Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren - Book Review

Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis: 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?

My Thoughts: I was surprised with how much I enjoyed Dating You/Hating You. I had heard good things from BookTube, but I am always hesitant about reading new chick-lit/romance books. It is a genre I really enjoy reading in the summer, but I have been let down multiple times. I am happy to say this was not the case! When the book first started, I found myself comparing it to The Hating Game a lot (which was a book I LOVED). However, the similarities soon became fewer and fewer and I was able to jump full force into the remainder of the story.

The romance/rival aspect of Dating You/Hating You was one of my favorite parts. It is one of the few tropes that I actually enjoy reading and this book did it so well. It was also this rivalry that added to a lot of the humor throughout this book. It was refreshing and really the kept the pace of the story fast and fun. Also, while this book is categorized as a romance novel, the sex scenes were classy and kept to a minimum. I was grateful for this as I do not enjoy reading erotica.

Overall, I really liked this book. It had everything I wanted in a summer read... cute romance, funny dialogue, and a sort of detective/hero story at the end. I think this could potentially make a great Valentine's Day rom-com, which is exactly how it played out in my head. Any fans of chick-lit or work-place rivalries should read this book. I truly think a fun time will be had by all!

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