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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 as 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.


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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 as 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.

30 review for The Hating Game

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Re-read 9/27/18: Welp arcs of 99 Percent Mine dropped on Edelweiss so I HAD to re-read this and hi hello I still love these two jerks so damn much wow. I’m a puddle. Re-read 3/27/18: Do you ever just love a book so much you read it SIX TIMES? Bc same. I love Lucy 4 ev@. Re-read 12/30/17: Had to re-read this one last time in 2017 because I love it so damn much. Every time I re-read it I expect to like it less, but I just like it more and more and more every time. This book is my life, y’all. Re-re Re-read 9/27/18: Welp arcs of 99 Percent Mine dropped on Edelweiss so I HAD to re-read this and hi hello I still love these two jerks so damn much wow. I’m a puddle. Re-read 3/27/18: Do you ever just love a book so much you read it SIX TIMES? Bc same. I love Lucy 4 ev@. Re-read 12/30/17: Had to re-read this one last time in 2017 because I love it so damn much. Every time I re-read it I expect to like it less, but I just like it more and more and more every time. This book is my life, y’all. Re-read 10/31/17: Was feeling a little gloomy so I decided to re-read this book for the 4th time this year and, again, it did NOT disappoint. This book is my everything. I can’t. Re-read 7/16/17: Yep, I did just read this for the third time this year. That's how much I fucking love this story. Lucinda and Josh are just the cutest and this book slays me every time. Sa-woon. Re-read 1/28/17: Yes, my re-read of this book happened only a few weeks after completing my original read because I JUST COULDN'T HELP MYSELF. This book is adorable and phenomenal. I will say however, this re-read was done mostly via audiobook and I will say I didn't enjoy it as much that way as I did by just reading the physical book. I feel like some of the tones and inflections that narrator uses don't quite match up with the Josh/Lucinda in my head. But other than that FLAWLESS AND ADORABLE. I adore this little book. Original read 1/10/17: Fucking CUTE. OH MY GOD. Editing to add that while I do read a lot of romance, I rarely take any chick lit/romance seriously. THIS ONE, however, got right under my skin. I adored it. I love it in a similar way to how I love Attachments. So stinking cute.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦

