March 14, 2018

"When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t 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." - Goodreads

I found the plot to be very simple: friends with benefits gone bad because both parties start to fall in love with each other.
The story was told from two different perspectives, Tate in the present tense, and Miles six years ago. Towards the end, we got a a chapter from Rachel's POV, as well as a few from Miles in the present tense. I am usually not the biggest fan of alternating perspectives, but I always love the way Hoover uses it as an advantage in her novels.
My main critique of the plot was the pacing. I have no problem with fast paced novels, but I need them to happen with context included. I found myself reading a scene and feeling like I must've missed something because what was happening did not add up to what happened previously. However it wasn't a major problem, until the end. After Mile's "secret" was revealed, he reunited with Rachel all of a sudden. First off, how is it that in the six years without any contact with her, it only takes one conversation with Cap for him to be ready to see her? Second, how does he find her so quickly and easy? After that reunion, he finds Tate, who accepts and forgives him so easily despite the shit he put her through, and next thing I know they've been together for six months, got married, and now have a child together.
The End.
Not only that, but how the author went about uncovering Mile's "secret" from his past drew a minor side-eye from me. What Miles and Rachel went through was TRAUMATIZING, and because the pace of this book was so quick, I don't think there was enough time for the readers to fully grasp that. I enjoyed the build-up, and the back story, but just having one chapter dedicated in explaining why Miles has been stoic for the past SIX YEARS was not close to enough. I wasn't given the opportunity to feel his pain, because the second we found out, he's off marrying Tate and having children again. I'm sorry, but you cannot box such a tragic event within a chapter or a few paragraphs.

Tate. Literally throughout the entire book, I was just like:

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Tate is introduced as this strong, independent woman, but she has no backbone. Once Miles became a part of her life, that was it. He consumed her and every breathing moment was spent thinking about him. I couldn't help but be frustrated with Tate because she consistently places this guy THAT SHE BARELY KNOWS before herself. I know she likes him and blah blah, but at one point you have to step back, analyze the situation, and make a decision to take care of yourself. I am a firm believer that if someone shows you who they are multiple times, believe them rather than try to change them. Tate puts herself through some emotionally unstable positions because she couldn't accept Miles for who he is, an asshole with a troubling past. She constantly kept wondering and even asking a few times about his past, and who he is outside of sex, but homegirl, who are YOU outside of your sexual relationship with Miles? Tate's character was so underdeveloped.

Miles. Oh boy. From the two books I've read by Hoover, all of the men touched my heart in one way or another, even Ryle. However, not a speck of me liked Miles. He was a demanding asshole from the beginning, and he truly just made me uncomfortable throughout the entire book. He lowkey also had psychopathic qualities that made me question where the story was headed. I'll link down a review that goes more into detail about that at the end. Apart from being a questionable character, Miles had no emotional connection to me as a reader. Now I might get some shit for this, but while I did feel sympathy for his past, that does not excuse the way he treated Tate countless times. If he really cared about her like he said he did, then he would've ended things a long time ago or never even started it. But no, he took advantage of her knowing how she felt towards him, despite the lies she used to convince him otherwise. Both characters are at fault with what happened. They weren't stupid and neither were the readers.

Supporting characters. More like a lack of supporting characters. Ian, Corbin, and Cap should've had a bigger role in this book, and maybe that would've carried it a lot smoother. There could've been chapters from their perspectives, especially Ian's because he knew of Mile's past. But instead, these characters lacked any significant role, and to me, were just placed for the purpose of not having every interaction be between Tate and Miles, which ended up being the case anyway.

Despite my issues with the characters and parts of the plot, Colleen Hoover never disappoints me with her writing. Her books are so easy to read, and you get through them with ease. However, I cannot say that I was as moved by her words as I usually am. I didn't get that usual feel of romanticism. I wasn't swayed or tearful like I usually am.

Miles repeating Rachel's name over and over, and saying how he loves every little about her, and how she'll fall in love with him was laughable at first, because I could see the innocent love brewing. But it eventually got out of hand, and became more irritating than cute. Remember when I said Miles was displaying some psychopathic tendencies? This was one of them. And to make it worse, Tate slowly started doing the same thing LOL.

Final Thoughts
My breaking point for their FWB relationship was when Miles fucked Tate on the kitchen counter, got dressed, and slammed the door to his bedroom, leaving her out there like she meant nothing. After that, I thought it would be over. I thought Tate would come to her senses and realize that she can't keep doing this to herself, that maybe he's not worth it. But no. She didn't even CONSIDER leaving him. She fell right back to him and continued to allow him to hurt her emotionally.

Yes, this novel had potential. Yes, I enjoyed it at first, but the closer I got to the end, the quicker I realized how toxic their relationship was. I didn't see love between them, I saw obsession and lust.

This was not a romance novel for me. I hate to say that Colleen Hoover let me down, but she did. However, I'll still be reading more of her work because the last 2 books I read from her have been more than amazing, and I still believe that she has more novels like that.


The video I was talking about earlier. I agree with a lot of her points.

What are your thoughts on the novel? Did you enjoy it or hate it? Why? 

Until next time, 

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