Friday, September 19, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - UGLY LOVE by COLLEEN HOOVER - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - SIMON & SCHUSTER

By: Colleen Hoover
Published By: Simon & Schuster 
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review, 322 Pages

RATING: 4.75 CONSUMING LOVE STARS!

Blurb: 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.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Ugly Love.

Ugly.

Love.

I will start by saying, I LOVED the setting out of Miles pov. It was expressed in a way where the words being spoken in our heads almost came more alive with the way they were set out on the page. It added more emotion. Mind you it would have been a formatters nightmare setting it all out.

I looked at the words on the page like they were in a stalactite like formation, sometimes.

Very interesting layout.



Like prose and love letters and lyrics, cascading down

the

center

of

a

page.

Rachel, Rachel, Rachel.


There is the dual pov, but that goes one step further with one pov being Miles, in the past tense.

Two stories are going on which eventually collide.

Miles is a character who is totally consumed by Rachel, the love in his life.

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My new favorite flavor is Rachel.

My new favorite thing is Rachel.

I want Rachel for my birthday. I want Rachel for Christmas. I

want Rachel for graduation.

Rachel, Rachel, Rachel.

I’m gonna fall in love with you anyway, Rachel.


It is a kind of forbidden love, but not totally unacceptable.
To me I felt like Miles was quite young in his pov moments. He was a teenager who fell hard in love. He is eighteen, but his inner monologuing is as endearing as it made me wonder at how healthy his consuming love was. He does have a friend, Ian, which enabled me to believe he wasn't so consumed he couldn't have other friendships in his life.


My thoughts aren’t thoughts anymore.

My thoughts are Rachel.

I can’t fall in love with you, Rachel.

I look at the sink. I want to look at Rachel.

I breathe in air. I want to breathe in Rachel.

I close my eyes. I only see Rachel.

I wash my hands. I want to touch Rachel.


Tate is the present pov and she is happy being single.

Enter Miles in the present and her world starts to tilt. She accepts what Miles can give her. She in turn becomes a little consumed herself.

Everything is Miles.

That’s how it is when a person develops an attraction toward someone. He’s nowhere, then suddenly he’s everywhere, whether you want him to be or not.


Would I call their relationship, ugly?

No. I thought that was a strong word for it.

It wasn’t healthy, but then Unhealthy Love wouldn’t be a good book title. To an extent Miles love for Rachel was a little unhealthy. It would work based on life being perfect, even though their relationship wasn't.

Miles is a character who is at war with himself.

Warring Love doesn’t make for a great book title either.

Ugly Love is much more powerful.

Miles is shutting himself off from happiness and love. He was all in when he was a teenager and now he is keeping his cards closely guarded.

Closed off Love wouldn’t make a great book title, either.

Unemotional Love or Angry Love is getting warmer.

Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, she brings a beautiful style that garners a bazillion sales.

She is a sure thing.

She steps outside the box and that is why her story telling is so embraced by fans all over the world.

I wondered what the water drops meant on the book cover and I found out and I totally loved this added detail. I find myself rubbing my finger tips over the cover all the time.


Love can ruin us.

Love can destroy us

Love can also heal us.



Michelle

3 comments:

  1. I keep hearing amazing things about this author and her books and I confess I'm really curious to try one!

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    1. Hi Melliane, you should give Colleen a read. I started with Slammed and then Point Of Retreat. I fell in love with her emotion she brings to her story telling :D

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