    5 Stars!! I honestly think 'The Hating Game”' is that kind of book anyone would enjoy – wonderfully written is a very entertaining way, griping from the very beginning and perfect if you love enemies to lovers stories. I’ve read many books with this trope, so trust me when I say Sally Thorne’s debut novel was a great one. More than great actually. It was fabulous! It was fan, entertaining and so refreshing. Needless to say, I devoured this little gem from start to finish. “I'm twenty-eight year 5 Stars!! I honestly think 'The Hating Game”' is that kind of book anyone would enjoy – wonderfully written is a very entertaining way, griping from the very beginning and perfect if you love enemies to lovers stories. I’ve read many books with this trope, so trust me when I say Sally Thorne’s debut novel was a great one. More than great actually. It was fabulous! It was fan, entertaining and so refreshing. Needless to say, I devoured this little gem from start to finish. “I'm twenty-eight years old and it seems I've fallen through the cracks of heaven and hell and into purgatory. A kindergarten classroom." Lucy Hutton met Josh Templeman when Gamin Publishing and Bexley Books merged to avoid financial ruin. They are the executive assistants to the two owners of “Bexley & Gamin” publishing house and they have been hating each other from the moment they met. Well...almost! Lucy and Josh are opposites in every way. While Lucy is sweet, fun and quirky, Josh is grumpy and cynical. From the very beginning, Lucy and Josh have been playing different games – games like ‘The Staring Game’, 'The Mirror Game’, ‘The HR Game’ and of course ‘The Hating Game’ - trying to frustrate and intimidate each other. “I should mention that the ultimate aim of all our games is to make the other smile, or cry. It’s something like that. I’ll know when I win.” Everything seems to get worse between Lucy and Josh when they find out one of them will be the other boss. But the dynamic between them changes again with an earth shattering kiss. This was such an awesome read! I’m not exaggerating when I’m saying this was one of the most entertaining enemies to lovers story I’ve read so far. Lucy and Josh’s story was fun, sweet and so well done. Told entirely from Lucy’s POV, “The Hating Game” has one of the best slow burn relationship I’ve read in a while. I loved how the relationship between these two unfolded. The transition from enemies to lovers was perfection IMO, gradual, believable and gave me tons of butterflies. “Watching you pretend to hate that nickname is the best part of my day.” Lucy was an awesome narrator and a fantastic, endearing heroine. I loved her portrayal. She was sweet, kind, considerate and so much fun. She was a genuinely good person, a refreshing, relatable character I’m sure many readers will love from the very beginning. I think what I loved the most about her was the way she pushed Josh’s buttons. *grin* Pure entertainment! As for our male main character…Josh was so much more than I’ve initially thought he will be. He was arrogant and a little cruel, but not too much to be annoying and like Lucy he loved their “silly” games. Btw, I totally loved their games myself. “…if I were your boss, I’d work you so fucking hard. So fucking hard.” They were fun and enchanting and I couldn’t read fast enough to find out who will win a certain game or how their relationship will unfold. I loved Josh’s humor, his shirts...lol, his sweetness, his vulnerability and of course the fact he was a cuddler. The man was very swoon-worthy most of the time. The witty banter between these two was fantastically done. They made me smile and grin so many times as the story progressed and I really had a great time watching them hate each other less and less and slowly falling in love. The sexual tension between these two at times was…combustible and all the sexy teasing…so good! LOVED IT!! “All I want to do is kiss you until I fall asleep. I want to slide in between your sheets, and find out what goes on inside your head, and underneath your clothes. I want to make a fool of myself over you.” I really enjoyed Lucy’ POV, but I have to admit I really missed Josh’s because there were many times when I wanted so badly to be in his head. Also, I wouldn’t have minded an epilogue...just saying! All in all, 'The Hating Game' was a great debut novel. If you are looking for a fun, sweet enemies to lovers story, with two engaging, well developed main characters and delightful dialogue, don’t hesitate and pick this one up!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    This is somehow a magical blend of adult Sarra Manning + Sarah Mayberry + Jennifer Crusie. It's funny and sharp and serious, with seething workplace rivalry and career drama coupled with crazy great chemistry and delicious banter. It also has unbelievably sweet and tender moments (view spoiler)[one of my favorite parts is them simply holding hands (hide spoiler)] , though you'll easily laugh a minute after that! It captures that weird obsessive behavior you can't help when you first fall in love, This is somehow a magical blend of adult Sarra Manning + Sarah Mayberry + Jennifer Crusie. It's funny and sharp and serious, with seething workplace rivalry and career drama coupled with crazy great chemistry and delicious banter. It also has unbelievably sweet and tender moments (view spoiler)[one of my favorite parts is them simply holding hands (hide spoiler)] , though you'll easily laugh a minute after that! It captures that weird obsessive behavior you can't help when you first fall in love, and also convinces you that after a hard-won relationship, these two won't ever stop being endearingly, ridiculously fussy over each other. Hate-to-love relationships are so fun when they're done well, and this is the best one I've read, in no small part because the "hate" part is pretty convincing in the beginning. It hits all the tropes and scenarios you've read before, but the way they're done here is just irresistible. Katy's review also talks a lot about the heroine's feelings of loneliness and failure, as well as the way a big argument between them is resolved: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... I feel so much affection for them both--it's one of those things where you come out so pleased that they found each other. In short, it's basically everything you could possibly want out of a romance, with the added benefit of having so many cute and quirky details in it. I felt giddy with happiness reading this book, and I kept trying to prolong the experience because I know it's the author's only book...so far! I can't wait until the next one. <3 Hurry up, Thorne #2.