Audio Book Review |Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward


A standalone romance novel published by Montlake Romance

By: New York Times Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Release Date: Tuesday, 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 . . .

Hate Notes final paperback cover

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Photo Credit: Tijana Vukovic

Model: Dusan Susnjar

Teasers by: Luna Sol



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I loved this office romance that took a highly emotional turn that I never saw coming! Fate intervenes several times to bring these lovers together and this is a classic opposites attract romance that was sexy and funny yet also heartwarming and moving.

Our heroine Charlotte at first glance seems a bit ditzy. She has some social media stalking tendencies she needs to work on but I don’t know, her character kind of grew on me and I found her fun. I loved her positive outlook on life. She had a lot to complain about, most recently her cheating ex-fiance. However, this girl picked herself up and moved on with her life.

By a twist of fate she meets Reed who ends up being her boss. There are actually several twists of fate that bring these two together that is not realistic in any way but this is a romance book so I went with it. Reed has the complete opposite outlook on life. With good reason, which we eventually find out but he is definitely a half empt glass kind of guy. He cannot deny his pull and attraction to the bubbly Charlotte no matter how hard he tries. And my god did he try. Reed’s need to put up resistance makes this a very slow burn! While this frustrated me sometimes, their chemistry was on point!

Making the ever cynical, tough guy exterior hero go soft as he falls in love with the girl is my favorite kind of story. So I enjoyed how this played out. I really loved Reed’s medling grandmother. She cracked me up with her antics. There are emotional moments of vulnerability for both characters as they tackle their own personal issues mixed in with the sexy and the comedy. Overall a great romantic dramady!

The narrators were excellent and I would give them 5 stars!

4 Stars
Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Mild to Moderate
POV: Dual

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Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in two dozen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over 1.5 million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

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