The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Posted August 9, 2016 | 58 Comments

The Hating Game by Sally ThorneThe Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher

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.

My love for The Hating Game runs very deep! It easily became a heavy-weight contender for the ‘top reads’ category within 20%, and continued to steal me heart with every page.

Every once in a while we find a book that hits all the right spots, as if it were made for us. The Hating Game has some of my favorite tropes, but it also has that unexplainable something that just does it for me. It’s such a fun, witty, smile inducing read that I couldn’t get enough of.

Lucy and Joshua are executive assistants to the co-CEOs of a recently merged publishing company, but they are complete opposites. Lucy is a ball of sunshine who takes the time to get to know the employees, where Joshua is stoic and runs things like a machine. These two loath each other and keep the HR department on their toes. They’re also super competitive, so things really heat up when a coveted position they both want becomes available. Oh, is it ever entertaining!

I adore them immensely! Lucy is a wonderful protagonist that cracks me up. She’s such a little weirdo sometimes! I say that with nothing but affection because the things she says, thinks and does made me laugh throughout the book. It’s also hard not to fall for Joshua, especially as he and Lucy spend more time together. There’s actually a lot of depth and humor under all that aloofness.

They constantly play the most random games where only they know what’s going on. It’s hilarious! They may hate each other, but they sure do play off each other extremely well. The chemistry simmering beneath all that hostility is undeniable.

This book is humorous and the feels are very much real, people! I may have even shed a tear or two (shhhh!). Thankfully the drama is low, and what does transpire feels true to the story.

The Hating Game is just an all-around delightful read that I now consider a favorite. This is Sally Thorne’s debut novel and she knocked it out of the park!


58 responses to “The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

    Third, I need this book. I NEED this book, Christy! Give me all the games, the humor, give me everything!!!! I’ll go cry now because I cannot buy this book and therefore, I can’t have it ASAP. I was looking for a fun story tonight! And I will cry because I don’t have it *sobs*

  2. I just adore it when I click with a book, it’s my favorite feeling in the world. I’m glad this worked for you even with the tropes. I have a feeling I might enjoy it too.

  3. Oh man, I’m really pissed at myself because I had the opportunity to review this one but I passed because I already had so many other reviewing obligations. I guess I’m going to buy this book as soon as my bookish budget gets flushed again. Thanks for the lovely review, I’m pretty anxious for this one.

    • Christy

      Yup, I’ve already stalked to see if there’s any sign of her writing another book, because I will be all over it!

    • Christy

      This isn’t really like most competitive office romances. The competitiveness mostly involves their weird little games that are really funny. I think you’d like it.

  4. Oh yay! I just got this one for review and knew nothing about it, so I’m really glad to see you loved it Christy! It sounds right up my alley, there’s nothing I love more than an antagonistic relationship, and these two are clearly going to become favorites. I can’t wait to see all the games they play:)

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  5. Wow, and a debut as well! I absolutely love the sound of this one and always looking for something that can make me laugh. Enemies to lovers is one of my favourite tropes too, so consider me sold. Fabulous review Christy! <3

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  6. I actually have this book already and debated starting it this morning, but wasn’t sure! Now I need to read it!!! Great review! I love a good funny read that you can shed a tear with!!

  7. This sounds like a cute and light read that you would curl up in the sand and read on a beach or something. ♡♡ I love the sound of it and the best part about it is that not only is the world and plot amazing but the characters are like 100x more EPICAL!

    Great review, Christy!♡♡

  8. I love finding a book like that, that just hits all the right spots.. This one sounds fun, although i am not a big fan of enemies to lovers type of tropes, I do like a good opposites attract romance, so i like the sound of that. And it’s fun they play all these games together and think they hate each other when they might actually love each other. And that’s great there isn’t a lot of drama and the drama that is there feels true to the story. Great review!

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  9. I love reading these kinds of books in which you can just feel how much the reviewer loved the book! It’s always fantastic when you can already tell early in that the book is amazing and you’re gonna love it. And the way you described those two characters and the way they interacted with each other does sound like it’d be fun to read about it!

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