A modern day realistic romance, Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren, is a very enjoyable read with a very strong underlying message that I loved. Christina Lauren struck the perfect chord between a heartfelt and relatable 21st-century romance.
Throughout the whole book, I was in awe at how effortlessly the words flowed and how perfectly the scenes were sequenced. Therefore the gradual build of the world and the plot was epic and such a joy to read. There were no hiccups. Every word made sense, every exchange played a vital role in the plot. Nothing felt out of place or unnecessary. The authors conveyed the message of sexism in a way that was subtle but prominent which made it realistic and not over the top. In short, the writing was phenomenal and I loved it.
“I’m notoriously married to my job.”
“That’s super convenient because so am I. It’ll be like we’re cheating on our jobs with each other.”
Married to their jobs, Evie and Carter both work at two very big Hollywood talent agencies. After the initial awkwardness of being the only two singles, wearing complimentary Harry Potter costumes, at a couples party Evie and Carter hit it off. Even though they had reservations towards dating each other, their chemistry was something that would not go away. After their mind blowing first date, both Evie and Carter were over the moon at the prospect of something blossoming between them. But that hope quickly dies when they come to learn that both of their agencies have merged overnight and they are now vying for the same position. The two worked very hard to get to the place they are in now and neither can afford to get fired. Even while fighting to win, none of them can help their growing attraction for their enemy.
Simply put, Evelyn Abbey is my former almost-girlfriend-turned-archnemesis-turned-tentative-ally whom I would now very much like to permanently seduce.
Evie is hands down one of the best heroines I have read in a while. She’s fearless and feisty. I absolutely loved her. Being a feminist myself, I seriously enjoyed reading some of her antics towards her ass of a boss.
Carter, on the other hand, is the co-worker everyone has a crush on. He is charismatic and confident with a great sense of humor. With his easy going nature, he gets along great with everyone and will have your heart racing a mile a minute.
Together, playing goofy pranks on each other and trying to hide their feelings, Evie and Carter is an adorable couple.
Screw him and his perfect forearms and cute crooked smile and diva brother. I’m so tired of wanting to shove him into the wall and then shove my hand down his pants.
This was a very interesting take on an office romance and I loved the plot. The storyline was very smart and the element of girl power that was included was brilliant. There was a perfect balance between the topic of sexism at the workplace and the actual romance. One doesn’t dominate the other and the story came out beautifully. I can’t tell you enough how much I loved Christina Lauren addressing such an important issue the way that they did.
A beautiful romance, that addresses the struggle of being a working female and showcase a powerful independent heroine that is the inspiration for all. Dating You / Hating You is a great read for this summer and I highly recommend it.
This is a standalone read. 4.5/5 stars
“You’re wound so tight,” he whispers before bending to kiss my neck. “How do I make you unravel?”