Published by Atria
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Also by this author: Confess
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
“After you, Tate,” he says, pushing open his door. No, Miles. I follow. That’s how it is with us. You’re solid, I’m liquid. You part the waters, I’m your wake.”
If I was rating this book based on the quality alone and the quotes I have highlighted, Ugly Love would no doubt be a 5 star read for me. Colleen is a Jedi wordsmith. Ugly Love has a lyrical quality to it, especially paired with the duel POV that alternates between Tate/Present and Miles/Past. Unfortunately, the gorgeous writing cannot save the parts of this story that left me underwhelmed and disappointed.
“That’s how it is when a person develops an attraction towards someone. He’s nowhere, then suddenly he’s everywhere, whether you want him to be or not. It makes me wonder if I’m anywhere to him, but the thought doesn’t last long.”
My biggest problem with this story is Tate. I was under the assumption that Ugly Love would be a story about a guy and a girl that just started hooking up and magically started to fall for each other.
Ugly Love is a story about a girl that says she doesn’t have time for love, but almost immediately starts falling in love, which in turn leads her carrying this torch and this hope that despite Miles claims of not wanting or being capable of love, will actually fall in love with her.
“I’m terrified to lose him for good, so I sell myself short and take what I can from him, even though I know I deserve better.”
Ugly Love is the story of a girl that sells herself short and that is what I find so hard about enjoying this novel. It’s not that we don’t see this type of women in every book. Hell, I will fully admit to selling myself short all the time, but Tate had no respect for herself. She was willing to take any scrap of Miles instead of standing up for herself and demanding better. There were two parts specifically that had me screaming at my kindle View Spoiler »When Tate’s brother, Corbin, discovers Tate and Miles sexual arrangement, he asks Miles point-blank wether he will ever love Tate, and Miles in front of both of them says no. « Hide Spoiler and View Spoiler »when in the middle of sex, Miles calls Tate by his last girlfriend’s name, and instead of becoming enraged and stopping, she tells him to finish having sex with her. « Hide Spoiler
I’m not sure if Ugly Love was meant to send the overall message that any one is capable of love or whatever, but you know what I got from it? That if you wait around for a guy to change his mind, his heart or his actions, he will! It’s not that I don’t believe that people are capable of change. It’s not that I believed Miles was the way he was because of any malicious or selfish agenda because he wasn’t, but what a horrible message to take away from this.
“It’s a race. It’s Miles and me against everything else. We’re racing our consciences, our pride, our respect, our truth. He’s trying to get inside me before any of the rest of that stuff catches up to us. As soon as he’s back on the bed, he’s over me, against me, then inside me. We win.”
In the end, I didn’t understand how Tate could fall in love with Miles, essentially knowing nothing about him besides the moments that revolved around sex. Miles sexy and brooding self with his orange juice talk and transparent mixed signals, wasn’t enough for me so I don’t know how that was enough for her. By the time that Tate finally comes to her senses and the big reveal about why Miles is the way he is comes to light, I just didn’t care anymore.
“Make me leave, he says, his voice pleading and warm against my throat. “You don’t need this…I just don’t know how to stop wanting you. Tell me to go, and I’ll go.” I don’t tell him to go. I shake my head. “I can’t.”
I really really wanted to love this story. Do I think people will? Absolutely. You cannot deny that Colleen puts power and emotion behind her words and her characters but maybe my hopes were too high. I assumed that Ugly Love would ultimately be a story about epic love, but in the end it was just plain ugly.