Hate Notesby Published 06 Nov 2018
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.
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...
Hate Notes Reviews
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. ☺
LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN!
What will happen to Charlotte & Reed?
Will there be a HEA?
READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT ☺
THAT WAS ADORABLE!!!!
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 just 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. Really adorable!
It was the perfect Rom-Com with some verrry 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. Stuff 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 me ... I will have to put it in a spoiler thingy... ↓
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. ALLLL MINE!!!! ☺☺☺
P.S. I LOVE that the cover guy Dusan - is really the perfect Reed! I love it when that happens!
3 I didn’t love it like everyone else stars.
A lot of people loved this book. I usually like Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward reads but there are have been one or two books I just didn’t jive with and this is one of them.
I didn’t get the feels like everyone else did and some where emotional, but like I said I.JUST.DID.NOT.FEEL.IT
Sebastian York is a seasoned audio narrator and I love his acting but I have listened to so many books with his voice, I’m okay finding a new narrator. Just a little variety right? Lynn Barrington is a new voice actress for me. I liked her. I like her voice transitions and her voice is nice to listen to.
So, here’s the thing with this book, I HATED the Heroine. Oh my god she is so annoying, rude and there are so many times I thought to myself, who does this?
The book starts out with her trying to sell her wedding dress because surprise her ex cheated on her. She trades her wedding dress for another wedding dress. Even though she doesn’t have enough money to eat. Even though it sounds insane and in that dress is a note. She tries to find out who wrote that note because it’s so lovely.
Girl, clean yourself up. Get a better job than tempting and stop stalking people on Facebook.
She figures out the person that wrote the note is the Hero and he sells expensive apartments. So she books an appointment to have him sell her an apartment. She what? Who does that. She doesn’t have any money and she wants to see how the other half live to give her hope? Oh my god, I was rolling my eyes, thinking this girl is insane.
So you keep on listening and more stuff happens and it just apparent the Hero doesn’t want to be with the Hero for his personal reasons. I just didn’t feel the feels like everyone did.
Like I said, this book didn’t click with me. I don’t like the storyline. I hated the Heroine. Oh and the steam was 100% lacking. So sad for me.
Overall Opinion: I have mixed feelings with this one. Overall, I definitely enjoyed it more than I didn't. I enjoyed their banter, and I found myself laughing out loud a few times. I also enjoyed their deeper conversations and the overall message the story brought. But, I felt a disconnect in the physical connection and the emotional connection. I might be totally off here -- but it felt like two authors wrote it in a way that the emotional stuff was one's voice and the sexual/physical stuff was another's. It was such a slow burn, and then it seemed to switch gears and it felt too abrupt. I'm probably not making much sense here 🤦🏻♀️ but I think what I'm getting at is that it just felt odd. It didn't seem to go smoothly with the rest of the content. I get that it was an impulsive scene, but I don't think that was it either. Who knows what I'm poorly trying to communicate -- it just felt off 🤷🏻♀️ I also didn't like that their conflict was resolved, we got a ton of mushy dialogue with the H's complete 180 (which isn't my favorite), and then thrown into the epilogue. While I loved the epilogue and I felt like that gave us some good closure, I wanted more of them trying to be an actual couple and experiencing what that looked like.
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Charlotte and Reed's story. Charlotte is in a bad place after ending her engagement, and ends up selling her wedding gown at a consignment shop. She then finds a romantic letter found sewn into a dress that she was drawn to, and it gives her hope that true love still does exist. She gets drunk one night and ends up looking up the man that the letter named, and signs up to have him show her a luxurious penthouse the next day. Reed is upset with this woman that falsely took up his time, and doesn't hesitate to let her know and their first encounter isn't the friendliest. They soon learn that Reed is Charlotte's new boss, and their love/hate relationship starts. Through bucket lists, funny situations, some deep moments, and some sexual tension...they fall in love and get a HEA ending.
POV: This alternated between Charlotte and Reed's POV.
Overall Pace of Story: Good. I never skimmed, and I thought it flowed well for the most part (see above).
Instalove: No, the take a while to develop stronger feelings.
H rating: 3.5 stars. Reed. I liked him, but I also struggled with him at times. I understood his reasoning, but I also wanted to shake him to make him see what he had and was potentially losing.
h rating: 4 stars. Charlotte. I liked her. I did want her to demand better treatment from the H at times, but I don't think she ever fully crossed that line into "doormat" status for me.
Sadness level: Moderate. I teared up a few times, but I never needed any tissues.
Push/Pull: Yes [spoilers removed]
Heat level: Moderate/Low. They have some alright tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. Definitely a "slow burn" in regards to heat, because they don't even kiss until ~63% and then nothing else until ~85%.
Descriptive sex: Yes, but minimal.
OW/OM drama: Yes [spoilers removed]
Sex scene with OW or OM: No
Cheating: Not between mcs [spoilers removed]
Separation: Not really, because I never really considered them "together" enough to be considered a "separation".
Possible Triggers: Yes **BIG SPOILER** [spoilers removed]
Closure: This had great closure with a major jump ahead epilogue and HEA ending. I would've appreciated more time with them as an actual couple before the epilogue, but (again) I know it's me being picky. I also appreciated that the authors didn't go the easy route and had [spoilers removed].
Safety: This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers
3.5 Stars ⭐️
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: First Person - Dual
Charlotte Darling had been cheated and now with a broken heart and jobless she was definitely in need of a change from her poor sad life. One drunken night was all it took to change her life for good.
"I think it's better to spend years treasuring a memory that might hurt sometimes than to never make one at all."
Reed Eastwood didn't believe in love any longer; after finding out the person he loved didn't truly loved him he was done trying to find a second change. He hide his feeling well under his hard attitude.
"Charlotte had no idea the level of impact she'd had on my life, the depth of my feelings for her, because I'd never told her."
When Reed and Charlotte met it was definitely a day neither could forget. Reed saw Charlotte as a fake and Charlotte thought he was a jerk and nothing what she had pictured. I truly enjoyed this story a lot; I laughed so much with this two. Charlotte's character was refreshing her craziness was actually appealing and I found her very likable. The chemistry between Reed and Charlotte was on point and the silly things they both ended up doing was so enjoyable to read.
"Love wasn’t about a beautiful dress, a note, or even poignant words. It was about being with someone through thick and thin, about seeing them through not only the best moments of life but also the worst."
Overall; Hate Notes is an excellent story about true love and second changes. Readers looking for a refreshing story with very likable characters will find this story appealing.
This was a F(BR) with War!
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