Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (audiobook)

Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
My Rating: A
Narrator: Grace Grant, Deacon Lee

Genre: New Adult
Series: -
Main Characters:Tate and Miles
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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

My Review:
Overall...4.25
Performance...4.25
Story...4.0

At about 80% into this book, I was pretty sure this book was going to end and I was gonna wind up hating Miles. Thankfully that didn't happen, but wow, I really didn't have any faith in the author there toward the end.

This book is told in both Miles and Tate's point of view. What's interesting about that is that Tate's POV are all happening in present day with her relationship with Miles. A relationship that has glimpses of hope, but Miles absolutely refuses to even consider. The mystery is we have no idea what happened to Miles to make him this way. 

The flip side is Miles's POV is told from 6 years ago when he discovered love for the first time. In that time, Miles was a very different person...full of hope and love and the optimistic possibility. He was completely head over heels in love with...Rachel. But the mystery throughout the entire book is what in the world could have happened to turn him into the hard, cold man he is today. Because there are moments when he is AWFUL to Tate and I really didn't like him. 

But then, just like Tate, he would do something to give her and the reader hope that there might be something more underneath that he just won't let out. But it's there. You can see it.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audiobook. I did like the female narrator more than the male version, but that's because in his portions of the book, Miles is very young and innocent...unjaded. And the male narrator used his voice to show that, but that tone got a bit grating after a while, especially with the way he said Rachel's name over and over again. And again, this wasn't anything against the narrator...that's just the way the book is written. There are a couple of chapters at the end with Miles in present day POV...I enjoyed the male narrator's voice much more there. 

It was a good read. And yes, I absolutely bawled through parts of the book. This is where listening to an audiobook is better than reading. No having to stop with the story because you can't see the page through the many tears. :)

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