Published by Simon and Schuster on June 6th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, General
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Everyone knows that all’s fair in love and war. But these two will learn that sabotage is a dish best served naked.
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 get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, hilarious story of romance in the modern world.
Dating You/Hating You is my first ever Christina Lauren but it won’t be my last – and not just because I have Autoboyography on my Kindle waiting to be read. Christina Lauren are super prolific, mind, so I have quite the back catalogue to get myself into… Dating You/Hating You is billed as their first stand-alone romance, and reminds me a little of the premise of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (which I haven’t read, but is also ironically published by Piatkus, like Dating You/Hating You), with the premise that two people meet, have crushes on each other, and it turns out they’re both Hollywood agents, their companies merge and boom! Suddenly, they’re competing for the same job.
It actually takes a while to get to the competing hi-jinks in Dating You/Hating You, but it did make me chuckle when Evie and Carter got down and dirty with each other (and not in *that* way), I particularly liked Carter being decaffeinated without knowing it and Evie ending up with fake tanned hands because of her hand lotion obsession. I just love the concept of love/hate relationships because done right they can be so satisfying and I loved Evie and Carter separately and together. This is very much a quick and easy read – told from both Evie and Carter’s perspectives and the pages really do just fly past with so much ease. It was so hard trying to root for them both, when we knew one could lose their job, but they were both so dang personable and lovely.
I really, really enjoyed Dating You/Hating You. I loved the romance, the hi-jinks, the characters, I loved Evie and Carter. I loved the writing style – I can see why so many people rave about Christina Lauren and their writing because they write so, so well. Dual authors fascinate me because it’s like who wrote what?!?! How did they write it?! Stick it together, etc??? And the best authors just make you forget it’s written by two people and I was just pulled into the story wholly and completely. I can’t wait to dive into Christina Lauren’s back catalogue because I really loved Dating You/Hating You.