Review: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Reviewed by Ericka

This story reminds me of those cute cozy little Hallmark romance movies. Charlotte has just broken her engagement off after finding her ex-fiance cheating on her. She goes to the bridal shop to return her dress to get a refund but can only get an exchange or store credit. While she is there, she finds a gown that is absolutely beautiful, and inside the gown is sewn a hand written note stitched in from the groom. She has no idea who the couple is but finds the gesture romantic. She gets the dress and conducts some drunk research.

Reed is a real estate agent that sells expensive property. He meets Charlotte while showing her some property. Given the situation, he has his reasons for being a jerk and condescending to her during the showing. Charlotte leaves with her feelings hurt and with a chance encounter is offered a job that she feels is heaven sent, but on her first day of the job she finds that Reed is her boss.

From the very beginning there is a lot of chemistry between Charlotte and Reed. She is eccentric, caring, forgiving, and a whole lot of crazy as Reed would describe her. However, he finds that fascinating about her. They are both opposites, but she balances him. Reed’s past is bittersweet. He has a secret that affects him from pursuing any types of relationships or personal future endeavors outside of the office. Charlotte wants him to live in the moment and embrace what the present gives him. There is a lot of banter between the two. It mostly comes from Charlotte. It is not meant to be in an annoying way because her attentions are honest and pure. They both are physically attracted to each other, but there is no acting on their feelings until much later in the story. So there is a lot of tension and lust build up.

This story is told from dual POVs. That is good because we can see what is going on with each other through themselves and not through just one character. Especially with Reed. There is so much that he deals with and to fully understand him would be only through him.

This is a story that does have memorable characters and will cause a book hangover syndrome.

Rating: B+

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Hate Notes
by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance

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