Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover Review

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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.

“Whatever he did to Rachel, at least he loves her enough to regret it.”

And, this is how we are introduced to Tate and Miles. Tate is moving in to her brother’s apartment and Miles is drunk as a skunk in the hallway. The stage is set that Miles is emotionally unavailable, but do you think that stops the inevitable from happening?

“Don’t ask about my past,” he says firmly. “And never expect a future.”

While the ending might be quite predictable, it is the journey that makes Ugly Love special. The writing style and the flow is FLAWLESS! The POV was a little different than I was used to as Tate was told in present day and Miles from six years ago until later in the book. It made for an interesting read because we got an extensive background as to why Miles was in his current state of mind.

“Love isn’t always pretty, Tate. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

This is the one passage that stood out to me from the entire book. It was one of those “I had to put my kindle down and reflect on my own life” passages. The love story between Miles and Tate is real and somewhat raw. And, this was one of those rare occasions that I could relate more to the male character than the female. Colleen Hoover is the #1 author of this genre for a reason, and Ugly Love is the perfect reason why!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Ugly Love is exchange for an honest review.



Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino

Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino

Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino

A jaded Chicago reporter in her twenties unexpectedly finds love in Napa Valley when she’s assigned to spend a week with a famously reclusive genius in this rich and deeply satisfying contemporary romance by the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing.

Kate Corbin has lost her spark. A year ago, she had a handsome boyfriend and a budding career as a reporter at a popular Chicago newspaper. But after the woman who raised her passed away, leaving her lost and alone, she fell into a rut—and never got out. Now she’s stuck writing fluff pieces about lipstick and wine, and feeling trapped in a relationship that’s going nowhere.

Trusting that the hungry, ace reporter is buried somewhere deep inside, Kate’s boss and mentor gives her the opportunity to jump-start her career. The assignment: spend a week interviewing R. J. Lawson, a famously reclusive tech genius who disappeared years ago but recently reemerged as the owner of a well-respected Napa Valley winery.

Kate jumps at the chance, but the trip begins in disaster, both personally and professionally. After alienating R.J., her only saving grace is Jamie, a charming vineyard hand who shows her the beauty of wine country—and stirs her aching heart. It doesn’t take long for Kate and Jamie to fall hard, and for Kate to rethink her life in the city. But the week ends with a heartbreaking journey back to Chicago that sends Kate reeling, wondering what went wrong in those four perfect days.

There’s no one to take care of me, no matter how many people surround me. I’m all I’ve got. Those words became my mantra.”

I identified with Kate from the very beginning of this book. Here she is, a young woman simply going through the motions of life. She has a job as a reporter and she is in a relationship but it all seems flat and still has her feeling empty. She has lost her spark and something needs to change immediately.

Kate has a few people in her corner that truly believe in her and one is her boss. He sends her on an assignment and basically says do not come back until you snap out of your funk. Kate has no idea of the adventure that awaits her.

I do not know if there are enough words to truly convey how much I adore Renee’s writing style. Yes, there is a hint of insta-love, but it is quite believable in this instance. As I stated earlier, Kate is a character that I think people, including myself, can identify with. Without telling too much of the book, she has begun to settle and we get a front row seat to see her realize that she deserves more out of life and her relationships.

And, Jamie!!! Oh my, what a leading man!!! I don’t do the whole book boyfriend thing, but if I did, he would be in the running. He symbolizes the very basic thing we all want, whether we are a man or a woman: someone to see beyond the exterior and what’s on paper and to see us for us and who we are at our core.

Kate and Jamie’s story has a little bit of everything. There is a little drama, there is some sweetness, there is some sex, and there is plenty of humor! Nowhere But Here is one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2014!!!



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Renée Carlino 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 book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. To learn more, visit



Blue Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas Review

Blue Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

Blue Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

Precious Blue Johnson, young, country and naive, from Lutts County, Georgia, is traveling to the energizing city of New York to search for her birth father and perhaps make history by becoming the first black ballerina.

Her simple mocha skin and thick lips will put her in the center of a movement, expose secrets and unlock the past as she steps onto the stage as the Blue Butterfly.

She will be guided by the vivacious and wise Ms. Ann and fall in love with the alluring Ray Silvers.

Ray brings the whole package. Enchanting eyes, a bright future as a doctor, and a willingness to love completely. To Precious, he is perfect. Except Ray’s package includes his deadly past.

Will their love survive the one person who could end it all—his drug-addicted mother?

First, let me say that Blue Butterfly has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen! That alone had my expectations quite high for the content, and I am so happy to say that the book did not disappoint. Blue Butterfly is a book of perfection.

Precious Blue Johnson’s life was turned upside down when her dad kicks her out of his home. Blue meets Ms. Ann who welcomes her into her home and forever changes her life. Ms. Ann introduces Blue to the world of ballet and and the story soars from there!

Marian Thomas tells a young mixed girl’s life story as she begins to move into a predominately white community. Blue Butterfly is quite believable as any brown girl that has entered a world outside of her own community, will truly be able to relate. Every word seems to sing off the pages. Blue Butterfly is full of emotional depth. I found myself rooting for the characters and cheering for them to overcome and claim the victory!

Blue Butterfly is one of the BEST books I’ve read so far in 2014!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Blue Butterfly in exchange for an honest review.