UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER: She Loved Me Back To Life (Review)

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Title: Ugly Love

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: Romance

Published: 5th of August 2014 by Atria Books

Reading Status: April 19-April 27, 2017

Rating: 3.2

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WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you haven’t read the book yet.


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.



“Somebody stabbed you in the neck, young lady.”


This is the second book I’ve read from Colleen Hoover. The first one was Confess. So, just like before, I have high hopes for this book because I loved the Confess and we all know that Colleen Hoover is so damn good! But these are my thoughts about Ugly Love.

Okay, I admit. At the first chapter, it got me laughing already! I don’t know why but I think the conversation between Tate and Cap was funny. Then after a while, I got this question mark hanging on top of my head saying “Is Miles really that attractive?”. But as I went on in the story, yeah, maybe Miles is really that attractive. I just can’t feel it yet.

I love the brotherly love and possessiveness of Corbin because who wouldn’t love to have a brother like that? (maybe it’s just me haha). I also love the part where Tate and Cap were talking as if they are the best of friends. Cap is really the character in here who portrays the “older and wiser”.

If I had a superpower, it would be infiltration. I would infiltrate his mind so I could see every single one of his thoughts.

I would infiltrate his heart and spread myself around like a virus.

I would call myself the Infiltrator.

I would love to call myself that too, Tate. Haha.

“What if he turns out to be gay?” Rachel asks me. “Would that bother you?”

“It would only bother me if he felt like he couldn’t talk to us about it. I want him to know he can talk to us about anything.”

This is the part where I loved Miles. This kind of maturity is not so common to men at his age and I loved him for that! I’m sure he will become a good father.

One of the things that I hate about this is I don’t feel the connection between Tate and Miles. Yes, they have sex all the time because that was what they have agreed upon but I really don’t feel the connection between them. I feel so detached about their story and all I could think of was Rachel and Miles and not Tate and Miles. And I’ve got so many things that running through my mind while reading the six years earlier from Miles POV. Is that really heartbreaking to have caused him never to love again? I’ve always wondered what made him shut off from love. These things were: did Rachel & Clayton died from a car accident where Miles was the driver?; or do Rachel and Ian have that “something” between them? Things like that. And I’ve got what I’m looking for in the several chapters before the ending.

Sorry but I just can’t feel Miles’ pain because all I could feel was Tate’s pain. I know they both don’t deserve that pain but I felt so horrible because of Tate’s situation. No woman should feel that she is objectified by a man who doesn’t know what he truly wants. And it made me sad because she’s doing it out of love.

The thing I’ve learned from this is just like what I’ve learned from The Problem With Forever. Our past is a huge part of ourselves and it’s up to us if we will let our painful past to destroy our present and future rather than using it as a lesson and an inspiration. And sometimes, a proper closure is the only thing we need… for us to move on.

Nevertheless, I love the ending and it made me lessen my bitterness towards Miles. Haha. Sorry, Colleen. I still love you though. 🙂


  •  “Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much you miss people until you see them again.”
  • “I’m not an exhibit, yet the way he watches me makes me feel like one.”
  • “I’ve always found guys more attractive when they put less effort into trying to appear attractive.”
  • “Not everyone wants the same things out of life,”
  • “Love isn’t always pretty, Tate. 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.”
  • “I’m beginning to fear that maybe I’m not so tough after all.”
  • “If that boy can’t see what a good thing he could have with you, then he ain’t worth your time.”
  • “It’s easy to confuse feelings and emotions for something they aren’t, especially when eye contact is involved.”
  • “Sometimes a man’s spirit ain’t strong enough to withstand the ghosts from his past.”
  • “When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.”
  • “The difference between the ugly side of love and the beautiful side of love is that the beautiful side is much lighter. It makes you feel like you’re floating. It lifts you up. Carries you.”
  • “The beautiful parts of love hold you above the rest of the world. They hold you so high above all the bad stuff, and you just look down on everything else and think, Wow. I’m so glad I’m up here.
  • “Some people… they grow wiser as they grow older. Unfortunately, most people just grow older.”



Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels and five novellas. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance categories. Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. Since then, all her eligible works have become New York Times best sellers. In 2013, Colleen’s third novel, Hopeless, was the first self-published novel to reach #1 on The New York Times, where it remained for several weeks. Hopeless went on to become one of the top 20 bestselling ebooks of 2013. In 2015, Colleen’s novel CONFESS won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance. That was followed up in 2016 with her latest title, It Ends With Us, also winning the Choice Award for Best Romance. Colleen founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service and bookstore, with her family in 2015. Colleen’s next release is WITHOUT MERIT, a contemporary romance novel due to release through Atria Books in October, 2017. Colleen’s current work-in-progress is an exciting revisit to a previous novel, not yet announced, due to release in early 2018. You can visit her online at

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