Review: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story of secondhand hearts and second chances…

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

Something blue.

I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end…

Avery’s Thoughts About the Book

Unexpectedly mushy at its center.


That is the number of times I had to set this book aside because I was crying hard enough that I couldn’t read the damn page.

HATE NOTES was not at all what I expected going in. I’d chosen it because it was everywhere. I’d just come off of reading two really good books back-to-back and had no clue what I was in the mood for. I didn’t even read the blurb. The book came up in my Kindle Unlimited recommendations so I dove in.

The main female character Charlotte Darling is the most unhateable (yes, I know that’s not a real word) person on the planet. She’s a little odd but in a completely endearing way. Through a truly comical twist of events, she ends up working at a real estate firm, and despite his frosty demeanor, falling for her boss.

Reed Eastwood comes off as a total dick as he does his best to avoid getting involved with Charlotte. I wont blow the reason but I will tell you that you don’t find out until well after half way through the book. And the reason is kind of hard to argue with.

HATE NOTES has several plot lines all running at once involving both of these characters.  The story takes you through the full gamut of emotions, tears being a common occurrence. I thought I had the big Reed reveal figured out early on and was fully prepared for a BDSM spin, and I couldn’t possibly have been more wrong. This is not that kind of book at all. The sex scenes are  steamy even if they were a bit too chatty at times for my taste.

I don’t want to say too much more and spoil the book.  I loved HATE NOTES, cover to cover. READER BEWARE: BRING TISSUES!

Heat Level

Avery’s Rating

Tropes Used
Enemies-to-Lovers, Boss Romance

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