Colleen Hoover is a master at writing stories that give you hope. They are emotional, intoxicating, sexy, enriching, devastating, overflowing with love, and mysterious. Hoover creates a story that is a kind of riddle and mystery. You know there is a twist, a huge side story or past that you are just getting snippets of as you get to know the characters in today’s time. They are unique, written in a “fun” way and have a great flow as you read. As you are reading, Hoover’s characters are growing and evolving before your eyes, creating depth in their world and yours as you lose yourself in the story. I sit in angst as I’m reading the book though, knowing something is coming that will put the characters in turmoil and I don’t know for how long or the depth of it! So far I am able to handle it because, so far, Hoover’s novels all have “Jane Austen” endings and that helps me stay the path.
Ugly Love is a novel about:
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.
Love- Hoover does an amazing job showing us what unconditional love and love that lasts a lifetime looks like. It is the love and relationships in our life that create and mold us. It is all versions of love in our life that are the make and the break in our life and how we handle them (or don’t handle them). Will it make you a worst case outcome or best case outcome type of person? Can you move on with life and live again after the worst thing that could possibly happen to you happens? The good moments and the bad moments in our daily lives- would you take one to get rid of the other? Or get rid of one terrible moment knowing all the good previous to that would disappear also?
I find myself getting emotionally attached to these novels- thinking about them during the times I’m reading them and after I’m done with the story. I’m already ready to re-read this one! I want my girlfriends to read these novels also so we can gush over the men and the romance, and commiserate over the heartbreak and tangles of the story.