Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
When Tate Collins & Miles Archer meet for the first time, they don’t immediately feel any chemistry or even like each other. As time goes on, they both find that they are physically attracted to the other. However, neither of them are interested in a serious relationship. Miles is emotionally closed off and Tate is far too busy with work and school to pursue anything serious right now. They decide to continue seeing each other and keeping things purely physical….a friends with benefits type of relationship. But Miles has two rules for Tate to follow in order for him to continue with their arrangement. Tate soon finds that abiding by those two rules will be more difficult than she initially thought.
I should probably preface my personal review with this statement: I’m not generally a fan of romance novels or books that revolve solely around relationship angst and drama. This isn’t my usual genre of choice so maybe that’s why I felt the way I did. *sigh* I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. I was hoping to love this book based off all of the glowing 5 star reviews. I did actually enjoy some (small) parts…but I was feeling more annoyed with the book than anything.
First off, I didn’t care for either of the main characters. I found both Tate & Miles irritating and unlikeable. Miles is an asshole. And, not your typical, seems like an asshole just until you get to know him, kind either. He’s a jerk who treats Tate poorly and uses the fact that he had a traumatic past as justification for that. As for Tate…. Oh how I hate female protagonists who allow themselves to be treated badly by the men they are physically attracted to and then expect sympathy… *cough*cough* Anastasia Steele *cough*cough*.
Then there was the whole format of the “Miles” chapters. What was that??? Was that Colleen Hoover’s way of trying to make Miles’ perspective seem lyrical or poetic?? All it did was aggravate me and make those chapters feel flat & insincere.
I’ll preface this next part by stating loud & clear, that I am ,by no means, a prude. However… the sex scenes…the multiple, repetitive, overly descriptive sex scenes just became eyeroll-worthy after a while (again reminiscent of Fifty Shades Of Gray). We get it….He’s hot. She’s hot. They both are attracted to each other. They have great sex. The very descriptive, long and overdrawn, repetitive sex scenes just ended up feeling like a page filler after the first one.
The only thing I did like was the buildup of the mystery to Miles’ past. I enjoyed that storyline…just not the format that it was written in. I knew something had happened in Miles’ past for him to be so emotionally closed off, I just couldn’t figure out what it was. There were a handful of times throughout the book where I thought I had it figured out, but I was surprised when it was first revealed. So, if there is one redeeming thing in this book for me…it was that part of the story.
I actually don’t enjoy rating books so low or complaining about them too much. Because, after all…there are plenty of people who adored this book and raved about it. Just because I happen to not care for this genre means I’m likely going to be a little more critical of a particular book. In a way, I feel bad being so critical of a particular book…so if you normally enjoy the romance genre and like books with relationship angst, you’ll probably be in the camp of people who love this book. It just wasn’t for me.
My Rating 2/5 Stars