Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren | Book Review


Reading Group: 18+

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopses: 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.

Cover: This cover is very Christina Lauren in that it has the black and white drawing of the couple.  However, the fact that both Carter and Evie are on the cover is new because usually, it's just the male character.  But I think this is done on purpose because a big theme in this book is equality between men and women in the workplace. 

My Review:  I want to start out this review by giving some advice to anyone who hasn't read it yet: If you are expecting a "classic" Christina Lauren novel where if/when you talk about it with someone you say 'And then they had sex' multiple times, you're going to be surprised because that's not what this book is.  Carter and Evie do not have sex as often as the other characters in Lauren's adult novels, but it's not disappointing.  This story is laugh out loud funny in multiple different spots from various characters.  Its central theme is inequality in the workplace and how Carter and Evie's boss is sexist and how both characters deal with it.  Evie reacts by silently resenting her boss and discussing his antics with her female friends who work with her.  Carter is in a unique situation though because, being a man, he's positively affected by the treatment, but because he loves Evie it makes it hard for him to watch how she's treated.  He eventually stands up for her and makes a life altering choice.  Just when Carter and Evie start their relationship they suddenly find themselves fighting against each other for their dream job and neither fight clean.  This novel is not a typical Christina Lauren book when it comes to intimate relationships, but the way it's written with its love, hate, sabotage, fraud, and humor is the same writing style as the Beautiful Series or Wild Seasons, and if you loved those books you'd love this one too.

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