Review #118

Title- Ugly Love

Author- Colleen Hoover

Rating– 4/5

Genre- contemporary, tragedy, romance, women’s fiction

POV- switches current time for Tate to 6 years ago for Miles

Trope- closed-off hero, past trauma, brother’s best friend

Similar Books/Comps- The only thing I can compare it to is the only other book that made me cry this year which was “If I Stay.”

Steam level-3/4 and the first half has lots of sex

Cover– confusing for the genre, but the metaphor makes sense later on

My emotions-  frustrated until page 250, then things switched. This is one of the two books that made me cry in the 120 books I read in 2021. Raw


I wanted Tate to be a little less of a pushover. I was mad at her, wanting to yell, “Stop putting up with this shit!”

I loved Cap!

Miles- I can’t even describe you… complicated fella

Prose– the writing was interestingly unique in Miles portion from 6 years ago because they were so abrupt/naïve.

Comments while reading-

Page 166- I’m halfway through. The narration is interesting with the all-consuming lust. Going back and forth between 23 year old Tate and 18 year old Miles is also intriguing since I want to know what happened in his past while also knowing if they end up together. I’m waiting for some crazy twist that will leave me screaming at the book in a few chapters.

Page 200- there was one page where I liked Miles, but overall he’s not my cup of tea. I’m not sure what Tate sees in him if she doesn’t know anything about him and he never talks. She doesn’t know his past, and he refuses to talk about the future. Their present moments are only sex. So, this is frustrating to read.

Page 213- Tate’s emotions are raw, but she’s pissing me off. The guy keeps apologizing and she keeps letting him walk all over her. Enough is enough. I’m hoping the characters redeem themselves because I was hoping I’d be more emotional engaged and rooting for them but I’m just irritated with their choices. AND she doesn’t say what she thinks but lies all the time. It’s super annoying.

Page 228- ugh they’re both so broken but so real. It’s infuriating but realistic.

Page 250- my perception has shifted. This book gives you all the feels

Page 271- I was expecting it but damn. Shit that is just… unimaginable

Page 299- one of the few books to make me cry. Well done

Page 306- fuck, I cried again. Phew, this was rough


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.

Best part-

The gut wrenching all is lost moment.. yikes

What I’d change- A few more redeeming qualities for Miles in the first half of the book.

Quote-“It’s the beautiful moments like these that make up for the ugly love.”

Pacing- medium

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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