I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
November 9 is romance at it’s best. The feels, the words. THE WORDS. This was certainly one of my favorite Colleen Hoover books. If you listen closely, that is my heart still going crazy over this story.
"You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”
November 9. This date has SO much meaning. Deep meaning. It’s truly significant. To Ben Kessler and Fallon O’ Neill. They meet on this date and their lives are forever changed. I refuse to spoil anything, but do know that these characters demonstrate such strength. Physically. Emotionally. They add to the beauty in the human spirit. Fallon is about to move across the country the day she meets Ben. Their meeting and the depth of their connection cannot be explained in any simple terms. You must be placed in their story to understand. They don't rush into anything, but something exists between them. The next several years of their lives isn’t like anything you have ever read about.
“Because it’s easy to fall in love, Ben. The hard part comes when you want out.”
Fallon and Ben did not fall victim to the insta love idea. They decide to meet every year on the same date. They do not have any contact with each other. But each time they meet, their life is in a different place. Their feelings and emotions are even more invested in the other. Being in each other’s presence is their solace in the cruel and complicated world. Their time together was priceless. But they do fall. Effortlessly. Irrevocably. Their love is beautiful. But not easy.
“I imagine he kisses the same way he writes. Gentle strokes of the keys, each word thought through and completed with purpose.”
The words are so raw in its delivery. Poetic in nature. Lyrical in that it’s addicting. I read this in one sitting. The author is brilliant in captivating her readers. I applaud the author for the writing of this story. It’s different. It doesn’t adhere to the normal romance reciple. While the synopsis suggests Ben and Fallon are apart most of the novel, you as the reader will never feel that. You are totally connected to these two beginning to end.
“I didn’t even know kisses could really make eyelids flutter open. But they do and mine did.”
Ben Kessler. Be still my heart. I love how he loves. Deeply. Fiercely. Relentlessly. Their love cannot compare to any others, but it’s their love story. It belongs to them. My emotions were high in this one. I held on to every word. Every declaration of love spoken. My heart soared. November 9 is a romance that also reminds us of the beauty in the resilient heart.
“It took four years for me to finally fall completely in love with him. It only took four pages to stop."
If I could describe this book in a few words, I would say heart stopping romance. There are scenes that BREAK me. I’m talking throw down my kindle. Tear up. Breathe for a few minutes. And then pick the kindle back up to continue. I don’t want to spoil and I wouldn’t say there was an ugly cry per se. But Colleen is a genius at allowing her to FEEL her writing. Ben and Fallon’s story is not an easy one. Your heart is fully invested in their story. And I believe that is why their actions hit you.
“Because I know your heart, Ben, and your heart is only capable of love.”
November 9 is everything my heart needed. Colleen I have been in love with your writing since Slammed, and this is the first time since Hopeless that I felt such butterflies as I read this story. Not to say I didn’t enjoy the rest of the books written, November 9 just held my heart hostage. The words. The characters. Everything. I felt it all. As I write this review weeks later, everything is flooding back. November 9 was a powerful and beautiful read. It simply gave me LIFE.
Happiness. Sadness. Anger. Confusion. Angst. Dread. Yes, these are all the things I felt while reading November 9. Colleen did a fabulous job with the emotional roller coaster ride in the telling of Ben and Fallon's story.
The story pretty much takes place on November 9th every year, starting with the day they met. While I was worried the majority of the story would be Ben and Fallon apart, living their lives and missing each other, that wasn't the case. It was a story about every November 9th when they meet up again (with some exceptions to the rule). I thought it was a great premise, Colleen did a fantastic job of keeping their chemistry alive throughout the story even with them having limited communication throughout the years. That right there is a sign of a brilliant story teller.
I was pretty much in love with the story up until the fourth November 9th. It was then I was hit with the angst. Oh Ben, how I wanted to hate you then. How could you even... My heart broke. I was sure it wasn't going to end well after that. But alas, he had much more in store for my sad heart.
There were a few things about the story that I didn't like, AT ALL. Take Ben's mother for one. I think she could have been a little more sensitive in the way she dealt with things (come on Colleen! That was incredibly cruel!). The outcome could have have the same results, with a less dramatic path being followed.
