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.
|3.5 stars out of 5|
Where do I begin? Oh Tate, I HATE YOUR GUTS. Throughout this whole book I was grossed out and disgusted, many many things went wrong and no one was trying to fix them - and not in a tolerable way. I'll talk about this more in the spoilers section.
As all of you might know, this book is being turned into a movie starring Nick Bateman who suddenly became instagram famous because of his beauty. He was actually my incentive to read this book, I liked his face as Miles in my head. (Yup, you need to google him or check out his instagram profile..)
Did I mention that this book has been on my TBR for the longest time? It was probably the number one Colleen Hoover book that I was eager to read after Confess. And that was why I was incredibly disappointed with this book. Firstly, I was so blown away by the ending that I initially gave this book 5 stars! How crazy is that? It was an impulse rating. If the whole book was as emotional and amazing as the last couple of chapters, it would have topped all of Colleen Hoover's books, but no. I decreased my rating to 3.5 stars after a whole lot of thinking.
I'm a huge fan of Colleen Hoover and her writing as well as most of her books (or the ones that I've read so far were amazing). Her books are usually a mix of art or any form of it and a tragedy, this book only incorporated the tragedy element and I LOVED IT.
If you don't mind overly done sex scenes and terrible female protagonists with absolutely no dignity, then this book is for you, but I highly doubt it. Well don't get me wrong, most people actually really enjoyed this book and it was their favorite Colleen Hoover book ever, so don't let my judgement cloud yours.
|Movie still.. Yup, Miles' a pilot.|
SPOILERS - RANT
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Tate, you are a disgrace to women everywhere. She constantly let Miles walk all over her and she refused to stand up for herself. She was stupid and let Miles use her for sex in a disgusting manner and she lacked self-worth. I was so uncomfortable while reading this whole thing because I haven't seen Tate once defend herself and she always kept going back to him like a lost puppy.
The part where I was like NO, I can't continue reading this book is when he called her Rachel. THIS WAS A HUGE RED FLAG and what was Tate's reaction?! "Just finish." FINISH?! FINISH WHAT?!!!!! This is stupid, how could you accept such a thing?!!!
Aside from Tate being a worthless human who is nothing but a sex toy, we knew nothing of her past or of her story. We know nothing about her except for the fact that she likes orange juice and she's a nurse, and we didn't get to see the nurse side of her life either.
I didn't once blame Miles for anything, because he was always straight up with her. He told her many many times that he wanted nothing but sex, but little Tate had this stupid thought at the back of her mind that someday he'll fall in love with her. His background story wasn't enough of an excuse to treat her this badly and it wasn't a justification to his actions, I must at least say that, but he was always honest with her about his feelings. I never actually sympathized with him -except for the ending.
I liked the POVs of both Tate and Miles, although the reminiscence of Miles from 6 years back was a tad bit creepy with how he was with Rachel and his "I'll love you forever Rachel", "You'll love me back forever Rachel". WHY MILES WHY.. but in the end, it wasn't all that creepy when I found out how adorable they were together and how they chose to stand in their parents' way for their love. So cute.
One of the main reasons of not giving the book a much much lower rating was the ending, it blew me away! And the tragedy reveal was totally unexpected. Throughout the whole pregnancy thing, I thought Rachel was going to die while giving birth, when she was okay and had her baby I was so confused. Also, I didn't quite believe his death until they acknowledged it because I was so in shock .. that is one terrible ending to a baby's life, I couldn't imagine. Something that I haven't noticed until after reading a review online somewhere, in the book Tate mentions that Miles had a scar on his jawline or below his jawline and I didn't once correlate it to the accident. GREAT foreshadowing on Colleen's part, I haven't paid much attention to the details, but that was genius.
---- Side note, did anybody else think of that episode with Elena from TVD? I think it was the finale of season 3 or something. RIGHT??----
But kudos to Colleen for having a perfect cover that resembles the story so perfectly; with the tragedy and the fact that Tate kept saying that she's liquid and liquids flow, something of that sort.
Finally, the ending with the proposals, the moving in with him and the marriage proposal had me so emotional. THE BABY AS WELL and when he met up with Rachel and figured out that her child's name is Claire. That whole part was beautiful and it was the reason why I initially gave this book 5 stars. I was so caught up in the spiral of emotions that I forgot about how Tate is a clueless, stupid main character.
I hated Corbin, Tate, Rachel and Miles. They weren't faulty characters that were intended to be hated, they were just stupid... all of them. The only two characters who I actually enjoyed were Ian and Cap. I loved Cap and his connection to Miles. I was shocked by the fact that he practically raised Miles as well.
Great story line, provocative characters.
Great story line, provocative characters.
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