August 27, 2015

Two Mini Reviews: Colleen Hoover Edition

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (2014)
322 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: The library.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's 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.

My Mini Review

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover blew me away and made me want to read more of her books. So I asked a friend and she recommended Ugly Love. I liked it. I liked it a lot.

Ugly Love is the perfect title for this book filled with ugly love. Don't worry, there is also cuteness and hope throughout the story as well. But on the downside, it was also a pretty typical new adult romance.

I do like the mystery surrounding Miles and his past, but this book is mostly just simply a romance. I also thought Miles and Tate were super adorable and steamy together. The not so great thing about Ugly Love, Tate's brother was a little over the top and Miles and Tate's relationship wasn't really healthy thanks to some issues in Mile's past. I am warning you of these things because I think that if you know what to expect of this book in advance it helps you enjoy the story more. 

To end on a more happy note, I think my favorite part about Ugly Love is the lyrical writing of Colleen Hoover. Once I finished this one I had to grab another. Even though this book wasn't epic and didn't blow me away, I was still completely engaged with the story and enjoyed the fast read.

Confess by Colleen Hoover (March 2015)
306 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: The library.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

My Mini Review

Confess is another solid well written book by Colleen Hoover. 

Maybe Someday is still my favorite Hoover novel, but this one didn't disappoint. Even though it is another new adult romance it does have some uniqueness to it. This book deals with confessions, Owen uses anonymous confessions as inspiration for his art work. I love this idea. The most interesting thing, all of the confessions in the novel are real. Real people sent them in to Colleen Hoover to use in her book. I also really liked that Hoover included pictures of Owen's art along with some of the confessions. 

What else did I enjoy? The dual POV between Owen and Auburn. I liked both of these characters equally and I am glad I got both of their point of views. Another great thing about Confess that I just have to mention, Auburn's roommate. She is hilarious, caring, and weird. I loved her!

I had a lot of feels reading this one! I will probably continue to read more Colleen Hoover books in the future if the synopsis catches my eye.


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