Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Published: August 2014
Rating: 4 stars
I’ve been reading a lot of New Adult Contemporary lately and I have realised that every now and then I actually enjoy reading something that is not Fantasy. I’ve taken to calling these contemporary novels palette cleansers as they tend to pull me out of a book hangover over and they give me a break from the high stakes of a fantasy narrative. I’ve always assumed that they’re no brainers but after reading a couple of them and subsequently crying my damn eyes out I have realised while they’re easy reads they can be quite emotionally draining in the best kind of way. I have a newfound respect for these narrative and will definitely be added more contemporary novels to my TBR.
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.
I recently read Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, had high hopes for it and was a little disappointed. You can read my detailed review here. But I was assured by fellow bibliophiles that it gets better and was encouraged to pick up another title by her. I happened to have Ugly Love as an ebook and thought I might as well give it a try. I completely avoided reading the summary and went into the novel blind and with minimal expectation. I was taken completely by surprised by the mature content and would definitely not recommend this novel to anyone under the age of 17.
In the beginning the relationship between Tate and Miles seemed very unrealistic and unrelatable. It just didn’t seem feasible. Why would any pursue a relationship with someone so cold? However, it did make for enjoyable banter between the two of them. When Miles’ backstory was slowly revealed it started making a little more sense. His backstory is heart-breaking and I think Colleen Hoover captured the aftermath of such a tragic past really well. It was definitely an interesting read, it deals with tragic circumstances, finding closure and believing in love and life after losing someone. It has made me reconsider my opinion on the New Adult genre.
If you guys have any contemporary recommendations please comment below. I would like to come out of my comfort zone and read more literature that is not of the fantasy nature.