story I would enjoy. I’m upset I didn’t like this more but the characters were all tortured and obsessive and addicted to one another. We all know that is not remotely healthy at all. I just also didn’t care about them. It was all lust and sex. Where was the romance?? And that ending????? WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT? After 6 months??? Ugh I did not find it entertaining at all. I was bored and pretty much sped read through most of the sex scenes.

First time reading Hoover’s work and I had such high expectations, maybe I should have started with another of her books because I’m seriously disappointed.


I’ve always found guys more attractive when they put less effort into trying to appear attractive. (58)
That’s how it is when a person develops an attraction toward someone. He’s nowhere, then suddenly he’s everywhere, whether you want him to be or not. (59)
I just don’t want to like you. I don’t want to like anyone. I don’t want to date anyone. I don’t want to love anyone. (82)
Addiction is an illness, and it pains me to see people forced to live this way because they’re unable to help themselves. (132)
I’ve wondered how someone could make me so incredibly happy if God didn’t exist. And I realized…just now…that God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted. (142)

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  1. Irena_BookDustMagic

    January 13, 2016 at 5:22 AM

    Too bad you didn’t like it. I had the similar experience with this author but only for book Maybe Someday. Everyone seemed to love it and I just couldn’t. I got to conclusion NA genre is just not for me, at least not for now…

    • giselle

      January 13, 2016 at 12:17 PM

      YESSS! I don’t think Colleen’s book is any indication of her writing since I hear SLAMMED is better than this. Maybe I’m not so into NA either. Usually a hit or a mis with me too

  2. Natalie

    September 21, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    I was thinking about reading this one the other day, but I’m glad I read your review first! Definitely think I’m going to skip it now!

    • giselle

      September 29, 2015 at 12:07 AM

      YEAHH I wished I read a review of this before I bought it 🙁

  3. Caitlin

    September 20, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    I also didn’t care for Ugly Love for the same reasons! I highly recommend Maybe Someday if you’re willing to try another book by her! It was the first standalone I read from her (I read the Slammed series first) and I really enjoyed it!

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