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“Hate Notes is fun, steamy, emotional, and quite the slow burn.” ―Harlequin Junkie
“A must-read…I knew Hate Notes would be an engaging, funny, and seriously sexy romance, and it is. What I didn’t expect was the powerfully delivered, emotionally impactful and memorable storyline that resonated and moved me.” ―USA Today’s Happy Ever After
“If you’ve never read a Vi Keeland/Penelope Ward book before, Hate Notes is a great way to dive right in…Hate Notes has all the things that make Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s stories so wonderful. And then, once you’ve fallen in love with their storytelling in Hate Notes, you will have an entire backlog of books to get you through till their next great story.” ―Hypable
About the Author
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her titles have appeared on more than ninety bestseller lists and are currently translated into 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.
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, who has autism. She is the author of more than fifteen novels, including Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Drunk Dial, and the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller RoomHate.
Together, Vi and Penelope have written Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit, Playboy Pilot, Mister Moneybags, Dear Bridget, I Want You, Rebel Heir, and Rebel Heart. Visit them at www.vikeeland.com and www.penelopewardauthor.com.
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (November 6, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503904482
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503904484
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #171,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If, however, you have no qualms with dirty language, you probably will want to give this five stars. Although I thought the number of eff words was excessive, I still enjoyed this novel.
POV: First person.
BLUSH FACTOR: There are a number of eff-words and other profanities, so I am certain nobody is going to be reading this to their young children or their prayer group. To their BFF, maybe, but that depends…
STAND-ALONE OR CLIFFHANGER ENDING? Stand-alone.
‘…She smiled. “It’s my turn for a story, if you have a little time.”
“I literally have nothing but time.”
Iris began. “In 1950, a young seventeen-year-old girl graduated high school and had dreams of going to college to study business. Back then, not many women went to college, and very few studied business, which was widely considered a man’s field. One night shortly after graduation, the young woman met a handsome carpenter. The two had a whirlwind courtship, and before long, the girl had immersed herself in his world. She accepted a job as a secretary answering the phones for the family business that the carpenter worked for, spent her evenings helping his mother take care of their home, and put her own passions and dreams on the back burner.
“On Christmas Day in 1951, the man proposed, and the woman accepted. She thought by the following year she would be living the American dream of being a housewife. But three days after Christmas, the young man was drafted into the army. Some of their friends were also drafted, and many of them were getting married to their sweethearts before they were shipped off to the military. However, this woman’s carpenter didn’t want to do that. So she vowed to wait for his return and spent the next few years working for his father’s carpentry business. When her soldier finally returned home four years later, she was ready for her happily ever after. Only on his first day back, he informed her that he’d fallen in love with a secretary on base and was breaking off their engagement. He even had the audacity to ask for the ring he’d given her back so that he could offer it to his new girlfriend.”
“Ouch,” I said. “Did I mention that Todd’s new fiancée is wearing my engagement ring? I wish I’d never thrown it at him.”
Iris went on. “I wish you hadn’t, too. That’s what this girl did. She refused to return the ring, telling him she was keeping it as payment for four lost years of her life. After a couple of days of licking her wounds, she dusted off her dignity, held her head high, and promptly sold the ring. She used the money to pay for her first business classes at college.”
“Wow. Good for her.”
“Well, the story doesn’t quite end there. She finished up college but was having the worst time trying to secure a job. No one wanted to hire her to run a business when her only experience was secretarial work for her ex-fiancé’s family carpentry company. So she embellished her résumé a bit. Instead of saying she was the secretary of the carpentry company, she wrote she was the manager; and instead of listing her duties as typing up quotes and answering phones, she listed preparing bids and negotiating contracts. Her improved résumé got her a job interview at one of the biggest property-management companies in New York City.”
“Did she get the job?”
“No. Turned out that the personnel director knew her ex-fiancé, knew she had lied about her responsibilities with the carpentry company, and berated her during the interview.”
“Oh my God. Like what happened to me today with Mr. Stick-Up-His…’
Keeland, Vi. Hate Notes (pp. 26-27). Montlake Romance. Kindle Edition.
Keeland, Vi. Hate Notes (pp. 25-26). Montlake Romance. Kindle Edition.
Three stars out of five, due to the excess of profanities.
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Look, I highlighted the crap out of this book because the whole thing was just too improbable and the plot sort of ran itself ragged, lacking a cohesive arc.
Not helping were our protagonists, Reed and Charlotte, whom I felt were recycled and also an amalgam of this duo's other book characters - namely, Stuck-up Suit, Bossman, and Egomaniac
If you’ve read the blurb then you know Charlotte was recently cheated on by her fiancé, which precipitated losing her job and home. The thing is, Charlotte is a ditz who seemingly has no clue how to navigate life without a man. And, as with most of Keeland’s and Ward’s heroines, she’s without friends (which I find preposterous as nobody is an island). Anyway, moving on.
By a stroke of luck, Charlotte finds a love note that, as it turns out, leads her to Reed.
