The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Posted June 14, 2017 by Mallory in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Hating Game by Sally ThorneThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on August 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 363
Format: E-Book
Source: Library

Nemesis (n.) 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.

Okay, how did I miss this book last year?  The Hating Game made me “Squee,” and trust me, that’s something I don’t do often.  I laughed, I cried, and I swooned – multiple times.  This book was like You’ve got Mail meets  Dr. Suess’s The Sneetches with maybe a little dash of Romeo and Juliet (except much funnier and no one dies).

Lucy and Joshua are executive assistants to the Co-CEO’s of Bexley & Gamin, a relatively new publishing house formed from the merger of the Bexley and Gamin.  Both embody the culture of their former companies – Lucy is a bright and artsy Gamin while Josh is a by-the-rules and business oriented Bexley – and both HATE each other!  They spend their days playing passive-aggressive games, only to find that they maybe don’t hate each other THAT much after finding themselves competing for a promotion.

Let’s start with Lucy….

First, Lucy Hutton is kind of clueless, but she’s so flippin’ funny and adorable that I really didn’t care.  The daughter of strawberry farmers, Lucy’s wanted to make her mark in the publishing industry since she was 11.  Stagnating too long as an Executive Assistant, Lucy see’s the new COO role as her chance to finally achieve her dreams.  Often too blind to see what’s in front of her, she sometimes acts first without considering how it would make others around her feel (ironic, as she prides herself in making everyone feel welcomed and appreciated)

And then add Josh….

Josh knows what he wants in his career, but struggles to figure out how to go about it in his life and turns into a far more complicated character than I gave him credit for in the beginning.  There were so many facets to his personality – he came across gruff and overly professional; however, but there was always a suggestion that he didn’t truly hate Lucy.  Like Lucy, Josh has his own issues related to his family and is trying to make his own way in the publishing world.

And when you put them together… WOWZERS!

Full of funny banter, these two were so passive aggressive that half the time I couldn’t tell if they loved or hated each other.  I’m new to the enemies to lovers theme, but consider me a fan!

But wait – there’s more!

Bonus points for the setting…. A publishing house!?!  Pinch me now.  It’s every book lover’s dream and honestly, adds considerable charm to this quirky office enemies-to-lovers Romance.  Well played, Sally Thorne.

Dear Sally Thorne,  I can’t believe this was only your first book.  Please write faster.  I promise to buy anything you write and have nothing bad to say.  Love, Mallory.


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