The real plot twist was KILLER! I want so hard to believe that love can overcome anything that happened in the past. That love prevails and forgiveness can be the ultimate reward. My book loving heart and need for that HEA says YES, but my real life heart says NO, NO, NO! I just don't even know what I would have done. Hello, confusion!
I, of course, always love a great HEA. I'm happy that Fallon and Ben were able to come together at the end, even though it was hard to handle. I'm not so sure I could have done the same.
Fallon the Transient and Ben the Writer totally captured my heart in this one! In true Colleen Hoover fashion, she weaves her thoughts and quirkiness in to every single word of this book, and you can actually feel all of the emotions coming from each character. I’m not a huge fan of dual POV books, but it totally works in this story, and more than that—it’s extremely necessary in order to grab the whole concept behind the plot.
It all starts one day in a restaurant. Ben overhears a conversation that Fallon is having with her father, and he decides to swoop in and play superman. Obviously Fallon’s dad isn’t parent of the year, and if I tell you why Ben is there, at the restaurant in the first place this review would be spoiler city, and I won’t do that.
So after Ben brazenly saves Fallon at dinner with her dad, these two kids decide to spend the rest of the day together. The chemistry between Ben and Fallon is off the charts- immediately, but it’s not the super sexy, drool worthy chemistry that you’d expect in a romance novel. It’s awkward and special and so perfect for the two of them.
I would normally say that this storyline seems unrealistic and too fantastical, but I can’t say that because that’s the whole reason why we read books. To escape and enter in to a world that is kind of silly and unrealistic. And that’s exactly everything within the pages of this book. And I would totally be annoyed and rolling my eyes if this was anyone other than Colleen. She has a way of manipulating the unrealistic and making you believe that everything she writes is real, or the possibility that it could be. And that alone is why she’s so unbelievably talented, and why this book kept me up until 3 AM in the morning.
These characters are actually pretty complex, so when they decide to do something as simple as meet up once a year for the next five years, I was so happy with the simplicity behind that decision. This is also where I would normally be bothered by this plot. But I wasn’t, because as simple as it sounds, it wasn’t at all. Ben and Fallon decide to go ahead with this crazy idea of seeing each other once a year, with no contact in between, AT ALL. So that would be a total of five days of actual contact, and that’s not even five full days, because some of their meetings are only a few hours, Crazy right? But it works, and I fell for it, and them.
I really loved the way this story came together in the end, but there are a couple of things that bothered me while reading, and I can’t say what because… spoilers. But I really did enjoy the crap out of this book, and the only reason it’s getting four stars rather than five is because something was missing for me. It wasn’t the writing, or the plot, or even the things I mentioned above that I can’t mention. I just didn’t get that ahhhhhhhh, slump in the chair, and feel satisfied feeling that I wanted to get. It was really, really good, and I encourage everyone to read it. I was just like 80% satisfied in the end, and I soooooo wanted to be 100%.
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
“If I were capable of loving someone . . . it would be you.”
I am a huge Colleen Hoover fan. HUGE. So when I heard about this book I knew I HAD to read it. And then I started. And I wasn’t that impressed. But then. But then?! THIS BOOK. It shattered me. I kept waiting for the feels to come. And then I gave up on them. And then? They. Arrived. Ugly Love had ALL THE FEELS. Once again, Colleen Hoover’s beautiful and effortless writing has captured my heart. And the main character, Miles? I think he’s still holding on to it. But he can have it. After reading this gut wrenching story, it’s his to keep.
“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.”
We meet nurse Tate Collins that has moved in with her brother, Corbin, a pilot. He has several friends who live in the same building. And these men are also pilots. Hot pilots. One of those friends is named Miles Archer. The way Miles and Tate meet is quite unconventional, yet interesting. There is an instant connection, and Miles tries to ignore it. Until he can’t. They decide on an arrangement that will benefit them the most. An arrangement that will cause no one to get hurt. And Miles? Mysterious Miles. He has rules...
“Don’t ask about my past. And never expect a future.”