By another stroke of luck, she’s immediately hired by Reed’s grandmother because, of course, Reed was mean to her and while she was hiding in the bathroom, crying her eyes out, serendipity happens.
Imagine for a second all the ducks that needed to be in that one row, managing to somehow create a circuitous meeting for these two. Seriously, can we say plot manipulation?
Reed, of course, has a big secret (not the ex, thank small mercies) that only he must know....leading to a situation where Charlotte all but chased him around like the coyote and the road-runner. Mad props to Char for tenacity, but mehn, that woman needed a dose of self-love.
Eventually, and only when it seems Char might prefer another bloke, Reed roused from his pity party enough to pursue her right all the way to France.
And....well, you can read my notes because I'm suddenly just tired and disillusioned. I had such high hopes for this book, I mean, just look at that cover. Le sigh.
Charlotte is looking at wedding dresses at a second hand store. She is trying to sell her unused wedding dress but the store will only give credit. So she walks out of the store with a gorgeous wedding dress with a hand written blue note stitched inside.
Reed is in real estate and sells very big expensive properties. While doing a showing he meets Charlotte and their meeting doesn’t go so well. After the awful showing she receives a job offer she can’t turn down. She never expected she would be working for Reed.
The chemistry between these two was off the charts. I loved the banter between them. There were times this book would have me in tears and then I would be laughing. Hate Notes had it all and was perfection! I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for more work from these amazing authors.
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Charlotte is hilarious, yes she's crazy and very clumsy when Reed is around but I haven't stopped laughing at her awkwardness. But she shows no care in what other people think of her, especially not Reed. I also love how she doesn't put up with Reed's crap, she gives him as good as he gets. I hate female characters who are meek and feeble but these are two words I won't use to describe Charlotte. Charlotte may be a little qwerky but she has a much deeper, sensitive side and it was really nice to see that 'real' side of her and how quickly Reed understood and supported her.
Reed is an ass, an alphahole but a lovable one (if you search deep, deep down 😂) You can tell from the start that he's hiding something, but I would never have guessed what! Talk about curve ball......
Reed may be an ass but in his mind, he has reason to be. Despite his reluctance towards Charlotte, you could clearly see that he cared for her deeply and that was what made me fall for him.
"It's killing me that your hurting. Come home with me. Let me take care of you. I love you. I love you Charlotte."
Grandma Iris, oh who doesn't love an interfering grandmother 😂😂 this woman is everything! And she is ALWAYS right.
"My grandmother always said a lady gave them an angel's smile and kept her devilish thoughts to herself."
This book is filled with clichès but I love it. It's nothing like I was expecting. These authors have had me laughing, swooning and almost, almost crying. The ending was more beautiful than i could have imagined. This book is now in my top 5 for 2018, there's no other place for it!
"Love isn't about a beautiful dress, a note, or even poignant words. It was about being with someone through thick and thin, about seeing them through not only the best moments of life but also the worst."
Whilst Charlotte Darling is in the process of selling her unused wedding gown she finds a hand written blue love note sown in the hem of another not worn gown. 'Something blue'. This note was signed by Reed Eastwood and in her desire to find who he is online and the reasons why he declared his feelings in such an endearing manner, she makes a fascinating discovery. Reed sells expensive, high-end property and is in fact a wealthy real estate company owner. He had previously been set to marry.
It appears that both Charlotte and Reed have taken different routes in overcoming their failed relationships which would have led to marriage. Charlotte is positive about her situation, is truthful, impulsive, cheerful and full of fun. And currently looking for work. Whereas, Reed's attitude is generally negative, he is emotionally closed-off and is not interested in having any intimate relationship. But even on their first meeting his outlook on life changed drastically when faced with the fireball that is Charlotte Darling. l recommend you read and find out.
I loved quirky Charlotte Darling with her air typing, love of squirrels and her $uck-it list. She made me giggle on the bus. She is pure sunshine with fairy dust.
Reed Eastwood and Charlotte together are hilarious. She is the perfect antidote to his grumpiness. How can you not smile at a dog surfing teacher especially one that called her own dog Richard Stamps? I want to be more Charlotte.
The premise of the book, girl finds romantic note in a second hand wedding dress then finds the man who wrote said note through the wonder of the internet grabbed me. How Charlotte then moves into the role of his assistant is a bit far fetched but I don’t care. It’s fiction. It’s allowed to be whatever.
I feel a bit bereft now and don’t know what to do with myself. I might google blush pink feathered wedding dresses, that will cheer me up.
... Now, back to the story. The two authors make a brilliant team, their writing skills are brilliant, all the ingredients for a cracking tale . I am not going to say whats gone on as it will spoil it for future readers, but know that the chemistry is hot HOT and extra HOT, humorous to the point of laughing out loud - twists and turns that had me in tears, especially towards the end I shed quite a few, (I don't weep easily either). so tissues at the ready girls.
A beautiful well rounded story line.