Review | The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Review | The Hating Game by Sally ThorneThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on August 9th, 2016
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

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

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Reasons why I loved The Hating Game 
1. Lucy Hutton
2. Josh Templeman
3. The banter
4. The chemistry
6. Matchbox cars
7. Smurfs
8. White, off-white stripe, cream, pale yellow, mustard, baby blue, robin’s egg blue, dove-gray, navy, and black business shirts
10. Hate to love


I devoured this book. Completely devoured it. I was looking for a slow-burn, hate to love office romance, and this was it. I’m so happy right now! I’m literally grinning and giggling as I’m typing this review. 
Once upon a time, in a desperate move to avoid financial ruin, Gamin Publishing and Bexley Books merged companies to form Bexley & Gamin, and Lucy Hutton, the executive assistant to the CEO of Gamin Publishing, ended up sharing her office with Joshua Templeman, the executive assistant to the CEO of Bexley Books. 
The thing about Gamin Publishing and Bexley Books is that they’re two sides of the same coin. While Gamin Publishing focuses on the words, Bexley Books focuses on the numbers. Like their home companies, while Lucy handles her job with a smile, Joshua handles his with a frown and glare. Lucy prefers red lipstick and cute blouses; Joshua has a circuit of identical business shirts in ten different colors. Lucy stands at exactly five feet; Joshua is over six feet tall.
For as long as Lucy can remember, she and Joshua have been each other’s nemesis. It’s their mission to one-up each other. They’ve been spending their time in the office playing little games to intimidate the other; The Staring Game, The HR Game, The Mirror Game, The Hating Game. The ultimate aim of the games? Make the other smile or cry.

“I’m twenty-eight years old, and it seems I’ve fallen through the cracks of heaven and hell and into purgatory. A kindergarten classroom.”

The routine all changes when an explosive kiss inside the elevator happens. 

You guyyys! I just love this book. Lucy and Joshua’s banters are so witty and funny and damn it, they give as much as the other does. They’re two opponents on equal standing, and it was great to see them clash; and even better to see them united. They’re just hilarious!

“So, painting your nails tonight, desperately alone?”
“Yes. Masturbating and crying into your pillow tonight, Doctor Josh?”
“Yes. And don’t call me that.”

The burn is so slow and gradual; I’m pretty sure I was so high-strung by the time the explosion finally happened. I loved it. It was such a long foreplay. I loved watching their relationship change from hate to love. 

I love Joshua! He started off as this arrogant brooding man who would not smile at anything; especially not at anything Lucy says. But as Lucy got to know him, he’s not actually that bad. And you know what? He’s so much better than Lucy (or I) expected!

“I haven’t wanted you this long, and gone through so much, and given up so much, to have you for one night. It’s not enough.”

I love him. He’s so sweet and funny and thoughtful and ugh. He’s amazing. AND HE’S A CUDDLER!!!!

Lucy’s an incredibly kind person who sometimes gets taken advantage of, and it was great to see her stand up for herself. And there was a moment when she was so badass, and I just knew she and Joshua were a perfect pair.

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I’m going to say it anyway. I love this book. If you want a light, fluffy, funny, and romantic book, The Hating Game is it. I love it!

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