Review of ‘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.

The Premise

Twenty something year-old New Yorker Charlotte is an unemployed gal with a cheating ex. One day, while browsing around a thrift shop, she stumbles upon a stunning blue wedding dress, but what catches her eye is a note sewn into the tulle from Reed Eastwood.

That night, while drinking her weight in wine, Charlotte decides to do some sleuthing to see if she can find the man who wrote the note. With some help from Facebook, Charlotte finds that Reed Eastwood is a smoldering young lad who may or may not still have a fiancé and is a part of his family’s reality business.

In a moment of drunken stupidity brilliance, Charlotte sends in a request form for a showing of a high-end loft priced at $6 million. Because, of course, it makes sense to pretend to be on the market for million dollar home simply to meet a guy who wrote a lovely note.


Let’s just say the meeting does not go quite according to plan. Charlotte and Reed would be happy to never cross each other’s paths ever again. However, in a twist of fate, Charlotte lands a job and that position just so happens to be as Reed’s secretary and personal assistant.

And so their story begins.

Why Read This?

Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward have many romance books in their catalog and Hate Notes is definitely one to look out for.

From their laugh-out-loud first meeting to the evolution of their slow-burning relationship, it’s impossible to look away from Charlotte and Reed. They grab your attention and refuse to let go.

So if you need to smile like a goof, then this is the book for you.

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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