Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Hate Notes by Vi Keeand & Penelope Ward

hate notes2From 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…

5 stars

Romance | Contemporary

Well nuggets, I can’t help it. I flipping love romance porn, I cannot help it! It is my happy place, can you blame a girl? And to be fair, I will stop my world for anything Vi Keeland. There, I admitted it, I came clean, I am an obsessed fan. Wouldn’t you be? I won’t deny it, I discovered Vi Keeland through a friend after she introduced me to Helena Hunting, and from there I binge read everything Keeland, not to mention everything co-written with Penelope Ward. Though there are times things are hit and miss, which lets face it, happens with romance but nonetheless Keeland (and her co-written work with Penelope) is some of my favorite reads. To be fair though on that angle, now that I think about it, I should actually probably review them seeing as though there are a TON I have actually read…

So here we are, tickle my pickle fancy happy when I saw the synopsis for Hate Notes. That’s right, you know me so well, office romance, yes please. And though it might not have been the entire office romance I had expected, it was damn good!

First of all, I loved Charlotte. Oh my lanta did I adore this female lead. She was beyond adorable, I admired her immensely. She was this sweet, kind and above all quirky as hell character. She was divinely hilarious with her shenanigans. When I wasn’t chuckling like a chicken at this character, I was downright swooning with envy. Oh she was a treat! I really think she was just the sweetest, most random thing ever. I loved her ballsy backbone she only had when her feelings were challenged, I loved her quirky need to defend the littlest of creatures, and no matter how rude you are to her, she is still a delight looking at the brighter side of things. I loved her positive essence. She radiated it. 

And then we have Reed. He was almost the complete opposite and yet it made me swoon. He seemed to project such a sadness, I was really curious about his past, just as Charlotte needed to know, I needed to know. Who was this man who left such a romantic love note in a wedding dress. Honestly he was what I had hopped, he was cocky, overly confident, high mighty jerk, he knew exactly the game Charlotte was playing yet didn’t understand her, it was interesting to see his closed personality really open up. Behind the scolding wall was actually a really kind, caring and rather hurt individual, I loved Reed. Hell I love the name Reed, so they had me at the name.

Mostly this worked because Reed and Charlotte had chemistry right off the bat. I am not saying insta-anything, but just an overall chemistry of sorts. Both really found the other an enigma towards one another yet couldn’t keep their distance, Charlotte very much admitted that she found Reed attractive, especially after her night of drunken Facebook stalking, but who doesn’t do that? But really they had a tug-a-war with their chemistry. One minute they would bicker, the next they would have a Hallmark moment of friendship. It was cute, fun and very delicious. 

Once their chemistry hit that romantic situation it was explosive. They were definitely bottling up a multitude of feelings. They ultimately just revolved around one another and it made me dripping I tell you! Oh my stars… just scrumptious. 

Something that I loved about this novel, aside from the amazing chemistry between Charlotte and Reed, because it was melt off my pants delicious (obviously), and their awkwardly cute friendship. No, it was the serious drama that popped up that I honestly was not expecting. It was heartfelt and beyond earth shattering. It really changed the tables for me, I wasn’t expecting it, and I am glad because it made this novel that more the better for it! I can’t say why, because obviously, this would be a HUGE spoiler, one that revolves around Reed’s past that makes the romance and epilogue so much more heartfelt, so I won’t say. Just know… it was perfection. I loved it. It was just different from the normal drama you see, and I loved these authors for it. 

Bottom line, I loved it. When I wasn’t questioning my sanity for wanting to be more like Charlotte, I was laughing, I was swooning and I was above all, enjoying the hell out of this read. There were multiple times I laughed out loud at how strangely amazing Reed and Charlotte were as a couple. It was refreshing. I don’t know if Penelope and Vi meant for this to be a romantic comedy, because yes there was a serious undertone but it definitely had such a lite romance that brought a smile at my lips more often than not. It was great.

I cannot say it enough, if you have not ventured into their world yet, I highly recommend you do! They have me hooked always and forever. 

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