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    5 stars!!! What did I love about The Hating Game? Everything. I loved everything about this book. There is nothing better than finishing a book by an author you’ve never read and having this flying high feeling. I feel freaking giddy right now. I listened to the audio and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I got asked why I was in such a good mood more than once over the few days I listened to it. That, my friends, is an epic book! What do you do when you’re the nice girl at the office who 5 stars!!! What did I love about The Hating Game? Everything. I loved everything about this book. There is nothing better than finishing a book by an author you’ve never read and having this flying high feeling. I feel freaking giddy right now. I listened to the audio and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I got asked why I was in such a good mood more than once over the few days I listened to it. That, my friends, is an epic book! What do you do when you’re the nice girl at the office who has an evil nemesis? I guess you just deal with it, and Lucy Hutton has had to deal with this for far too long. Joshua Templeman is the bane of her existence. They share an office together and it’s torture for her- but what would she do without Josh and their hating game? I should mention that the ultimate aim of all our games is to make the other smile, or cry. It’s something like that. I’ll know when I win. I type my password: IHATEJOSHUA4EV@. My previous passwords have all been variations on how much I hate Joshua. For ever. We each keep a log on the other. I can only assume he does; he seems to remember all of my transgressions. Mine is a password-protected document hidden on my personal drive and it journals all the shit that has ever gone down between Joshua Templeman and me. We have each complained to HR four times over this past year. He’s received a verbal and written warning about the nickname he has for me. I’ve received two warnings; one for verbal abuse and for a juvenile prank that got out of hand. I’m not proud. You see what I mean? There is not much I love more than an epic hate-love romance/office romance. And this one is on the top of the favorites list. It’s FUN and ENTERTAINING and HILARIOUS! Joshua and Lucy are quite the pair. When they find out that they are both gunning for the same job promotion, things get even worse between them. The tension between them is at an all time high. The emotions are running like crazy and it leaves Lucy more confused than ever. Lucy was pretty dang perfect. She narrated the story (I listened to the audio) and it was fantastic. She is wonderful. Such an entertaining heroine. And don’t even get me started on Joshua. I hated him at the start, but that didn’t come close to comparing with how much I loved him by the end! “Stop calling me Shortcake.” “Watching you pretend to hate that nickname is the best part of my day.” I was shocked that this was a debut novel. It didn’t read like a debut at all. I will be jumping to read anything else this author writes. I’m sorry that this review is a little excitable and all over the place with lots of quotes and such, but I’m so excited about this book and just gushing all over the place! If you’re a fan of love/hate troupes, love a good asshole hero and strong/fun heroine, READ THIS BOOK! Highly recommended!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    Heartwarming (adj.): Causing pleasant feelings of happiness (and silly, stupid tears you can't stop). By all means, it was not a sad book. On the contrary, The Hating Game was a funny, sweet, adorable, intoxicating office romance about two sworn enemies that fell in love. And I'm crying because it filled me with so much joy, and hope and love my body can barely contain! “Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game-and you have to win. Why? Your heart and your ego.” Josh is Lucy's ne Heartwarming (adj.): Causing pleasant feelings of happiness (and silly, stupid tears you can't stop). By all means, it was not a sad book. On the contrary, The Hating Game was a funny, sweet, adorable, intoxicating office romance about two sworn enemies that fell in love. And I'm crying because it filled me with so much joy, and hope and love my body can barely contain! “Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game-and you have to win. Why? Your heart and your ego.” Josh is Lucy's nemesis. They work together while they plot each other's murder. They play juvenile games, they keep filing complaints to Human Resources, and they make each other miserable. Their competition is tough, and with a promotion on the horizon things escalate quickly. But after one mind-blowing elevator kiss, and some unexpected kindness from Josh, Lucy starts to wonder whether beneath his cold and cruel behavior exists a Nice Guy after all, with the potential to break her heart. The line between love and hate was never so blurry. “No one can kiss me like you do.” Dear Sally Thorne, I'm yours. I can't get rid of this ridiculously wide grin on my face, I'm one step from looking like Joker. And then I remember all those moving and sweet moments and I start crying, and people wonder who murdered my cat. I don't have a cat. Josh and Lucy's story tugged at my heartstrings in an unexpected way. They were two characters beautifully crafted, with their flaws and insecurities. Lucy was always sociable and charming, she wanted people to like her but in the end, she was lonely. Josh was a clinical asshole that made everyone tremble, and tiny Lucy was the only one that stood up to him. Little did she know how shy and caring he was. “Shortcake.” “Stop calling me Shortcake.” “Watching you pretend to hate that nickname is the best part of my day.” Hilarious banters, crackling tension, tenderness and passion, The Hating Game has everything you could ask for from a romance novel. Every single touch spoke straight to my heart, and made my blood warm and my head dizzy! There were times I forgot how to breathe, and times I couldn't help but sigh. Josh is such a dreamy guy, yummilicious and sexy and so, so swoonworthy! While I would have liked a few chapters from Josh's POV, I enjoyed Lucy's narrative so much! She was such a sweet and funny and adorable person, and you could understand her reservations and her fears! I'm so in love. “What are you imagining? Your expression is filthy.” “Strangling you. Bare hands.” “So that’s your kink.” “Only where you’re concerned.” If this sappy review didn't convince you to read this little gem, please do check Arianna's review! ❤︎

