Narrator: Deacon Lee, Grace Grant
Published by Atria Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Pub Date: August 5th 2014
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
So Ugly Love had my emotions on a rollercoaster. I felt just about everything under the sun for these two people. To me, “ugly love” is when two people in a relationship hurt each other but can’t seem to stay apart. And in that sense, is it really “love” though? I do know what it’s like to have a sort of thing close to what Tate and Miles had. I know what it’s like to be with a guy that doesn’t want anything beyond a physical relationship, and I saw a lot of my past self in Tate. I know what it’s like to stick it out hoping for more, and I know what it’s like to feel worthless and used after, and I know what it’s like not being able to stop myself from doing it again and again. I remember a friend saying to me, “You’re stupid.” And I was, and I knew it way before she said it to me. What I had with him was ugly… but it wasn’t love. Luckily I was able to break out of that cycle and find REAL love with someone worthy of my affections. So, I get Tate. But even though I “got” her, she also made me so frustrated a lot of the time. I wished so many times that she’d just tell him to fuck off and leave.
Now, Miles… Miles, Miles, Miles. Miles, for all his faults, is a good guy and he really did care about Tate, but not as much as he cared about continuing to feel bad about himself. I felt for him and everything he’d been through. But I thought he fought the thing with Tate for way too long and really made a mess of things with her. Now for those who have read the book, here’s another thought, a bit spoilery… View Spoiler »I hated that Rachel didn’t reach out to Miles after she started doing better. She placed the blame on him and left him and she should have been the one to reach out to him years before. She knew Miles well enough to know that it killed him. That really made me angry. I feel he did redeem himself well enough in the end. I was happy to see him moving on and making things up to Tate and making her happy. « Hide Spoiler
With that said, I do want to point out that I feel this story would fall under the “exception” and not the “rule” (any He’s Just Not That Into You fans out there?!) for these types of relationships/situations/arrangements… me being proof of this. But as a fictional story goes, it made a compelling one for me.
Tate was voiced by Grace Grant and she did a wonderful job. I really enjoyed her performance. Now, Deacon Lee’s Miles was a bit tough at first. I kept hearing a bit of a John Malkovich accent happening and I did not like it. Luckily there’s not as much of him as there is Grace, so I was able to stick it out and by the end I hardly heard it anymore. Overall I’m glad I did this one on audio.