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Dating You, Hating You by [Lauren, Christina]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Sabotage is a dish best served naked

The first standalone romance by Christina Lauren, the #1 bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard, is a smart, sexy and compulsively readable love story about what happens when the one you want is the one who's in the way . . .

Despite a meet-awkward at a mutual friend's 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 smother the flames.

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. Carter and Evie are both thirty-something professionals - so why can't they act like it?

When push comes to shove and love fights with hate, will these two ever get their fairy tale Hollywood ending?

'These Hollywood agents know crazy, but we never knew how crazy-erotic competing for the same top job could be!' Cosmopolitan

'A smart, sexy romance for readers who thrive on girl power.' Kirkus Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1797 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (6 June 2017)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I am a big fan of Christina Lauren. This writing duo over the years has made me laugh, cry, swoon and fall in love many, many times. So I must admit I missed this book as the cover made me think it was a dating/self help book ... rather than one of their OTT, laugh out loud romances... so glad Amazon has personal recommendations and reminder notifications down to a fine art!

'DATING YOU HATING YOU' is the latest enemies to lovers standalone by the dynamic writing duo. Packed full of their usual snarky banter, it is light and fun, sexy and maddeningly tumultuous. An office romance rife with wickedly sharp banter, this story had me smiling often.

This is a story about two Hollywood talent agents who connect right away and have immediate steamy chemistry... until their companies merge and Carter and Evie find themselves eligible for the same position. Naturally, chemistry aside, their professional goals threaten any romantic potential as romantic feelings are replaced with animosity and a bunch of hilarious office pranks that leave them trying to constantly one up the other.
"I might want to watch him suffer, but I don't want him to be miserable.
Because you like him, my brain teases in a sneering whisper. Really, really like him.
My brain is such a ...."

Carter was such a charismatic and sweet hero, he oozed charm...
"Evie has that way about her, as if she's not often noticed in a crowd - maybe intentionally - but to me, she's like a beacon. Small but mighty. Unassuming but poised. I really wish I could see her without it feeling like I've had the wind knocked out of me. It would make feigning indifference so much easier.
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Do NOT read the bad reviews on this. It kind of set me up to hate the battle between them and i felt disappointment when the relationship appeared to fizzle as rhe battle begun..... but the battle was funny. I there were alot less sexy scenes in this compared with beautiful bastard but that just allowed for more story line and the chemistry just continued to slowlt build.

I loved the characters, the story line, the chemistry, i loved their friends, the hillarious dog scene and everything about it. This was my favourite Christina Lauren.
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This was a fairly ordinary CR with a bit of light humour. Kind of, 'meh'. Sadly, nowhere near as good as the Beautiful series. Beautiful Stranger and Beautiful Player were outstanding, and I was really hoping this would be great too. And I went in with a totally open mind.

The book started off OK, and I was quite engaged at first. I liked both Carter and Evie. They are both Hollywood agents, who meet through mutual friends. They are immediately attracted, and begin to date. But then, the companies they both work for unexpectedly merge, and they find themselves in the awkward position of competing for the same job, with the least favoured under threat of being laid off. So, they still like each other and are attracted, but at the same time they become highly suspicious of each other's actions and motives in the workplace.

Sadly, for me the book started to go downhill from this point. The focus moved away from the romantic relationship. There was a whole lot of office 'back and forth' which didn't really interest me that much. And the 'zany shenanigans' started, with Carter and Evie pranking each other. I found the pranks pretty lame, actually. I don't think light comedy is these authors' strength. There was another scene late in the book when they were trying to pin down their horrible boss. I guess it was meant to be comical, but I just found it a bit tedious and skimmed through that section, trying not to roll my eyes.

I ended up not really caring about Carter and Evie that much by the end of the book. I doubt I'll ever reread, whereas I've already reread several of the Beautiful series' books and will probably do so again. But this one just wasn't as good. And they didn't capture the mood and the setting that well either. I didn't feel like I was in Hollywood, whereas I did feel like I was in New York with the Beautiful books. I know these authors can write, but for me this one was just nothing special.
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I really enjoyed this book. I've got a few Christina Lauren books in my pile, but this is the first one I've gotten around to ready. I definitely do not regret it.

I started it off thinking that this was going to be a whole lot of angst filled drama, but once you get into the swing of the book, it becomes more and more fun. There a lot of hilarious banter, jokes and competition and it really brings to light the issue of working with someone that you're dating.

