Ugly Love Audiobook by Colleen Hoover review

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Review of: Ugly Love Audiobook
Colleen Hoover

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On August 7, 2014
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Ugly Love Audiobook Review

By: Colleen Hoover

Narrated by: Grace Grant & Deacon Lee

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 08/06/2014

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s 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.

©2014 Colleen Hoover (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.



4.5 stars rating

9 hrs and 14 mins

Whispersync for Voice Ready

YA Contemporary Romance

Ugly Love Audiobook Sample


My Thoughts

Ugly Love is just that! Ugly… There are all kinds or romance stories; some make us warm, some make us hot, some make us giggle with their humor, but some, like Ugly Love, reminds us that some stories are not easy, that love doesn’t just happen, you have to let it happen -and how past experiences can have direct consequences that shape our present.

Ugly Love is Miles and Tate’s love story…And just as the title suggests is not a pretty story, although and so many ways I found it to be beautiful.

I absolutely loved, loved how the story unfolds; in a brilliant and very original way we get taken through two love stories, one from 6 years ago, narrated by Miles, while at the same time, we get Tate’s story set in the present.

We all know that when we fall and we fall hard we will greedily take anything the object of our affection can offer us. Unfortunately for Tate, Miles can’t offer much; he doesn’t have much to give (or so he thinks).
In many instances, you would find the cold attitude that Mile displays towards Tate a little harsh, but this is where this story is ingeniously written.

Yes, I have listened to my share of damaged heroes. Heroes that in one way of another get redeemed in the end, but I never have listened to a story that let us simultaneously experience the present while getting privy to the past that have forced our hero to close his heart. While his story was unfolding, I wasn’t sure which one was the true love story in the book. I Loved this!

By getting Miles point of view, and by him taking us through his past experiences it gives us the understanding that his heart was once full; his story is beautiful and heart-breaking. We can easily see why he’s so afraid to love again.

I can’t blame Tate for falling so quickly for Miles or for braking the rules so clearly  established , I did too! And I would had too!  I love Miles’ reserved and guarded ways, and by getting his story I realized that he was the kind of man worth fighting for-and that it’s precisely what the smart and beautiful, Tate does.

Hard love is passionate and urgent, and we clearly get that in their sexy encounters.

To see how love can conquer all, as cliché as this might sound, made Ugly Love an endearing love story for me, I love listening to this book! And if you’re a fan of realistic, down to earth, and genuine love tales, with credible and likable characters, you must let Miles and Tate tell you their story.

Colleen Hoover Author

Author Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.
Colleen’s newest novel, UGLY LOVE, releases August 5th, 2014. She is currently working on a new novel, CONFESS, which she is writing as fast as she can before she wakes up from this crazy dream.


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I have looked and looked for image  and Bio of these two talented narrators to no avail 🙁

But here is a link to a list of their audiobooks:

Grace Grant   Deacon Lee

Ugly Love Audiobook Narration by Grace Grant & Deacon Lee

Reviewed by Lupdilup

First we have Grace Grant, an already favorite of mine with her interpretation of the Inside Out trilogy, and just as she did in that series, she once again fleshes out the raw emotions in this novel.

Tate’s personality is quickly established, and the result is very likable female lead, that despite being put in a situation where she was at a disadvantage when it came to love, doesn’t translate into a doormat kind of girl.

I clearly got her determination and maturity. Her inner struggles are clearly felt and transmitted to the listener, and you just want to root for her happy ending.
Her interpretation of Miles was excellent, I clearly got his detached and guarded personality.

All in all, I love her narration!!

Then, we have Deacon Lee, and WOW!

Ugly Love is my second experience with his work, and he’s quickly climbing to the top of my list of favorites.

Without tumbling into melodrama in a rich and warm voice, Deacon Lee excels at bringing the deep and raw emotions, as well as, the heart-wrenching moments in Mile’s story.
He’s playful tone at the beginning of his story quickly degenerates into the tortured hero we encounter in the present. His portrayal of Miles was nothing short of perfect!!

I love this narration, and I know, as much as these books have already some great rating, that their performance had a lot to do with my enjoyment of this story.

A lot of stories are a lot less ugly when they are beautifully portrayed.

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  1. I’ve yet to try an NA book. I’m betting that Jeaniene Frost’s new book will be my first, because I won’t miss that. I have also yet to try an audiobook with two narrators. I need to expand my horizons. Great review.

    • I think that if I can enjoy this stories, so could you. They are definitelly different, but in good way, and the dual narrators (especially when they are this good) makes them a very enjoyable listens. Try one 🙂

  2. Hey great review, I’m not a big fan of NA it’s almost like YA and that’s not my bag either but who can resist a damaged pair. I think I may have to travel out of my comfort zone a bit. Thanks Loupe ! 🙂

    • Thank you Debbie, believe this tories are very adult, I know the tprotagonist are in their eraly twenties but they are mature enough and don’t act childish. I really don’t know waht’s the difference bewteen NA and a regular contemprary romance, they sound the same to me.