  6. 3 out of 5

    Warda

    Reread. My heart cannot be contained right now. I'm so in love with this book to the point where I feel sick and my heart wants to burst with happiness. This story leaves me on a high that I cannot come down from. I don't want to. I'm addicted! The whole thing feels so unreal to me, I'm wondering whether something like that actually exists. For gods sake, I'm all over the place. But, if you haven't read this book, then do your souls, hearts and eyes a favour and relish and swim in this incredibl Reread. My heart cannot be contained right now. I'm so in love with this book to the point where I feel sick and my heart wants to burst with happiness. This story leaves me on a high that I cannot come down from. I don't want to. I'm addicted! The whole thing feels so unreal to me, I'm wondering whether something like that actually exists. For gods sake, I'm all over the place. But, if you haven't read this book, then do your souls, hearts and eyes a favour and relish and swim in this incredible and hilarious tale. ORIGINAL REVIEW. I'm currently at work and I cannot, for the life of me, stop thinking about this book. It's only been a day, but I thought about it constantly before I went to bed, whilst in bed. I thought about it on my way to work and now, whilst I'm at work. It is safe to say that this book will be going on my all-time favourites list. I feel like it's been a while since I loved a book so ferociously, where I thought each page of it was pretty much perfect. And it's the author's debut novel. What?! Going into this, I wasn't expecting much other than a cute, flimsy love story. But the story has become absolutely ingrained in me, heart and soul. I got what I wanted and much more. I don't know whether there's even much point in telling you the premise of the book itself. Or reviewing it, because words fail me completely. My feelings towards it are intense. I think it's one of the best love stories that I've had the pleasure of reading. It's hilarious, heartwarming and the development of it all is spot-on. So well done! I cannot recommend it enough. Initial review/reaction! WOW! OMG! WHAT DID I JUST READ?! I AM NOT FUNCTIONING RIGHT NOW! MY HEART IS ON THE VERGE OF FAILING. SEND HELP! I feel like I can die happy right now. Actually, scratch that. Once I've experienced me some Josh Templeman myself, then I can die happy, because goddamn that man! 😍👅 #myemotions Books like these are exactly why I have stupidly high expectations in men. In relationships in general. Damn you, fictional characters! And books like these are exactly why I ADORE reading. Why my soul is bound to books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    "What are you imagining? Your expression is filthy." "Strangling you. Bare hands." I can barely get the words out. I'm huskier than a phone-sex operator after a double shift. "So that's your kink." His eyes are going dark. Oh, boy did I love those two!! XD I mean who wouldn’t enjoy reading banter like that? It was amazing and I couldn’t wait to read more about them! I swear their conversations were addicting and I loved the way Lucy narrated the story. I mean seriously! THAT GIRL!!! *lol* “I’m huski "What are you imagining? Your expression is filthy." "Strangling you. Bare hands." I can barely get the words out. I'm huskier than a phone-sex operator after a double shift. "So that's your kink." His eyes are going dark. Oh, boy did I love those two!! XD I mean who wouldn’t enjoy reading banter like that? It was amazing and I couldn’t wait to read more about them! I swear their conversations were addicting and I loved the way Lucy narrated the story. I mean seriously! THAT GIRL!!! *lol* “I’m huskier than a phone-sex operator after a double shift”!!!! Good grief!!! Haha! It were sentences like that which immediately caused me to love this book! XD Well, Lucinda’s narration AND the conversations between her and Josh! They were like cat and mouse and I loved it!!! Actually I FREAKING LIVED FOR IT! !!! <333 Also can we take a second and acknowledge that they were equal in every possible way! They both didn’t give each other an inch and this was refreshing! XD Finally two people that could not only give but also take! *lol* And Lucy’s password!!! I’m still not over it! Haha! I loved that Josh gave her the nickname “Shortcake” and I can’t believe that she didn’t get it!!! I mean OMG!!! How blind can you be?! XD The way they were at each other’s throat it’s no wonder the HR section was afraid of them. *lol* “Tell me where to go, then." "Go to hell." I start laughing again. "So that's where you came from." BUT when the story finally took off! When they eventually succumbed to their mutual attraction! Hell, did it get steamy! Steamy enough to fog my imaginary reading glasses, I can assure you. ;-P ”There’s a fragility in this kiss I would have never expected. It’s the same as the knowledge that one day this memory will fade. He’s trying to make me remember this. It’s so bittersweet my heart begins to hurt. In short: JOSH AND LUCY WERE AMAZING and I even liked the sub-plot! XD I mean I couldn’t help but wonder why Josh was the way he was with his family but when I finally found out it all made sense! Poor Joshua! I wanted to hug and cuddle him! Okay, maybe I also wanted to touch his sexy muscles, but hey I’m just a girl! He sounded way too delicious to pass on such an opportunity. ;-P If there was one thing I didn’t like about "The Hating Game”, then it was the fact that the ending was so abrupt. Well, at least for me it was. I really would have liked to have a little more closure, but that’s just the romantic in me, so I guess others might be fine with the way it is. XD And because I don’t want to spoil anything I’ll write my thoughts about the ending in a spoiler tag. Believe me it’s best for you. ;-P At least if you still want to read the book. Well, anyway: (view spoiler)[”He’s not a doctor. Deal with it.” Anthony goggles at me. “But I want you to know something. He could be, if he wanted to. He could be anything he fucking wanted to. Nothing is by mistake. Nothing is because he’s not good enough. It’s his choice.” YOU GO GIRL!!! I loved that Lucy defended Josh and told his father the things he never could! She was like a fierce lioness and I was soo damn proud of her!!! She kind of reminded me of myself when someone hurts my family and friends. *lol* Boy, I can be at least as fierce as her. Don’t let that nice smile deceive you, at night I fly either on a broom or a wyvern. ;-P Well anyway, back to the ending! XD This really was quite a surprise!!! I definitely didn’t expect it to go down like that. I mean I really thought one of them would win the interview and they’d find a way to deal with it. I never would have expected that Josh already thought about everything and even provided a solution! *lol* Knowing him I probably should have anticipated it though. Haha! Still, I would have loved to see more of them together and I would have liked to have some sort of epilogue. It’s just my personal opinion though. *shrugs* (hide spoiler)] Conclusion: A funny and fluffy contemporary is what I asked for and a funny and fluffy contemporary is exactly what I got! *lol* I can recommend “The Hating Game” to everyone who enjoys sassy banter with a hint of fluff and a dash of humour! If you want to dive into a sweet and short rom-com, this book certainly will be the right choice for you. ;-)

