Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
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!