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?
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Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Must redeem within 90 days. A Framework for Situation Awar A Graph Theoretic Approach to A hybridization of simulated a A moving pseudo-boundary metho A new approach to optimize com A new method of quantitative d A newly developed method for d A novel electrolyte able to fo A novel, tissue occlusive poly A Pilot Study of Uterine Manip A Profile Portraying a Contemp A range-based opportunistic ro A retrospective study on genit A sabedoria do compromisso com A simple one-step drop-coating A Steroidal Saponin from the S A Study on Cultural Awareness A Successful Slide Cricotrache A Tensor Voting Approach for M The pacing was on point, and the story was structured in such a way where I felt like I could see everything playing in my mind like a movie.
It was snappy, witty, intelligent, and addictive! Carter and Evie were both very strong, career-driven character and I loved their chemistry. I could feel it and my heart pitter-pattered through most of their scenes together.
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Their draw towards each other was palatable and I really loved their romance. Plus, I felt that the story gave a really fresh, modern portrayal of adulthood.
He wraps his arms all the way around me, and I shiver a little when I feel the solidness of his body against mine. My mom reminds me of this all the time, and of the balance it takes for two people to combine their lives into one.
Over time, yeah, I can see some effort needing to come into play when the honeymoon phase wears off… But initially, being with someone should feel like the best and most natural thing in the world. He smells amazing and holds me so tight, squeezing a little more just before letting go. Straightening, he gazes down at my face. They've both sacrificed and worked hard to get to where they are and their respective reputations within their industry have been well earned.
They're introduced at a party one night through a mutual friend and hit it off strong. He just shrugs, like this was a completely normal thing to say. After their first date confirms that their sizzling chemistry is something they both want to pursue, they're happily and dreamily heading into dating-ville when an unexpected and shocking change uproots their lives.
Their rival agencies merge overnight and suddenly they're being forced to compete for the same coveted position. They both need this job, they've both dedicated their lives to get this far, and they both have everything to lose and are determined not to give up.
So their budding romance quickly turns into a competitive sabotage driven war I kind of went into this book expecting the whole thing to be a light-hearted, sexy enemies-to-lovers romp -- almost more of a fun, fluffy read. And yes, many parts of it were that. But there was a really cleverly-written undertone that really MADE this book in my eyes -- and that was tackling the issue of sexism in the workplace. I don't think there's a woman alive who won't relate on some level to what Evie went through in this book.
There is an unspoken pecking order in agenting, defined primarily by who brings in the most publicity and money — and this year, that is likely to be me. But there are other factors, too.
At first, before I realized it to be one of the book's themes, I was just annoyed with how her boss was treating her -- I thought his misogynist treatment of her was being used as a way to stir up drama. How incredibly fucking real it was. The way her boss treated her made my blood boil. In part, my drive to keep reading was just as much a visceral desire to see him get his comeuppance as it was my investment in the romance.
And I was so impressed with the way this storyline was used to bringing attention to workplace sexism. There were no over-the-top outrageously things her boss did -- it was aaaaaall about the subtleties and little comments, little actions. So seeing Carter come to realize what was happening and seeing him choose how to handle it was incredible satisfying as a female reader.
I didn't want to put it down. I was rooting for the romance and found myself strangely invested in even their work lives which is rare for me, since usually I only really care about the romance but I definitely credit the writing for the fact that all aspects of this story were interesting. However, I did find both the ending and the 'reveal' to be predictable so while nothing really came as a surprise to me, I still have to give major kudos to the authors for making this book addictive even though I knew what was going to happen.
In a perfect world, I would have wanted the ending to have a bit more of a triumphant 'oooomph' and to surprise me a little, but even still, it delivered a satisfying and solid ending!
This was a complete standalone told in alternating POVs in first person perspective. It had both a fun, flirty, light-hearted, and sexy side to it, as well as a much more serious and raw undertone. I really enjoyed it! This book delivered the perfect blend of smart writing, sexy romance, and an addictive story! Whether you're a long-time fan of these authors or you're new to them, I'd definitely recommend trying this out! Evie and Carter meet at a Halloween party and instantly hit it off.
