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Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love is an emotionally raw and gut-wrenching romance novel that’s a favorite of her readers. This Ugly Love review delves deep into whether it’s worth reading.

You’ll learn all the heartfelt details you need to know, so get ready to explore the intricate dynamics of a “no strings attached” love story that stays with you long after the last page.

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Rating

Fast-paced, steamy, and very emotional, but a bit too traumatic and the female lead lacked character development.

  • GoodReads rating: 4.07 out of 5 stars (1.7 million+ reviews)
  • My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Full Ugly Love Review

This Ugly Love review shares it all — the good, the bad, and the… ugly (wink):

Ugly Love is an emotional novel about the difficulties of a “no strings attached” relationship between a busy nursing student named Tate and a standoffish pilot named Miles. As their connection deepens, his traumatic past and her future desires come to the surface, exploring heartwrenching themes of healing and human connection.

Read the full summary of Ugly Love for more plot details.

Pros

First, I liked the fact that Miles and Tate experienced “real” life together. They weren’t just two good-looking people who couldn’t keep their hands off of each other. As the title of Ugly Love states, real life and real love aren’t always pretty.

As with most other Colleen Hoover books, it was also fast-paced, steamy, and very emotional.

Additionally, Ugly Love had an amazing supporting cast, from the charming Cap to the overprotective Corbin and the supportive Ian. They were all great additions to the story of Miles and Tate, and they made the book that much more enjoyable.

Learn more about the Ugly Love characters.


Cons

On the negative side, I felt that Tate’s character was not explored in nearly as much details as that of Miles. As such, it made it hard for me to truly see her as “the one” for Miles. It seemed to me he was always more in love with Rachel.

It also seemed unlikely that Miles needed A LOT of therapy and more work on himself beyond what the book showed.

While I liked that Miles had a lot depth, I also felt his back story was a bit overly dramatic. It was also fairly unlikely a real person would have experienced so much trauma at such a young age.

I also disliked that Tate was “that girl” who believed she could change a man by simply loving him hard enough. It happens too often in real life, and it seldom turns out well.


Is Ugly Love worth reading?

Yes, Ugly Love by author Colleen Hoover is worth reading if you like extremely emotional love stories or tropes including friends with benefits, no strings attached, and/or second-chance romance. It’s one of Colleen Hoover’s most popular books, as well as Colleen Hoover’s spiciest book — perfect for fans of steamy open-door romances.

However, since this book is so traumatic, you may wish to review the Ugly Love trigger warnings first.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Ugly Love have spicy scenes?

Yes. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is one of her most “spicy” books with open-door romance scenes containing graphic sexual content.

What is the book Ugly Love about?

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is an emotional novel about the difficulties of a “no strings attached” relationship between a busy nursing student named Tate and a standoffish pilot named Miles. As their connection deepens, his traumatic past and her future desires come to the surface, exploring heartwrenching themes of healing and human connection.

Can a 14 year old read Ugly Love?

No. The age rating for Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is Mature Adults aged 17 and over, as this romance novel contains adult themes, including both very traumatic tragedies and lots of graphic sexual content.

What is the book Ugly Love about?

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is an emotional novel about the difficulties of a “no strings attached” relationship between a busy nursing student named Tate and a standoffish pilot named Miles. As their connection deepens, his traumatic past and her future desires come to the surface, exploring heartwrenching themes of healing and human connection.

Conclusion

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is an emotional love story for fans of tropes including friends with benefits, no strings attached, and/or second-chance romance. It’s fast-paced and spicy, but it does lack some character development. Overall, it’s a very heartfelt read that’s one of her best works.


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