Sunday, June 4, 2017

Book Review: Dating You Hating You

Dating You / Hating YouAuthor: Christina Lauren
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books

All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.

"Simply put, Evelyn Abbey is my former almost-girlfriend-turned-archnemesis-turned-tentative-ally whom I would now very much like to permanently seduce."

His smile is warm and slow, and when it reaches his eyes, something inside my chest turns over in defeat.

"And it hit me. I hate it there. I love what I do - I love you - but I hate P&D. It’s like trying to work in the middle of a dodgeball game." 

Christina Lauren is one of my absolute favorite contemporary authors. They are actually a writing duo of two best friends. I have never read a book of theirs that I rated below 4 stars. This book was such a fresh take on the romance genre and I loved the idea of the plot. The story follows Carter and Evie, both who work in the crazy world of Hollywood. They end up being thrown together in this high-powered world when their companies are merged together and they are fighting for the same position. They meet before they find out about the merger and immediately connect. The story follows them as they fight to make their relationship work in spite of all that is happening around them. The book alternates between both of their point of views. I usually do not like this in books, but of course Christina Lauren is an exception because they keep you hooked and make you feel vested in the lives of their characters.

I love how realistic this story is, especially today. The plot is so modern and even though I don’t live in a big city like L.A., I can only imagine that things like job mergers happen a lot. It’s hard to say which character I liked more. There were several times during my reading that I felt sorry and elated for both of them. Carter and Evie are both amazing at their job and the whole time I was reading I was biting my nails trying to decide which character I thought would win out. I was getting really nervous about how the book would end, but I can say that I was extremely pleased with how the book ended. This was such a quick read that was perfect for the beginning of summer. It only took me a few days to read!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review***

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