Thursday, November 3, 2016

Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game by Sally ThorneThe Hating Game
by Sally Thorne
August 9, 2016
384 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.



The Hating Game hit all the right spots for me. It's a deliciously fun book that'll make you laugh with outrage or tighten with nerves. Every bit of tension was off the charts swoony.

Lucy and Joshua have been at odds since their first meeting. It doesn't help that they have to share an office and work with each other. Constantly clashing, I loved watching them bicker and insult one another. The spark between them was just waiting to be ignited. I was giddy when things exploded into passion and lust. So worth the wait.

Lucy is a nice girl who's very efficient and effective at her job. She's agreeable and aims to be nice to everyone. One problem: it made her a pushover. Don't fret because she does take steps to change this (with help). She's a bit weird but she owns it. I had some good laughs at her impulsive thoughts and actions. Honestly she's just quirky and loveable.

Joshua is very assertive and attentive. He can come off as an asshole but that's just his way of guarding his feelings. I love how he notices everything about Lucy. The way he empowers her to say no. He takes care of her and wants what's best for her. What girl wouldn't fall for that?

One problem I had with the story- the reason Josh needed moral support at his brother's wedding. It was so obvious! (Or maybe I watch too much tv?) Granted it wasn't the real reason behind his hesitations but the suspense and Josh's reluctance to talk about it annoyed me. Keeping secrets never lead to any good outcomes. Nevertheless this wasn't a huge deal and didn't take anything away from the story.

Super fun, super cute and super sexy, The Hating Game is one of the best romance book I've read this year. Can we please get more books like this?

4.5 Cats


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