Book Review – Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Can you believe it ???

Ugly Love was my first Colleen Hoover book and Here I am writing a review for the same.
The synopsis for the book is as follows:
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.

My First Colleen Hoover Book:
“Ugly Love” marked my claim into the world of Colleen Hoover, an author whose name I’d heard countless times from friends, books and fellow book enthusiasts. It was only a matter of time before I gave in to the temptation to dive into one of her bestsellers. The temptation was real.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I was ready for the journey. I was excited and nervous for some unknown reason and the book didn’t disappoint one bit.

Love, Pain, and Second Chances:
From the very first page, I was captivated by the pull of “Ugly Love.” Hoover’s storytelling is as engaging as it is emotional and raw. She explores the complexities of human relationships and emotions in a way that feels incredibly real and relatable. Moreso in a way it’s humane.
Tate and Miles’ story is one of love, pain, heartbreak and the possibility of second chances, and I found myself completely immersed in their world.
I felt like everything deserved a new beginning.

Miles Archer, a broken and closed-off airline pilot, and Tate Collins, a nursing student with her own set of issues, are two characters who couldn’t be more different on the surface. Kinda like opposites attract !! Still, their undeniable attraction draws them together, leading to an arrangement that’s purely physical but laden with emotional complexity. As they navigate the intricacies of their arrangement, we see their layers peel away, revealing the damaged souls beneath.
They weren’t the fairy tale prince and princess which made them more real.
They felt like real people with issues and that made me like them more.

Emotional Rollercoaster:
What struck me most about “Ugly Love” is the emotional rollercoaster it took me on. Hoover’s writing has a way of evoking raw and powerful emotions. I laughed with the characters in their moments of joy, and I cried with them in their moments enough  that my set of tissues was done
This book, despite being my first Hoover experience, assured me that I was in the hands of a gifted storyteller.

The depth of the character’s emotional turmoil, especially Miles, is portrayed with a sensitivity that touched my heart. Miles’s past is a well-guarded secret, and as it slowly unravels, the pain he carries becomes almost palpable. The complexity of his character, and the depth of his suffering, made me root for him, even when his flaws were glaring.
I also hated him but when I knew his reasons, he is my favourite book hero now!!!.

Tate is a strong and compassionate character who adds a layer of warmth and hope to the story. Her patience and understanding in the face of Miles’s emotional turbulence are admirable. As their relationship develops, you can’t help but want them to find a way to heal each other.

A Gripping Plot:
The plot of “Ugly Love” is beautifully constructed, with each chapter revealing more about the characters and their pasts. Hoover has a way of keeping you hooked, turning pages to uncover the next piece of the puzzle. The slow-burning romance between Tate and Miles is both scorching and tender, making their journey from physical attraction to something more profound incredibly satisfying.
Also, their relationship and make-outs are hot super hot.

Themes of Forgiveness and Healing:
Forgiveness and healing are central themes in “Ugly Love.” The book beautifully explores how past traumas and regrets can weigh down a person, preventing them from truly living. It shows that, with the right support and love, it’s possible to find a way back from the darkest places.

The portrayal of Miles’s journey toward self-forgiveness and emotional healing is poignant and resonated deeply with me. It serves as a reminder that we all carry our burdens and scars, and there’s hope for redemption and love, even when it feels unattainable.

Favourite Quotes:
Now, as promised, here are a few of my favourite quotes from “Ugly Love”:

1. “Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes, it’s messy. Sometimes, it’s complicated. Sometimes, it’s downright ugly.”
2. “It’s all in the view. That’s what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count.”
3. “The thing is, I’m not ashamed of who I am anymore. I’m not running from my past. I’m not hiding. And I’m not afraid. I’m just not willing to put myself in a position to get hurt again.”

In conclusion, “Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover is a breathtaking journey through love, pain, and healing. It’s a book that left me emotionally stirred, and I’m grateful for my introduction to Hoover’s remarkable storytelling. If you haven’t experienced her work yet, “Ugly Love” is a compelling place to start. It’s a story that will resonate with anyone who’s ever loved, lost, and hoped for a second chance at happiness.

You can buy the book here-

Ugly Love: A Novel

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