But rules are meant to be broken, right? Well not for Miles. He sticks to these rules. It is the only thing protecting him. Protecting his heart. Love only brings pain. Miles wants nothing to do with love. But he can’t keep away from Tate. And Tate? She wants nothing more to love Miles and for Miles to love her back. But she soon learns that Miles can’t love. It’s impossible for him. And things get ugly. But they can’t stop. The connection is too deep. They might have fallen for each other. And it’s too late. For the both of them. Telling you how they fall for each other would do the entire story an injustice. They just fall. And. It. Leaves. You. Breathless.
“You make it so hard to breathe.”
Things get beyond ugly. They become painful. Their love hurts. And Mile’s past? There’s a reason why he doesn’t want to ever know or feel love again. Love for him means darkness. Devastation. And when a light named Tate Collins came into the picture he has NO idea what to do. What to feel. He’s simply lost. But he’s drawn to her. Drawn to the feelings he gets when he’s around her. He doesn’t hurt in her presence. She makes it easier to want to live to face each day. His soul craves her. But love? It's not easy. Especailly their love. And their journey is not an easy one. Miles has built a wall around his heart for years. And he has no intention of removing that wall. Ever.
“Her love is beautiful.”
Ugly Love is told in the past and present tense. Don’t let this deter you. It was seamless. The transitions made it an easy read. You get to see Miles in love. His past. Everything that represents his cold and closed off nature in the present. You understand his pain. Your heart will shatter. This is not your ordinary kind of love story. Tate and Miles are not that couple. Their love is found in the darkest place. Where love doesn’t exist. Where their love shouldn’t exist, but by some miracle it does.
“I didn’t fall in love with you… I flew.”
Ugly Love wrecked me. I didn’t even expect it to. It grabbed my heart when I wasn’t looking! This beautiful and brilliant read truly shines light on love and everything it is capable of. Love heals. It was sexy, it was heart-wrenching, emotional and captivating. While Miles harbors a past so painful you want nothing more than to understand his story. But the author doesn’t tell you his story. She allows you to live it.
"Don't ask about my past, and never expect a future."
That pretty much sums up all the expectations Tate was to expect out of her relationship with Miles, friends with benefits ONLY. Thinking she could handle that, sure why not? She's been without long enough, and when a hot pilot like Miles offers up sex with him on a platter, you'd be stupid not to say yes. But the big question is, can she really keep her emotions in check and not want for more? As she quickly learns, that isn't quite going to work out so well.
For the past 6 years, Miles has been living in his head, filled with guilt and sadness. Not allowing himself to let go and be free to love, like he once did. We get to see just how intense Miles can love with his flashbacks. And oh boy, that boy does love hard once he's there. So to lose what he once had is especially heartbreaking. Now, I am not one for liking flashbacks in stories, but this is extremely important to the whole story. Those details only heighten the emotional impact of his story for the readers.
It seems naive to believe you can be the one to change a man who clearly says, don't bother trying, but there's always that piece in the back of your mind saying different. No matter how hard the journey is to happiness, Tate knows it's her job, its her fate. As hard of a fight Miles puts up with his feelings for Tate, he was always meant to break through with her at his side. Miles knew early on that he is was going to love Tate. "You make it so hard to breathe", even though his head and heart intentionally said no. I cried a few times reading this book, and his break-through was one of those times. It took a lot for him to go where he did. To get the answers and the support from his past that he desperately needed to make it ok with his decision to go on living as he should.
As usual, Colleen gives us great supporting characters. From Tate's brother, Corbin, who's the typical protective older brother and Mile's childhood friend, Ian. Both of whom I'd love to read their stories too, because as a super Colleen fan, I just can't get enough. And of course there's, Captain. Wise, old, Captain. He really was an angel for Miles and Tate. He saw it coming even before they did.
This book carries a serious and emotionally charged story line that will make you feel, and hurt your heart. But it also contains the heart-warmingly-swoony flirting and yes, Colleen can write hot sex! In her previous books, she has always been able to give us that chemistry without all the sexy details, but this book gives us ALL of that. Without trying too hard to keep up with all the other NA sexually charged book out there, she really nailed this story in all aspects! And when you finish the story, take another look at the cover (US version)... I cannot wait to add this paperback to my bookshelf.
Ugly Love is the kind of story where you just can't read fast enough to find out what happens, yet you still want to take your time and savour every precious moment. I loved everything about it!