I loved both Carter and Evie as main characters, and I loved the secondary characters as well. The big problem thats solved at the end was kind of a surprise but also kind of expected.

I really liked the writing style of this book and will be definitely reading more by the author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Really a 3.5 16 June 2017
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I loved loved loved the Beautiful and Wild series. This book just isn't at the same level. It was a 'very nice' romance but I wished for more zing between them. If this were a movie in the theatres I would say wait until it releases on DVD. $7.99 for Kindle is expensive.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 22 June 2017
By sharon jones - Published on
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I am an absolute fan of the writing duo Christina Lauren and have religiously read their Beautiful Series & Wild Series. If you have read just only one of those books, you would understand how brilliant this duo are.
But unfortunately I have to say this one just didn't come up to par. For most of the book there was this tit for tat element, which admittedly this was the thing I enjoyed most overall - but when it came to Evil & Carter getting together it felt rushed. They hook up and then there were the I love you's thrown about. It just didn't feel genuine or realistic.
Another reviewer said they hoped this isn't the start of a new series, and I would like to second that. I hope this dynamic duo brushes their hands off and move on to something totally different from this one.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy via Netgalley.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to review 13 June 2017
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Definitely not my favorite Christina Lauren. I actually really liked both characters, and I actually laughed out loud at a few of the antics, but it seemed like the authors had to fill the book with way too much detail about the hollywood industry to fill up the book. There was no real personal growth on the character's part, and I found myself pushing to get through the book. I loved BB, BS, and BP, and was a bit disappointed with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious banter make for comedic gold in Dating You/Hating You. 26 June 2017
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When Carter and Evie meet at a Halloween party, they have the kind of chemistry that makes you move mountains to be with each other. Unfortunately for these two, fate steps in and throws a wrench in their plans. Finding out they are basically competing for the job they love, this turns them from a possibility into enemies before they know what hits them.
Christina Lauren's writing is on point, the story flows, the characters come alive, and you can cut the tension with a knife. Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and these writers do it amazing justice. Dating You/Hating You has a bit of a different feel than some of their other books, it's more drawn out, more storyline and less sexy action. Don't let that deter you though, there is still plenty of steam, it's just more a slow-burn in my eyes. Absolutely loved Carter and Evie's story, I hope we get to see them again sometime!
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2.0 out of 5 stars More Women's Fiction Than Romance 9 June 2017
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Instead of being a lust-filled, enemies-to-lovers romance between battling co-workers, Dating You / Hating You felt entirely more like Women's Fiction. This fantastic duo perfected the office romance with their debut novel Beautiful Bastard and I expected something similar in substance due to the fact that Evie and Carter are both fighting for the same position in their cut-throat world. What started off as a promising read soon turned into a novel that took me three weeks to finish. Something of which is entirely unusual for a CLO read.

When the book first opened, I fully enjoyed Evie and Carter's quirky personalities, their unique somewhat-nerdy selves, and the sweet but hot connection they shared when forced together at a couples party. From there the novel turned into an inner-dialogue heavy novel with little relationship progression between the two; even the battling portions of the book didn't further their arcs as two people who were meant-to-be, but instead further separated them. The sexual undercurrents weren't there and I lost sight of the fact that these two people were physically or emotionally attracted to one another. There was no buildup or a real sense of how they developed any sort of strong feelings. With the sort of trope this story involves, one expects a degree of forward movement and build-up of tension to feel the inner warring of why these two both wanted and hated each other and how that conflict played out in both anger and lust.

One aspect I did enjoy was the way Christina Lauren focused on the gender disparities in the workplace and how that affected Evie's career in comparison to Carter's. I loved Evie's tenacity and drive to keep pushing forward even with those issues constantly pushing her back, and I fully admired how Carter took such delicate care with helping her. While I fully enjoyed this aspect of the story, it feels as if this topic overtook the story. It became more about this than the romance, more about this than their connection, more about this than the character development. And suddenly it lost all it needed to be a Romance.

It kills me to rate a book of theirs so low, it really does. I was so looking forward to this book and am really disheartened that I didn't enjoy it. I know many will still enjoy it and I'm glad they will. I am greatly looking forward to their next novel as I won't let my non-love of this one take away from my reading more of theirs as I love their storytelling and writing...this one just didn't work for me and that happens every once in awhile.

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