Published by Gallery Books on June 6th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I know it’s too early to name my top book for 2017 since there are still six months to go, but Dating You/ Hating You is definitely one of my top 2017 reads!
I was a bit on the fence when news about this book first came out because the blurb reminded me of The Hating Game, one of my absolute favorite books. Now that I’ve read it, I think it’s safe to say that the only relevant similarity is the competing against each other aspect of the story. And that’s only a little part of what Dating You/ Hating You is about.
Two single talent agents in competing agencies meet at a Halloween party filled with couples. Despite their jobs, a connection is made, numbers are exchanged, and a week later, a date is set. These two talent agents have more in common than their career choices, and from the interactions they’ve had so far, they have a lot of chemistry between them.
With a possibility of a new relationship on the horizon, things are going well for our two talent agents… until their agencies merge and they’re vying for a position only one of them can get.
This book made me so happy! I’ve seen a lot of enemies to lovers office romances, but rarely a story where the enemy-to-lover aspect comes a bit later. The characters and situations were relatable, the characters likable, and the story had a great pace and flow that made me tear into this book page to page. Finished this baby in one sitting!
I wanted to weep when I was on the last page. Oh, the bittersweet feeling of finishing a book. You’re so happy to read the happily ever after, but incredibly sad because there’s nothing left to read of it.
Dating You/ Hating You is a lot different than the duo’s previous books, and I actually love this so much more. This is definitely a more mature Christina Lauren, but the humor, effortless banter, great characters, and sizzling sexual tension are still there. I could feel the emotions seeping through the book—anger, joy, lust, longing. Plus, Carter made me swoon!
I’ve always been interested in what goes on behind the scenes, so it was nice to get a glimpse of what goes on in a talent agency. And I loved reading about the injustices and sexism women still face in the industry regardless of their skills and talent. Evie was a force to be reckoned with, I want to be like her one day.
Christina Lauren fans and contemporary romance readers will definitely enjoy this entertaining, sexy, and laugh out loud book.
Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Office Romance
POV: Dual, First POV