  8. 3 out of 5

    Navessa

    "I wish I could use my thumbs to pull his mouth into a huge deranged grin. As the police drag me out in handcuffs I'll be screeching, Smile, goddamn you." Imagine being so riled by someone that you end up thinking things like the above on a near-hourly basis. That is the kind of relationship the male and female lead in this book have with each other. They're the executive assistants to the joint heads of their company, and are forced to share cubicle space right outside their offices. Which wo "I wish I could use my thumbs to pull his mouth into a huge deranged grin. As the police drag me out in handcuffs I'll be screeching, Smile, goddamn you." Imagine being so riled by someone that you end up thinking things like the above on a near-hourly basis. That is the kind of relationship the male and female lead in this book have with each other. They're the executive assistants to the joint heads of their company, and are forced to share cubicle space right outside their offices. Which would be fine, if they got along. Yeah, no. These two have antagonism down to a fine art. They're so competitive that they've created little games that they play with each other. The Staring Game - where they lock eyes and have whole silent conversations filled with insults. The Mirror Game - where the male lead subtly mimics every move the female lead makes, only on a slight time delay. The HR Game - where they threaten to report each other to the poor, frazzled woman who runs the HR department for even the slightest perceived infraction. The Spying Game - where each of them rummages through the other's desk whenever the opportunity arises. It's childish and immature and a ridiculous way to spend your work day. I thought it frigging was hysterical. I do, however, see where some readers might take issue with Josh, the male lead, as a romantic interest. He's pretty terrible to Lucy, the female lead, at times, especially in the beginning. And yet, for me, he never crossed the line into alpha-douche territory. Because, in his defense, Lucy is equally provocative. What he dishes out, he thinks she can take, and also give back to him in turn. Which she does, with relish. Most of the time. The only issue is that at one point she cracks, hard, breaking down into tears. It's clear when this happens that this was not Josh's intention, and that he feels genuine remorse for causing her this level of frustration. Because, you see, throughout all these little games they play with each other, you're given the sense that some twisted part of them both enjoy it. Lucy actively looks for ways to one-up Josh. Or to surprise a grin out of him. Josh, for his part, is obviously trying to get a different reaction from Lucy, and it's not really clear until things begin to change between them what this reaction is. This is a romance. It's no spoiler that things DO change between them. Love and hate are a fine line, after all. Both invoke a lot of similar mental and physiological responses. So when the line blurs between these two and all that pent up aggression between them becomes filled with the promise of a non-destructive outlet, whoa. "I'd participate. So well you wouldn't walk straight the next day." HRRRRRNNNNN This book was so much fun to read. I devoured it in a single session, and by the time I closed it, my face hurt from smiling. The chemistry between these two is palpable from the beginning. Lucy has a completely open, self-deprecating, hilarious inner monologue. Josh, who starts out sort of broody and mysterious, only becomes more and more attractive as you peel back his tough outer layers. And the two of them together? Gah. I can easily see myself re-reading this over and over again. And I cannot wait for more releases from this author. I think she'll become quite a heavy-hitter in the romance genre if she keeps up this level of work. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Normally I hate chick-lity romance, but this is one of those fantastic exceptions that makes me want to reconsider my usual reluctance to read this genre. In fact, I loved it so much I started to wonder: Apparently, I'm really late to The Hating Game party. Did my friends just not tell me about this one, or did this come out while I was undergoing all that laser hair removal? Dark times, dark times... At any rate, I ran across this in my ongoing quest to find funny romances that make my heart go pi Normally I hate chick-lity romance, but this is one of those fantastic exceptions that makes me want to reconsider my usual reluctance to read this genre. In fact, I loved it so much I started to wonder: Apparently, I'm really late to The Hating Game party. Did my friends just not tell me about this one, or did this come out while I was undergoing all that laser hair removal? Dark times, dark times... At any rate, I ran across this in my ongoing quest to find funny romances that make my heart go pitty-pat. And nothing, nothing, makes my heart pitty-pat as hard as a couple who start out with a mutual disgust for each other. Well, these two definitely had the loathing thing down pat. It. Was. Hysterical. The lengths that they went to just to make sure that they managed to get under the other's skin and crawl around on a daily basis? Perfection! By the end, there was no real reason for it other than stubborn pride, but did they let that stop them? No. No, they did not. But the thing that made this one special (to me) was that the story and the characters felt complete. They had families, hobbies, and issues that were separate from this thing that was growing between them. And this may sound odd, but my favorite thing about this book was the fact that Joshua was obsessive about diet and exercise. He was ripped because *gasp* he worked really hard at it on a daily basis. So many books/movies make it seem like the guy just has magical washboard abs that ripple in the sunlight, while he chows down on a fatty steak and washes it down with a milkshake. Bahahaha! Bullshit. Men don't wake up looking sexy, they've gotta work at it as much as we ladies do. *cough* Maybe more...? Anyway, I'm not sure what to say about this that hasn't already been said. If you're looking for a fantastic romance novel that will keep you smiling throughout, this is the book for you.

  10. 3 out of 5

    emma

    read this for the 3rd time so...probably time to round up that 4.5 ------------------------------ just reread this and i stand by this review. especially the rapunzel gif. ------------------------------ Oh my gosh. https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co... This book was a blast and a half. This is what I looked like when I was reading it: Well, in my mind at least. In actuality I was reading it off my laptop at 2 a.m., eating cherry water ice and grinning like an idiot. The glow of my laptop screen proba read this for the 3rd time so...probably time to round up that 4.5 ------------------------------ just reread this and i stand by this review. especially the rapunzel gif. ------------------------------ Oh my gosh. https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co... This book was a blast and a half. This is what I looked like when I was reading it: Well, in my mind at least. In actuality I was reading it off my laptop at 2 a.m., eating cherry water ice and grinning like an idiot. The glow of my laptop screen probably made me look like a jack o’lantern. But I’d like to think I am sometimes at least almost as cute as Rapunzel. This book was, yes, of course, a lil trope-y. Okay, very. So I can’t really give it 5 stars. But god, at least they weren’t the worst NA tropes! Nothin’ dom-sub, thank God (no prob if you’re into that but I canNOT handle it). And the thing I was the very most worried about was the whole you’re-a-jerk-but-I’m-a-pretty-and-nice-girl-and-I-can-change-you-it’s-not-your-fault-you-had-a-dark-past trope. I hate that one. Like, @Will Herondale: But this guy, Josh, was more ~misunderstood~ than an asshole. And no, I still don’t love that. It’s just not the worst. And Josh’s lady friend Lucy was a little trope-y too. I swear I feel like every contemporary/romance acts like tall girls are considered hotter than short girls, when every single girl in every single romance novel is short. As a tall girl, I’ve had enough. I’d like some recognition, please. The tall ones have it tougher. Lucy is 5 feet and consistently described as “adorable” and “cute” (which, like, also every romance ever). I’m going to call for the elimination of another trope now: STOP ACTING LIKE HAVING “CRAZY HAIR” IS A BAD THING. This is not a flaw! Crazy hair is beautiful, and it is tired from all the times it’s been used as the single physical “flaw” of a girl who just doesn’t consider herself beautiful. I would’ve been so much happier with this book if Lucy saw herself differently. You don’t need some schmuck telling you you’re beautiful to know that you are! Take inspo from my idol/future mom (if my adult adoption application goes through): Mindy Kaling. That rant is the reason this book lost three-quarters of a star, but gosh the rest of it is such a blast. Smutty scenes usually make me cringe unbearably, so I don’t often read NA, and when I do I usually skip the smut. Not because I’m prudish but because it’s so cheesy. But this wasn’t the worst, and I appreciated the slow build! Still, it was NA, so it made up a big chunk of the book. Bottom line: God, totally read this. I only ever read NA that has come highly recommended to me, and I’ve heard nothing but deservedly wonderful things about this little guy. Can’t wait for Sally Thorne’s next work in the spring!

