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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…

©2018 Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Hate Notes

I started this book and could not put it down. The story captured my heart and the characters were great. This is a must read

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Nothing like I expected.

Wow, emotional twists and hilarious banter with a little romance was just what I needed. This was a grate story and the narrators were fantastic.

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An array of emotions!

Hate Notes was a great read. It had lots of fun, LOL moments, but there were also sad, emotional moments as well. Some pages I didn't know whether to laugh or cry! Charlotte is a fun loving, quirky lady. She gets super drunk and devises a plan to meet Reed, the author of the super sweet note she found in a bridal gown. However he is most definitely not the sweet guy she was expecting, quite the opposite. Charlotte lucks out when she unexpectedly meets Iris and her life takes a turn for the better. Charlotte is determined not to let Reed get the better of her, and it results in much amusement for the reader. Love all the back and forth banter, and the sizzling chemistry between these 2. Reed is determined to keep Charlotte at arms length for reasons he doesn't intend on sharing. The second half of the story was definitely more emotional than the first, but Charlotte kept me smiling throughout with her optimism. Love the narrators, Sebastian York is a favourite, first audio I've listened to with Lynn Barrington and I really enjoyed her performance as well

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A love story that proves true to the Heart

Wonderful heart Warming love story that should be an example to live by. The characters are brought to life by the Narrators. This will be a book I will enjoy listening to again.

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Beautiful 😘😘

This is a amazing story. These two are so made for each other it’s a shame it took him so long to figure it out .. arhhhh 😖😖😖 they are exciting and fun . Hilarious and so dame sexy it for each other .god I hope we get more . Was definitely worth listening too. Sebastian York and Lynn Barrington really made this story come to life . Perfect ❤️💕💋💕❤️

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Beautiful

I laughed out loud, get mad, cried and then laughed some more...what a ride! I was hooked from the very 1st little blue note to the very last. What a beautiful and real story and the narration brought it all to life. Such a lovely and well written story. Sometimes in life we all need a little spark of crazy, it often leads us down a path of beauty that we never could have imagined.

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wow

fantastic, had me laughing and then the next minute crying. best epilogue I have ever heard

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Surprising read

So for a while I was a little off put by the name. Eventually I ran out of other books to read so I chose this. I was pleasantly surprised! There was numerous times in this story that I was literally laughing out loud, once to the point of tears. This is such a good read! As they say, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, yup lesson learned haha.

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A BLUSHING AUDIO REVIEW

It doesn’t take long before you become invested in Charlotte and Reed and captivated by their love story. The narrators were matched perfectly to their characters and did a superb job. I preferred the audio version of this book than the print. The narrators really brought out the personalities in their characters adding another dimension to the story. I give the audio 4.5 Stars

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***Hauntingly beautiful***

It's one of the most romantic story ever and sad too. I couldn't put it down, I have listened to it from ch.1 to the end. so romantic and beautiful. I'm one of Sebastian York biggest fan, he has the most sexiest and deepest voice ever *sighs* my first book if Lynn Barrington and I'm sure won't be the last, she is brilliant.

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  • Book Bruin
  • 29-11-2018

darling with a little d

I really enjoyed this slow burn enemies to friends to lovers office romance. It had plenty of laughs and quirky moments, but there were also very serious topics and issues addressed as well. Charlotte was the perfect complement to Reed. The light to his dark. I loved her overall outlook on life and that she was much more honest and forthcoming with her feelings. When we first meet Reed, he is an angry shell of the man he once was. He frustrated me at times, but I also fell in love with him as his walls came down and the all in, unconditional love romantic resurfaced. The push and pull in this one was delicious and though it hurt my heart, the issues and feelings our characters encounter felt real and honest. I think the book needed all of Charlotte's charm and crazy to offset the heavier moments that both our characters face. The majority of the novel is spent building up the tension between Reed and Charlotte and seeing their relationship evolve. As much as I enjoyed their journey, I think I needed to see more of them enjoying what they fought so hard to reach. The epilogue was incredibly sweet, but also somber. I respected the authors more for this though instead of trying to wrap everything up with a pretty (and unrealistic) bow. There's a reason Sebastian York is so beloved by audiobook listeners. His narration as standoffish and closed off Reed was perfect. Lynn Barrington is a new narrator to me, but I thought she did a fantastic job as Charlotte. Both her male and female voices were clear and distinct and she delivered all of Charlotte's snark impeccably. I think the only minor issue I had (which I run into sometimes with audiobooks), was that for both narrators, there were a few times I wasn't sure if something was internal dialogue or actually spoken out loud. Overall, this was a great listen and is one of my favorites from this writing duo! Overall 4 stars Performance 4.5 stars Story 4 stars

