Romance Books

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Hate Notes

Title: Hate Notes
Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited


Goodreads Summary

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 had no idea what to expect going into this story, but I absolutely LOVED it and encourage everyone to read this.

Charlotte Darling is down on her luck. She caught her fiance cheating, can’t find a real job and is living on ramen. During a drunken evening, she manages to schedule a showing for a $7 million penthouse and decides to go see it, just to see how the other half lives. When she gets there, she meets Reed Eastwood, the man who will show her the property.

Reed is annoyed at this meeting because he knows that Charlotte’s application is fake. She said she’s a dog surfer. So their meeting doesn’t end well. She ends up in a bathroom, in tears, and meets Iris. She tells Iris her sad story, and Iris tells her she sees a lot of herself in Charlotte. She offers Charlotte a job and she starts the following Monday.

Imagine Charlotte’s surprise when she literally runs into Reed and discovers that he’s Iris’s grandson. I’m sure you can imagine how that turns out.

One criticism is the title – I don’t think Hate Notes accurately describes the book – it’s a very small part, but that’s just me.

I won’t give too much of the story away, because I want you to read it, but this story is full of incredibly rich characters. Charlotte is an optimist who believes in true love. Reed is a hardened man, who is a cynic. The banter and chemistry between these two was written so well. I loved both of these characters so much, and I so badly wanted a happy ending.

I also adored Iris. Sometimes grandmothers are written to be very annoying, but Iris was amazing. She loved her grandson and wanted to see him happy, and knew, deep down, that Charlotte was the person who could make him happy. She did everything in her power to make it happen and it was beautiful.

This is a real slow burner. But the payoff is so worth it.  The epilogue was really amazing. I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s got all the feels.

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