Book reviews

Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I finished this book way before I even encountered my recent Christina Lauren reads (i.e. Love and Other Words, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, The Unhoneymooners), which I have also written reviews about. I’ll drop the links to those reviews below.

It may not be a favorite of mine, but Dating You/Hating You left a fun, likeable impression. It dabbles on office romance (which I am not really a fan of), but as a Christina Lauren work, it ticks all the exciting elements of a romantic comedy: humorous, at times frustrating, sexy. I distinctly remember reading the entire novel in one sitting, not stopping until I finally get to the last page and unravel everything that I need to know about Evie and Carter’s budding romance.

Evie is your modern career woman, who knows what she wants and works hard to achieve her goals. She has it all. Well, almost.. Devoting most of her time and energy to her career, Evie never had the opportunity to nurture a lasting relationship with someone, never really had the chance to share her life with someone. It’s one of the things Evie hopes to have, now that everything else seems to be going according to plan. And so, one night Evie meets charming, charismatic, gorgeous Carter, and they might actually have a chance.

That is until news of their companies merging gets out, and Evie and Carter both find themselves competing for the only available position in the company–threatening not just their careers but also their futures. It’s definitely going to be a difficult ride for these two as they are both driven and dedicated to their work. Also, they clearly don’t know each other well enough for either one to consider waving the white flag and finally putting the foot down. But there was that undeniable attraction from their first meeting, the easy companionship and honesty displayed prior to the chaos of their work life. And so begins, Evie and Carter’s quest to finding love despite the highly competitive office environment and their careers at stake. Will they choose their career or each other?

I give this book 3.5 stars. Truth be told, the antagonistic nature of Evie and Carter’s relationship brought me on edge as I was reading. There were scenarios where I was absolutely mortified because I just could not believe the actions (or more like pranks) someone can do to another to sabotage work prospects. I mean, I guess it can happen in real life; it’s just not within my range of decisions. Sometimes it felt too petty, too in-your-face kind of vengeful that I don’t think it fits in a romantic comedy novel, but hey, Christina Lauren made it work. And I have read worse, ahem, Sarah Hogle’s You Deserve Each Other.

I love a good enemies to lovers trope, don’t get me wrong. I also liked many scenes from this read. I just can’t give it a higher rating because I did not find it as compelling as the other Christina Lauren reads I have encountered, thus far. It’s still a good, easy read, if you ask me.

If you are a fan of Christina Lauren, or any other romance author out there (the likes of Sally Thorne, Sarah Hogle, Elena Armas, and Rachel Lynn Solomon), then you cannot skip this read.

  • Title: Hating You/Dating You
  • Author: Christina Lauren
  • Year published: 2018
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Total number of pages: 350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-501-16581-8

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