  11. 5 out of 5

    TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover

    AMAZING NEWS!!!!!!!!! The Hating Game is coming to the big screen! https://deadline.com/2018/07/the-simp... MY DREAM CAST 😍 I didn't love this. No. I need a stronger word than love. Obsessed? Infatuated? Giddy? Whatever, take your pick. But Oh My Joshua, I am crazy for everything about this book. The writing, the humor, the lust, the sexual tension, the emotion, the slow delicious burn. This is probably the best enemies to lovers story I have ever read. Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman work toget AMAZING NEWS!!!!!!!!! The Hating Game is coming to the big screen! https://deadline.com/2018/07/the-simp... MY DREAM CAST 😍 I didn't love this. No. I need a stronger word than love. Obsessed? Infatuated? Giddy? Whatever, take your pick. But Oh My Joshua, I am crazy for everything about this book. The writing, the humor, the lust, the sexual tension, the emotion, the slow delicious burn. This is probably the best enemies to lovers story I have ever read. Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman work together at Gamin Publishing and Bexley Books and they have hated each other from the moment they met. They spend their days trying to out do and frustrate the other, play these ridiculous games (but I must say the Kissing Game was my favorite one), and their ultimate goal is to basically make the other cry. They are total opposites - Lucy is lovable, hysterical, and a people pleaser. Josh is a smart ass, grumpy, and cynical. "So painting your nails tonight, desperately alone?" Lucky guess on his part? "Yes. Masturbating and crying into your pillow, Doctor Joshua?" He looks at the top button of my shirt. "Yes. And don't call me that." Reading about these two fight? I was in TEARS. This was HYSTERICAL. “What are you imagining? Your expression is filthy.” “Strangling you. Bare hands.” I can barely get the words out. I’m huskier than a phone-sex operator after a double shift. But reading about these two falling in love? My heart almost couldn't take it. “All I want to do is kiss you until I fall asleep. I want to slide in between your sheets, and find out what goes on inside your head, and underneath your clothes. I want to make a fool of myself over you.” "The first smile Joshua's ever had in my presence is pressed against my lips." "I love him so much it's like a thread piercing me. Punching holes. Dragging through. Stitching love into me. I'll never be able to untangle myself from this feeling. The color of love is surely this robin's-egg blue." And my favorite line of all the lines: "I fucking love your red." Joshua snuggling? I swoon. Joshua being romantic? I die. But when Joshua gets jealous? For the love of all that is holy, I can't deal. Joshua Templeman is a GOD and I love him unlike anyone or anything. He is mine. And I will fight you for him. The end. There is no greater feeling than picking up a book and not expecting it to live up to the hype, only to find it does. IT SO DOES. If I could give this book 6 million stars I would. If I could shout from every rooftop TO STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND READ THIS RIGHT THIS SECOND I would. Do yourself a favor and read this phenomenal debut novel! "See,” he says into my mouth. “I don’t hate you, Lucy.” The Hating Game is out now! | http://amzn.to/2edzVuc Find Me On: Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog

  12. 5 out of 5

    &#x1f98a; Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    “I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I've had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations. Love and hate are visceral.” Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sometimes (but rarely) when I finish a book, I think: I’d love to read this again. Like, right now. Is it too early to already start a reread? Yes? Well, but I want to. (My tbr-shelf is probably hating me right now) But... It was so freaking perfect. ♥ If you want to have a feel-nice-book then “I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I've had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations. Love and hate are visceral.” Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sometimes (but rarely) when I finish a book, I think: I’d love to read this again. Like, right now. Is it too early to already start a reread? Yes? Well, but I want to. (My tbr-shelf is probably hating me right now) But... It was so freaking perfect. ♥️ If you want to have a feel-nice-book then take this masterpiece and read it! I was smiling like a crazy maniac in the car/toilet/bus/bus station/ work/bedroom/ literally everywhere I took this book with me. My boyfriend was not amused. (I neglected him... a bit while reading the book) It’s about a boy and a girl who work with each other, both assistants and both have something in common: they hate each other. But when things start to get chaotic Lucy isn’t so sure about her hate for Josh anymore. It was so freakin lovely. Argh😍 Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you’re searching for the absolute perfect man who you’ll love more than anyone, then stop looking because I found him and his name is Joshua Templeman. He is gorgeous (obviously), funny, mature but still a little childish and he’s the absolute sweetest creature in the world. He’ll send you flowers and make you compliments and he cares for you when you’re sick (even when you throw up like crazy). He just loves you with all his heart and it’s wonderful. And he’s so intelligent and interesting! I can’t get enough of him ♥️ Can someone get me a Josh Templeman please? I would love to have one myself 🙋🏻‍♀️ And Lucy... it was like I read this complete book from my own point of view. She was so so relatable. She was funny, a bit chaotic, super nice and such a sweetheart! I loved her! ♥️ (not as much as Josh, but... still) And Lucy’s dad is the absolute cutest dad ever. When Lucy was upset about Josh being mean he was calling him all the male names with a J, but not his real name. It was so funny and subtle protective. My heart melted for Lucy’s dad. Can I have a father like this too? Thank you! Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh man, oh man. I feel like I was just pushed into a bottle of honey and when I broke surface I saw the rainbow-honeymoon-land with a lot of CUTENESS OVERLOAD! It was so freakin sweet and so funny I was smiling all the time. It made my heart warm and fluffy and my mood was sky high after reading this. Josh and Lucy were such a funny, but still sweet couple. They cared for each other, protected each other even though they theoretically hated each other. But sometimes hate is just a mask and behind it there is shy innocent love ♥️ Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well, well, well. This was a pretty awesome book with a great writing, awesome dialogues and characters. The fact that it was from the - oh so - relatable Lucy made it even more perfect. If I’ll ever have a time when I’m sad, I’m probably going to read this 234 times in a row just to make myself happy again. I hope that, if someone decides to read it, they’ll love lt as much as I did! 😘 First reread: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Me, while reading this book: Still one of my favorite contemporary ♥️ Second reread: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If anyone asks me what my favorite book is - I will say this book, because every time I read it, I want to read it again and again and again. German translation ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh, oh, oh. Now I know why I always read the originals in English. Translations are never as good as the original book. Still, I loved the story. The characters. Everything. Best book ever. (But only in English)

