Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ugly Love = Ugly Cry --- just warning... you will need tissues and if MAYBE SOMEDAY is currently your favorite Colleen Hoover book, this one will make you rethink that.
"You make it so hard to breathe." - Miles to Tate, page 86, Ugly Love
First and foremost, this is not a LOVE TRIANGLE... those of you that have read the synopsis and think that... really should read the book first before you say that.
Now... where was I... oh yeah... Miles and Tate.
Tate moves in with her brother when she moves up to San Fran to finish her education as well as work part time on the weekends as an ER nurse. She comes from a family of pilots. Her grandfather, her father, and her brother. All pilots. The night she arrives on her brother's doorstep, there's a very drunk and handsome man passed out in front of the apartment door.
Miles.... Miles, Miles, Miles... when we first meet Miles, he's the drunk and handsome man passed out in front of the apartment door.
Miles chapters start out six years prior and we learn of his first love. We learn of their trials and tribulations while being interwoven in the present of how his relationship with Tate evolves from neighbors to friends with benefits.
Because of what's happened in his past and the heartache he suffered, he isn't willing to move on yet. He can't.
This story, for me was beautifully written. No matter that Tate isn't promised a future with Miles, she doesn't give up on him for the longest time and then she realizes she wants more. But can Miles finally let go of the pain of six years ago and move on? That's the million dollar question.
We meet the protective big brother - Corbin - as well as Miles' best friend - Ian. But there is another character we meet that is a character all his own and that is Cap, the 80-year old elevator operator. He is there for both of them to dole out advice and one liners as well as to listen and for Tate, he becomes her best friend. She seeks solace with him when she can't sleep because of things with Miles.
I found myself laughing out loud and crying as well as ugly crying all throughout the book.
I had to ask myself several times until I found out the truth just how one could be so callous and yet so obviously have feelings for someone else the way that Miles does and when Colleen gets you to that point in the story, it all just clicks.
This is a love story. It's also one about loss and how one copes with it until the lightbulb turns on and they're ready to open up again.
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