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Review: Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

Jun 8, 2017

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.



 So…I have a confession to make. This is the first book I’ve read by Christina Lauren (What?!! I know, right?). Well I’m very happy to say that the writing duo of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings have a new fan. If life (work, sleep, etc) hadn’t gotten in the way, I think this would have been a book I read in one sitting. I was that into it.

I was invested in these characters and if they were going to make things work, especially being in the situation they were in with their jobs. I loved the chemistry between Carter and Evie and was rooting for them from the very beginning. The dialogue between the characters and their inner dialogue at times had me laughing out loud, which I loved. But these two had a rough road ahead of them when the two companies they work for merged into one. Both vying for the same position, but not wanting to lose a possibility of having something serious between them, can they make it work?

I felt a few emotions while reading this one that I wasn’t expecting going into it. It’s more than a romantic comedy. It’s got everything I want in a romance, but it went beyond that. I applaud Christina Lauren for writing on an issue that is still so prevalent in today’s times and what many women go through in the workplace.

All in all, it was a great read! I also loved their friends in the book! Great side characters. I’m really glad I finally got introduced to this awesome writing duo and I will definitely be reading more of their books in the future.

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Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub Date: June 6, 2017

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