Synopsis: 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.
Okay... I want to clarify something before I write a review on this book. Colleen Hoover is one of my favourite authors of all time. In the last year, I have read all 7 of her previous books and loved every single one of them with my entire heart. Her books are heart breaking, freaking hilarious and absolutely adorable. Thats why I had such high expectations for this book.
This book confused me, angered me, freaked me out and just kinda disappointed me. For me, there are 2 main reasons why I disliked this book:
1.) The characters
2.) The subject matter/sex scenes
I could not relate to the characters in any way, shape or form. They frustrated the hell out of me and I went the entire novel just wanting to slap someone upside the face. When it comes to the sex scenes etc, I found a lot of them extremely unnecessary and just gross? Painful to read about? Infuriating? Like Im really sorry, but am I supposed to sit here and read (IN FULL DETAIL) about the tons of times the two of them have sex on every item either of them owns? Am I supposed to find it sexy and any get all excited when I read about this young girl losing her self confidence and having her heart broken over and over again? I 100% disagreed with a lot of Tates decision and Miles just royally pissed me off. I don't have any sort of experience with the "friends with benefits" relationship nor will I ever so I am looking at this entirely from an unattached readers perspective. This is my own personal opinion.
** Spoiler Alert! DO NOT read any further if you have not read this novel.**
They beginning of this novel starts out with these 2 young adults who meet each other, find they are physically attached to each other so they make an agreement to get together simply for a sexual relationships. This is exactly how I expected this book to start out so I was really enjoying the hidden and flirtatious smiles and touches. I loved Tate's snarky attitude at the beginning of the book so I felt like I was really gonna like her. I though the whole dark and mysterious thing Miles had going on was extremely sexy even though it was so obvious that he had this horribly tragic background.
After they made this agreement, I expected them to have sex a few times and it would be really magical blah blah blah and then Miles would maybe take Tate up in his airplane they would have this really deep intimate moment. Then maybe have sex once or twice more, maybe go out for dinner, fall in love more, maybe have a fight and break up for some of the book and then get back together and realize how much more they need more then just sex. They would tell each other they are in love, hold hands and then run off together into the sunset and all would be fine and dandy.
Damn, I swear, I could write some really good fan fiction.
Anyway, thats not at all what the book was like. Now, I want to take this moment to take about the 2 main characters a bit.
Tate: The thing that pissed me off the most about her was how weak she was. Im sorry if you disagree with me, but the fact that she a) knew the way Miles was treating her was wrong and that the relationship wasn't going anywhere b) still proceeded to basically trip over herself to get into his bed c) then went home and tormented herself about it and made herself feel like absolute crap then d) repeated the process all over again.That freaking PISSED ME OFF. Like girl, you are an independent young woman whose gorgeous, smart and has a great job! YOU DONT NEED NO MAN WHO TREATS YOU LIKE DIRT. *clears throat* It just made me lose so much respect for her because she was so desperate and came across like she had no self respect.
I have read SOOOOO many books where the main character is a young female character who comes across a dude who's really good looking. Im sure a lot of you have read books like this. Now the average girl would want to talk to him and get to know him for who he is, not just the fact that he's gorgeous. But NO! Tate sees a hot guy and immediately agrees to have no strings attached sex with him because she likes the way his fingers brushed her knee and because she wants to see his "v" line and his Caribbean blue eyes. Thats what class room day dreams are for. Not what ever they had going on. She was just so desperate to do everything that Miles asked of her and that made me really dislike her.
Miles: Okay.... now... Miles... I really liked him and I really wanted to know more about his past. Then I read the first chapter that was from his point of view. I love Colleen Hoovers writing style but Im really sorry... what the hell sort of writing is this ish called? It sure as hell is not poetry. I would describe as more of a pervert's diary in which someone stole and went crazy with the "enter" button on the keyboard. Yes, I would want my boyfriend to treasure me and praise the ground I walk on but I don't know how I would feel if ALL DAY my boyfriend went around whispering my name to shadowed corners. "Jamie, Jamie, Jamie, Jamie, Jamie, Jamie, Jamie, Im gonna marry Jamie, Jamie is gonna have my children...." Im sorry, but I think I would go buy a gun, not agree to go on a date with him.... *shudders*
I think the real thing that angered me the most though is the fact that he even offered the idea of the "friends with benefits" relationship. Maybe this is just my opinion because Im a girl and because I read tons of made up romance novels, but If I was a guy, I would never put someone in that situation. Its so incredibly selfish and I think, disgusting. Like have you ABSOLUTELY NO respect for women? I wouldn't expect a guy to even think about how that could lead her on and hurt her or break her heart, but I just lost so much respect for him when he just kept stringing their "thing" along. Like Tate is a beautiful girl who is hurting because of what he are doing to her and yet he does nothing. Even though he supposedly "loves" her, he does nothing to explain anything to her and try to minimize her pain. I felt bad for Miles because of what he went through but it was 6 years ago. Theres no way to forget about his past (nor would that be healthy) but if love her, EASE HER PAIN. I just felt like he needed to get his head out of his butt and try to pull himself back together instead of always living in the past and hurting others.
I honestly think my favourite character was Cap. At least he had his crap together and and had some what of a sense of humour. Miles was just a stone wall.
Although I hated the characters for the most part, I really enjoyed the end. When I found out about Miles and Rachel's baby, I was so happy and I thought that it was adorable. But, when they drove off the bridge.... that broke my heart. I can't even imagine what it must have been like for Rachel. I didn't blame her for leaving Miles to take some time to herself. I did kind of pity Miles though. I also thought it was really cute when Miles flew Cap and Tate in the plane and even cuter when he proposed to Tate.
When the two of them had their daughter, I think that was my favourite part. Even though I wanted to pitch slap Miles, I was happy to see him happy. Tate too.
The book was INCREDIBLY hard for me to rate but I think Ill go with a 3 star rating. The very beginning and the very ending was amazing but the middle made me want to either strangle someone or throw up. Im still trying to figure out which one. LOL. Ill for sure come back to this book in the future and try it again but as of right now, Im just disappointed because I expected this book to realign my universe and complete my heart.
Happy reading nerds and sound off in the comments with your opinions and perspective on this book!! I really want to hear what y'all think! :)