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Ugly Love: A Novel

by Colleen Hoover

Atria Books | August 5, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Ugly Love: A Novel is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
#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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.9 in

Published: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476753180

ISBN - 13: 9781476753188

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed As this being my first ever Colleen Hoover book I highly enjoyed it, I thought the story was great if a bit frustrating at times but that was more the characters then anything, the story was full of emotion and I feel like it was written really well, The characters were great I really liked Tate and Miles as a couple even though they really weren't a couple. Overall this was a really good book and I will be picking up more books by Colleen Hoover. :0)
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Colleen Hoover's Best Yet!! Love This Book! I devoured this book is one day! Started last night and stayed up till 3am then finished it up this morning. I think this is another favorite added to my list because Colleen Hoover is a beautiful writer that will guarantee to make you cry (which I did through most of it). I loved the story of Tate and Miles. This book is definitely one to pick up! From beginning to end I knew that it would most likely bring me to tears since Colleen Hoover is good at playing with emotions. This is definitely different than anything she has written. Her stories are definitely powerful at the ways she makes the connections with her characters. Ugly Love was HOT, Heart-Wrentching and it was unique. It is not like any other story I have read and after I finished reading, I just wanted to re-read it. From the beginning I fell in love with the story and connected with it. The plot was very steady and its was easy to breeze through since it was addicting and made me not want to go to bed it was definitely an emotional rollercoaster. When we first meet Tate, she just arrives to move in with her brother to start school and get her masters degree, when she meets airline pilot Miles Archer (LOVE HIM) as he is passed out near her brothers apartment. She then learns a different side of him by the way he shows his pain and sadness. While she isn't looking for a serious relationship and Miles wants nothing to do with love, they do have a strong attraction that is too hot to handle. They are drawn together to form a friends with benefits situation following Miles' two rules and keep distance between them. It became more complicated between their friendship and love began to seep in. Tate's flashbacks brought on what happened to him and in the present got to see him fall in love, but the pain of the past still haunts him and he forces himself that he does not deserve to love again. I really liked Miles as a character because he is smart, sexy, and a mystery that Tate has to put the puzzle pieces together. From his pain and not wanting to move on but he was struggling with his attachment to Tate. It felt read and I just feel like hugging him throughout the book, especially his point of view. It was told from both Miles and Tate's POVs from the beginning of Tate to Mile's flashbacks six years earlier. It felt like two different stories and it joined near the end perfectly, while we got to see Mile's grow and his behaviour reflects both his past and future. While the author does not writes pages and pages of sex, her sex scenes and words keep the reader keep reading. The bold letters are very important during these scenes. It was also very steamy that were very consistent and the entire scenes were very intimate as well. (18 for these scenes) It does reflect their complex love story. There was painful scenes and ugly times during their relationship but love is what brings people together and to heal. It was emotional and I still feel happy and satisfied with the entire book. Overall this has to be one of the best books Colleen Hoover has written since I was so immersed into the story and Ugly Love really lives up to its name. I totally wish I could give it more stars because it deserves it! The story is powerful and breathtaking. Thank you Colleen Hoover for this amazing book and the words were beautiful Lyrical! It will make you feel what they are feeling. It was a very emotional journey of this love story. Super excited to read the next book book!! *Hugs book*
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from TOO MANY COMPLICATED EMOTIONS ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 I love Colleen Hoover. I love this book. I want to stop there, just let myself feel the love, and give it five whole stars, because so much of this book is amazing. Especially the writing and the emotions and how, even though there are definitely faults, this book is such an incredible, moving one that's real and raw. But I can't, because the critic in me says otherwise. So, on with the review, the truth about my view on this book... In a lot of Hoover's books, the lead female narrator can often come across as a b****, not just in her books but in many YA and NA novels. With Tate, although she had her moments, always came back to realize her reactions and, if they were unjust, she may not have had a huge lifechanging revelation but she always had some sort of recognition if she did something wrong. There was self-pitying, which i hate, but she went back to it and realized it was misplaced. I liked her, for the most part, and I felt as if she had a lot of weird moments, which made me like her more. She was honest, and I liked that. Miles? Confusion hits me when I think about him. Every second chapter is in his POV in the past, and those chapters kill me because they bring light to his past self, and his present self and everything in between. We get to know a lot, not just about his past but about HIM, and I liked that. Those last few chapters in his POV in the present day were great, definitely necessary for readers. But he did, even in his POV present day, come off as a bit self-important...? Maybe it was just me... He had his moments where he seemed controlling, or almost threatening, and even by the end of the book I wasn't sure if I really understood who he was, or got the opportunity to. Okay, no, that's a lie. It's just... when I think of him, I don't know what or who to picture. His emotions and reactions could differ so much; one moment he could be happy and the next he could be really, really scary. Even by the end, I don't think this ever went away... which unnerved me a bit. I thought that it ended too quickly. By the time Miles became more honest with himself and with Tate; the book ended pretty soon afterwards, and I wished we got a chance to really see what HE was like, his personality, not just his past. I can't complain, because we did get a lot of that from the chapters in his past, but I didn't feel as if I SAW him, you know? Maybe a few extra chapters, before it skips ahead a few months, could've added more. But he was great. I cried SO HARD, it hurt to think about his past and how he deals with it. It still does. The characters were part of the reason why my view of this book was lower than I hoped, I guess, but the major thing was this: no matter how emotional this book gets, no matter how hard I cried, no matter how much I felt for the characters throughout everything... I wanted something more between Tate and Miles. More of a relationship. More moments where they just talk. More of a connection. As you know from the synopsis, they arrange a situation where they hookup, and that's cool, whatever. But I felt that not everything had to be based around that. Obviously, things got complicated and feelings got involved, but I never FELT the feelings, the emotions. A lot of it was just lust. I hate to say this, because I know Hoover is amazing and she put so many emotions into this book, but I just couldn't stop myself from thinking that there should be more of a romantic connection. I honestly didn't see much of that. They had sex a lot and had some moments during it all where things got real and deep and emotions were involved that didn't have anything to do with sex - but. it. did. Their "real" connection and feelings towards each other? Yeah, I get how some of it could be there, but to such a deep degree? They had opportunities to explore their relationship more, but Hoover didn't expand on them enough to make it believable. It felt real, whatever it was, but what was it? It felt played up, false, and i felt like it all came back to the sex, to looks and attraction. They didn't know enough about each other, they didn't spend enough time together NOT kissing, nd i get that they weren't supposed to spend time together if theyre not having sex, but seriously? Some fluke accidents would be great, just anything that didn't get lost because the characters got distracted with their sexual attractions. With Miles's past, with Rachel... it was so dramatic and intense, i kept crying. Very very powerful writing. Heartbreaking. But, like i mentioned before, Miles didn't have enough time to fully... embrace his realizations by the end of the book. I felt like Hoover focused on the negative parts of his past and how he needed to get through those, but what about the positive? The good? She left out a huge chunk of information that made Miles, MILES. His first love? That was a write-off because of the tragedy that happened further on in the relationship. In the end, he only faces the bad stuff, not the good stuff that got lost along the way, and it made me wonder, if none of that tragedy stuff ever happened, would he still be with his first love? Was that real? Would he be happier with Tate? I also hate the type of possessive terms, claiming terms: "She's mine," or "I want her to be mine." It's always unsettling to me, and in Mile's chapters in his past where he used a lot of those terms with his first love; that had me weirded out some of the time, wondering if it would turn into some sort of obsession novel because of the strength in those words and the degree in which they were used, the emphasis of them. There were so many good parts to this book, though. Although i feel like their relationship could've had some altered element and added emotion, this book had me in tears. It was powerful. Intensely powerful. Insanely powerful. This is definitely not your usual friends-with-benefits thing, in a complete good way. It was humorous, entertaining, and written strongly and well. Especially Miles past - it was written like poetry, sometimes making me wonder if it would turn into a crazy obsession story, but for the most part, it was beautiful. Ugly love is hardhitting, and although it has it's poor moments, even though it could be structured better and crafted in a better way, Colleen Hoover did do a great job bringing the characters, more specifically their emotions, thoughts, and past hardships, to life. I wish i could love this book, but i simply can't. I do really, really, REALLY like it. Looking past all the faults and my personal views, it is a really good book that balances the deep, life advice stuff with the lighter, more fun and enjoyable things. I don't know if i would read it again, but there are definitely parts i would go back to, sentences, paragraphs, words that affected me strongly. It's a really, really, really great book, it truly is.
Date published: 2014-07-27

