Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

ugly loveTitle: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Standalone novel
Published: August 5th, 2014 by Atria Books
Genres: new adult, romance, contemporary
Rating: ★★★★★ – 5/5 stars

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Synopsis: 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.

Review

This is the second Colleen Hoover book I read in the December, and I believe the 5th one I read in 2014. To be honest, at this point I’m starting to think Colleen Hoover can do no wrong. Her new adult stories are always gripping, really well written, the romance is well developed, the characters are incredible (or incredibly broken) but most of all, they tug at your heart strings.

In Ugly Love, you get to read from both Tate’s and Miles’ perspectives BUT what’s unique here is that you read Tate’s perspective in the present while Miles’ one is 6 years earlier. From the synopsis you can already tell something bad happened to Miles, because of his two rules: Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future. And while you read his perspective, it’s like watching a train wreck. You know it’s going to happen but you just can’t look away.

I really loved the romance in this story. It was so well developed! But mostly, I loved the characters. As with any Colleen Hoover novel, the characters are absolutely amazing. They feel so real, which is why her stories are so heartbreaking. I can actually see the reality in this book.

I find it hard to review some new adult books -like this one- because I’m so restricted in what I can say. You need to go into these stories knowing nothing more than the synopsis, so you can figure it all out yourself. And I don’t want to ruin that experience for anyone that wants to read this book but hasn’t.

I would highly recommend this book, but keep in mind that as it is a new adult story, it does contain mature content. I’ll leave you with a song by Griffin Peterson about this book -he also wrote the soundtrack for Maybe Someday- and you can find his song Ugly Love here.

Review: Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Maybe #1
Published: March 18th 2014 by Atria Books
Genres: new adult, romance, contemporary
Rating: ★★★★★ – 5/5 stars

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Synopsis: At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next. Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Review

I have heard so many people raving about Colleen Hoover. This summer I decided to pick up Hopeless by her and absolutely loved it. I then continued on with Losing Hope and Finding Cinderella which are both amazing as well. For some reason though, I hadn’t picked up her most well loved ones: Maybe Someday and Ugly Love. Maybe Someday is a novel everyone seems to adore, which ot be honest might be the reason I didn’t pick it up immediately. Hyped up books terrify me! The Maze Runner was a book that everyone loved as well, and I didn’t. The same happened with The Mortal Instruments. But I’m so glad I chose to read this! It was just as good -if not even better- than everyone says it is.

The novel starts when Sydney discovers that her boyfriend -of 2 years I think- has been cheating on her with her best friend -who also happens to be her roommate. Which leaves Sydney with no place to live, no best friend and no boyfriend. Yeah, talk about a horrible day.

Before all this happened, Sydney had been going to her balcony every evening at 8 because that is when her neighbor Ridge, plays the guitar outside. Sydney who is a music lover is mesmerized by the way he plays. This is also how Ridge and Sydney meet. I feel as if I can’t say much about the way the story unfolds or what happens to the characters because that would take away from your reading experience. The only thing I knew before going in was the description which doesn’t really tell you a lot. And I think that might be the reason I enjoyed it this much. I could discover everything myself and was constantly surprised by both the plot and the characters.

I can, however, tell you something about the characters! Not too much though, but a little bit.

First of all, Sydney. I loved her character. Sometimes in romance novels -whether it is young adult or new adult- I get incredibly annoyed by the main character. They tend to make ridiculous decisions and their thought pattern doesn’t make sense AT ALL. With Sydney, I didn’t have that once! I immediately felt a connection to her from the moment I started this book. Being cheated on is one of the worst things ever and the explanation her boyfriend had for the cheating was absolutely RIDICULOUS. Sydney was strong and she moved on with her life. Of course she was sad and cried for a while but to be honest, who wouldn’t? Still, she found a way to combine her passion for music with her dire need for a place to stay and money.

Then there is Ridge. AAAAAH. Ridge is probably the most interesting male character I’ve ever read about. I don’t even know properly show you how much that guy tugged at my heart strings. He has so many facets to him and I kept on discovering new reasons to love him. And his music! There is a soundtrack included by Griffin Peterson if I’m not mistaken so you can listen along to the song when you see the lyrics on the page. Those songs are absolutely beautiful.

I can’t tell you much about Ridge because I feel as if that would be a spoiler too, so I’ll just leave you with this gif right here, which explains my feelings quite well!

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Everything is this novel is incredible. The characters, the plot, the soundtrack. Everything! You need to read this one.