Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blog Tour | "Ugly Love" by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
New Adult Romance published August 5, 2014
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Synopsis from Goodreads

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.
My Thoughts...
First of all I have to say right now that I read this book originally nearly a month ago and I was just devastated.  I felt like my heart had been ripped out and stomped all over before it was put back together again.  There was definitely a lot, and I mean A LOT of ugly crying going on.  Then, I didn't immediately write my review, I read a couple more books, but couldn't get Miles out of my head (or heart) so I made the decision to sit on my thoughts somewhat and hold off writing the review.  I felt like I needed to re-read the book before posting my review so the emotion would be fresh again.  I don't know what I was thinking.... I just finished it, again, after reading it in just a couple hours and let me tell you this, there is NO less emotion the second time.  There was just as much, if not more ugly crying going on this time.  It was almost worst the second time since I knew where the story was ultimately heading.  So, if you aren't clear by now, this story will make you cry so get out your tissue box and clear your schedule because once you start reading this you aren't going to want to stop until you reach the end!

This story is told from 2 points of view and in 2 different points in time.  It starts in the present with Tate, she's moving in with her bother until she can get settled into school and a new job.  She meets Miles before she even steps foot into her brothers apartment and she's immediately drawn to him.  Miles, on the other hand, is kind of standoffish and really for quite some time never gives her any indication that he wants anything to do with her. Every other chapter is Mile's past, it starts right when he meets Rachel, just weeks before his 18th birthday. So the whole book is set up like this, with alternating chapters, going in a somewhat linear fashion.  Miles and Tate get closer, they decide to have a "no string, no questions" type of relationship.  This is all at Miles insistence, it's clear from the beginning that Tate wants more, hopes for more, even when for the most part, Miles gives her no reason to hope for anything more.  As their "relationship" progresses Miles' past is slowly revealed and it's done it a way where everything that happen in the present coincides with a big moment in his past.  Everything is intertwined in a way that his past is revealed to us just as it needs to be in order for us to understand why Miles is the way he is.  It's just perfect!

I adored Miles and there were times that I wanted to smack him upside the head, but I understand why he wanted to protect Tate from himself.  I also really liked Tate, I know that there are some out there that will say she was a pushover and she didn't stand up for herself.  I didn't see her that way at all.  I saw her as someone who was in love and was willing to do anything she could to be with him.  Even though he was pretty closed off most of the time, there were moments when she saw more and those moments were the ones she was clinging to.  I totally get that and I would have done the same in her position.

I loved, loved Cap.  His character made the story so much better.  He was the balance between Tate and Miles and I love that he was always there for Tate when she needed to vent.  He always listened and only gave advice when she asked for it even though he totally couldn't have gotten way more involved if he'd wanted to.

This book was, hands down, my favorite book so far this year and as much as I love Will Cooper, I think this is my favorite Colleen Hoover book as well.  I am so happy that I was able to be a part of this book tour.  If you only read one New Adult book this year, it needs to be this one.  You won't be disappointed. 

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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