These Ugly Love triggers warnings will help you decide whether to read and/or prepare to read Colleen Hoover’s bestselling romance book about a man with a very tragic past.

Ugly Love is a massive success as a New York Times bestseller (and it’s really popular with readers of The Literary Lifestyle too).  While it’s definitely one of the best Colleen Hoover books, it also contains really traumatic content that may be extremely triggering to some people. And it has an overall age rating for “Mature Adults” aged 17 and over because it contains adult themes, including both tragedy and sexual content. So, there are definitely a lot of content warnings to note before reading this book.

First, for a quick overview of the plot, Ugly Love is about Tate Collins, a 23-year-old nurse studying to become a registered nurse and working at a hospital. She moves into a high-rise apartment building with her overprotective brother, Corbin, a successful pilot.

At Tate’s brother’s apartment, she meets airline pilot Miles Archer, who is drunk and moaning, “Rachel.” It’s not exactly love at first sight, as Miles acts rudely towards her, but they try to start fresh with each other thereafter, and their mutual attraction becomes clear.

The problem? She doesn’t have time for love, and he doesn’t want love, as he’s very guarded about his personal life. So, they end up agreeing to a “friends with benefits” or “no strings attached” arrangement that’s intended to be purely physical. Miles sets the ground rules that Tate cannot ask about his past nor seek a future with him.

As they become very physical with each other, the narration alternates between the perspective of Tate in the present and the perspective of Miles from six years earlier, when he was in high school. That’s where he met and fell in love with the new girl, Rachel. Slowly, this tragic story from his past unravels over the course of the novel, showing why he is such a broken man today.

Meanwhile, in the present, Tate is falling hard for Miles and wants to be the one to “change him,” as he continues to follow the rules he set. Thus, the concept of a “no strings attached” relationship brings a variety of complications in its execution, which play out in the remainder of the novel.

Of note, triggering content can be very subjective, so I have done my best to include the most common triggers in these Ugly Love trigger warnings.

I also note that discussing these triggers necessarily includes many content spoilers.

Ugly Love: Trigger Warnings

Does Ugly Love have a trigger warning?

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover has many trigger warnings. The most triggering content to note involves a car accident and the death of an infant child.

Does Ugly Love have steamy scenes?

Yes, Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover has steamy scenes including explicit sexual content. It is recommended for “Mature Adults” aged 17 and over.

Below are all the most common Ugly Love trigger warnings to note:

  • Death of an infant child
  • Death of a parent
  • Grief
  • Car accident
  • Injuries
  • Blood
  • Violence
  • Drowning
  • Cancer
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Cheating
  • Incest
  • Pregnancy
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Medical procedures
  • Graphic sexual content
  • Casual sex
  • Alcohol use
  • Toxic relationship
  • Emotional abuse
  • Facial scar
  • Complex family dynamics
  • Homelessness

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Those are the Ugly Love trigger warnings you need to know about this unputdownable, but difficult, Colleen Hoover book.

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