Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Wiliam Morrow
Page Number: 384
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 was a lot of fun to read, it was funny and quick yet it also tugs at your heartstrings. It does employ that hate to love trope but it’s done perfectly throughout the book. There were multiple points where I was afraid the story would go one way and turn into a love triangle or that the conflict would drag on, but that didn’t happen which was great. Both the characters were lovable and I loved their banter. Hate to love relationships in books are quite difficult to pull off because sometimes it feels a little insta-lovey. One moment they hate each other’s guts and the next they’re head over heels for each other but I think Sally Thorne got the pacing just right.
This is an office romance with a bit of a twist, our two main characters are both assistants towards the CEO’s and are competing against each other for a higher position. Although they’ve been working together for a year they’ve hated each other and have a rivalry going on. The pacing of the book is great and the ending is totally satisfying but not entirely predictable as most romance’s typically are.
Josh Templeman: Our charming male lead is cute and super smart. He can be very stubborn (just like Lucy) and is very strict and is very closed off.
Lucy Hutton: Lucy is just a huge sweetheart. She smiles at everyone (except Josh) and is very nice although many use that to take advantage of her. She loves reading and has dreamed of being a publisher forever (ME!).
Those are some of my thoughts towards this book. Have you read this yet? What did you think?