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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 2017-07-11 01:40
Fun and Games in Love
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

Loved this audiobook, the story and narration were wonderful. This is the perfect little fun romance I smiled and laughed out loud embarrassing myself more than normal.
Love and hate in the work place. Josh is a wonderful jerk-ish man with issues, a sharp edged personality, a super hot body, a nightmarish family drama-rama and patience. Lucy is a short little spitfire of personality, brains and drive. She is brutally honest when many would shy away, she is loyal, bold and unwavering in her goals. Two fantastic people who hate each other and we all now how close love is to hate. < wink >
The sexual tension is so hot it made my headphones sizzle and smoke. The author dragged the lusting out there is no insta sex/love. It was frustraiting in all the right ways.
I will be adding this author to my authors to watch list. I need more like this.

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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 2017-03-16 00:33
The Hating Game Book Review
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

This was SO GOOD. I'll admit it took me a little bit to get into. I found the characters a bit childish in the first few chapters. But they grew on me. And it really reminds me of You've Got Mail or Landline by Rainbow Rowel. This is one I'll surely visit in the future. 


Lucy and Josh have worked together for some time now and have hated each other since the beginning. Even more so now when they are up for the same position. The battle begins and the tension grows. Maybe there isn't just hate between them?


I want a man like Joshua Templeton. One of my favorite scenes of the book was when Lucy was sick, not to mention when she stuck up for him. This was so much fun and hot and definitely made me smile. 


This would be a really fun movie but I feel like we wouldn't get the full gist of the book. I can see why everyone loves this and I know I'll be rereading it. 

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review 2017-01-06 09:27
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

This is one of the times that I feel bad because I don’t feel the same as the rest.


Well, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading The Hating Game.


But I can’t give it a rating higher than 3.8 stars, which makes me sad because a lot of people gave this book a higher rating.


What I liked about this book:


1. The banter. It had me cracked up A LOT of times. I could (almost) believed that the two (Lucy and Joshua) hate each other VERY MUCH. I couldn’t (almost) imagine how the two would turn into lovers from the way they interact especially in the beginning.

2. A few particular scenes were unique in the sense that I haven’t read them before, which kind of refreshing.

3. Lucy as a heroine had a lot of good qualities I really admire. Her determination and dedication in her job; her independence since she’s living far away from her family and has no close friends by her side; and her strong will in achieving something that she longs for and not back down are just a few of her qualities that tell something about how admirable a character she is.  

4. Even though I found Joshua annoying and sometimes ungentlemanlike from the way he treated Lucy in the beginning, I couldn’t help but like him (because yes, I like complicated heroes). I found his shyness cute; he was a competent man; and he was such a sweet person.


What didn’t work for me:


1. As I mentioned above, it was very believable that the two hate each other. But then whenever Lucy thought of how much she hated Joshua, she also couldn’t help but noticed how handsome he was. Which was okay from the first few times, but when done almost every time? *eye roll*

2. Some important scenes had less impact on me, because I’ve already read them from other books.

3. The ending. I need more.

(See how this is annoying? To me this book ended with a few loose ends to tie up.)


All in all, this book was an enjoyable read. It was hard to put down despite some issues I had with it. Romantics out there will surely enjoy this. If “enemies to lovers” is your favorite trope, then this book is for you.



#I feel a little bad because I’m sure that the “Me” before would love this kind of story. I surely love contemporary romances

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