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[Blog Tour + Review] Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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Title: Hate Notes
Author(s): Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: November 6, 2018


From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story of secondhand hearts and second chances…

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…


While I figured this was just another sexy office romance, I seriously fell head over heels for this book. It’s part romantic comedy, but with enough emotional baggage to pull on your heart-strings. Hate Notes quite literally starts with a note in a dress and somehow brings Charlotte and Reed together in a twist of fate.

Charlotte was such an optimistic character full of quirks. What drew me to her was that she was an absolute breath of fresh air. In this story she is rediscovering herself and making her own happiness in any way she can. Part of that included finding the guy who wrote the sweet note she found, but he turns out to be a total ass. Turns out he’s also her new boss and she’s already on his bad side.

Reed is a complicated guy. He can be arrogant and pig-headed one second and charming the next. It doesn’t help that the same woman who he thinks is now stalking him/batshit crazy is now his assistant.

Both of them have been hurt in the past and refuse to let love in, but they can’t deny the chemistry between them. It’s so fun to see the sexual tension between them one second and have them bickering the next. If you’re looking for slow burn, this is definitely it! There are definitely more than a few emotional twists thrown in as well.

By the end I had tears in my eyes because this story got to me. If I could compare this book to anything, it felt like The Hating Game meets Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, but with a bit of Letters to Juliet thrown in. It was fun and flirty, but also a story that dives deep emotionally. So if you’re looking for an emotional rollercoaster, then this is the book for you!


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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 one hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty 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 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 a million books sold, she is a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over fifteen novels, including RoomHate which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Drunk Dial, Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit, Playboy Pilot and Mister Moneybags (the latter four co-written with Vi Keeland).




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The winner will receive 1 copy of Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward!
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