Title: Hate Notes
Author: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Page Count: 301 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.
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.
But I have no idea how this one is going to end…
There’s a slightly negative connotation with reading romance books and definitely an aspect of embarrassment for so many readers. Back in the day I was one of those “you wouldn’t catch me dead reading a romance book” people. On a whim I picked up a romance about 2 years ago now and I ended up really enjoying it. There’s more to romance than just the covers. To be honest, I hate the covers. They’ve really changed the cover game with romance novels lately and I think that will help with getting more readers! I digress. Time to chat about Hate Notes!
I am a sucker for pain in my romance books and Hate Notes delivered. There was emotion, pain, romance and it made me laugh out loud. I struggle with females in romance novels because I find them a bit emotionally over the top. Which is ironic because I am one of the most emotional people I’ve ever met. Ha! Charlotte, our star lady, was such a quirky wonderful character I definitely connected with her.
Reed, the male lead had a lot of alpha male to him but I didn’t mind it this time around. Usually that turns me off but I was there for this one! He had a lot of redeeming qualities and I just loved the interactions between them. The banter in this one is top notch! The sexual tension between them was so well written I could feel it bouncing off the pages!
For once I have no negative thoughts! Hate Notes was a winner for this incredibly picky romance reader 🙂
**Thank you Thomas Allen Ltd for sending a copy my way in exchange for an honest review!**