I would like to start out by saying that this book didn’t have me from hello. It didn’t capture my heart or hold it deep within itself by the first few chapters. That being said. I was so enamored by Colleen’s witty and creative writing regardless. I was at a point that I didn’t want to continue, yet continue all in the same breath. I was bored. Sorta-kinda - Bored at a point during my reading. And I realize now that Colleen planned that perfectly. She wanted me to get intrigued rather than bored. She planned on me finding indifference in her story. She didn’t want me to get bored, she just wanted to bring me down to a point that I would wonder. WONDER—WTF is going on? Which made me think. Colleen planned on making me wonder… As a reader, Colleen makes you reach to a place you thought was an incapable feat of reaching. An irreplaceable place. Shes kinda beachy that way. Because for me… when I go to the beach, it’s kinda like heaven. This might make no sense, but honestly who cares.
Colleen Hoover had a plan. Her plan was to take us down. Slowly… Methodically. AND, guess what? It worked.
I felt at some point that the characters were somewhat medieval in their attempts to hold fruition towards one another. And I still hold that true to my heart. We have Miles, we have Rachel, and we have Tate. And we have water.
Miles (Hot sexy pilot) was a mystery to me that I desperately needed to solve. He’s complex, and sweet, and so hidden that it hurts to read him. He has a past that inhibits him from normal life, and a future that holds his heart stagnant. While reading his story I just wanted to break through the pages to grab him and shake him, and tell him that he’s ok, and that he WILL be ok.
Tate is a beautiful soul that just wants to be free of her own demons. She’s not tortured or deficient in any way. BUT, she tends to be melancholy and indifferent towards serious circumstances. She “only wants sex” COME ON TATE…. We know you want the guy!
PLUS… We have a hot sexy pilot situation going on… Work with me here.
Did I mention that this book is past/present? Nope? Well it is. But guess what. It didn’t bother me AT ALL. I normally dislike past/present stuff. But in this book it was so extremely necessary. The relationship that Miles has in his past MADE this book what it is. So if you have issues like I normally do. GET OVER THEM. It’s meaningful and relevant.
These two go on a little sex filled journey that is… UMMM HOT! So Un-Colleen like! Yet so welcome. I will tell you this. I’ve read sex scenes and BEYOND sex scenes and Colleen has a way of making her sex scenes new and imaginative. Fresh, funny and just plain real. When I read these scenes I could picture real life going on with real people. Because the scenes weren’t based on SEX! I mean they WERE, but they weren’t. They were based on what the hell actually happens in bed! I loved it. It was true and sexy and super funny, and for the record… the sex was hot.
Basically these two have some major crap they need to get past before they form a relationship. Which is obviously not happening according to them.
Miles has a deep, DEEP burden on his shoulders. He’s a man… And I know the definition of a man tends to be skewed by stereotypes and common chivalry. BUT… Miles IS that man. Miles knows EXACTLY what he doesn’t want. He’s just afraid to admit that what he wants is something he thinks he could never have. A man will always find his faults within himself when it’s too late to make it better.
What these two (Three) characters go through really touched my heart. I’ve known people in my personal life that have been there. This book will kill you in the best way, and touch your heart beyond pumping blood, beyond palpitations. This book will make your heart whole and warm and everything that a heart should be. It’s just what it is. Perfect.
Rachel… Don’t ask me about Rachel. I love her. I can’t say much about Rachel due to spoiler issues. But I just LOVE her. And I will have her fictional “back” in this story no matter what.
Hey! How about this!!! Read the book people, you won’t be sorry.
You WILL cry… you WILL love, and you might possibly sink. One of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read.
Colleen Hoover is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels. Her first series was published in 2012 and includes SLAMMED, POINT OF RETREAT and the companion novel THIS GIRL. Her second series, published in 2013, includes the #1 NYT's bestseller HOPELESS and the companion novel, LOSING HOPE. She has released a free novella, FINDING CINDERELLA, as a thank you to her readers for their continued support. The novella is a companion to her Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.
You can follow Colleen on Instagram @colleenhoover if you want to watch her pointless, random videos. You can also follow her on TWITTER, but she rarely tweets anything worth following. You can also find her on her blog at www.colleenhoover.com or on her very active Facebook page at www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover where she loves to give away free stuff when her husband isn't looking.