Book #22 (REVIEW): Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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…

So, I want to start and say I feel the cover and title do not fit the story so much. There aren’t that many notes as the blurb may imply and the story itself isn’t so much about a relationship of “anger/frustration” turned sexual/romance. It’s more about two lost and hurt souls learning to work together and lift each other up instead of one being Alpha and the other subservient. That said, I loved this book.

I didn’t realize I needed a fluff like this book until I started listening to the audio. It has the qualities of a fun rom/com while still pulling at the strings of something everyone could relate to. It has exactly what I was whining to my friends about at one point.

I was chatting saying how I wanted a romance book where there is the witty and snarky banter but none of the controlling nature or lean like in Alpha male romances. I wanted a romance where the characters are independent and can be but choose to be together and help strengthen one another in their own independence.

Hate Notes has that.

I didn’t find myself getting upset with any of the characters. I didn’t yell or make comments about how I hated what was happening. I didn’t feel like either character was unsafe with the other.

What was crossing my mind was how much my mom would love to read this book. She would love the human interaction to the story. There was no drama among characters so much as two people trying to figure themselves and each other out. It was fresh. It was fun. And I highly recommend.

Final Rating: 5/5

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