The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
William Morrow | August 9th, 2016
Contemporary Romance | Adult Fiction
Rating 5 out of 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.
I was stacking all the books that were on my bedroom floor neatly when I decided to skim through its pages. Hours later, I was grinning like a fool. It was so good, so sweet, and so funny. I mean, I’ve known a few people who swore how good this was but I was not ready to be floored as much as I have. It’s the perfect romcom; lovely characters bright with chemistry, a breathtaking romance with humour and a pinch of poignant sadness.
Battle of the Sexes
Lucy Hutton has always hated Josh Templeman’s guts. He’s a very regimented jerk who saw her as nothing but an amusing little woman with a penchant for wild colours and red lipstick. His total opposite, considering he wears a plethora of uniformed dress shirts for every day of the week. Their one-upmanship and skirmishes on the daily give her life. It’s the source of her motivation, aggravation and oddly enough, her addiction. But their competition is about to reach another level of insanity as they both vie for the same Chief Operating Officer position. If Lucy wins, she becomes Josh’s boss and if he wins, she has no choice but to quit. Because there’s no way she’s going to work for the man who threatened to “work her so fucking hard” if he wins.
I love this book so much! I have this thing for short heroines rocking the retro look and Lucy personified that ideal. She’s a spitfire who stood up to Josh even if she was a softie to everyone else. Working in the publishing industry has always been her dream so she worked incredibly hard day to please everyone but Joshua.
Josh, on the other hand, is a massive oaf that perfectly contrasts Lucy’s diminutive posture. They’re opposite in every which way but once they let chemistry does its magic, they’re combustible! Love, love their witty banter, their playful provocations (also known as flirting), and the way they cared and worried about each other without the other knowing.
On the surface, these two are all about fun and games. But hidden just beneath their skin lives a loneliness brought on by family estrangement. Josh couldn’t make his father happy no matter what he does. He lives under the shadow of his father’s discontentment and constant disappointment. So he stopped trying and distanced himself from his family to his mother’s heartbreak.
Lucy, on the other hand, was loved. Her parents wanted everything for her but her dream took her far away from them. They’re still close, though no matter the distance. She has no friends, and because she’s the executive assistant to one of the partners, her officemates tend to keep her at an arm’s length. They dealt with loneliness the only way they could: denial. Honestly, no one could be more deserving of each other than these two. Josh is very serious, more often cranky but far more the asshole character that’s been known to grace the pages of a romance novel. Lucy balances Josh’s seriousness perfectly. She’s very quirky, smart and funny. She’s just lovely all around.
The Hating Game is by far the best contemporary romance I’ve read this year. If you’ve ever considered reading this after all the five-star reviews on Goodreads, well, leave your doubts aside. The majority of those reviewers are spot on. Sally Thorne is a brilliant, brand new voice in this genre.