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Ugly Love: A Novel

by Colleen Hoover

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.9 in

Published: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476753180

ISBN - 13: 9781476753188

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Ugly Love chapter one TATE “Somebody stabbed you in the neck, young lady.” My eyes widen, and I slowly turn toward the elderly gentleman standing at my side. He presses the up button on the elevator and faces me. He smiles and points to my neck. “Your birthmark,” he says. My hand instinctively goes up to my neck, and I touch the dime-sized mark just below my ear. “My grandfather used to say the placement of a birthmark was the story of how a person lost the battle in their past life. I guess you got stabbed in the neck. Bet it was a quick death, though.” I smile, but I can’t tell if I should be afraid or entertained. Despite his somewhat morbid opening conversation, he can’t be that dangerous. His curved posture and shaky stance give away that he isn’t a day less than eighty years old. He takes a few slow steps toward one of two velvet red chairs that are positioned against the wall next to the elevator. He grunts as he sinks into the chair and then looks up at me again. “You going up to floor eighteen?” My eyes narrow as I process his question. He somehow knows what floor I’m going to, even though this is the first time I’ve ever set foot in this apartment complex, and it’s definitely the first time I’ve ever laid eyes on this man. “Yes, sir,” I say cautiously. “Do you work here?” “I do indeed.” He nods his head toward the elevator, and my eyes move t
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From the Publisher

#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.

About the Author

Colleen Hoover is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels. The Slammed series, which includes Slammed, Point of Retreat and This Girl. The Hopeless series, which includes Hopeless, Losing Hope and the free novella FINDING CINDERELLA. The most recent release is the NYT's bestseller, Maybe Someday, which includes links to an original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.

Editorial Reviews

"I LOVE everything and anything that this woman writes…This is everything we come to expect from Ms. Hoover and SO MUCH more! You know when you come across a book and you don’t know what to say about it other than that you loved it and it was amazing?! Well thats how I feel about Ugly Love. JUST READ IT! TRUST ME!”
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