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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.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
Preface: I pretty much read everything Christina Lauren puts out as a nice mental health break from some heavier fiction/non-fiction. I am a huge fan of the Beautiful series and the Harlow/Fynn instalment in the Wild Seasons series. It was a no-brainer for me to pre-order this stand alone read (although I could envision a series of spin-offs/sequels particularly re Jonah.)
Review: This story was entertaining enough. The "war" wasn't all that calculating or malicious. The steam was a slow build that never really came to any meaningful boil. And I only gave this book 3 stars instead of the 4 I was thinking throughout the listen, due to a nonsense "gotcha" ending that had only limited build and totally lacked in nuance.
Narration: The narration was fine and I am a fan of both readers. I though the Evie character needed a more mature/refined voice - thinking Grace Grant - but ultimately Shayna did a good job. Deacon was perfectly cast for Carter and I especially liked his Michael Christopher voice.
Conclusion: This is a decent piece of fluff to read on a beach, but it lacked much of the steam of the earlier Christina Lauren books. If you're new to the author, start with Beautiful Bastard - you won't be disappointed there!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A sort of friends to enemies to lovers office romance that had me laughing out loud in places. During an agency merge Evie and Carter both end up working for the same firm and vying for the same job. Due to a few miscommunications and a lot of jumping to conclusions the first half of the book covers the out and out war between the two, even though it's obvious they both have the hots for each other. When they take the time to talk things through and work alongside each other things start heating up, and not just in the bedroom. When a truce is finally called they work together and discover that maybe they will be able to make it work together if they can get their mutual boss to give them both a chance. I loved the writing and the characters, Evie worked hard and apart from the funny as all pranks she was not underhand. Carter, even though he was new to the company did not belittle Evie or even agree with Brad when he put her down, sadly though he didn't always stand up for her. He appreciated how hard she worked and was always honest with her (except, yes you’ve guessed it, when they were pranking), I loved him for that. Funny story, well written, addictive and with a twist at the end that I was not expecting. I loved the narration, a lot. Perfect.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
love these two .. so glad they got through this intense time ...love how their friends kept them grounded .. and didn't give up ... definitely worth a read... 😉😚😙😗
Just couldn't grab me with this one. I've LOVED Christina Lauren books and series in the past so was very excited to have this one released. I got about half way through and realised there wasn't any connection with the story or the characters and myself. Just a bit meh. Have exchanged. Will hope for more in the future