Title: Dating You / Hating You
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
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.
Review: You all know I can’t resist a good office romance, and this one definitely did not disappoint! I’ve been meaning to pick up a Christina Lauren book for a while now and I can officially say I’m a fan. It was hilariously written, and definitely reminded me a bit of The Hating Game a bit, except Carter and Evie actually liked each other to begin with before they began sabotaging each other.
Carter and Evie are both talent agents living the Hollywood dream and they are set up by their friends at a costume party. They go on one hot date before their companies merge and they become coworkers. The only problem is that there is only room for one of them in the company and they’re both super competitive. It doesn’t help that their boss is a sexist prick who is basically cheering Carter on from the get-go. Either way, neither of them are willing to let their feelings for each other get in the way of their careers.
It becomes an all-out war filled with pranks and sabotage and oh, boy does it get personal! They both question how far they are willing to go in order to be the last one standing. Carter and Evie become this sexually frustrated mess as they start to avoid their feelings and become emotionally detached from each other. Let me tell you, this romance becomes a hot mess! There also might be some criminal activity involved as well.
I basically fell in love at first Harry Potter reference if we’re being honest. Basically any book that cleverly slides a HP reference in is already in my good books. I totally connected with Evie because she is constantly spouting movie facts and totally has no shame about her epic nerdiness. Carter on the other hand could charm the pants off anyone within ten seconds of meeting them. The only thing he wasn’t counting on was having to compete with the girl he likes.
This book definitely dealt a lot with how women are viewed in the workplace and I completely respect Evie’s character for holding her head high. She is such a powerful female protagonist who is just trying to find success in a dog-eat-dog industry.
There was so much stacked against Carter and Evie, but they managed to pull through at the end. There were some fleeting moments of romance and I love that this one was definitely a slow-burn. Carter and Evie didn’t give in to their desire right away and I can respect that because I loved all the drama and antics! There were definitely a lot of laugh-out-loud moments and I loved how it ended.