Dating You, Hating You by Christina LaurenPublished by Simon & Schuster on June 2017
Genres: Adult Fiction, Romance
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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
What fun! I’ve read Christina Lauren before and enjoyed it so I was excited to listen to this audiobook.
I really enjoyed the hilarious sabotage between Carter and Evie. Their chemistry was flirty and natural. I really liked Carter and how Evie made his head spin. (Of course he’s crazy about her!) and Evie’s clever thinking and imaginative ways of needling Carter was fantastic (Of course she likes him back!)
The frustrations between them was very palpable and it made the will they/won’t they component fresh.
Also, I loved the bad boss Brad. The commentary of how women are treated, the double standards we’re used to, our diminished pay compared to our male counterparts, were discussed passionately. Being in the corporate world myself, I immediately was able to commiserate with the women of the firm and their challenges.
The narrators were awesome. Evie’s voice had to grow on me but once I was absorbed, I was invested. She was a great narrator with just the right inflection to make Evie come to life. The male narrator for Carter was equally good, really bringing Carter’s frustration and longing for this woman into the forefront. Carter could have been bland or vanilla, but the narrator did a great job of making him interesting, especially during the conflicted conversations between Carter and his best friend MC.
Overall, the book is entertaining, fun with romance and some steamy scenes (though not a lot, compared to other Christina Lauren books). For those of you new to this author, you should try it!