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
I liked it but it was a tad anti-climatic. I'm not a seasoned suspense or thriller reader so I'm just finding my grove in what I enjoy and what I don'I liked it but it was a tad anti-climatic. I'm not a seasoned suspense or thriller reader so I'm just finding my grove in what I enjoy and what I don't enjoy. I felt The Girl on the Train was good, however not at all worthy of the hype it's receiving.
We have 3 main characters who combined narrate the story with Rachel being the primary. None of these 3 women are very likable. I didn't mind that. I actually enjoyed the fact that they all had flaws, some (well all really) significant character flaws. It was interesting to read their take on certain situations and how they saw the story unfold.
What was a bit of a disappointment was how the "mystery" unfolded. It was just like "oh, yeah. I remember now!!!". For me, when it started to unfold it was a great big firework that was launched into the sky, but then went "poof" instead of "KAAABOOOM". I knew too early on who done it and I thought the climax was a bit lame when it all unfolded. There were also several unanswered questions for me, areas that I found confusing. Maybe I missed something... (view spoiler)[ Did Megan have an affair with the doctor, or was it just some inappropriate kisses and visits? Was Scott really a bully, jerk of a husband or did Megan just drive him that crazy? I would have liked a bit more detail on those issues. (view spoiler)[