After every Colleen Hoover book I think, “Okay, that one was my favorite,” until I read the next one and I think, “No wait, okay this one is definitely my favorite.” Well, I’ve just finished Ugly Love and I can say without a doubt, it is my absolute favorite.
While adults would enjoy any of Hoover’s novels, this book is the first I would firmly put in the “adult fiction” category. Hopeless and Losing Hope may deal with more disturbing situations, but Ugly Love is more sexually graphic. But before you start thinking Colleen Hoover has turned into the next great erotica author, I should explain what I mean by graphic. The premise of Ugly Love revolves around the main characters, Tate and Miles, agreeing to have sex with no benefits. So unlike her other books, Ugly Love contains a good deal of sex. But these are no regular sex scenes my friend, these are exceptionally written, tasteful glimpses into declarations of physical love. Hoover creates heat by using emotion and just the right amount of description. The author doesn’t need sex to sell. She has a story that will capture your heart way before your libido catches up. Every word of each sexual experience is carefully chosen with purpose, making it much more powerful and sexy than any erotic novel I’ve ever read.
Friends with benefits isn’t a new concept so what makes Ugly Love different from all the others? Well first, Tate and Miles aren’t friends. They’re in lust with each other, yes it’s lust that quickly turns to more even though Miles won’t admit it, but their relationship doesn’t start from friendship. The characters try to use absence of emotion as a barrier between them. If they don’t feel for each other, don’t ask questions about the past or the future, they can’t get hurt. Of course, the harder they try to not feel anything, the more they are drawn to each other. The fight to not feel makes each touch or laugh mean that much more.
The second reason Ugly Love is different is because while Tate is falling in love with Miles, Miles is falling in love with Rachel. Told in dual point of view, Ugly Love flips back and forth between past and present. In Tate’s story we see her struggle with an emotionally unavailable Miles. In Miles’ story we watch as a teenager falls head over heals in love for the first time. The contrast between Miles of the past and Miles of the future is vast. His innocence and love for Rachel is so completely opposite from the way he acts with Tate. At times I felt like I was reading two different books. I wanted Miles to find his happy ending with both Tate and Rachel. Each girl was perfect for him in a specific time in his life. When the two stories finally collide my heart was overwhelmed. No one can make me feel like Colleen Hoover. While the situations may be unlikely to most of us, the reactions her characters have to them are nothing but realistic. It’s this thin line between fiction and reality that makes Ugly Love so breathtakingly beautiful.
As I said before, each time I read a new Colleen Hoover book it becomes my favorite. Well, Ugly Love is without a doubt my new favorite. The sex scenes are a perfect mix between hot as hell and unbearably sweet. The character’s actions felt truthful and the changing point of view gave me a chance to watch Miles fall in love not once, but twice. Yes, without a doubt this is my favorite Colleen Hoover book . . . until the next one comes out of course.
A native of North Dakota, Meagan Burgad currently resides in North Carolina with her husband. When not traveling the world she is reading a book or blogging for Love Between the Sheets.