Ugly Love: A Novel - book cover
  • Publisher : Atria
  • Published : 05 Aug 2014
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN-10 : 1476753180
  • ISBN-13 : 9781476753188
  • Language : English

Ugly Love: A Novel

From Colleen Hoover, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us, a heart-wrenching love story that proves attraction at first sight can be messy.

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's 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.

Editorial Reviews

"Hoover builds a terrific new-adult world here with two people growing in their careers and discovering mature love." -- Booklist (starred review)

"A must-read book of the year! I loved every word, I felt every moment, and I will never forget this story. I don't give out a lot of 6 star ratings (in fact this will be the first one I've given this year) but the truth is that this book went above and beyond. The story was powerful, the writing was stunning, and the way every single piece of it was woven together was simply breathtaking." -- Aestas, blog review

"By the end of this book, my heart was aching and rejoicing at the same time from the countless emotions it had been exposed to. This is the sexiest, most heart-wrenching Colleen Hoover book to date-a book that shows us a brand new side of this author's writing genius, and it is in my humble opinion, her best work thus far." -- Natasha is a Book Junkie, blog review

"Colleen Hoover once again proves she's a master storyteller in her best and boldest work to date." -- Vilma Iris' Blog

"She's done it again, my friends. And to be honest I didn't think she was ever going to write something I loved more than MAYBE SOMEDAY, but I was book hung over for 2 full days after UGLY LOVE." -- Me, My Shelf, & I, blog review

"I fell in love with this book from the very first chapter." -- Owl Always be Reading, blog review

"Ugly Love is another hit from Colleen Hoover that will leave your heart open and exposed to the myriad of emotions Tate and Miles' story will inflict upon it." -- Lovin Los Libros, blog review

" Colleen Hoover has given us a story that is full of emotion.... she stayed true to her reputation of writing characters that are real and a story that is both compelling and powerful." -- A Literary Perusal, blog review

"Colleen Hoover just demolished me. Completely and 100% blew me away…not that I'm surprised or anything because she never ceases to amaze me.... I was pulled in from the beginning…and I loved every second of it!" -- True Story Book Blog, blog tour review

"Thank you for another 'rip my heart out' excursion ... and with Ugly Love you somehow managed to do it TWICE! And I loved every bit of it!" -- The Real Housewives of Romance, blog tour review

"If you were to only read one book this year, make that book Ugly Love.... It's definitely my favorite book of all time, and that's not a phrase that I use lightly." -- Kayla's Reads & Reviews, blog tour review

"I LOVED this book. I stayed up until 1:00 a.m. to finish it, something I haven't done in ages.... Ugly Love was a riveting page-turner that I couldn't put down." -- Reading Books like a Boss, blog review

"Colleen is an artist. She has this ...

Readers Top Reviews

This was the first book I read from the author. The writing is sharp and to the point. It was not breath taking considering is a romance, but it was okay. Unfortunately in my humble opinion, I found issues. I struggled to care about Tate. I liked Miles, but I found myself caring more about Miles and his ex than Miles and Tate. Tate was attracted to him. There was no love as they barely knew each other. So I can't really understand why she put herself through all that humiliation. I didn't think it was believable Miles not having sex for so many years because he didn't want to get attached. Men don't fall in love because they have sex. Also, I couldn't see why he would fall for her to the point of Tate being the one breaking through his wall. He barely knew her. I thought the story needed more than just sex to make both fall for each other, considering their issues.
G. Jones
I like the story here and the characterisation. Well written, nicely paced and interesting. I read this after reading It Ends With Us as I really enjoyed that and wanted to read more by the author. However……and I appreciate I may be in the minority here but - it had too much sex in it! I felt that the sex actually took over from the story in parts - and the story was good enough. I like sex scenes in books like the next person but it got a bit “boring” in the end. I could just read erotic books or porn for that lol! I understand it was to show the difference in their “relationship” to lead to why but was overdone. Really want to read more by the author - but with less sex!
💙 𝕌𝕘𝕝𝕪 𝕃𝕠𝕧𝕖 💙 . "𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐬𝐨 𝐰𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝" . Queen CoHo has done it again and managed to make me feel so many emotions all at once. I think everyone knows how much I adore It Ends With Us and Ugly Love is right up there on the pedestal with it for me. An absolutely stunning read that I know will stay with me for a very long time . I don't know what it is about Colleen's writing but I don't just read it, it actually crawls under my skin and straight into my veins. I just can't walk away once I've started, which is why Ugly Love is now the 4th book by her that I've devoured in a day . The story is flawlessly told from both Tate and Miles' POV, Tate in the present and Miles in the past. Miles' past was so full of pain and the more I read the more I could actually feel it deep in my soul and when the source of his pain is revealed it is gut wrenching. It breaks you, but it also makes the tender moments with Tate - the small smiles, the stroke of a thumb or a stolen glance, so powerful and meaningful. Tate is willing to be the woman in Miles life with no strings attached, quickly agreeing to his two rules of "never ask about my past" and "don't expect a future" but of course she quickly let's her heart hope for "more" and oh how I wanted MORE for both of them too . If you're thinking of picking this one up let me tell you that it is worth every single emotion you will feel because when all of the broken pieces are put back together it is truly wonderful - you just need to be prepared to embark on the journey to get there. Its not easy, it's broken, it is indeed 𝐔𝐠𝐥𝐲 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞
Michelle LVictoria P
I love this book (I’ve read it on kindle) but I’ve been holding off buying it until I could get the American cover. I thought I’d hit lucky when I placed this order but unfortunately I wasn’t sent the cover they’re advertising, I was sent the horrible UK version. I would never have bought it if it had the correct image. My star rating reflects the service/advertising, the book itself is a 4 star read for me.
At the heart of the story is pilot Miles Archer who has a tortured past that prevents him from moving on and falling in love again. Enter nurse Tate Collins, who comes to temporarily live with her brother Corbin in his apartment building. This is how Tate and Miles meet, Miles lives in the apartment across the hallway. Miles and Tate are attracted to each other but Miles is reserved and aloof. He admits to Tate that he hasn’t been with a woman in six years. He makes her a proposition however, they can get into a sexual relationship, no strings attached. Tate agrees but as hard as she tries not to get emotionally attached she can’t help but start to fall in love with him. The story is told in alternating chapter flashbacks from Miles’ past. I liked the flashbacks, one chapter would end from six years ago, leaving a little cliffhanger, then the next chapter would go onto the present time with Miles and Tate. Miles’ heartbreaking past is slowly revealed and I have to admit I teared up a little. I’m big on book settings, one thing I did not like is that I didn’t feel the San Francisco setting here. I would have loved a few vivid descriptions thrown in here and there. Aside from that minor qualm, Ugly Love was good, it was really good contemporary romance. The steamy scenes between Miles and Tate were perfect, they had great chemistry. The dynamic between them worked, Miles needed someone to rescue him and Tate was that person. She had alot of patience for him. Sometimes love bites but the main theme in Ugly Love is that it is worth it nonetheless. I have read her before and Colleen Hoover has a way of writing that just draws you in. She makes her characters seem like real people and she makes you care about what happens to them as she tells you their stories. I recommend Ugly Love if you enjoy new adult contemporary romance with characters who have haunted pasts.

