Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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Hate Notes by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
Also by this Author: Stepbrother Dearest
Published by Montlake Romance on November 6, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Women's Fiction
Pages: 301

Heat Rating: two-half-flames

Audiobook Narrator: Sebastian York, Lynn Barrington
Audiobook Length: 8 hours and 17 minutes

Source: Goodreads

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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 . . .

One star or five? I’m just glad I didn’t pay for this book. The start was so promising. Around chapter three, I couldn’t put it down, and I was shushing family members. I laughed so hard, I did the thing I call snort-laughing about the air-typing thing. I cried, and I was touched by some very surprising setbacks.

But. Gosh I hate saying negative things about authors that I am so in love with! These two are the dream team! But. Ugh. I got to this part in the book that included a full description of driving a truck. Having been to trucking school, almost everything in that section was either outright wrong, or just plain illegal. Truckers are everywhere, and it would have been very easy to research this better. Shame on whoever researched for that section. It took me completely out of the book and made me disgusted with whoever allowed their truck to be used that way. NO trucker I know would allow an unlicensed car driver without a CDL permit behind the wheel of their rig. Plus her companion sat there after the guy left. There went my idea that any of this fairy tale story could even be close to true. I was all in until that moment.

The rest of the book, I struggled to get back to the bliss that was the beginning of the book for me. I never got there, and was so disappointed by the end that I almost gave it one star because I felt so lousy. They are very lucky they included that beautiful, realistic ending. It saved it. Almost.

I received this book for free from a Goodreads Giveaway. I’m quite relieved I didn’t pay for it, but am glad I took the time to read it. This one book will not stop me from enjoying future books from both authors, together or separate.


About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and 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, before switching to a more family-friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

About 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 ninety 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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