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  • 09-11-2018

THIS IS MY LOVE NOTE..

Yet again these very talented authors kept me awake til the wee hours with their charming characters, their compelling plot with its secrets and their heartwarming yet heartbreaking romance between a burnt yet hopeful heroine and a closed off never going to happen hero. What ensued was a twisted pleasure as their chemistry built and built.. as their interactions became friendlier and friendlier.. as the walls started to crumble then get reinforced.. and, as the loveable heroine worked her many guileless charms to finally penetrate those impenetrable walls. The addictive dual POV storyline had lots of delicious feels.. and a few heartbreaking ones too.. but the absolute perfection of the narration by two well-loved actors made this a seriously impressive audiobook that I wish I could give ten stars to. Worth a credit? Absolutely.. and if you have no credits then beg, borrow or.. well, I will not encourage you to steal the money but what is the penalty for a first offence?

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  • bebe
  • 14-12-2018

Way over rated

Not for me at all. Silly and sappy. Lots of angst and the sex scene was not at all romantic. This was a waste of my listening time. I am returning the book.

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  • 10-11-2018

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

This was a fun book. Charlotte was a great characters, she is quirky, spontaneous and pretty blunt. Reed is your typical brooding rich guy who has baggage and a nasty Ex. I like that Charlotte brings out the best in Reed and helps him because spontaneous and fun. Reed's Grandmother Iris was my favorite thing about this book, she was nosy and pushy and made me laugh more than once. If your looking for fun romance with some drama and a HEA, this book might be for you. Lynn Barrington was perfect for Charlotte, she brought out her quirkiness and did her inner monologue so good. And Sebastian York.... Need I say more... ok well fine I'll say a little more, I LOVE his voice but I will admit there is a very small part with a British character in this book and Sebyo doesn't do accents... I mean sometimes he does, it's odd cause if the character has 5 sentences, 3 of them have no accent. I've heard him do this before, he just doesn't keep up with the accents but that's ok with me cause it's Sebastian York. #BestMeetCute #NarrationPerfection #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Addicted to Audible
  • 18-12-2019

Just 'Ok' for me

Typically I adore Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, in fact I pretty much have 97% of these 2 authors books on my audible account. Unfortunately, this one just didn't keep me engaged in the story and at times I found myself getting side tracked, not paying attention and just getting bored. There were some funny times, some sweet times and some sexy times, but to me it had more lackluster times than all the others. Charlotte is in a bad place after ending her engagement and ends up selling her wedding gown at a consignment shop. She then finds a romantic letter sewn into a dress that she was drawn to and it gives her hope that true love still does exist. She gets drunk one night and ends up looking up the man that wrote the letter. She then puts a plan in place to meet him. Reed too is in a bad place after he gets some medical news and his engagement ends. Through bucket lists, funny situations, some deep moments, and some sexual tension their love/hate relationship begins and they start to fall in love. It's a long, slow burn to get there and I didn't care for exactly how long it took. I felt like they wrapped up their life and story in the last 10 minutes of the book. Like literally, the last chapter and then an epilogue that takes you 26 years in the future. I would have preferred more of their life and love story to play out and not so much of the cat and mouse game that was the majority of the book. As far as narration, I always love Sebastian York, but I am NOT a fan of Lynn Barrington. I thought her voice was much too old or mature sounding for this young and quirky female character. I didn't think she did this story justice at all. I wish I could give Sebastian 5 stars and Lynn only 2. Sadly, this was not worth a credit for me and I will be exchanging it since I know I will never care to listen to this one again.