  3. You know I’m loving the audio for this one! The narrators are doing this book so much justice. Deacon Lee’s narration is giving me the chills. There is so much emotion in his voice. I still love when he says ‘I can’t love you Rachel’ 🙁

    PS-in the print version of the book, Miles chapters are formatted in a different way. When he meets Rachel and she becomes his everything, the alignment is centered. After he loses her and she hates him, the alignment is all over the place. At the end, when he and Tate end up together, the alignment is centered again. I loved that special touch to it 🙂

    So happy you loved this one!

    • What a neat touch 🙂
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the audio!!! And oh boy! Like a told you before, Deacon Lee alsmost made me cry! I never cry! not because I don’t feel, I do. I just never cry. He’s totally awesome!

  4. I think I have a couple of books by Colleen Hoover on my Kindle but I’ve yet to read it. From reviews I’ve read, I do know she writes romances that are far from the light and fluffy and sometimes that’s exactly what you need because you’re totally right, some love stories are not easy. Everything doesn’t just fall into perfect place and sometimes before you get the HEA, you have to go through a lot of uglies. I enjoy reading different stories, and it doesn’t necessarily have to give me butterflies to love a book so I totally understand how it endeared you to this one. Awesome review! I think I would have to put this one on my WL now 😀

    • Oh Amir! If you do, I hope it hits you the way it hit me 😉 I know the print is getting great reviews, but I must recommend the audio!

  5. I haven’t tried out a CHoover book yet, but I’ve heard great things!!

    • This would be an aweosme palce to start Lily! Especially th audiobook!!

  6. Why does she have to write such ugly beautiful things with so many heartbreaking feels??? She scares me, I have a Hoover wall erected because I hate crying over books and this sounds like it’ll make me ugly cry. Grr

    • I always get a little afraid to recommend an audiobook to a reader, especially since I think the narrators blew out the park with their interpretations, but the reviews for the printed book have been very high so far, so I feel more confident knowing that it’s a great story on its own. The story got its hear-breaking moments, but is really not so bad.

  7. Woot! I am so excited..I am getting an arc audio of this and your review has me excited. I love Hoover.

    • YAY Kimba!! I really hope you love the narrators! I’m already dying to read your review 🙂 Now I have to keep my fingers

  8. I love that this audio is a twist on a typical Contemporary Romance love story. Miles and Tate sound like really great characters too, and I’m a big fan of multiple narrators, they help add more impact to multiple POVs. Happy Friday, Loupe!

    • I think you could enjoy this one Carmel 😉 I really do 🙂

  9. She’s one I’ve not tried yet but I do love an ugly one now and again. Gotta be in the right mood for it but that definitely hits now and again. Thanks for the heads up!

    • This might be my favorite from her books, so far, although I really enjoyed Ten Tiny Breath too. Great on audio Anna 🙂

  10. I’ve been hearing good things about this one and oh I so want to try it on audio. I love that you fell for the hero as fast as the heroine and understood. Yep, got to get this one. 🙂

    • I hope you give it a go Melissa, and if you do, I hope you enjoy it as much as did 🙂

  11. I loved this book! I think Colleen executed perfectly. The right POVs at the right time. LOVE.

    • I knew you had love it!! She did an excellent job, and the narrators hit out the park with their portrayal. I can’t wait to read your review 🙂

  12. I’m already a big fan of Colleen Hoover, so this has been on my wishlist since I found out about, but now . . . now I might just have to one-click it, LOL. Who cares about silly things like rules when it comes to book purchasing? Not this girl 😉 Great review!

    • Lol Jessica. If you are already a fan you gonna love this one!…well, hope you do 🙂

  13. For a split second I thought this was a M/M romance with those names, I got all excited then realized it wasn’t…haha I love a broken hero so I’ll have to add this to the list for when I’m in the mood for a good contemporary romance audio. Great review Loupe!

    • I haven’t read or listened to to many M/M books (actually only one) but judging by your excitement maybe I should…lol this a really good audiobook, and I hope if you ever in the mood you give it go 🙂

  14. I Love that it did the two stories simultaneously and that you didn’t know which was the RIGHT romance! Such a neat twist! And it’s so true that love can be so messy. I have yet to read Colleen Hoover, maybe this is the one to start with! Great Review 🙂

    • I really enjoyed that about this book, I thought it was a very original way to tell the story’ and the narration just made the whole thing so much better 🙂

  15. This sounds perfect. I want! I want! I want!… but I have a question… How is the smexy-meter of this audiobook? Would it be an ok to listen for me audiobook?

    • Sorry for the late reply Marcela, I’ve been a little under the weather. It has some parts that are definitely a little steamed, and knowing your preferences I think it might be too much for you, although they are not really graphic like, let’s say, Lords of the If you think you wouldn’t mind them as much ( there’s not a lot of them) I highly recommend the audio 🙂

  16. I love NA and I’m also a Colleen Hoover fan. Somehow I’ve fallen behind on her releases 🙁 this looks like something I would LOVE!

    Also – GREAT review!

    • I really enjoyed this one Patti -The two narrators’ interpretation pushed up a notch for me.

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