The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Pages: 387 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance
Published: August 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
It is no secret that I adore enemies to lovers books, it is one of my favourite tropes. However, I most often read about this trope in fantasy books, where there is a lot more physical fighting between the enemies! I really enjoyed The Hating Game an could not get enough of it.
‘Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect.’
This book had everything I wanted in it and more. I loved the way the story panned out and the character development between Lucy and Joshua. Bexley & Gamin is a publishing company with two CEO’s as it used to be two separate companies. Joshua and Lucy are both the executive assistants to their former CEO’s and this sparks their rivalry in the workplace. They spend all of their time together, and ever since they first met, they have not got along. It is very true that there is a thin line between love and hate, as this is evident in their relationship. They are polar opposites, Lucy is seen as the nice assistant and often gets walked all over by people lower down in the company, whilst Joshua is viewed as the stern unfriendly one. In the beginning, their relationship consists of intimidating and irritating each other through different games; The Staring Game, The HR Game and the Mirror Game. Then an offer comes through for a promotion meaning Lucy could become Joshua’s boss, or vice versa. This escalates their rivalry in a variety of different ways. One of which being an earth-shattering kiss.
‘You wouldn’t have been sitting there alone. I would have been there. It would have been me.’
The romance in this book was slow burn, but it was worth every second of it. Sally Thorne had me hooked into this book and I couldn’t put it down. The banter between the two main characters was unmissable and so was the tension, yes including the sexual tension. The kiss shared between them in the elevator sets off a whole truckload of events and feelings and I couldn’t be happier for it. This was the perfect summer romance read, and I am now determined to read more of Sally Thorne’s books, because if they are anything like this one, then I know I will love it!
‘I want to make a fool of myself over you.’
Have you read this? What did you think?