I avoided this book for a very long time due to the reviews. I hate when you have a complete dick hero who the heroine just falls all over and lets trI avoided this book for a very long time due to the reviews. I hate when you have a complete dick hero who the heroine just falls all over and lets treat her like dirt. And that's what a lot of the reviews portray this to be. But it's really not and I wish that I hadn't stayed away due to that because Ugly Love turned out to be a really great emotional roller coaster that I enjoyed. I've avoided NA lately because it's like reading the same book over and over. Tortured hero meets tortured heroine and she fixes him. Well, Ugly Love is kind of that premise, but then it's kind of not.
Miles is a tortured hero. He's had a hard time with life after a devastating event changes his entire outlook on the world. Miles meets Tate and though she's fun and beautiful and he apparently enjoys spending time with her, he never leads her to believe that their relationship will be anything other than sex. He's upfront, honest and though many reviews stated he was mean to Tate he really wasn't. He was reserved, cryptic and a bit confusing at times, but he was never intentionally cruel or abusive towards her. It was Tate who couldn't accept him or their relationship. Though in the end her persistence paid off, she went through a lot of self inflicted heart ache because she couldn't just accept the arrangement that her and Miles had made in the very beginning.
In my opinion of a romance story, this isn't one of them. I could go out on a limb and call it a "love story" (because there's a difference) but this definitely doesn't give you the warm and fuzzies that a romance story would. This story is for the angst whore. The lover of reading about twisted relationships that dive deep into why the characters are so messed up but then come out with a HEA in the end with a cherry on top. That's me, so I really enjoyed Ugly Love. ...more
This was a DNF for me at around 50%. I was hoping it would get better but my reading time is valuable and I just can't force myself to devote anymoreThis was a DNF for me at around 50%. I was hoping it would get better but my reading time is valuable and I just can't force myself to devote anymore to this one. I do not agree with the other reviewers who say this isn't your normal love triangle. It is. It may actually be worse and I hate love triangles. After half the book I hated all 3 of these people and had no desire for any of them to find their happily ever after. Not only that but the writing rambled on. I was a huge fan of the first 2 Katy Regnery fairy tales but this one, despite having the outward appearance of a character driven story, was just telling the same story by 3 different people. There was no show here. We get 3 different perceptions of the same situations as they occur which gives the impression that the story isn't moving along at all. The only thing that IS moving the story along is the drastic time jumping.
Because I really enjoyed the first two in this series I'm hoping this one was a fluke and I will enjoy the next one. ...more
I absolutely loved Fighting Silence so when I finished it I immediately began reading Fighting Shadows. In the previous story, Fighting Silence, I lovI absolutely loved Fighting Silence so when I finished it I immediately began reading Fighting Shadows. In the previous story, Fighting Silence, I loved Flint's character. I loved how the author described all 3 boys and how their personalities meshed together. Flint was the smart one with a cool head that could still kick some a$$ when need be. With that said, I didn't feel that Flint's character held true to the Flint we met in Fighting Silence.
Flint was the smart one who could also fight hard. It was mentioned a few times that he went to college and (wow) completed his 4 year degree in 2 1/2, which is spectacular. But I just felt that because he was no longer a "fighter" his smarts with the books should have taken more of a center stage. His brooding was a big part of the book but he'd flip it on a dime. Again, I just didn't feel his character was consistent. Then came Ash and his relationship with her. I really didn't get it. One second he's in love with (view spoiler)[Eliza (hide spoiler)] and the next he realizes, "oh hey, I think I love that girl who I've just met" because she's spontaneous and funny. That didn't bode well with me. Not enough substance to the love! That and the timeline... I couldn't grab onto it.
I definitely didn't dislike Fighting Shadows, but it didn't hit the spot quite like its predecessor. I read Fighting Solitude already too (which I felt the same about) but I'm definitely interested in reading more of what Aly Martinez has in store for us. Both her past work and her future. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more