Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren follows Evie and Carter, two agents in Hollywood who meet at a Halloween party and hit it off. However, their connection grows strained when their two agencies merge. When they find out they are competing for the same job, Evie and Carter struggle to figure out their feelings for each other.
I picked up this book by Christina Lauren for several reasons. I’ve been trying to branch out into adult books and I’ve heard that books by Christina Lauren serve as a great starting point. Additionally, I enjoyed The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and saw this book recommended if you enjoyed that book. Finally, this book as appeared as a Kindle Daily Deal, so I couldn’t pass it up. While I did overall enjoy this book, it is not my favorite adult romance. However, I would still recommend it to the right reader.
My favorite aspect of Dating You/Hating You was how large of a role the work of the two main characters played into the story. I found the business side of this book was really well explained. As someone not extremely familiar with the agent world, this really helped since it was a major driving force of the story. I appreciated how both of the main characters were really dedicated to their jobs and did not just give up working for their position despite their feelings for the other person.
Another aspect that I enjoyed in this book was the relationship. I can verify that this book is a great recommendation for readers of The Hating Game. The characters have a similar back and forth banter that many readers will enjoy. Additionally, both characters are fleshed out and likable which makes you want to root for them in their relationship.
That being said, there were a few aspects of the novel that were just a little average for me. The plot of this story isn’t new and I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I did The Hating Game which I read shortly before reading this novel. The ending of this book is a little far-fetched, kind of the Hollywood ending in the movies that these agents in the book would be familiar with. While it is a fun and easy to read story, it is also somewhat forgettable.
Overall, Dating You/Hating You is a fun adult romance, but nothing new or different that it stands out to me. I give this book three out of five stars.
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