Friday, September 11, 2015

Book Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover


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.

Jamie McGuire said it best when she was quoted, "Only Colleen Hoover can pack that much brilliance into one novel." Ugly Love isn't my favorite Colleen Hoover book, but that doesn't mean it's not freaking amazing. Ugly Love is such a unique novel in the way that it's written. We get two perspectives in this book. One being Tate's, the female protagonists, in the present. Then we also got a second perspective with Miles. However, in his chapters it's in the past, years before he meets Tate (or her brother). Those chapters are all about Miles falling for another girl. We get to really see what made him the way he is today. And let me tell you, it's a doozy of a past filled with heartbreak and tears. Now, back to what makes those chapters so unique. I found it really interesting and different that they were written kind of in verse, kind of like a poem, but also not really any of those things at all. HAHA. It's super hard to describe, but it really added to the story. Colleen seems to always throw something different into the mi when it comes to her writing. With Slammed it was the poetry (that was actual poetry). Then with Hopeless it was the twist in the middle and the same goes for Maybe Someday. I just found it really unique and like nothing I had read before. 

After reading this book, I started reading some other people's reviews and I noticed a pattern of everyone saying they cried ugly tears at the end. I found myself thinking, "What? I didn't cry that much." I was totally surprised. I'm a crier in books, movies, TV shows, you name it, but while reading Ugly Love I didn't really cry that much. I think I just had a few stray tears at the end. So, I must be a heartless person or something because while I found the big secret sad I just didn't ugly cry. Thinking back, it's definitely ugly cry worthy though, so bring the tissues. 

When we first meet Tate she's on her way up to her brother, Corbin's, apartment. She has just finished school and is going to move in with him while she starts her new job until she can get on her feet. Her brother is an airline pilot and is rarely home, so it's good deal for Tate. She then runs into a drunk man right outside Corbin's door and doesn't really know what to do. She calls her brother, who's working, and come to find out it's Corbin's best friend and our love interest, Miles Archer. I thought the first meeting was quite comical and definitely something I would expect from CoHo. 

Throughout the first quarter of the book there's MAJOR sexual tension between Miles and Tate. Then Miles is invited to go to Thanksgiving at Corbin and Tate's house. Something changes with Miles and Tate during their trip. Miles's walls lower a little more and Tate gets to see a softer side of him. 

Also during this time in Miles's POV we have met Rachel, his first love. She's the new girl in school and Miles was given the task of showing her to her class. He instantly feels something for her. He wants to know her and make her fall in love with him. However, he doesn't know everything about why Rachel moved there. It turns out their parents may know each other on a deeper level. 

When Tate and Miles finally decide to start their friends with benefits arrangement, Miles gives her two rules. "Don't ask about my past and don't expect a future." To lighten the mood Tate tells Miles that she only has one rule. "What is it?" he asked her and her response was that she wasn't sure, but when she figured it out he would have to follow it. This is when all hell breaks loose. I don't really want to talk too much about the rest because it's truly an amazing book that I just know New Adult Romance lovers would absolutely love. I'm sure most of you have read it, but if you haven't you need to go to your favorite bookstore and get yourself a copy ASAP! Tate and Miles' story is breathtaking and soul crushing, in other words a must read!!!

Here's some more of my favorite quotes from Colleen Hoover's Ugly Love! Enjoy!!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Review: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?


Maybe not.

This was a surprise release from Colleen Hoover. I'll tell you what though, it was no surprise on how amazing this book was. I loved Warren in Maybe Someday, but I loved him even more in Maybe Not. I would have loved a full length novel, but I don't feel like this book lacked because it was a novella. Just like with Finding Cinderella, Maybe Not, was such a fulfilling story even though it was only 129 pages long. Colleen Hoover is just as good at giving us the feel of a full story in a short number of pages as she is in a full length book. 

The story starts off with Warren waking up in his room and rubbing pepper juice on his eyes because Ridge (so glad he was in this book by the way!) pranked him. I loved their pranks in Maybe Someday, which I totally forgot to mention in my review. Warren runs into the bathroom and is met by a disgruntled female on the toilet. She's disgruntled because Warren walked in on her. She's there because she's the boys' new roommate. This is much to Warren's dismay because...
So, as you can see he wasn't too happy about the new living arrangements. Of course, he doesn't mind too much because he finds Bridgette very attractive and he just can't seem to stop thinking about her. He also finds out that Bridgette has been in a tough spot recently. He isn't sure exactly what's wrong with her, but he still decides that maybe everything could work out. Then, of course, Bridgette does things like this 

Shenanigans and cuteness and awe-worthy moments ensue. Maybe Not is by far one of my favorite CoHo books that I feel like not a lot of people talk about. After doing my review, I think it's definitely time for a reread soon. The best part, you can actually preorder the paperback version on book retailers right now!! It's slated for a December 2015 release, but if your desperate you can always download the ebook first! This is definitely one of my favorite CoHo books. I mean I guess they're all my favorites, but you get the point. IT'S GOOD, better than good actually. It's pretty amazeballs. 

Colleen Hoover is the author of ten New York Times bestselling novels. She self-published her first novel, SLAMMED, in 2012. 
Five months later it debuted on The New York Times. Colleen has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Her next novel, November 9, is scheduled to release on November 10th, 2015. 

Ugly Love, a novel she released in August, 2014, is currently in pre-production with Hackybox Pictures and is slated to release in 2016. 

You can follow Colleen on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover. You can also find her on her blog at or on her very active Facebook page at

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Release Blitz: Before We Were Strangers by Renée Carlino

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…

I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?


Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of romantic women's novels. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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