Dating You/Hating You

  • by Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by Shayna Thibodeaux, Deacon Lee
  • 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

All's fair in love and work. The first stand-alone romance by New York Times best-selling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively listenable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.
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 30-something 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.

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SORRY.. BUT I JUST DIDN'T FEEL IT

I love the writing team of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings and I've really enjoyed their previous books so I had this book preordered for quite a while eagerly anticipating its release date. And, as soon as it was out, I was on it.. hitting the play button ready to be wooed and wowed by a four or five star listen.. but sadly, for me, that never happened.

When Evie and Carter meet at a friend's party there was snappy flirty dialogue, humor and an instant mutual attraction led to exchanged numbers.. but then nothing more and their relationship didn't get started for a week because lots of office drama took centre stage. Finally one of them made the first move.. and things quickly got to one of the bases!!.. but then the company merger happened and their budding relationship soon fizzled out when they realized they were rivals vying for the same lucrative position. The attraction was still there but it was banked because they were competitors/enemies now which brought about a few sneaky amusing office pranks. Unfortunately, for me, this build-up went on for way too long because, by the time Evie and Carter eventually got together, a lot of the book had gone.. gone without any sizzles, dirty talk, heated touches or combustible scenes.

Evie and Carter are career driven Celebrity Agents in Hollywood and both are 'nice' characters - there were humorous scenes as well as a few sexual ones.. but I was just a little "meh" underwhelmed. Yes, it was a fairly enjoyable contemporary romance with a sex-lite, romance-lite, drama-lite and suspense-lite plot line that made me sometimes smile, however it focuses on the business angst (with a predictable twist) much more than the romance. So, sadly I never swooned, never panted, never held my breath in giddy anticipation and never went into the next chapter eager for more. Dual POV with good narration.

Worth a credit? Sorry, I'm undecided.. but a definite sale purchase. And just because I personally couldn't connect, doesn't mean that you won't.
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- CAROLYN

Good Story, but, I have read better from C.L

Where does Dating You/Hating You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am not sure where it rates. I love Christina Lauren books and I love the Beautiful Bastard Series by far the best of their series, followed by The Wild Seasons too. This book took me a long time to decide if I liked it. I am reasonably sure I can say this book can be rated Good and different.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I would have to say Evie because she is charming and a strong female. Then again Michael Christopher was quite funny and truly a great friend to Carter. They had great comoradery.


What about Shayna Thibodeaux and Deacon Lee ’s performance did you like?

I love Shayna Thibodeaux. She is excellent with everything she does. I have enough of Deacon Lee's work to know his work but there are some rolls/characters that I feel he is not appropriate for. This was one roll that I enjoyed with him.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There wasn't one moment that moved me. What was different about this book was that it had a mysterious story line you catch wind of and wonder how it will play into the HEA. I thought about the story as it was happening and wondered which way I thought it would go and I found that I was not able to predict the ending. That was good I suppose. No one likes a predictable ending. Although sometimes the journey getting there makes it worth it. Lol 😝 that's what is called the plot. (Sorry I am laughing at myself)


Any additional comments?

I know that I didn't really give any plot points out in the story. I don't like to spoil stories. I thought the story was sort of slow moving, the characters really didn't have graphic sexy times if that is what you are into. The "real" sexy times came close to hour #6 when they finally consemated their relationship. That was a little agonizing to me to have to wait. The book felt like it was going to be merely a story about friends who prank each other and live for their careers with maybe a friends with benefits thing going on. It didn't in the end it all ties together. I am sorry if this review isn't helpful. I mentioned I struggled getting through the story. Perhaps I will see the book through other people's reviews to really appreciate it.

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- Kathy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio