Author: Christina Lauren
Rating: 4 Stars
Dates read: 15 Jan 19 – 17 Jan 19
Publication date: 06 Jun 17
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
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 thirtysomething 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.
I haven’t re-read a book in so long that I had almost forgot it was a thing I liked to do. Emma decided to listen to the audio book of this, and I was getting it so mixed up with Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game that I decided I wanted to read it again. I really like Christina Lauren, they’re a great double author act and create genuinely quite amusing storylines and books, and this was no different.
The story itself features two young professionals at slightly different stages of the same career. They’re battling for the same clients, and the same job in their firm – the firm that is a merged company consisting of their original employers. It’s the trope that is featured in many new-adult/contemporary novels, and is a storyline I enjoy. It was done with all the humour and relatively solid writing prowess that I associate with Christina Lauren, and it excelled in being completely within the trope whilst breaking the mould for said trope at the same time.
Carter and Evie are all kinds of awesome together. They compliment and challenge each other, they try and battle through a difficult working situation and actually act like adults in and adult world which is wonderfully refreshing. Yes, their is the usual amount of sex and gossip, but with that there is a commercial awareness of their industry and their roles and the challenges they face competing against each other and working together. OK, so there was possibly a tiny bit too much work and heavier stuff in the book than is expected but it was definitely needed in their story. The side characters, as with most Christina Lauren novels were brilliant and captured the denial of adulting and losing the best younger years of your life expertly. Their humour, their childishness, their love, their drive, is all stuff that adults face on a daily basis and they were most definitely the best characters within the book.
At the end of the day, it’s another slightly above par contemporary new-adult book. It has good characters and recognisable tropes, and does delve in to the world of work and job safety than most twenty-somethings face, often well into their thirties, but it still doesn’t spark and feel special.