My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Ugly Love wasn’t quite as ugly as I thought it would be, but this emotionally-charged love story definitely had its share of un-pretty moments.
This book seems to be generating some mixed emotions amongst CoHo fans as far as her unique writing style is concerned.
Yes, it’s slightly different from this author’s usual style. Certain pieces of the book are more lyrically pronounced, but I’ve always found her writing to carry a heavy poetic prose.
This story in particular emphasizes that prose, and I felt the structure of certain chapters made its delivery that much more effective. There were intense moments where the writing looked and felt like it was falling down off the pages. It doesn’t follow a specific formula and it breaks the rules. I like rule breakers. And I liked Ugly Love.
Tate meets Miles when she moves into her brother’s apartment complex. A physical attraction is quick to ignite, and Miles makes it very clear that he can offer sex and nothing more. His damaged past has ruined him for any chance at future love. And so Tate, being the strong, independent female that she is, strikes a sex-only deal with Miles.
No love. No problems. Right?
When love slowly enters the equation, Miles’ rules are put to the test. Inviting in the ugly…
The chapters in this story oscillate between past and present, with alternating perspectives. Tate’s romance with Miles takes place in present time, while flashbacks of Miles’ dark past are woven in between.
I loved how natural the dialogue felt, and how easy it was for me to sink into both stories until they eventually collided.
This book really narrows in on the romance, without too much side story. Although the romance was certainly strong enough to carry out the plot, I did find myself wishing for a little expansion.
But here is what I think most die-hard romance fans will love: Miles. He is a truly amazing hero. Brooding and broken, yet protective and slightly possessive. His character remained consistent. He doesn’t lose his edge and dump his problems the minute he meets Tate. He evolves. Slowly—not with the simple turn of a page, and I appreciated the realistic pace.
There is tons (and tons) of steam in this book, in case you’re interested. Handled well, might I add. I’m not one for the overuse of sex to fill a plot, but boy, was this done well.
My favorite element of this story, however—as with all of Ms. Hoover’s books—is the writing. SO powerful, I get chills. Even highlighting a line doesn’t seem to do it justice. I want to commit it to memory. There is not a book this author has written that hasn’t broadened my way of thinking just a little more with every profound quote I come upon. And Ugly Love was certainly no exception. A GREAT READ.
“It’s the beautiful moments like these that make up for the ugly love.”
▪ Genre/Category: New Adult
▪ Steam Caliber: Max.
▪ Romance: Quick connection, slow love. Angsty.
▪ Characters: Brooding, protective hero with a dark past. Sweet, excepting heroine.
▪ Plot: Heavily focused on the romance. Past and present settings.
▪ Writing: Beautiful. Poetic and profound.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Alternates between hero and heroine.
▪ Cliffhanger: None. Standalone.