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text 2017-07-12 00:25
DNF Review: Dating You / Hating You
Dating You/Hating You - Deacon Lee,Christina Lauren,Shayna Thibodeaux,Simon & Schuster Audio

What to say about Dating You / Hating You? I really, really wanted to love this book, but I didn’t. Christina Lauren authors some of my favorite titles, but this unfortunately isn’t one of them. And rather than continue to listen to it, I decided to call it quits at the 57% mark (through Chapter 15). Let me tell you why…

 

Carter and Evie are wonderful characters who have a beautiful initial chemistry. They are adorable together, both a bit shy and unaware of how sexy they are. And while their jobs as talent agents in LA have kept each from relationships in the past, the instant connection the pair feels compels them to make a go of things. They have one great date and a hot make out session until everything falls apart. 

 

When Evie’s firm buys out Carter’s firm, the pair is forced to compete to keep a job in the LA offices. While it isn’t certain either would be let go or asked to relocate to New York, their asshole boss, Brad, along with their individual competitive natures creates bitterness and conflict, setting up the need to vie for the job. And things fall apart quickly from this point. Carter and Evie are both underhanded, doing things to make themselves look better while potentially sabotaging the other. It’s not horrible at first, but a poke here and a poke there creates such animosity that I cannot stand to listen to it. I finally gave up after a rather silly, yet cruel exchange of pranks involving coffee and hand lotion.

 

It was a tough decision for me to stop listening. The narration is actually part of the reason I went as long as I did. Both Ms. Thibodeaux and Mr. Lee are fantastic! Both have very clear, sharp voices that are simultaneously relaxing. Ms. Thibodeaux gives weight and maturity to Evie, while Mr. Lee brings manages to get adorkable for Carter. Both narrators have excellent narrative voices and a range to fit a variety of both male and female rolls. 

 

In the end, Dating You / Hating You had too much Hating You and not enough Dating You. I’m guessing at some point, the couple works out their issues and hopefully ends up together, but the conflicts were so difficult for me to listen to, I just couldn’t keep going. I may pick it up again in the future, but for now, it’s a DNF.

 

My Rating: DNF

Female Narration: A+

Male Narration: A+

 

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster Audio.

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review 2017-07-05 01:00
Good Story and Characters
Dating the Undead (Undead Dating Service) - Juliet Lyons

Silver Harris has had it with men. When she runs into a vampire for the first time, her attraction and his mannerisms makes her think it’s time to try a different kind of man. She decides to try a dating app that sets humans up with vampires. When her first date turns out to be Logan Byrne, her mysterious vampire from a few days before, she can’t deny the attraction.

When I read the description of this book, I thought would be funny. There really weren’t many funny parts to the book, but it was still a pretty good story. Silver’s character was a bit extreme sometimes but Logan was able to offset her. It did take me a little bit to get into but I still enjoyed it. I recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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text 2017-06-28 18:32
Reading progress update: I've read 57%.
Dating You/Hating You - Deacon Lee,Christina Lauren,Shayna Thibodeaux,Simon & Schuster Audio

Taking a break from this one. Although the title indicates the rocky relationship between the h/h, it doesn't go far enough to explain the animosity between the pair. There is simply too much Hating You and not enough Dating You for my enjoyment.

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review 2017-05-27 00:00
Dating the Wrong Mr. Right
Dating the Wrong Mr. Right - Amanda Ashby For every person that had life throw a monkey wrench in your plans. This book is for you. Pepper and Ben are dealing with upsets in their lives. A betrayal has cost Pepper, her job, her pride and her fiance. With a heavy heart, she heads to the one place she hoped to never see again. Home. Her plans to regroup are thrown off course by well meaning family, hometown busybodies and her least favorite person, Ben. Ms. Ashby teaches some valuable lessons as she reaches inside and inspires the soul with fiery personalities, humorous dialogue and heartwarming moments of insight.
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review 2017-05-21 03:40
Cute new series!
Not Quite Dating - Catherine Bybee

Not Quite Dating - Catherine Bybee 

 

This a cute little CR that was quick, fun, and sweet.  There weren't any plot twists, no big reveals, and no surprises, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.  Jessie's son, Danny, was an adorable little dude, and I liked Jack's family and friends as well.

 

I'm looking forward to reading more in the series, and it looks like I've found a new author to read.

 

The only thing that stuck in my craw about this one was how much of a good mom Jessie was, but her sense went out the window with Jack.  You would think with how sensible she was, she would get more information about the man she was bringing around her child.  She didn't know where he lived or anything.  That just didn't fit with the rest of the picture that was drawn about her.  I guess love can make you do crazy things sometimes.

 

Regardless, I enjoyed the story all the same and will be continuing on with the series very shortly.

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