I loved their first meeting, which was filled with the awesome banter I think the writing duo has become known for: I can't stifle the laugh this time, and it tears from me, surprising him as it does everyone who has ever heard it. I am small but my laugh is mighty. He stares at me with a slow-growing amused grin. The cackle is my gift. It keeps the delicate ones away. Dodging calls from my parents. Texting a cute agent down the road.
When their companies merge, they realize they'll be fighting for the same position. And any romantic feelings they had start to become replaced with animosity, jealousy, and a bunch of humorous office pranks that leave them trying to constantly one up the other. I'm so tired of wanting to shove him into the wall and then shove my hand down his pants. Because you like him, my brain teases in a sneering whisper. Really, really like him.
My brain is such an asshole. As someone who works in an office setting, I can tell you I related to a lot of her issues and just wanted to high five the girl for all she put up with!
Carter was such a charismatic and sweet hero. There was no way Evie or me could help but fall for the guy. He's got charm in spades. I've got a few ideas. I really wish I could fucking see her without it feeling like I've had the wind knocked out of me. It would make feigning indifference so much easier. Shout out to all the side characters too!Beautiful Bombshell (Beautiful Bastard 2.5)Christina Lauren Audiobook
They were just fantastic especially Daryl. Dating you hating you is a great mix of witty banter, chemistry, and some angst and I of course recommend it to anyone who likes romance, enemies to lovers, and really - just well written books. Dating You Hating You is out today!! View all 14 comments. After two companies have been merged, the heroine and the hero of this book find themselves competing to keep their job.
To make matters worse they are very attracted to each other. So who is going to stay and who is going to take a hike? View all 16 comments. Review at Of Pens and Pages. I was a bit on the fence when news about this book first came out because the blurb reminded me of The Hating Game , one of my absolute favorite books.
Two single talent agents in competing agencies meet at a Halloween party filled with couples. Despite their jobs, a connection is made, numbers are exchanged, and a week later, a date is set. This book made me so happy! The characters and situations were relatable, the characters likable, and the story had a great pace and flow that made me tear into this book page to page. Finished this baby in one sitting! I wanted to weep when I was on the last page.
Oh, the bittersweet feeling of finishing a book. This is definitely a more mature Christina Lauren, but the humor, effortless banter, great characters, and sizzling sexual tension are still there. I could feel the emotions seeping through the book—anger, joy, lust, longing.
Plus, Carter made me swoon! And I loved reading about the injustices and sexism women still face in the industry regardless of their skills and talent. Evie was a force to be reckoned with, I want to be like her one day. Christina Lauren fans and contemporary romance readers will definitely enjoy this entertaining, sexy, and laugh out loud book. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram View all 9 comments.
I didn't really finish reading this one because I was too bored to continue. I think this book is more fitted for a RomCom movie vs. I would probably finish watching it too. But to dedicate hours of my life into reading it View all 20 comments. I've waited for this book sooooo long. So first of all this book was about the life of Hollywood agents. Also this book touched a really important topic — sexism at work. I really hated their boss and his behavior with famales, he was such a rude prick.
But I fell in love with main characters from the start. I loved their competition and their sweet moments. But l loved thei I've waited for this book sooooo long. But l loved their personalities the most. And I just want more of them. Also secondary characters were absolutely awesome and hilarious! So grab this wonderful book and enjoy because Christina Lauren never disappoints! View all 7 comments. May 16, Amy Foxy Blogs rated it it was amazing Shelves: There's something about holding a book that makes it feel extra special.
And the pretty cover was the icing on the cake. These two were set up at a costume party by well-meaning friends. This is one of those situations. All bets are off and things turn into one big circus. I hate it there. Fans of the amazing writing duo, Christina Lauren, are in for an entertaining read with this story. Enjoy this laugh out loud book. June 6, Pre-order order: Dec 21, Gabby rated it liked it Shelves: Christina Lauren is one of my favorite authors of all time, so it kills me to say I didn't really enjoy this book.