Tuesday, April 14, 2020

My Thoughts: Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren (Audiobook)

Dating You / Hating You
by Christina Lauren
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Publication Date: June 6th 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9781501165818
Genre: Adult Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
Source: Own \ Library Audiobook Borrow

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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. (Goodreads)

I am on a huge rom-com kick at the moment, and I have been quickly working my way through ALL of the books by Christina Lauren, (and I’m enjoying every one of them)! My latest read by my favorite duo was Dating You / Hating You, which had been on my TBR for way too long. I am thrilled to have finally read the book!

I want to first get this started by saying that while I enjoyed Dating You / Hating You, it is not my most favorite read by Christina Lauren. (That honor currently goes to Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating!) However, I did very much enjoy the book! I am a HUGE fan of the enemies-to-lovers troupe, and the banter between the two main characters was adorable. The only thing I didn’t like about the story was the character’s boss... What a jerk!

I really, really enjoyed the characters in this book. Evie and Carter were both great in their own right, but put them together and they are just adorable! I enjoyed watching the relationship grown between the two, and the pranks that they pulled on each other were hilarious. I laughed so much! (There were some pretty steamy moments in the story as well.) I also really enjoyed a lot of the secondary characters in this book, and wish some of them would get their own stories!

While I own the print copy of this book, I opted to listen to the audiobook instead, because audiobooks are about the only thing I can focus on lately.  (It’s April 2020, that should explain everything.) I am also currently working my way through the Beautiful Bastard series, (which I am very much enjoying, and is another series that I’ve been marking off my reading list), but when my hold came in at the library for Dating You / Hating You, I decided to give it a listen right away. The narrators for the book, Shayna Thibodeaux and Deacon Lee, did a fantastic job of telling Evie and Carter’s story!

Overall; I am so thrilled to finally mark Dating You \ Hating You off my reading list! While it’s definitely not my favorite read by this duo, I did enjoy the book a lot, and I’m glad I decided to read it already. Next on my list to listen to is The Honey-Don't List, which was just released in March, and then, of course, the rest of the Beautiful Bastard series!

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