BOOK DISCUSSION: UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER

17788401Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: 2014 by Atria Books
337 pages
Click here to find it on Goodreads

“Love isn’t always pretty. 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.”

First question is going to be the same as always, what were your thoughts before starting the book?
Mackenzie: I didn’t know what to expect since I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book before, I wanted to go in not knowing too much.
Mallory: I had high expectations because I read Maybe Someday before and freaking loved it so I hoped I would love this one just as much. It was also so hyped up that I was scared I would be let down by that.
Maria: This was my second Colleen Hoover book, so I’ve already had a taste of her writing style. I heard nothing but amazing things about Ugly Love and had a good feeling that I was going to like it.
Marissa: I didn’t read into it at all, so I went in blindly. I saw some brief opinions on Goodreads but that was it.

Cover art. Like or dislike?
Mackenzie: I like it a lot! I like how simple it is but to me it’s intriguing.
Mallory: Yeah it’s simple but I really love the design of it.
Maria: I really like it. I find that as much as it comes off as simple, it also stands out because of the color and texture. It’s very pretty.
Marissa: I also liked that it was simple. I was trying to figure out what it had to do with the story for the longest time.

Did you like the way the chapters alternated between past and present?
Mackenzie: Yes, I liked it because you really got to see his back story and in more detail then if there weren’t any chapters from the past.
Mallory: I liked the way it alternated by damn I wanted to see into present day Miles’s head SO BAD.
Maria: I really liked learning about Miles’s past. I wanted to learn more about why he acted the way he did and what caused him so much hurt.
Marissa: I loved the alternating but I agree with Mallory, it was killing me not knowing what present day Miles was thinking.

What did you think of the relationship between Tate and Miles?
Mackenzie: I loved it because it was so real, especially when she knows it’s wrong and he won’t love her but she can’t stop being around him. I absolutely loved when they got together!
Mallory: Always a bad choice for the girl. Of course you always develop feelings. It was pretty obvious she would from the beginning. I really liked her and didn’t want to see her get hurt. I loved the two of them together ❤
Maria: Oh I loved it. I fell for Miles very early on. How could Tate not falling in love with that guy? I liked that the relationship wasn’t perfect. I also really appreciate the build up to it. Miles didn’t fall for her right away, but he slowly did because he just couldn’t help himself. *swoon*
Marissa: I liked their relationship a lot. They both knew they weren’t going to stick to their rules and it was flawed but I loved every second of it.

What did you think of Miles?
Mackenzie: I love him so much! He’s probably my favorite male character!
Mallory: I loooove him. I kept swooning in his chapters.
Maria: He was by far my favorite character. I liked the way he took his career seriously, he valued relationships, and he was a good friend to Corbin. And the way Colleen Hoover described him just made me melt. He had so many issues and I could feel his pain. But loved him anyway.
Marissa: I couldn’t get enough of him! The way he spoke about Rachel had me swooning. Definitely one of my new top characters. I highlighted so many Miles quotes.

Did you like Tate as a main character?
Mackenzie: Yes, she wasn’t one of my top main characters but she really fit perfectly in the story and I liked that she wasn’t annoying and she would stand up for herself!
Mallory: I actually really liked her. And I loved how sassy she was. It was awesome to have a female protagonist not get walked all over by everyone in the book.
Maria: I did! She was a relatable 23 year old woman. I liked that she was getting her life figured out. I feel like she had a good future ahead of her! And yes, she was so kind, I really liked that she went out of her way to befriend an old man.
Marissa: I loved Tate. She was a very relatable main character. And I liked that she was very into school and her job and genuine to everyone, especially Cap.

What were your thoughts on Cap and his relationship with Tate?
Mackenzie: It was probably my favorite part of the book even though I love Miles and Tate, I just adored the parts with Cap! I loved that her best friend wasn’t a girl her age and that Cap gave her good advice and was funny!
Mallory: It was such an unexpected friendship, the 60 year age difference just as well as the way they met, it was the cutest thing. He was just adorable and it made my heart melt when Tate thought about him and made him a sandwich.
Maria: So nice! It was an incredible friendship between the two of them, despite the age difference. Cap was such a funny character and had so much wisdom to offer to Tate. I loved that she was able to trust him and tell him what was going on in her life.
Marissa: Their friendship was perfect. Obviously not the normal best friend character but he was funny and their relationship really showed a lot of who Tate was that she befriended him and would make him food when people like Dillon would scoff at him.

