Tuesday 6 November 2018

✪ HATE NOTES ✪ Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland ✪

©  Bianca  Janeane 

• 6 November 2018
• Cover Model: Dusan Susnjar
5 Stars
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 . . .

Charlotte recently ended her engagement due to her exes cheating ways.
While trying to sell her unused wedding dress in a second hand store, she comes upon a note sewn into another forgotten wedding dress. The most romantic note she's ever read. And obviously she needs to find out more about the guy who wrote it.
And who turns out to be her new boss a few days later? Yup. Reed Eastwood. The most romantic man on the planet. NOT. He's mean and just ... not nice! But she's also not making it easy on him. ☺

What will happen to Charlotte & Reed?
Will there be a HEA?


Charlotte is such a sweet and slightly crazy person! Looking for a job and basically a whole new life after everything that happened.
And then she meets this amazingly romantic guy who is so not the amazingly romantic guy she wanted him to be. But still ... the sparks are flying. Why does he have to be so mean all the time?! But not really alllll the time?

I adored those two and Iris and Max too. Amazing cast!
I SO need to see this as a movie!

I loved reading this book.
It was hilarious and sweet and romantic and crazy and office-y and sad and heartbreaking and moving.
Charlotte and Reed are just perfect for each other - Iris knew all along. Adorable!

Perfect Rom-Com with some verry serious parts and some mysteries and surprises. I LOVED IT!

A few tiny little 'thing's made me take away half a star from a 5-star-rating. Some of you might know that I hate religion ... and there was a lot of church and belief-stuff going on here. That didn't have to be in there - I sometimes felt like reading a christian romance. BUT Reed was too adorable for the religion to make me hate the book. ☺ I also missed the sexiness a bit - it started too late into the story. A few sexy moments could've happened sooner!
The other thing that bothered, I will have to put this in a spoiler thingy↓
Just move your finger/mouse across the following lines - I'll write them in white! ☺
I was happy that one of the surprises wasn't the typical Vi & Penelope BABY, but rather a sad disease. But I also hated that. I never want my heroes to be sick! There's no room for that in rom-coms or romance in general. There's enough sickness in the world and enough diseases in people's private lives. I would've preferred something else - like infertility - which then would've been misdiagnosed and bam! Surprise Baby! BUT it wasn't like that - it was okay really - it's not an immediate-death-disease kind of thing, but still. I hated it!

HATE NOTES was such a fresh and funny and very serious & heartbreaking rom-com-drama! I adored (aaaalllmost) everything about it! ☺
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Reed - this one is MINE!!!! ☺☺☺

P.S. I LOVE that the cover guy Dusan - is really the perfect Reed! I love it when that happens!

ARC received for an honest review

Firstly - that cover is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Dusan should be on every cover!

It seems like forever since we have had a Vi/Pen collaborations, and I adored Hate Notes from the beginning.

Charlotte is slightly crazy, but who could expect anything less after what she has been through.  Her "craziness" just makes her all the more lovable.

Reed - well, he is all kinds of a-hole to Charlotte, however at the same time I couldn't help but adore him too.

And the sparks and the UST between them - phew it flies off the pages

Fighting is foreplay for this couple - and they like the fight!  But there wasn't as much sexy time as we normally get - and this old perv missed it!

Gah, I just couldn't get enough of this story. Yes, it is a rom-com however it is serious and heartbreaking as well as funny and romantic.

One thing that I was particularly happy about - there wasn't that thing that always turns up in a Vi/Pen story.  Yay for not adding it this time ladies!


 Other Books by Vi & Penelope:



British Bedmate

Rebel Duet Book #1

Rebel Duet Book #2

Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and 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. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

Books by Penelope Ward

Sins of Sevin

Stepbrother & Neighbor Dearest

Room Hate

vi keeland bio.png
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

Books by Vi Keeland