Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren | ARC Review

Cover of Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren next to a vase of fake blue flowers

5 stars
“I think I’m only now realizing how hard it must be to be a woman. Too thin or not thin enough. Do your job flawlessly, but don’t show up any of the men. Speak up, but don’t be bitchy. Smile. And then you have people like Brad totally playing into it.” 

THANK YOU TO HACHETTE AUSTRALIA & NETGALLEY FOR GIVING ME AN EGALLEY OF THIS BOOK IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

I absolutely adored Dating You/ Hating You! I had read a few reviews and all of them had been positive, but I would not have expected how much I devoured this book. This is probably my first official New Adult genre novel, and I am definitely going to be looking into the genre in the future, (so if anyone has any good suggestions please leave them below!), the romance had me swooning.

“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 thirty-something professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Whether these two Hollywood love/hate birds 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.”Summary from Goodreads

I just can’t believe how much I loved this book, the romance was so intense and wonderful. Like seriously, the main characters met at a costume party both dressed as Harry Potter characters. How much more of a ‘meet cute’ could that be.

The workplace rivalry was intense but I also loved the little pranks they played on each other. It kept the mood light and drove me insane because I just wanted them to be with each other. But I completely understood why they couldn’t just get together, so I was utterly frustrated but in a good way.

Oh and that twist at the end, I did not see coming, but I absolutely loved it and it was just so satisfying.

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing best friends and writing soul mates, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. Will definitely be picking up more books from Christina Lauren, after how much I loved Dating You Hating You. I highly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of romance, and the quote below is one of things I loved about the book.

“Simply put, Evelyn Abbey is my former almost-girlfriend-turned-arch nemesis-turned-tentative-ally whom I would now very much like to permanently seduce.”

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