Title: Dating You/Hating You
Author: Christina Lauren
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?
I’ve mentioned before how much I love Hate-to-love storylines. It’s definitely one of my favourite themes in romance books and if in doubt, just look at my reviews for The Hating Game and Love To Hate You. Because they’ll tell you that I LOVE it and Dating You/Hating You was no exception.
It’s actually my first Christina Lauren book I’ve read, but if the others are just half as good as this one, then sign me up for all of them! It was also interesting as this storyline went from building romance to flat out prank war and hate and then building romance again. And I loved every second of it.
Both Evie and Carter were great characters and I don’t think I had a preferred P.O.V.
I just loved them both. They both have a lot of feeling and personality and the side characters were also well-written.
Evie is headstrong, no-nonsense and great at her job – but with a sexist boss it’s hard for her to really feel respected in the industry. And Carter swooping with his manly-man presence in the newly-merged offices is definitely not helping. But Evie won’t let that stop her.
Carter might still be considered “new in town”, but he’s got his game-face on, though the steel sharp edges are slowly softening in Evie’s presence and it’s amazing to witness throughout the book.
The steamy parts were well placed and not overly forced or too graphic, but it’s definitely sexy and honestly, I wouldn’t have minded a few more scenes.. I would happily have read through an extra 100 pages about these two characters. The language was easy and the pacing was solid.
The plot twists were done well and not all that easy to figure out, at least in my opinion.
Surprisingly, Christina Lauren manages to make an industry, which I don’t really know a lot about, seem interesting and realistic (and craaaazy). All the talk about agents and their business seems genuine and real like they’ve done some proper research. Kudos for that.
All in all this book was fantastic and a perfect start to my further adventures with these authors.
Do I even have to ask myself if I’ll recommend this book…?
I highly encourage any romance lovers or Hate-to-Love lovers to read this book. Preferably sooner rather than later.
Have you read Dating You/Hating You?
What other books of Christina Lauren do you recommend for me to read?