When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Number of Pages: 337
Perspective: First Alternating
Location: San Francisco, CA
Ugly Love follows Tate after she moves in with her pilot brother. She quickly finds chemistry with his next-door neighbor and fellow pilot. But he’s too emotionally damaged to ever love again and she’s too busy for a relationship. So they create rules for a friends-with-benefits situation. But rules are meant to be broken. For a complete summary, you can go here.
TL;DR: Too much sex and not enough plot for my taste.
Full Review: Eh, this one was okay. I am a HUGE Colleen Hoover fan, so I expected a bit more from this book. I know this was one of her earlier books, so I think she has improved a lot over time. But still, this is always one of her top-rated books by her CoHort (die-hard fans). It had too many sex scenes and not enough actual plot. It’s a non-humous version of the movie, Friends with Benefits (or No Strings Attached, another oddly similar movie released around the same time).
Hoover uses alternating perspectives frequently in her books. I don’t usually mind that, but I didn’t like the formatting of Miles’ chapters. I think it was supposed to be structured like poems, but I found it too distracting.
It still follows her typical story structure (Spoiler: romance, depressing backstory/twist, and happily ever after). Even though I wasn’t as surprised by the twist as I usually am because of too much foreshadowing, the ending did make up for the otherwise lackluster plot. So I would still recommend it, especially in these crazy times for a little bit of an escape. (However, I don’t recommend falling in love with a pilot at this moment).
It was a quick and easy read, yet it didn’t quite grab me like her other books. I much prefer Confess and It Ends With Us. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Love isn't always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it'll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you're back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.