  13. 3 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    4.5 STARS I've been seeing The Hating Game plastered across my Goodreads feed for well over a year now and avoided it solely due to my phase of being constantly disappointed by the majorly hyped books. I could just about slap myself silly for pushing this aside for so many months, because it was worth the hype and much more. While a little slow in the first few chapters, the story quickly takes off once the scene is set and I'm forced to admit something-I have a serious obsession with love to hat 4.5 STARS I've been seeing The Hating Game plastered across my Goodreads feed for well over a year now and avoided it solely due to my phase of being constantly disappointed by the majorly hyped books. I could just about slap myself silly for pushing this aside for so many months, because it was worth the hype and much more. While a little slow in the first few chapters, the story quickly takes off once the scene is set and I'm forced to admit something-I have a serious obsession with love to hate tropes. You heard me, I'm a walking, talking cliche and I'm not ashamed to admit it. There's not really much to go into regarding the plot here, as you pretty much get the details you need from the synopsis, but this book is just what it sounds like, a book all about two people concentrating on winning "The Hating Game", a past time where they spend every free moment plotting on how to sabotage one another. Lucy and Joshua work together for a publishing house that consists of a merger between two very different CEOs, and as Lucy and Josh find themselves up for the same promotion, they are forced to declare all out war, and as the tension builds they discover that maybe they have been wrong about each other all along. I've seen some reviews that claim they would have enjoyed this more if the "hating" stage had lasted longer, but IMO it was the perfect length of time. The fact that this book wasn't just sexy, but also hilarious? That was a huge bonus. Thorne's writing made me feel like I'd found a bosom buddy in my bizarre sense of humor. I also didn't realize this book would be more than a piece of fluffy goodness... You know, the ones that are wholly enjoyable but completely forgettable? Not this one. I was completely taken with the fact that the author chose to have her characters wrestle with some below surface, realistic issues. By the end of this book I was ready to fight anyone who hurt my precious pumpkin Joshua Templeman. The Hating Game was a juicy delight; the characters were larger than life and the plot was unique while maintaining a semblance of comfort and reliability. If you have been living under a rock (like me) and haven't managed to move this up your TBR yet, go ahead and block out your weekend to devour this baby. I'm so glad I've decided to focus on expanding my reading to cover a wider variety of genres this year; I can finally stop kicking myself for missing this one and join in the fandom awaiting Thorne's next novel. Highly recommended for a feel good, rip-roaring time! Buddy read with my partner in crime Sam @ CluesAndReviews <3

