Hate Notes – Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward

three stars black
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Pages: 301
Release Date: November 6, 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.

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


I picked up Hate Notes because Keeland and Ward can be relied upon for a steamy romance, which was what I was in the mood for. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Hate Notes as much as I wanted to.

The main character, Charlotte, is a bubbly and quirky blond who comes off as sort of an airhead, but is not as proven by her work ethic. I don’t usually mind quirky characters, but Charlotte was over the top at times and came off as dumb too often. The love interest, Reed, is as closed off as they come because of his past. He’s driven and assertive and focused entirely on work. Thus, making Charlotte and Reed perfect foils for each other.

I was expecting the chemistry between Charlotte and Reed to sizzle and light the pages on fire. Instead, their chemistry fizzled. My perception of their chemistry is entirely affected by my dislike (for lack of a better word) of Charlotte. There were too many instances I found Charlotte to be downright annoying.

Despite the name of the novel being Hate Notes, there are surprisingly very few notes exchanged. There is the note that was the catalyst for the story and a couple of others, but none of the notes stand out as hate notes despite the authors telling readers they are, in fact, hate notes.

Overall, Hates Notes is a mediocre enemies to lovers romance that has an interesting catalyst but fails to explore the idea thoroughly. I wish I could have enjoyed this one more, but my dislike of the main character coupled with the lack of chemistry left Hate Notes lacking.


Have you read Hate Notes? What did you think?

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