I just know when these two authors collaborate that I am in for a great ride. This book has now surpassed Cocky Bastard as my favorite from them. It is grouped in the contemporary romance section which is very apt, but it has loads of humor and banter that it’s not far off a rom-com. It is also told in dual POV, which is my choice to get a better feel of what each character is thinking.
Charlotte was a hoot! She was sassy, smart and a little bit out there crazy, but all in a good fun way. After some big life changes, Lady Luck seems to be on her side for a change. In a unique way, she meets Reed who was not what she was expecting. His life experiences have made him jaded and slightly bitter but she still sees the romantic that wrote the love note. If only he would write them for her, and not the hate notes she is receiving. With working together and helping each other tick of items on the modern day bucket list, their time together creates a strong bond, one that will be needed.
I loved Reed! He was such a darling, with a little d (or is it a big D?!!). Yes, he was arrogant and cynical but he had a vulnerability that will melt your heart. It takes him a while to change direction that it gives this tale a slow burn ambiance. Reeds grandmother was a delight as was his brother Max. Fingers crossed we get more from him, I’d be delighted to read his novel. Finally, I enjoyed the epilogue and getting a good sense of what their life together was like.
Great characters and great story. I listened to the audio book and thoroughly enjoyed the narration. Both voice actors gave a superb performance. It's always an instant buy when these two authors co-write a new story. And the cover... Omg...
Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward is a contemporary standalone romance that is guaranteed to hit you in your feels and leave you aching even wth the happily ever after. Well-written and well-paced this is another fabulous release from two of my favorite authors.
Charlotte is a wonderful character. She embraces her crazy (mostly) and is learning to find herself again after realizing she changed too much to be who her cheating ex-fiancé wanted her to be. In a moment of crazy she finds herself with someone else's wedding dress and the most beautiful love note that is stitched inside. Having just discovered her ex is now engaged again to someone who could be her sister and with her very same engagement ring she gets drunk and starts chasing down the writer of the love note. Fast forward to a tour of a penthouse suite, an awkward encounter and an embarrassing cry-fest in the bathroom and Charlotte's life is about to get even more interesting.
Reed Eastwood is as opposite of what Charlotte imagined as he could possibly be. Expecting the author of such a beautiful and sentimental letter to exude those characteristics in public she is disappointed when he is icy instead of warm, sarcastic instead of reverent, and an absolute beast, albeit a very beautifully masculine one. But Reed has his reasons and they run deep and it seems like nothing can break or bend this man away from his isolation - but Charlotte is starting to see some of his façade crack and the more she gets a peek of the more interested she is in learning more.
An epic push-pull of emotions between two wonderful characters and I dare you to love this story! Enjoy!
I'm not sure what made me read this book. The exert I read on FB, the cover or it kept on coming up everytime I scrolled trying to find something new to read. But I am damn lucky I did. Such a great read. Also something different from the norm of heartbreak to a character. Charlotte was so well written. Definitely look for more books by these authors
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward ALWAYS write amazing books, however Hate Notes was phenomenal. After the breakdown of her engagement, Charlotte Darling goes to sell her unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. While there a beautiful and unique dress with feathers catches her eye. Ever the optimist, she decides to try it on. Stitched into the lining of the dress she finds the most beautifully written and heartfelt love letter she’s every read. It reads “Thank you for making all my dreams come true” and is on embossed stationary with the letterhead ‘From the desk of Reed Eastwood’. Even though the love letter is addressed to someone else, she decides to seek the couple out, to see if there truly is a happy ever after. And that starts with tracking down the author of the letter... However, Reed and Charlotte’s first encounter doesn’t go well. He is the complete opposite to how she imagined - he’s rude, condescending and takes pleasure in humiliating her. She leaves upset after lashing out at him, not before she makes an impression on him that he can’t quite explain. Fleeing to a bathroom after their encounter, her sobs are overheard by an older lady, Iris. Iris sees through the tears something in Charlotte that remind her of her younger self, and immediately offers Charlotte a job. This chance encounter sets in motion a series of events that inextricably link Charlotte, Iris and Reed’s lives. Initially it seems the only things Charlotte and Reed have in common is having their heart broken and disliking each other...
Wow! Just... wow! These authors can seriously do no wrong - this was off the charts good. 5 stars doesn't do it justice!
This was an emotional rollercoaster of a journey. Call it fate, call it determination but what started with a little bit of stalking turned into an amazing and heartbreaking journey for Charlitte and Reed. While they were both recovering from having their heart broken, they saw the world through very different eyes. Reed became Mr Pessimistic; and Charlotte was as definitely Miss Optimistic, seeing the positives in the world around her, and seeming to not let anything get to her.
They were instantly attracted to each other, but Reed put his walls up and responded aggressively and arrogantly, upsetting Charlotte which ultimately led to her getting a job with his family's company (fate I tell you!).
The push-pull that ensues has it all - I laughed at a lot of their interactions, swooned with how sweet Reed could be and how supportive and empathetic Charlotte was, felt my heart break when Reed divulged his secret and again when Charlotte chose to walk away rather than be rejected again and again. The ending was beautiful, and the Epilogue had me reaching for the tissues.
The book was completely rounded out - no loose ends, and with the Epilogue set 26yrs into the future, we really got to see what their lives were like which is something I haven't seen in any other books. Usually the epilogues will be a handful of months or years later, whereas this really focused on the crux of Reed's insecurities and gave us the ending his story needed.
Beautifully done, and I think one of my favourites, if not THE favourite, from these authors.
A must read for those that love a good enemies to lovers story..though to be fair our MCs are never really enemies just meet in an unorthodox way. Charlotte and Reed have become one of my all time favourite book couples with good reason, this story will have you laughing, cheering and even shedding a tear...it will also suck you in and and not let go until you read the final word. That epilogue though..happy and sad tears. Pick this book up , grab a glass of wine and enjoy the ride