Review – Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

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“You can only find true happiness within yourself, not inside of other people, no matter how much you care for them. Make yourself happy, and the rest will come. I promise.”

Hate Notes has all the makings of the typical romance novel, but it has a unique spin that sets it apart from all the others.

Charlotte is a twenty something year-old, unemployed gal with a cheating ex in New York. One day she goes to a thrift shop to trade in her wedding dress which leads her to a dress with “something old, something borrowed and something blue.” But more on the blue side. In the dress she finds a love note sewn into the tulle from Reed Eastwood.  

That night Charlotte gets drunk on wine and ends up looking Reed up on Facebook. Turns out he’s a smoldering young lad who may or may not still have a fiancé and is a part of the family reality business. Drunk Charlotte finds out he’s showing a loft priced around $6 million and decides to send in a request form.

Charlotte ends up meeting Reed during the showing which was quite a first impression (on both ends) to say the least. Charlotte comes off as a bad liar and Reed an insensitive jerk. Next thing you know, Charlotte’s meets Astrid, the CEO of the company, and ends up getting a job as a secretary/personal assistant, not knowing she’ll also be working for Reed.

And that is how the story begins.

From there, we see how Charlotte and Reed’s relationship evolves from one of apparent dislike to a tentative friendship. Still, we all know they’re going to end up together, so friendship my butt. The sexual tension was too thick to ever be just friends.  

I’m happy it wasn’t an instant love though. If it had been, well, I’m not sure how high I would’ve rated it because I don’t find them believable (even though it happens).

Why Read This?

  • If you need to smile like a goof, then this is the book for you because there’s plenty of moments when that’ll happen.
  • Reed: he’s pretty great when he’s not being a thick-headed numbskull.
  • The fact that Reed gets into a fender bender because of a squirrel . . . or, more accurately, because of wandering eyes. Distracted driving, always gets you in the end.

My Recommendation

Go ahead and give Hate Notes a go. It’s a fun story to take your mind off things and just relax with a good ol’ romance and a cup of hot chocolate. Also, it’s a pretty nice book to binge in the middle of the night. You don’t need to be 100% alert, unless you’re Reed. Then you should be alert at all times. This probably doesn’t make sense, but it will. One day.

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