Evie and Carter are talent agents at rival agencies who meet via mutual friends and fall hard. It’s hard to have a relationship in their line of work, but they’re committed to making it work — until their agencies unexpectedly merge and they’re vying for the same position. In the cutthroat land of Hollywood, can Evie and Carter put aside the competition, or will their connection fizzle out before it’s even given a real chance?
Roomies was one of my favorites of 2017, so I was really excited to find that my library had some Christina Lauren! I’ll admit that I was skeptical of Dating You/Hating You when I first read the summary. Let’s be honest. It sounds like a knock-off of The Hating Game, which was one of the best of the best that I read in 2017. The authors swear that the book is totally different, and… I guess they’re right? It’s no Hating Game, that’s for sure.
So, good things first.
Carter is pretty swoony. He’s a talented agent (but, like, whatever… I don’t care about him landing the next George Clooney) that wants to actively fight the misogyny in his field. He’s cute, he’s stylish, he’s charming, and I’d probably have a huge crush on him if he was real.
Evie’s a really strong character. She’s super focused on her job and she knows that she has to work a thousand times harder than any of the males to just stay afloat. Case in point: Carter is handed big-name clients on his first day. Evie is constantly hassled about one flop from years ago even though she’s made the company millions of dollars since. She’s perfectly fine on her own but she’s not going to turn down some fun with a cutie pie like Carter.
See, I liked the characters. And, generally, I like hate-to-love romances. But this isn’t really hate-to-love. It’s more lust-to-competition-to-pettiness-to-instalove. I mean, Evie’s in her mid 30′s and Carter’s in his late 20′s and they’re having prank wars in the office? They can handle insane, diva-level complaints from their clients but they can’t have simple conversations with each other? They default to glitter bombs and hidden bronzer when the going gets tough?
Honestly, I got bored. One of the things that I loved about The Hating Game was that Lucy and Joshua were rarely outright mean to each other. They played games with each other, they got their kicks from making each other squirm, but there was no sabotage. And when one of them was a jerk, they apologized. There was so much more depth to that book. Here, I was just disappointed.
I felt pretty ambivalent about the book throughout the majority of the story. There were some parts that I enjoyed, some parts that I wanted to enjoy more than I did, and other parts that just blatantly did not do it for me. My rating for the book hovers around 2½ stars but I guess I’ll round up to three. This won’t be my last Christina Lauren book, but I’m sure hoping the next one is better.
Final rating: ★★★☆☆