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  • Ana's Attic
  • 19-12-2018

Deeper than Expected

4.25 Stars I haven’t read a lot of Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward but I know how beloved they are, and I have loved the few I read, so I went into Hate Notes (currently free in KU for both Kindle and audio or $1.99 Audible upgrade) with high expectations for a RomCom but got so much more. While there were absolutely some funny moments, this was a pretty emotional read as well. Charlotte is having a really bad time of it. Catching her fiancé cheating at the office left her broken up and jobless. In need of money, she goes to sell her wedding dress, but can only get store credit. When she eyes a beautiful gown, she not only falls for the gown, but for the man who pinned the most romantic note ever inside of it. Curious to know more, Charlotte did some research and located the real estate executive responsible for the note, and arranged for a showing of a fancy apartment she could never afford. "Such an a$$*ole. A gorgeous, arrogant a$$*ole who looked just as good going as he did coming." Reed was a total jerk. So bad, he made the fun and vivacious Charlotte run crying to the bathroom where she met a lovely older woman who offered her a job. When she found out the job is at Reed’s company, the banter began. “I wanted to taste her lips and suck away that sour look on her face, yet I knew that if there was one set of lips on this earth forbidden to me, it was Charlotte Darling’s. She wasn’t just a pretty face and a hot body. She was someone who wanted inside my soul, and that was never going to happen.” Reed was so closed off. He fought his feelings for Charlotte every step of the way. She was the aggressor in the relationship, and we don’t learn why until towards the end of the book. Until then, I admit, I started to just not like Reed. “You want to feel me for one night? I’ll make you feel me for days.” Though there were a lot of familiar tropes, especially the enemies-to-lovers office trope, there was a very very unique twist that I related to on a very personal level, and I loved that the story dealt with that. Once we got to know Reed’s motivations, I started to like him and Charlotte together. But he held back most of the book. “I know with one hundred percent certainty that I am not the right man for you. You’re a dreamer, Charlotte. The biggest dreamer of them all. And you deserve to be with someone who won’t ever hold you back in life.” Just when things got good, the book ended. Don’t get me wrong, it was good the whole time, but I felt like we waited the whole book for them to get their crap together, and once they did, it was over. I would have loved to see them enjoy each other for a bit! “Love wasn’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.” Likes: •I loved Charlotte. •Air typing is my new favorite thing. •Banter always wins me over. •There was way more than a rom-com here, there was some serious emotions. •Wonderful supporting characters. •The Dual POV really added to this story and saved me from disliking Reed too much to come back from. Dislikes: •It took a very long time to really like the hero. •She chased him a little too much for my liking. •A very slow burn then a too-quick end. I would have liked more happy together time. Not Sure How I Felt: •The epilogue kind of ruined the end for me a bit, yet at the same time, it worked for the story. I just didn’t like how it made me feel. The Narration: Sebastian York worked great for this, and Lynn Barrington was new to me I think, but I loved her performance. The Down & Dirty: Hate Notes went much deeper than the cover or blurb would lead you to believe. While this covered a lot of familiar tropes, there was a very unique thread that ran through the book, but you don't discover it until late in the story. I think if it happened sooner my enjoyment would have even increased more. As it was, it took a lot for me to love the hero. Once he redeemed himself, I would have liked a little more couple time before the epilogue. Still, I am very glad I grabbed this one, and I look forward to more from this duo. Rating: 4.25 stars, 3.5 Heat, 5 Narration

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  • Blank
  • 28-12-2018

Kind of silly

This book had the potential of a great book. The sex scenes were laughable......and spoiler alert....the proposal was the silliest thing I have ever read. I am sorry if the author is offended by my review.....sometimes silly is exactly what we need.

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  • Linda
  • 07-11-2018

Love this!

I’ve never laughed out loud so much just listening to a story! Love, love, loved this book. It was definitely worth the credit! Narrators were both very good. Love Sebastian York!