What are your thoughts on Tate’s brother Corbin?
Mackenzie: I liked him and I also liked that he wanted the best for her and didn’t want anyone to hurt her. But sometimes I thought ht was a little bit too over protective.
Mallory: I thought he was exactly like a big brother should be, although maybe he went a little bit overboard at times. But I loved his genuine concern for Tate.
Maria: It was nice to read about a brother/sister relationship. It was cool that they were living together and I liked how protective he was over her, he always wanted the best for his sister.
Marissa: Corbin was an awesome big brother to Tate. He only wanted what was best for her and it was cute how protective he was, to an extent. One of my favorite parts was when Corbin told Miles that he was happy it was him who ended up with Tate because he was the only one who could have met his standards for her ❤

Did you think the story was a good pace?
Mackenzie: I didn’t want it to end.
Mallory: Definitely was for me, I kept flipping pages like it was my job trying to figure out what was going to happen next. So sad when it ended.
Maria: I think it was! I was completely invested in the story. The entire time I was at work I wanted to be reading it because I just couldn’t get enough of their story. I was obsessed with finding out more about Miles and I wanted him and Tate together SO bad.It was perfect pacing for me.
Marissa: I flew through it so quickly, so the pace was perfect for me. I had to keep reading during class because I was so curious about Miles.

Your thoughts on writing style?
Mackenzie: I loved it! Especially Miles’s chapters from the past. It was beautiful.
Mallory: I think Colleen Hoover just uses the perfect words. Especially Miles’s chapters that were written in prose. So beautiful.
Maria: Her writing is simply perfection in my eyes. Every word was amazing in this book.
Marissa: LOVED that it was written like poetry in Miles’s chapters. Colleen Hoover knows exactly what to say and when to say it thats for sure.

Will you read more of Colleen Hoovers work?
Mackenzie: Absolutely! I want to read all her books now!
Mallory: A big yes for me. Definitely reading everything she ever writes.
Maria: Obviously! I can’t wait to read more of her work.
Marissa: Of course! As soon as I finished I went and added her other books to my TBR on Goodreads.

Goodreads rating?
Mackenzie: ★★★★★
Mallory: ★★★★★
Maria: ★★★★★
Marissa: ★★★★★

COVER REVEAL: RED CARPET DAY JOB BY TASHA COTTER

elegant womanThe cover for Red Carpet Day Job by Tasha Cotter (click here to find it on Goodreads) has finally been revealed. And can we just talk about how beautiful it is for a minute? The colors are absolutely gorgeous, as well as the font. We are absolutely loving this cover! This book is expected to be published in February of 2015 by BookFish Books, so if you love new adult and romance, this will be the perfect Valentine’s read for you!

About the book:
Most of the working-class secretaries in New York City don’t spend their mornings wrestling skirts from beneath roosting chickens or cleaning egg yolk off their heels. But Sophie Waldrop does, thanks to her boyfriend, Scott, and the organic egg business he runs out of her 5th floor walk-up. Though they’ve been dating since high school, Scott no longer pulls his weight in the relationship—financially or emotionally. Sophie’s ready to send him, and his chickens, packing.

The day she breaks up with Scott, Sophie’s boss introduces her to the firm’s new client, Nick Jackson—the hottest up-and-coming actor in Hollywood. Sophie can’t believe her luck when her boss volunteers her to be Nick’s date for a red carpet award ceremony that same night. Freshly single, Sophie tries to keep things in perspective as her “work event” leads to a budding romance. She didn’t expect to like Nick, and she certainly didn’t expect him to like her.

When her dream job lands in her lap, Sophie rejoices that her hard work has finally paid off. But she soon learns that it may have been Nick’s influence that opened the doors and created the opportunities that she would rather have earned for herself.

Nick’s hectic schedule, the persistent leading ladies with whom he works, and Sophie’s own promotion and career ambitions further complicate their fairy-tale romance. Can Nick and Sophie make their love last, or will their relationship be more like the paparazzi’s camera flashes—fast, bright, and fading?

Author Tasha Cotter_Pic1-1About the author:
Tasha Cotter is the author of That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press) and Some Churches (Gold Wake Press). A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in NANO Fiction, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. You can find her online at www.tashacotter.com or on twitter @TashCotter.

Absolutely cannot wait to get our hands on this book!