Audiobook Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Audiobook Review:  Ugly Love by Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books August 5th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 337
Format: Audio
Source: Purchased
Narrator: Deacon Lee, Grace Grant
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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.

This book.

Eff me, this book.

It’s been days, maybe even weeks, since I finished and my stomach still hurts when I think about it.  

I’m not sure why I started it.  I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover as a person (I mean, come on.  She’s hilarious.  Freakishly giving.  Her family is adorkable.  She’s just…the best.)   And then with her books I’m hit or miss.  Half of them are 5+ stars and destroy me, or I DNF them.  There’s no in between.  I didn’t plan to read this book, but somehow it was on my audiobook purchased list (no idea how) so I just said, “fuck it,” and started it.

The narrators kind of bothered me at first.  I wasn’t diggin’ the male voice at the beginning, and the chick sounded like a less annoying Miley Cyrus.  I almost switched to ebook version at one point… but before I knew it, the story had sucked me in and the voices just seemed right.

Anyway, Ugly Love follows two main characters.  Tate, the female, is in present tense.  Miles, the male character, in the past.   While we listen to Tate’s life in the now, her story with Miles in the now, we hear about Miles’ past from him.  So while their relationship seems like a disastrous hot mess, we’re given these little pieces of Mile’s past and it all starts to make sense why he is the way he is.

I connected to Miles on such a personal level.  What he goes through, what he felt…I’ve been there.  I’ve felt that.  I won’t say what, because it’s a huge spoiler, but Miles is… perfection.  Yes, he’s a fucking asshole as an adult.  But Miles as a teenage is EVERYTHING.  Everything.  Seriously.  Young Miles is the epitome of perfection, and I loved him.  I rooted for him, all while I knew it wasn’t going to end well because I could see what he was like as an adult.  An asshole.  Jaded.  Mean.  Stand-offish.  Broken.  Miles as an adult is fucking broken in so many pieces you can’t even imagine all those jagged edges finding their match and him being whole again.

And that killed me.  To know he was that fucked up.  And that adorable, perfect, hopeful young Miles was going to be destroyed in a terrible, awful way.

Miles and Tate are pretty much fuck buddies.  All sex, no feelings.  Don’t ask about each other’s pasts, don’t expect a future, just enjoy the now when it happens.

That’s obviously a disaster waiting to happen.

Anyway, I don’t know how else to describe this book without giving things away. But I can tell you it made me feel everything. I felt a ton of joy.  And I felt even more heartbreak.  My black, evil little heart fucking broke so hard at one point I was a sobbing, snotty mess.  Seriously, I cried my fucking eyes out.  The pain I felt was visceral and it destroyed me.

Colleen Hoover is a fucking genius, and this book is 5+ stars on my scale.  I loved it.  I loved all the ugly parts and all the beautiful ones.  

 

 



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