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Dating You / Hating You Audiobook

Dating You / Hating You

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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.

©2017 Christina Lauren (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    LilleyLoohLah 26/06/2017
    LilleyLoohLah 26/06/2017
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    "Enjoyable"

    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
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  • CAROLYN
    newark, New Jersey, United States
    08/06/17
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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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Crista
    14/06/17
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    "But for the ending ..."

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    CHESTERFIELD, MI, United States
    07/06/17
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • skwirt0110
    13/06/17
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    "Boring"

    I expected much more but was pretty disappointed. They could have done way more with their love story and at least ended it in a more exciting way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    07/06/17
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    "Chemistry Failure"

    I've loved most of Christina Lauren's first books, and they can produce some quirky characters. This book doesn't hit the mark. I think I was a little unsure based on the blurb as it felt a bit "already done" but I figured they'd be a good bet. I'm at about the halfway mark, and I just don't care if either of them end up happily together. The chemistry just isn't there. I loved the way the build up in adoration happened in Beautiful Player, or the intenseness of the sweet filthy morning after.

    I don't know if I can be bothered listening this one out. If I could read, I'd probably skim and get to the end, because meh, I'm not enchanted, excited, or particularly anything with this book.

    They still get 3 stars from me, because they do great writing. It's not clunky or badly done, and they can get some fun characters in the book. This time their main characters just irritated me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Tucker, GA, United States
    10/10/17
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    "Cute Enemies-to-Lovers"

    Evie's and Carter's story is entertaining, charming, and full of wacky obstacles. This office romance reads quickly, and I easily fell in love with Evie, Carter, and most of the secondary characters. DY/HY definitely veers from the heat of the Beautiful series, but I will always read anything that Christina Lauren writes!

    These narrators really brought the story to life as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cliente Amazon
    03/10/17
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    "the woman voice is terrible"

    The woman voice is horrible, her accent is really strange, I would said disgusting, is like she was a grandmother, no a 30 years old women, you cant imaging a women with 30 years old speaking like this, also she read very slowly. It's frustating. If i had known this before i didnt buy the book, the problem is in the samole, you can hear only the men voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    25/09/17
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    "Good but not the best CL"

    It was good, but not the best work of these two brilliant authors. I still recommend it :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lauri T
    17/09/17
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    "Fun...Funny and Fabulous!"

    Once again Christina Lauren has given the reader two wonderful characters that you can't help but fall in love. Abby a hard working talent agent that takes no prisoners and Carter the original nice guy who happens to come to the same agency and is promptly pitted against Abby for her clients.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BrandoU2
    07/09/17
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    "Waste of time."

    The readers did a great job. The first third of the book implied a worthwhile listen. The plot was so thin and relationships so underdeveloped that the last two thirds were simply a waste of my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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