In Review: Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

Posted July 17, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: Dating You / Hating You by Christina LaurenDating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: eBook, 350 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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My rating:
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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.

In Review My Thoughts

Guys, I freaking loved this book. Carter and Evie were flipping amazing. They had me literally laughing out loud. There were Harry Potter references, y’all. If ever there was a Kim book, this is it.

This book was just flat-out fun and I was a little surprised, if I’m being totally honest. I’ve been a big fan of Christina Lauren’s books for awhile now, but I don’t think “fun” is a word I’ve ever used to describe one of them until now. That’s not to say that they haven’t had their funny moments, but I’ve always felt like the emphasis was more on the dirty and even the angst at times in their other books. (Which is so not a complaint. I love all of those things.) Don’t get me wrong, this one had it’s dirty moments and a few feels, but the overall vibe was light and fun.

I seriously loved Evie. She was ridiculously relatable. (And I mean that in a good way.) We might have different jobs and live on different coasts, but I found myself nodding along and seeing a lot of my experiences in what she was going through. At 33, she’s a little older than most of the heroines I read about — or the single ones anyhow — and I loved that. More of this, please, authors. I adored Carter, too. He was totally swoony. Did I mention he is a Harry Potter nerd? (As is Evie.) These are my people and I absolutely loved reading along as they got to know each other, then got pitted against each other at work and became “enemies,” all while fighting their insane chemistry.

Dating You / Hating You was smart, funny and sexy. Both Evie and Carter were wonderful characters who I found it easy to root for — even when it made it tough because they were on opposite sides. I love a good workplace dynamic in romance books, so this one worked for me all the more. From their intense chemistry during their meet cute to the pranks they pulled on each other in the name of office warfare, I just really enjoyed this book. It definitely goes on the “to be re-read” pile.

FAVORITE QUOTES

I can’t commit to the yearly plan for Netflix and I don’t even own the car I just parked two blocks down the crowded street. I am a terrible adult. 

“Are you sure you’re Gryffindor? Your laugh makes me think you have a secret lab and are building an apocalyptic robot dog that’s going to eat every smug person here. Slytherin for sure.” 

“I’m pretty bad at this. But I have a great romance backup plan that includes a pack of small animals in sweaters, with me as their leader.” 

“You’re wound so tight. How do I make you unravel?”

About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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2 responses to “In Review: Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

  1. So happy you loved it!! She has not been my favorite author but I have read so many great reviews about this book that I really should give this author another try. You guys are doing a great job making me reconsider. 😀

    • Kim

      I’ll be totally honest with you — I didn’t love Beautiful Bastard when I first tried to read it. It was too much for me and I wrote off their books because of that. A friend encouraged me to try their Wild Seasons series and I absolutely fell in love. I then went back and reread Beautiful Bastard and I adored it and the rest of the books in the series. It might’ve been a mood thing. Who knows. But I’d try again if I were you. 🙂

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