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.
My Rating: ★★★★★
Normally I wouldn’t have read anything Colleen Hoover. I am not a big fan of her work. But my book club is reading it, so I had to. Well not really had to, but I didn’t want to bring a treat to the meeting. So yes, had to.
Starting the book I went into with low expectations, and for the first couple chapters it met my expectations. It was slow to start and I hadn’t really felt a connection with the characters yet. Tate was…well sort of annoying. Miles was a jerk. Corbin was never home. Then Thanksgiving happened and they all went to Tate and Corbin’s parents for dinner. Miles cuts open his hand pretty bad, and being the nurse she is, Tate stitches it up for him. Then the kiss ensues. Then the dinner. Then the agreement between Tate and Miles to be not-friends-with-benefits. There’s just two rules from Miles. Don’t ask about his past. Never expect a future. Any other girl might have backed away from him. But he is just so so yummy.
And time passes on, lots of sex. Lots of hiding from Corbin. Then quite a bit of Tate falling for Miles. There are a couple of times where they don’t talk or see each other for extended periods of time. The longest is a 3 week period during Christmas and New Years.
Meanwhile every other chapter we are getting a look back into what made Miles the man he is today. He mets a girl named Rachel. They fall in love. She gets pregnant. She has the baby. Then tragedy strikes and on the way home from the hospital they get into an accident. Miles savse Rachel and tries to save his son. But can’t… It breaks him into pieces.
Eventually Tate moves out of Corbins apartment and into her own. Miles friend Ian tells him he needs to..not get over himself of course, but to realize that he is allowed to move on from his past a little and love someone else.
So Miles goes to see how Rachel is doing. And she is doing good. Also not moved on. Nothing can take away the pain of losing a child. But she is married. She has a daughter. And she tells Miles that when she first met her husband she was scared of allowing herself to love again too.
Miles goes to Tate. And tells her about his son. Some things about his past. They start dating. They get married. They have a daughter. And made me cry.