Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Romance Readers, Romance Review, romantic comedy, standalone

Book Review: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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 . . .

I probably say this too much but I loved everything about this story. Charlotte and Reed are adorable, separately and together. Charlotte is wonderfully quirky and immediately loveable. Reed took some getting used to because he frustrated me to no end at first, but he has his reasons for being so standoffish and he does come around eventually.

Charlotte stalking Reed online might have been slightly disturbing if it wasn’t so hilarious but their initial meeting was just so good. This book deals with some surprisingly heavy subject matter but handles the topics respectfully while still managing to be a romantic comedy, so this story is the whole package. It’s a slow burn with a lot of obstacles for the couple so I wasn’t confident this was going to be a true HEA but I enjoyed the ending very much, especially the epilogue.

The secondary characters are awesome here so I really wish the authors would tell Max’s story and give us more Iris. This is a sweet, funny, heartwarming read and it’s just what I needed during a tough week. This author combo hasn’t let me down yet so I’m excited to read more of their work.

Hate Notes on Amazon.

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