It’s been a looong time since I’ve done one of these. To be honest I think I’ll excuse myself in my next “A Minute in my Mind” post because this isn’t supposed to be a “i’m-sorry-for-not-posting-for-ages” post it’s supposed to be a “why-I’m-sort-of-disappointed-with-this-book” post. So how did I come across this book you ask? Well as I said before in many of my posts before I’ve been dealing with a breakup for a bit and of course the one thing I love the most is reading a book about a relationship that’s gone sour and how the main character deals with it and moves on and ends up with an even better life than before. So I searched online for motivational quotes from books about moving on and I came across a quote on Goodreads from this book. I then started looking into this book a bit more and was intrigued by the blurb which I’ll put down below. This was the first time I’ve ever just picked up a book based on one quote I read from it.
Here is the blurb if you’re interested:
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
If you haven’t read this book before and don’t wish to be spoiled then continue no further because I will be spoiling the massive plot twist in the book and if you’re a Colleen Hoover fan don’t ruin it for yourself.
Now I quite enjoyed multiple characters in this book. I enjoyed Tate, I quite liked reading from her point of view especially during the times which she realizes she can’t stop herself from going back to Miles. Her humanity was captured quite beautifully by Hoover and I was curious about how she was going to end up dealing with it. When she got the courage to leave I was impressed and also proud because that, for me, showed a strong character.
I loved Corbin, Tate’s older brother because he reminded me very much of my own. I liked that he was protective over her and thought she deserved better because that for me just showed how much he cared about her. Their relationship and their dynamic was actually the main part of the story that I enjoyed reading about because I don’t know about you but family moments sometimes feel much more special to read about then all those cheesy romantic moments.
I also like Ian, the elusive friend of Miles who knew exactly what was going on and yet proceeded to watch from afar until he couldn’t bear it any longer. He reminded me of a younger version of Cap, who I also was a fan of. They were both outsiders, looking at the events from afar and wanting the best for the people they care about. Seeing Cap’s relationship with Miles revealed was quite touching as it was nice to see that Miles actually did trust someone with his feelings and that side of himself that he couldn’t let anyone else see.
The storyline with Rachel and Miles, though it is messy and kind of incestuous in a way, it was also real life. They weren’t siblings by blood and in real life these sorts of events actually do happen and it makes you wonder if they had actually told their parents from the beginning what had happened, would it have made a difference? Would their parents have really made them end what they had out of their own love? It’s just a random thought I had lying around while I was reading it. I liked the twist, though I saw it coming the minute Clayton was born, I found it very realistic to see how the death of a child can come between any love between parents. It just showed that the love a parent has for their child is bigger than anything else.
Now for Miles, the downfall of this book. I found Miles to be the most confusing and yet oddly fascinating character. I disliked him from the start, from the way he treated Tate, to the way that he continually messed with her head, destroying her and knowing he was doing it but not caring anyways.
He created two rules, two rules that Tate had to stick with and yet he himself couldn’t stick to it. “Don’t ask about my past,” and yet he continually was making references to it and “don’t expect a future,” and yet he continued to tell her how beautiful she was and do grand gestures and build her hopes and expectations up.
The whole ending was so disappointing. This was the first book in a long time that I wanted the relationship to end there and then and for there not to be a happy ending. That is something that I want to happen. It was like that book “Someone like you” by Sarah Dessen that I have had as a favorite book of mine since I was 13 purely because of that fact it’s a representation of real life. Real life doesn’t always get a happy ending and even though you are desperately in love with someone it doesn’t mean that it’s right for you to be together.
Personally Tate would have been better with someone like Ian or even that study buddy of hers (Dave? was it?). I know there’s the argument of “you can’t choose who you love” but the thing is once a relationship gets as toxic as this was, you need to get far away from it as possible and allow yourself to be in a relationship that is equal, not just because you found some half-drunk guy passed outside your door and he’s so hot you want to screw him all the time and when he gives you the chance to with no strings attached you can’t say no. Even the emotional baggage he had, he needed more time to be alone and deal with it before placing himself in another relationship.
(Sidenote: these are just my thoughts so don’t take them personally.)
Language/Style: 8 points
Originality: 6 points
Characters: 6 points
Plot: 7 points
Giving this book a total of 27 points out of 40 points, not bad but definitely not something as amazing as I was hoping for. I’m not sure i’ll recommend it to anyone because I personally was extremely disappointed by the story and the way it ended. But I do love Hoover’s writing style and especially the voice of Tate throughout the book so I might pick up something else that she has written just to see what I think.
Favorite Part: “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.”