Review of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love is about Tate and Miles who seemingly have the perfect friends-with-benefits setup. Tate is busy working as an ER nurse and in CRNA school who tells herself that she doesn’t have time for a relationship and Miles is a workaholic pilot who is adamant that he is incapable of love. Their two rules are “never ask about the past” and “don’t expect a future.” However, the more time they spend together, the harder these rules get to keep.

First of all, this book is STEAMY as hell, almost a little too steamy. At times I wanted a little more plot and character development and a little less graphic sex scenes. I felt like these characters, except for Miles were a little one dimensional and while I loved the poetic way in which his flashbacks were written, I wish the reader got to hear more of his developing feelings about Tate. However, whatever mixed feelings I had about this book were completely washed away by the ending. The emotions were so raw from all of the characters and, without giving anything away, the plot is absolutely gut-wrenching.

If you’re looking for a rather ~sensual~ book that’s also an absolute tear jerker, definitely add this one to your TBR list! Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read this book and also think that Cap is the unsung hero of this book!

4 out of 5 stars

Review of The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith

Life absolutely got away from me for the past few weeks but I am back in action with another review! The Unsinkable Greta James follows the story of upcoming indie star Greta James in the wake of her mother’s sudden passing. As a result of her grief, she has a breakdown on stage prior to the release of her second album which goes viral. In an attempt to escape the aftermath, she agrees to go on an Alaskan cruise with her dad who seemingly has never been a fan of her career choices and consistently compares her to her brother Asher. This trip is full of lots of emotions and growth, as it was supposed to be an anniversary celebration for her parents.

This was a little bit of a slow burn for me. I honestly wasn’t super captivated at first and was very frustrated with how clearly unimpressed Greta’s dad was with not just her success and her in general when compared to her brother Asher who has a wife and kids and lives in the suburbs. But then something switched for me. Even if I didn’t totally love the characters, the larger themes of grief and the love interests that Greta reflects on and experiences with Ben on the cruise struck a chord with me. I think everyone has a “Luke” who is the person they thought they’d spend the rest of their life with, but the universe had other ideas and a “Ben” who is the person that shows you what love should be like, even if it’s not necessarily meant to last. Also, Smith perfectly captures the often complex web of emotions that comes along with grief in both Greta and Conrad’s actions throughout the book.

Overall, this book definitely grew on me. I think I’ve been reading a lot of Colleen Hoover lately who really dives deep into heavy emotions and expected this to do so in the same way but Smith has a very different, more subdued writing style that elicits the same heart-wrenching moments without overwhelming the reader with emotion. Even though this wasn’t my favorite book in the world, I enjoyed it enough and would definitely read another book by Smith.

3.5 out of 5 stars