REVIEW: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Title: Hate Notes
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Publication Date:
 November 6, 2018
Personal Collection
Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
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Rating: 5 Stars

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…

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


It has been a while since I read a book by these two authors, and then at the end of last year, I needed something from KU to read and ended up picking up Dirty Letters which was absolutely fantastic. I loved that book, and one I found out that Hate Notes was also connected through notes and chance meetings, I knew I wanted to read it also. And while this one is different from Dirty Letters, it was still equally as good, and just cemented again, why I love this writing duo.

Charlotte’s engagement has ended, and she walks into a resale shop hoping to make top dollar on her wedding dress so that she can finally make her rent. What she isn’t expecting to find is a beautiful custom made wedding dress, embossed on the inside with a blue note containing some of the most romantic words she’s ever read. Because she can’t go home and leave the note behind, she trades her dress for the blue note dress. After she makes it back to her apartment, she sees on Facebook that her ex is engaged (with her ring!) and ends up drinking a little bit too much wine and googling Reed Eastwood.

Guys, when these two met it was one of the funniest meet cutes I’ve ever seen. In fact, I don’t know if you’d even call it a meet cute because it was such a disaster. Charlotte was struggling to keep her story straight and Reed was just a straight up jerk. But even then I could feel a pull between these two, and I had to know how their story went.

Hate Notes has some very funny moments. But it also has a very serious side that I loved. This was a story about growth, facing your fears, and finding love when faced with adversity. Charlotte was so strong in her beliefs and her feelings and her interactions with Reed were priceless. She loved him so much, and was willing to look beyond the what if’s and focus on the what could be’s.

Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland were some of the first romance authors I ever read. I can still remember when one of my best friends messaged me and said, “Listen, you have to read these books, they’re so good!” Within three days I had read every book that they had previously published, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Hate Notes really touched me and is probably my most favorite with this duo!

Rating: 5 Stars

About the Authors

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over one hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-six languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career. Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 11-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life. Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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