12 Heartbreaking Romance Books Like “Ugly Love” To Read Right Now

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Books like Ugly Love

New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover contemporary romance novel Ugly Love follows Tate Collins and airline pilot Miles Archer as the duo appears to have an undeniable attraction towards each other. Since both are in the place where they seem to have the perfect atmosphere to full their desire therefore they agree on an arrangement which includes no love. Miles makes it clear that he is not looking for a future together. But for Miles is unable it isn’t easy to not fall in love even though his past never stops haunting him.

Ugly Love has a unique writing style that will hook you from the beginning. If you’re a fan of stellar writing, Colleen Hoover’s novel is a must-read! Although you might have read many fake-dating romance or heart wrenching novels, Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love is one of a kind! Tate and Miles’ story will surely make you cry like a baby.  

And if you’ve read the book already and looking for similar books like Ugly Love that will make you hold your breath while reading, you’ll love this post!

Here are 12 brutal and beautiful books just like Ugly Love. Moving books that will compel yourself to stop reading and prolong the experience because you just don’t want the story to end. 

More books to read after Ugly Love

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

In the list of books like Ugly Love by colleen hoover, first comes a bittersweet young adult novel, A Thousand Boy Kisses that follows the love life of Rune Kristiansen, a seventeen-year-old boy who returns from Norway to the United States, to the peaceful backwater town of Blossom Grove, Georgia. However, unlike Blossom Grove, Rune’s return to the town will be anything but peaceful and quiet. Rune will discover the truth about why his childhood sweetheart, Poppy Litchfield, the girl who was the other half of him, suddenly broke away from him. A thousand kisses may last a lifetime, but the devastating truth that Rune is about to discover will change everything forever. Like Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love, ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ is an achingly beautiful love story that will make you cry!  


November 9 by Colleen Hoover

One of the best parts about Colleen Hoover’s love stories is that they will make your heart ache and rejoice at the same time. Similar to the book Ugly Love, Hoover’s 2015 novel November 9 will hit you right in the heart. The contemporary and new adult romance novel that tells the story of how two lonely hearts come together, perhaps too little too late. Fallon is all set to move across the country, then, the day before, she meets a yearning novelist, Ben. Fallon spends her last day in L.A. with her new heartthrob, who is inspired by her and uses her story as inspiration for his novel. As the years go on, Ben and Fallon meet on the same day every year, seemingly keeping true to their love for each other. However, when Fallon becomes suspicious that Ben has just been using the stories of her eventful life to write his perfect novel, the relationship – as well as the ending to Ben’s novel – is at risk of ending in heartbreak. Much like Ugly Love, ‘November 9’ tells a similar plot and involves similar characters and you can’t help but fall in love with them. And if you’re a Colleen Hoover fan you will find yourself devouring this novel in no time! 


All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

A relationship that was built on perfect love comes under threat as it unravels into an imperfect marriage in this religious romance novel. All Your Perfects is the story of Quinn and Graham, a once-perfect couple who are now crashing. Their potential future teeters on promises made back when their love was perfect. For all their flaws, can Quinn and Graham still come together and save their marriage? Or have their imperfections caused far too much damage for salvation now? Colleen Hoover, the best-selling author of this novel, incorporates elements of heartbreak and empowerment to create a fantastic page-turner that simply cannot be put down by any reader. Which is why I think ‘All Your Perfects’ will be a perfect addition to the list of books to read if you like Ugly Love


Night Road by Kristin Hannah

If you’re in search of  riveting & heart-wrenching  books to read after Ugly Love, Kristin Hannah’s ‘Night Road’ is a must-read. Night Road tells the story of how two unlikely friends have their lives changed forever one summer. There’s Lexi, an orphan girl who lives in a trailer park with her aunty, then there’s the perfect girl Mia who comes from a loving family and lives in a rich, beautiful home. There’s also Mia’s twin brother, Zach, who cruises through life with far less worries than his sister does. Jude has no worries about Zach… Then he falls in love, and that’s when it all starts. Mia and Lexi will never forget the summer that they graduated. It was a summer that started with love, confidence and vows, but one tragic night challenges friendships, breaks hearts and destroys all hope. 


Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

If you’re wondering what to read after Ugly Love, why not try this gorgeous novel that explores a powerful story?  Set in 1850s California, Francine Withers’ best-seller novel invites us to take a look at a far different America to the one we know today. We go back to a time when women sold themselves out for a place to sleep. As such, the only thing child prostitute Angel expects is betrayal from the men who use her. She survives purely on the hatred she has for the life she is forced to live. Then, one day, everything changes when Michael Hosea answers God’s call and shows Angel unconditional love, something that she cannot understand. As Michael slowly breaks down the barriers of Angel’s pessimistic expectation, she becomes scared and fearful of this surprising change in her life and flees…


Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

This historical war fiction novel takes an upsetting and harrowing turn when fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and younger brother are kidnapped by Soviet guards and taken away from their own home, the place in which they should feel safe. Little do they know they are about to be deported to Siberia. Scared yet hopeful, Lina fears that she may never see her friends or her father ever again, but this doesn’t stop her from remaining headstrong for her family, future, country and of course, a boy; her first love, a boy that she knows she cannot lose no matter what. Between Shades Of Gray is the extraordinary true tale of multiple families in 1941!


The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The Love Hypothesis is a slow burning romance novel for readers of the more “hardcore” side of the romance genre. Similar to Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love, it’s a story about a charming couple. Ph.D. student Olive Smith struggles to remain hopeful that romantic relationships can last, though her best friend does. Panicked that she won’t get her happily ever after, Olive kisses the very next man she sees; Adam Carlsen. Adam is renowned as being a not-so-pleasant young professor, though much to Olive’s surprise, he agrees to be her fake boyfriend. However, Olive soon realises that understanding her own heart will be far more complicated than putting together any love hypothesis she has done before. If you wish to read steamy fake dating troupe books like Ugly Love,  Love hypothesis is for you.  


Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

The uplifting tale of Macy and Elliot is told in two timelines: Then and Now. Then, teenager Macy befriends heartthrob Elliot and the two of them read books and spend lazy summers and weekends together as their relationship grows into something more. Now, Macy leads an ambitious life and is planning her wedding with a financially stable man… A man who isn’t Elliot. When adult Elliot runs into Macy again after a decade of no communication, he discovers the truth about why their relationship dissolved. Will Macy and Elliot rekindle their strong love for each other? Or should the past stay where it is? Love and Other Words is a story of finding everlasting love and perfect for anyone looking for a book like Ugly Love. 


The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore

One of the best parts about Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love is that it tells us a new pain that love can cause. It’s a magical story that will leave you breathless. The French Gardener is as heartrending as Ugly Love. Like Colleen Hoover, Santa Montefiore is a master storyteller. So if you want to read more books like Ugly Love, give this book a read. This contemporary woman’s novel follows Miranda and David, a married couple, as their family finally move out of London and begin to live their dream life in a vast and impressive country house with a beautiful garden. However, the reality soon comes crashing in as the family’s unhappiness bubbles to the surface and threatens to split them all apart. Something mystical then begins when a Frenchman arrives on the family’s doorstep, offering a lifeline to the family and seemingly helping to heal the rift between them. However, Miranda soon learns the secret to healing love lies in the magic of her garden. 


The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty tells a sweet summer tale and if you’re in the mood for books similar to Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love, I highly recommend reading it! 

This young adult romance is the first in a series of novels that is now a major TV series on Amazon Prime. Teenager Isabel finally gets to have the summer of her dreams when she spends it at the Fisher family’s beach house, her favourite place in the whole wide world. There’s a swimming pool, a private area of the beach and, the thing that makes her summer so perfect, two cute boys. There’s Conrad, the boy that she’s been in love with forever but cannot have, and there’s Jeremiah, a friendly young man and the only boy who ever paid Isabel any attention even before the summer she became pretty. 


Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

Similar to the book Ugly Love, Penelope Douglas’ standalone love-hate romance novel gets under your skin and hits you right in the heart . The story follows the story of Mishal, a boy who, in fifth grade, was accidentally believed to be a girl by his teacher due to his name and was paired up with Ryen, who, ironically, was believed to be a boy by the teacher. Mishal and Ryen send each other letters for seven years, communicating with each other without actually meeting in the flesh. Then, one fortunate day, Mishal finds a photo of Ryen online and realises it’s the same girl he’s been communicating with. Mishal sets off to meet her, but then, something goes wrong. Ryen hears nothing from Mishal for three months and worries about all the things that could’ve happened. Is Misha even alive? Was he arrested? She has to find out. If you’re in search of the sexiest, most heart-wrenching novel similar to Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love, read Punk 57 immediately! 


Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall 

This swooningly romantic novel follows twenty-eight-year old Luc who has been in the public eye occasionally. As the son of famous musicians the paparazzi take interest in his personal life from time to time. However, after the terrible incident that had caused several damage to his status, Luc is careful not not to get involved with anyone. But then as the news about his celebrity father’s epic comeback spreads in the media, Luc figures that it’s time to get a fake boyfriend. Which is how he meets a handsome lawyer named Oliver who agrees to be his boyfriend. If you’re a fan of fake dating trope books and craving for more books like Ugly Love, then look no further than Boyfriend Material.


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More books to read after Ugly Love

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