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.
What do you get when you put together two Hollywood Agents + a La La Land back drop? A comedic, career-focused, competitive romance story that is sure to get you laughing. Plus doses of women empowerment and equality in the workplace never hurts.
Dating Hating You is written in true Christina Lauren fashion with as much steamy romance scenes one could expect from a contemporary romance.
The characters Evie and Carter are lovable from the first page. Evie who’s a self-proclaimed movie buff is the literal embodiment of women empowerment. She’s a kickass Hollywood agent who works her ass off for her clients, her firm P&D and her asshole of a boss Brad Kingman. Carter also loves his career as a Hollywood agent, even moved cross-country for it, and he is pretty good at it too. When mutual friends and when a sudden business decision merges their path together, Carter and Evie engage in a somewhat friendly (and have I mentioned steamy?) competition.
One of the things I love most about Christina Lauren’s writing, is that their stories are more character-driven. It allows the reader to tap into the characters that much more and build a connection with them. And in many ways I found that I identified with Evie and Carter. I loved that although they’re about as far from my profession as one could get, their struggles, especially Evie’s, are also things I continuously face.
Although I thought this was a pretty good book, I will say it isn’t one of my favorite book of their’s that I’ve read so far. Usually I can breeze through Christina Lauren stories within a couple of days but this one took me a while to really dive into.
Nevertheless I would recommend it to those who enjoy hilarious contemporary romances. Especially if you are one who prefers a more character-driven story and isn’t afraid of hot burning romance that are the author’s signature style.
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 stars (rounded up to 4 on goodreads)