Hate Notes by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

November 8, 2018

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. 


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**** 4 Star Review ****


What is happening to me? I actually pride myself on not being a romance reader. Romance in general has not been my thing. Sure, I go through spurts where I like them. There are even some subgenres that I particularly find myself enjoying more than others, but I feel like I am going soft. I have fallen for more romance books lately than usual. Am I going soft?


This book is so good! From the plot, the writing, the characters... I enjoyed this book from the beginning. I couldn't wait to get the HEA I knew I was in store for, but at the same time I wasn't so sure I wanted the book to end. From the sweet moments, to the mishaps, to the giggles, to the swooning, I was a goner after the first chapter.


How can anyone not love these characters. So full of passion and life. So full of attitude and snark. The entire cast of characters were written so well, there is no way anyone can not like this book, no matter the plot. However, frenemies is the perfect trope for them. I enjoyed not only watching the characters grow and learn about themselves, but I enjoyed their slow burn of enemies to friends to lovers.


I am so glad that my book club chose this as our group read for this month. It was everything I didn't know I was looking for right now. It's a perfect mixture of angst, laughs, romance, and happenstance I have read in a really long time.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end . . .

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