The Hating Game|Book Review

Title: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: 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.

Spoiler Free Review

I loved this book so so much! I am such a fan of the hate to love trope so I already had a bit of a feeling I was going to enjoy this book, and I am so glad I did. I have heard nothing but good things about this book so I had some high expectations and its safe to say this book met them.

The romance in this book was definitely my favorite part. I loved seeing the development of Josh and Lucy, watching them go from hating each other to not so much hating each other. I was really rooting for them so with each scene that showed one of them not being hateful toward the other was a win. My favorite part of the hate to love trope is waiting for that moment when they no longer hate each other, you go through the whole book just waiting for that moment and when it comes, you’re like

One thing I liked about this book was the amount of smut scenes there were. I have to say I was expecting a lot of smut scenes and I can’t say I am disappointed with how many there are. The previous adult romance book I read was The Kiss Quotient and that had a good amount of scenes, more than The Hating Game in my opinion, and I was expecting The Hating Game to follow along the same lines. Since there weren’t many steamy parts in the book I felt like we got to see more of Lucy and Josh’s relationship and its development. To me, even though its a romance book, I rather have more scenes that contribute to the characters relationship/personal development than have more smut scenes.

I found the beginning to be a little slow but once I got around 50%, maybe a little less, I just didn’t want to put it down! I also really liked Thorne’s writing.

Overall I just loved this book. It was light, cute, fluffy, and all around enjoyable! This book is definitely going on my list for favorite books I’ve read this year!

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Charmed Empire|Book Review


Title: Charmed Empire 44048537

Author: Brooke Ellis

Pages: 244


Synopsis: She didn’t know it then, but she was destined to be his from the moment they met at the Statue of Liberty. Adeline’s last day in the country spun into a whirlwind 24-hour holiday romance. Now back home in Australia though, the key-ring charm he gave her is a constant reminder of what once was … All those years ago, he was her perfect. Could it have ever been more?

Mitch Morris has wanted for nothing. Born into a life of privilege his world has been filled with luxury, wealth, power and influence. He can have anything he’s ever desired with the flash of money and a quick request, but he’s never been able to have the one thing, that one thing he has truly desired for the past ten years. Or can he, finally?

Adeline has returned to her beloved New York. She’s a sassy tell-it-like-it-is young woman determined to forge a career as a fashion photographer in the Big Apple … Turmoil follows as Mitch’s manipulative and controlling mother, who just so happens to be her new boss, barges into not only Adeline’s work life, but also her private life.

Is Mitch’s desire to have Adeline back in his world strong enough for him to fight for what he wants, to go up against the almighty powerful matriarch of the family? Marriages and close family relationships are threatened as secrets from long-ago have a very public climax.

Disclaimer: I was sent this book from the author but all thoughts are my own

Non-Spoiler Review

Beginning Thoughts

I  was excited to read this book and though a bit cliché in my opinion, I was really looking forward to the plot and just the whole journey of Adeline and Mitch. I already had an inkling of how this book was going to end but I was sort of surprised that it didn’t ruin the whole reading experience. But I feel like with romance books it kind of easy to guess the ending but you get wrapped up in the relationship that it doesn’t even matter. Okay, so getting back on topic, I was easily pulled in to the relationship and that is what I look for in a romance book.


Adeline Carey. As a character I liked her. She’s a fun character and I liked the sort of spunk she had. She is very confident about herself and the work she does and that was my favorite aspect of her character. Adeline was born in Australia so watching her discover things about America and New York was sort of fun to read about and sometimes her reactions cracked me up a bit. Her job is a photography job and through that job, it leads into a conflict that comes into play in the book. Later on in the book something happens to her that was just horrible. I wasn’t a fan for it, not only because of the event and how horrible it is but I just thought it was sort of just thrown in there for no reason and to add another level to the book. But I also think the author put it in there and made the person responsible for said act to set up the plot for the next book in the series. That being said, when the act happened to Adeline I felt so bad for her and my heart ached for her.

Mitch Morris. I liked Mitch. He was really sweet toward Adeline and I appreciate the actions he did to show his affection toward her. One thing he did particularly in the end just made me happy and I found it sweet. Mitch comes from a very wealthy family that has an empire in New York. Mitch is such a gentleman and romantic and I loved how he treated Adeline. Mitch’s mother is sort of the typical mother you expect when a romance novel. She cares about her reputation, who is let into her family, and she is controlling. Mitch doesn’t take any of her crap and I loved that about him. When Mitch’s mom goes and attacks Adeline, Mitch gets all protective and stands up for her and I was like YAAAS!!

The Writing

The writing was a big issue for me. It didn’t feel concise and felt all over the place. In this book the author gives us insight on other characters by changing the point of view. I like when an author does this because it gives us more insight on how the character thinks and feels. But, when an author doesn’t say who the perspective is from when its in the middle of the chapter, it can get quite confusing for me. On top of that, I found that while I was reading I would read one sentence and then the next sentence it would switch to another point of view and that was really confusing for me and I did not like that. It sort of pulled me out of the book because I had to reread and try to figure out what just happened and who’s perspective I was reading from. Another issue I found was things didn’t seem properly indented. It would go from one scene to the next all in the same line or right after the line in which it was a different scene. Because of this I felt like things seemed more rushed then they already were. One thing I did like about the writing though was the fact that is was very descriptive when describing buildings and scenery around New York. I really appreciated that aspect of the writing and could easily picture the buildings being described.

Overall Thoughts

In the end this was an enjoyable read. I liked reading about Mitch and Adeline’s relationship and it was fun to see it blossom. The writing is what really stopped me from giving it a 4/5 stars. At times it made it hard for me to understand what was going on in the book and I often had to reread parts just to understand who was talking and what was even going on. This story is insta-love so if you aren’t a fan of that I would not recommend this book for you.