Short Excerpt Teaser

Chapter One: Tate chapter one TATE
"Somebody stabbed you in the neck, young lady."

My eyes widen, and I slowly turn toward the elderly gentleman standing at my side. He presses the up button on the elevator and faces me. He smiles and points to my neck.

"Your birthmark," he says.

My hand instinctively goes up to my neck, and I touch the dime-sized mark just below my ear.

"My grandfather used to say the placement of a birthmark was the story of how a person lost the battle in their past life. I guess you got stabbed in the neck. Bet it was a quick death, though."

I smile, but I can't tell if I should be afraid or entertained. Despite his somewhat morbid opening conversation, he can't be that dangerous. His curved posture and shaky stance give away that he isn't a day less than eighty years old. He takes a few slow steps toward one of two velvet red chairs that are positioned against the wall next to the elevator. He grunts as he sinks into the chair and then looks up at me again.

"You going up to floor eighteen?"

My eyes narrow as I process his question. He somehow knows what floor I'm going to, even though this is the first time I've ever set foot in this apartment complex, and it's definitely the first time I've ever laid eyes on this man.

"Yes, sir," I say cautiously. "Do you work here?"

"I do indeed."

He nods his head toward the elevator, and my eyes move to the illuminated numbers overhead. Eleven floors to go before it arrives. I pray it gets here quickly.

"I push the button for the elevator," he says. "I don't think there's an official title for my position, but I like to refer to myself as a flight captain, considering I do send people as high as twenty stories up in the air."

I smile at his words, since my brother and father are both pilots. "How long have you been flight captain of this elevator?" I ask as I wait. I swear this is the slowest damn elevator I've ever encountered.

"Since I got too old to do maintenance on this building. Worked here thirty-two years before I became captain. Been sending people on flights now for more than fifteen years, I think. Owner gave me a pity job to keep me busy till I died." He smiles to himself. "What he didn't realize is that God gave me a lot of great things to accomplish in my life, and right now, I'm so far behind I ain't ever gonna die."

I find myself laughing when the elevator doors finally open. I reach down to grab the handle of my suitcase and turn to him one more time before I step inside. "What's your name?"

"Samuel, but call me Cap," he says. "Everybody else does."

"You got any birthmarks, Cap?"

He grins. "As a matter of fact, I do. Seems in my past life, I was shot right in the ass. Must have bled out."

I smile and bring my hand to my forehead, giving him a proper captain's salute. I step into the elevator and turn around to face the open doors, admiring the extravagance of the lobby. This place seems more like a historic hotel than an apartment complex, with its expansive columns and marble floors.

When Corbin said I could stay with him until I found a job, I had no idea he lived like an actual adult. I thought it would be similar to the last time I visited him, right after I graduated from high school, back when he had first started working toward his pilot's license. That was four years and a two-story sketchy complex ago. That's kind of what I was expecting.

I certainly wasn't anticipating a high-rise smack dab in the middle of downtown San Francisco.

I find the panel and press the button for the eighteenth floor, then look up at the mirrored wall of the elevator. I spent all day yesterday and most of this morning packing up everything I own from my apartment back in San Diego. Luckily, I don't own much. But after making the solo five-hundred-mile drive today, my exhaustion is pretty evident in my reflection. My hair is in a loose knot on top of my head, secured with a pencil, since I couldn't find a hair tie while I was driving. My eyes are usually as brown as my hazelnut hair, but right now, they look ten shades darker, thanks to the bags under them.

I reach into my purse to find a tube of ChapStick, hoping to salvage my lips before they end up as weary-looking as the rest of me. As soon as the elevator doors begin to close, they open again. A guy is rushing toward the elevators, preparing to walk on as he acknowledges the old man. "Thanks, Cap," he says.

I can't see Cap from inside the elevato...