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  • Tequila sun
  • 14-11-2018

Bucket List

I loved this book! Of course it's no surprise. I love both these authors so much. They are an easy one click everytime! This was almost like a fairy tale. Finding a dress with a mysterious note and wanting to know more about the person behind the note. Love the interaction between Reed and Charlotte and the bucket lists that were made. I didn't stop reading and listening to the audio till finished. A great book! I would listen and read again. Love SebYo and the new narrator Lynn. I haven't heard her before. Great job! Another favorite. #F**kit List #bluenote #SebYo #tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Christina B.
  • 07-11-2018

I can't...

I can't even describe how good, great, amazing this book is. Vi and Penelope do not disappoint, as usual. I LOVE Charlotte. I LOVE Reed. The very real life twist, queue the salty discharge from your eyes. The narration is on point.

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  • BBBf-sizzlereads-Best Book Boyfriends
  • 28-12-2018

LOVED THE CHARACTER AND THE HUMOR

4.5 STARS I adored Charlotte and Reed and I adored this story. basically, anything Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward turn's out I go gaga over I love their writing, the plots and the characters. HATE NOTES was So good, so many times I've burst into laughter, I love the characters. A bit about the plot; When Charlotte finds a note pinned inside a wedding dress, a love letter to his future wife, Charlotte becomes curious about the man who wrote it and why was the dress now in a second hand store were she was taking her own dress, she knows her story and why she's no longer a blushing bride but why this dress? Curiosity gets the better of Charlotte and she decides to stalk Reed on Facebook and try and find out more about the man behind the note, maybe it would renew her faith in love again. A drunken night leads to an appointment to view an apartment with Reed, an apartment way above her finances but she goes along with the viewing just to see the man. Reed is onto Charlotte and calls her out, you could say he was rude and arrogant and Charlotte ends up leaving the apartment upset. Let's just say Charlotte finds herself crying in the bathroom of the building, disappointed with the man behind the note who wasn't what she was expecting at all. Charlotte finds herself unloading everything to a dear old lady in the bathroom of the building, everything, all about her ex, about being jobless and the reason she was so curious to go to see the man who she now hated. Charlotte comes away with a job offer and new hope for her current hopeless life. When Charlotte and Reed meet again it definitely gets interesting, I laughed at Charlotte she was so funny without trying to be, she certainly could put the stuffy guy in the bow tie in his place and she did so over and over. I loved the love-hate relationship Charlotte and Reed had going on. Reed couldn't escape her even if he wanted to it seemed his Grandmother loved her and she had been hired to be the family's PA. A great light and humorous romance with a heartwarming hea. I loved it and would definitely recommend. I listened on audio and as always with these two authors choice of narrators it was brilliant, the narrators really brought the characters and the story to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-04-2019

A love story

A beautiful love story which kept me listening all day with out pausing until the end. I recommend this book or audio to anyone who wants to laugh and love and dream.

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  • Eguono Kogoro
  • 17-10-2020

Best Best Best

wow! I loved this book from start to finish. their stories ups and downs. This truly made my day

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-2020

Great story

had moments of laughter and some of tears. Great story and narrators as always are Great.

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  • Mrs. C. M. Mccann
  • 26-09-2020

Loved Sebastian York

I wish he had read the whole book. I found the woman’s interpretation of Reed a bit stuffy. She reminded me of Bill and Ted! But I adored Sebastian York as always.

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  • jake
  • 24-08-2020

Amazing book

This was my favourite audio book the story characters and narration was excellent I can't recommend this book highly enough if I could I would give it 10 out of 10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-2020

love it

put up reading this one for a long time. turns out to be very sweet love story! 👏 👏

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-07-2020

Absolutely brilliant.

Again with these authors books I have not been able to put it down, and again have laughed heartily and cried with all my heart. Another excellent story told so well

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  • Joanna Dando
  • 16-02-2020

For goodness sake

Possibly the most banal, cliched, predictable book I have ever read..painful.How on earth did it ever get 4.5 stars from anyone

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  • P.Wedz
  • 06-02-2020

Great Read.

Enjoyable story and highly recommended. Has good banter. No cliff hangers and a proper HEA.