Dating You/Hating You
by 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?
Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Bastard series is probably the best purely romance series I’ve read over the years because there are so many of them and I always reach for one whenever I’m in a reading slump full of too many fantasy and adventure stories. There’s nothing better than just sitting down, tuning out and enjoying reading about two people falling in love and overcoming their obstacles together. So when I saw Dating You/Hating You was coming out I knew I wanted to read this one because the title and the cover looked so enticing and I have been in another little slump lately too.
Evelyn is a successful woman in Hollywood in her thirties that has fought with her every step and move to get to the top of her agency due to an offensive boss and younger, more connected agents always coming through the door. Carter is five years younger than her (way too young in her opinion) but their chemistry is undeniable! She’s instantly charmed by his attractive but approachable looks and the fact that they just so happened to both come dressed to the party as Harry Potter characters. Evie immediately sees him as a romantic prospect because it’s been so long since she’s dated but then she’s on edge once she finds out he works for a competing agency.
This book is set around the luxury, high life of the celebrities on Hollywood and their people (our main characters) so it was a nice change to the other series that usually feature women working as associates or assistants in law firms or other companies like that. I haven’t read many books at all set in the Hollywood style so it was also refreshing and intriguing because it added even more fuel to that easy flow of the book because it was all new to me. I liked reading about that behind the scenes and it was crazy to think that an agent could be marked or lose their job because of one movie flop.
While it can’t knock the Beautiful Bastard series out of first place I think readers will really appreciate the more complex and slow burn of this read because they get so competitive with each other when their careers are in jeopardy and they’re working against each other for one job they’re both qualified for so it’s really fast paced. They also have this romantic chemistry they can’t deny because they met before their companies merged but not they’re competing against each other and frustrating each other to the point where they’re ready to get the claws out. It works out well because they end up using their romantic information about each other to their advantage and end up getting themselves into crazy situations that you just have to read for yourself. It wasn’t the best romance I’ve read and it was a typical plot but I enjoyed it while I was reading the book and I’d definitely recommend it to fans of the writing duo and romance lovers.
(Thanks to Hachette Australia for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
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