Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

uglylovech-2840Hey everyone! I’ve got some more CoHo love coming at ya! This time around, I read Ugly Love, which was published back in 2014. This is one of her earlier novels and in my opinion, her books get better and better as time goes on.

Ugly Love is told in two voices, on two timelines. Tate is telling the story in the present, while Miles starts his story six years ago. Tate is a nurse who just moved to the city to live with her brother, who is a pilot based in San Francisco. Miles is a pilot like her brother, except Miles is taciturn, with sadness radiating off of him. Even still, the chemistry and draw between them is too strong to ignore. They enter a friends-with-benefits relationship, and those benefits are WAY steamy, I’ll tell you! As the two spend more time together, Tate realizes her feelings are growing stronger, while Miles insists that he is incapable of love. Miles has to figure out how to get over the his past and the sadness burdening his heart, or he will lose the love he has in the present.

ugly-love-its-so-ugly-tsJust a quick run-down of my likes/dislikes about the book itself: Ugly Love had a LOT more sex than Colleen’s other books. And a lot more descriptive sex at that. I, personally, don’t mind, but this was borderline erotica! I don’t typically expect this in Colleen’s books so I was a bit surprised! A second point I would make is that I felt that Mile’s timeline was so brief compared to Tate’s present perspective and it was actually moving from past to present so I got impatient at times. PLUS, I listened to the audiobook and I really didn’t like the male narrator. This was a book which had a lot of word repetitions (i.e. names, descriptions, etc.) so it made these so obnoxious. Maybe its different if you’re reading them on a page…or maybe they’re still annoying. I’m not sure but either way…Miles was a great character and I wanted him to unfold a bit quicker and with more detail. Tate was also a wonderful and her pacing was perfect.

So overall, I still very much enjoyed this book, as I do all of Colleen Hoover’s books, but it was not among my favorite CH books. On to the next!

Soundtrack: “Temporary Bliss” by The Cab

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“Confess” by Colleen Hoover

(NOTE: This review contains no spoilers.) Oh, Colleen Hoover. You know how to tug on some heartstrings. This book is titled “Confess” because there literally are confessions throughout the book that are based on real-life confessions gathered by the author herself. Some are happy, while some are the stuff of nightmares.

22609310Confess begins with 15 year-old Auburn saying goodbye to her dying boyfriend, Adam. We really don’t get many details of their past or even their present, other than that they are very much in love and they are being torn apart in his last few days. Five years later, Auburn has her life together, but yet not. On her way home one day, she stumbles across a “help wanted desperately needed immediately” sign and the artist posting the sign, Owen, has troubles of his own. She ends up working for him anyway ($200 for 2 hours of work at his gallery showing) and they go our for a drink afterward and the rest of the book is history.

In this book, I actually really liked Auburn and found her to be a very realistic female character. I felt that she acted towards both Owen and Trey (the jealous, jerky competition cop in the book) in a reasonable and responsible way. She was never only thinking of herself. Often we sacrifice ourselves for those we love, and she did not only that, but she ultimately was smart about it and came out on top. Thankfully she had a good roommate, a good boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s father got his head out of his ass and all came out for the best.

14043302As for Owen, he was a little less realistic to me. Don’t get me wrong–I loved him. If a man this sweet and this caring and this amazing(ly hot) exists, I’ll take him! But he was mushy gushy from the first second and that was his “confession” (and his secret…which he never, throughout the entire book, told Auburn….stalker much?). So that sort of rubbed me the wrong way. No, he never hurt her. No, he never did anything against her will, but he called it “fate” and left it at that. But its one-sided fate. Does that count? I don’t know, its still messed up to me. Part of it is so sweet. Seriously, that ending! A punch to the gut!! BUT AUBURN WILL NEVER KNOW!!!! That is so not fair, in my opinion. I hate that. I think its sweet. So, yes, I’m a little frustrated.

So basically, if you want to know what Owen’s confession is, you’ll have to read the book for yourself because this review contains NO SPOILERS. And with that, my friends, I leave you. =]

Listening to: “No Stopping You” by Brett Eldredge

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“When Its Real” by Erin Watt

30731416When It’s Real was my first read by Erin Watt and I didn’t go into it with very high expectations. Having just come out of a let-down contemporary by another author, I was all the more ready to be crushed once again by the genre. To be completely honest, the book started off a little slow, but after about 30-40 pages, I was in love with both the “him” and “her” voices in the story. Hate-love is my trope and this was my type of book! Oak and Vaughn put each other in their places in the best of ways and it was just great. There was humor, sweetness, just the right amount of anger and snap in both characters. Plus every contemporary romance has to have an excellent cast of supporting characters and this book has it. Oak with his bodyguards (hilarious!) and Vaughn and her family…they were all a perfect compliment to the plot. I really enjoyed it.

Let me back up for just a second here and give you a more specific summary of the book. As I mentioned, the “him” is Oakley Ford–a super hot, teen rock star who hit it big when he was young. He is the son of super-star actor parents, so he has pretty much always been in the spotlight. He wants to be taken seriously and write his own music and really make a new and unique sound for himself. Enter: Vaughn Bennett. She hasn’t exactly had it easy growing up either. She lost her parents in a car accident and graduated early in order to help take care of her younger siblings. She and her older sister work hard to care for ‘the twins,’ and when the opportunity to be Oakley Ford’s fake girlfriend presents itself, the money that comes along with it is irresistible.

Then of course the fake relationship begins and Vaughn is repulsed by the arrogant Oak. Also, she has a “real” boyfriend that the publicists have to stage a fake break-up with. Needless to say, the real douche of the story is the boyfriend, but I’ll let you read all of that for yourself. The story really picks up and for me, I could not put the book down. To be honest, it was the first book I stayed up past my bedtime reading in a long time. Especially in this genre!

So if I “really enjoyed it” so darn much why didn’t I give it 5 stars? Well I’d say a solid 4.5 that I would almost have rounded up to 5 if not for the slow start. Also, there was a lot of underage drinking, drugs (pot, though not mentioned specifically), and sex. Granted its the ‘rockstar lifestyle’ and Oak is an emancipated minor but still…his ease of access to it bothered me. Oh well. Can’t knock a book too bad for that. It was still awesome and I will be checking out more Erin Watt in the future!!

Listening to: “Waiting for Superman” by Daughtry

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