Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
Publishing Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Gallery
Adult Contemporary Romance
The Premise from the Publisher: "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, readers will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest" (SS).
My overall thoughts and review: So if you follow me on goodreads or twitter, you will know that I've been on such a romance kick lately. I devoured the Beautiful series by Christina Lauren and I have one more book left in the Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren as well. Christina Lauren is the combined pen-name of two awesome writers: Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. I have to say that are my favorite romance writing-duo because they write such strong and empowering female protagonists with male interests that are just swoon-worthy. I love that they have just the right amount of sexy and romantic scenes but also bigger themes like friendship, family, and work. When I learned that they were coming out with a stand-alone romance book, I knew I instantly had to read it. The premise of this story follows Carter and Evie, who hit it off at a Halloween party (they both dressed up as Harry and Hermione! HP references FTW!) but soon realize that they are competing for the same job which complicates their blossoming relationship. They pull some hilarious pranks on one another. The coffee keurig cups being swapped as one of my favorite moments. I laughed so much at the scenarios of Carter without coffee. There were a few sexy moments which Christina Lauren really know how to write, but Carter simply didn't make me swoon as much as the other CL male leads (he is no Will or Ansel unfortunately). That being said, I really enjoyed that CL gave us an inside look into the ugly business of Hollywood drama and the competitiveness that took place in firms of agents. The character of Brad was so horrible, and I wouldn't be surprised of people like him actually existed in real life. I loved that other characters stood up to his misogynistic ways! I also really loved how the characters engaged in text message chats and emails and the reader got to see those. Overall, I just loved seeing Carter and Evie find their path together, but also alone. They found what worked for them relationship wise, but also career wise. You can have both, and you shouldn't have to choose one or the other. I love that CL made this point clear in this book. I really enjoyed this summer read and it had me laughing out loud in many moments. I also want to take a moment to swoon over the adorable couple of Steph and Mike, they are #couplegoals. If you are a fan of other CL books, you will definitely enjoy this one!
My rating of the book: ✮✮✮✮ (4/5 stars)
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Disclaimer: An advanced reader's copy of the book was provided by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. All opinions of the book are my own.