Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on August 9th, 2016
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
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.
“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.”
“So, painting your nails tonight, desperately alone?”
“Yes. Masturbating and crying into your pillow tonight, Doctor Josh?”
“Yes. And don’t call me that.”
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!