  14. 3 out of 5

    Candace

    OMG! This book had me in stitches! It was hilarious. I listened to the audiobook version and spent the day smiling like a loon while everyone in my house wondered what was so entertaining about doing the laundry. The story revolves around Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, two executive assistants forced together when rival publishing companies merge, making their respective bosses co-CEOs. They spend their days antagonizing each other and verbally sparring. I laughed my ass off listening to thei OMG! This book had me in stitches! It was hilarious. I listened to the audiobook version and spent the day smiling like a loon while everyone in my house wondered what was so entertaining about doing the laundry. The story revolves around Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, two executive assistants forced together when rival publishing companies merge, making their respective bosses co-CEOs. They spend their days antagonizing each other and verbally sparring. I laughed my ass off listening to their back and forth, passive aggressive banter. Right from the start, they had me completely hooked. As the story progresses, the attraction between the two becomes more undeniable. I mean, I always knew that it was there, but waiting for it to evolve in the story was killer. These two definitely had a love-hate relationship and I knew that they would be explosive when they finally got on the same page. I have to say that I was not disappointed, at all. The author definitely keeps you waiting, but it is sooo worth it. I loved seeing the softer, more vulnerable side of these characters as their relationship grew increasingly intimate. If you're in the mood for a light-hearted, romantic comedy, I highly recommend 'The Hating Game'. It is cute, sweet and laugh-out-loud funny. The narration was wonderful as well. This was a great change of pace for me and one that I'll probably revisit in the future. Check out more of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    THIS WAS SO CUTE!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    if i could marry a book and spend the rest of my life with it, it would be this one. this makes me happy on so many levels. i promise to have and hold this book (often taking it off the bookshelf and flipping through it pages), from this day forward, for better or worse (when other books may tempt me or try to lead me astray), for richer or poorer (when i can afford new books, i will reread this first), i promise to love and cherish (it will always have a 5 stars rating), till death do us part. g if i could marry a book and spend the rest of my life with it, it would be this one. this makes me happy on so many levels. i promise to have and hold this book (often taking it off the bookshelf and flipping through it pages), from this day forward, for better or worse (when other books may tempt me or try to lead me astray), for richer or poorer (when i can afford new books, i will reread this first), i promise to love and cherish (it will always have a 5 stars rating), till death do us part. gosh, this book makes me so cheesy and i dont even care. im in an insanely good mood and nothing could tear the silly smile this story gave me off my face. this is romance at it finest and im putting it up on a pedestal, where it belongs. ↠ 5 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    "I want to know what's going on in your brain. I want to juice your head like a lemon." ➦This is Sally Thorne's debut novel and I have to say - job well done! I love romcoms and this one certainly hit the spot. A book about two co-workers battling it out in the office. You see, there is an opening for a job which they both want. Let the games begin. "-What are you imagining? Your expression is filthy." "-Stangling you. Bare hands." ➦Lucy is a sweetheart and a people pleaser. So why is it so "I want to know what's going on in your brain. I want to juice your head like a lemon." ➦This is Sally Thorne's debut novel and I have to say - job well done! I love romcoms and this one certainly hit the spot. A book about two co-workers battling it out in the office. You see, there is an opening for a job which they both want. Let the games begin. "-What are you imagining? Your expression is filthy." "-Stangling you. Bare hands." ➦Lucy is a sweetheart and a people pleaser. So why is it so hard for her to get along with Josh? Well, because he is a major asshole. Yep. Perhaps, he's compensating for something? ➦Will Lucy be able see the gentle man beneath the brute masculine facade? ❤The novel is written from Lucy's POV and I loved her thoughts - they were entertaining and on point. The banter between her and Josh was great - I was never bored. The chemistry and anticipation was there and the slow burn was delicious. ❤Now, personally, I'm a fan of slow burn but I see how some friends might get impatient with it. :) This novel is a bit low on steam, you won't find phrases like "he stuck his cock in my vagina and pumped hard." It will be along the lines of "he moved inside me with a delicious rhythm." It was tastefully done, I had no problem with it. Some parts were rather hot and gave me goosebumps. "-What's with the weird eyes? Relax." "-I was thinking about how big you are." "-I'll fit you just right." She wasn't talking about his male appendage, by the way. The man is T-A-L-L. ➦One thing I found lacking was the ending. I felt it was a bit abrupt and it just felt like all the dominoes fell back in place in a matter of minutes. That's just my opinion. Perhaps I was so in love with the characters that I didn't want the novel to end. Epilogue would have satisfied me, I think. Heh, I'm just being picky. :) ➦Recommended for those who love romantic comedies, office romances, love-hate relationships and asshole alphas. I'll be on the look-out for more of Sally Thorne's books.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Skyler Autumn

    1 Stars Warning I'm about to swear a whole fucking lot! I am so pissed at this book and at all the people who got this book a average 4.24 rating on Goodreads. How!?! Is the author bribing people? Has she held your loved ones hostage!? The novel follows the relationship of Lucy and Josh rivals in life and the "workplace." I put workplace in brackets because the two leads rarely do anything but stare at each other and play immature games in the same vain as 2 year old boy pulling the hair of a g 1 Stars Warning I'm about to swear a whole fucking lot! I am so pissed at this book and at all the people who got this book a average 4.24 rating on Goodreads. How!?! Is the author bribing people? Has she held your loved ones hostage!? The novel follows the relationship of Lucy and Josh rivals in life and the "workplace." I put workplace in brackets because the two leads rarely do anything but stare at each other and play immature games in the same vain as 2 year old boy pulling the hair of a girl he has a crush on. YET, they some how are up for a major promotion. Can I work here? Seems like there is a lot of drinking on the job. One day during a team building paintball day Lucy feels ill and Josh show his "sensitivity" by taking care of her. I put sensitivity in brackets because I'm tired of women giving men a fucking award for showing basic human decency. Other then the annoying cliche story there is a odd amount of nice guy bashing in this book. What a weird bloody stance to take Sally Thorne. Lucy is used as the barometer of why nice is a bad thing to be since her people pleasing tendencies cause people to walk all over her. I'm sorry Sally Thorne you are mistaking insecure weakness for kindness. At one point Josh tries to gain the readers sympathy by mentioning how upset he gets when people comment on how handsome he is because he's always used for his looks and then left because he has a bad personality? You mean you won the genetic lottery and the one thing you are capable of changing is what turns people away. NOBODY FEELS SORRY FOR YOU, YOU LUNATIC! Being an asshole needs to stop being the male leads characteristics in romances. Do you know what? Kindness is hella hot. Nice is the new sexy. Give me Peeta and Ron Weasley over moody vampires and sadistic lovers any day!! And WHY is everyone so fucking stunning all the time. He is basically inhumanly gorgeous and she's looks like a disney princess. Then disney princess gets all, no one will ever love me all my friends are books. It's like fuck off. You'll be fine. Also, if you didn't know this yet from reading this horrendous book. Apparently Lucy is so tiny. I don't know if the author has a concussion but I as reader don't so please stop mentioning her fucking height to me every two paragraphs. I'm not a moron. Also, so much sex and making out in this book!!! Such filler for the lack of story. It reads like an instruction manual. My hand pulls his hair, he thrusts... so on. It's like ya ya I know how sex works. Skip ahead. The good news is this book pulls itself together in the end and makes your girl hearts swoon.... I'm fuck kidding the ending wraps this shit up so quickly you almost think you missed a chapter. In the end love is declared, jobs are saved and you find out that the handsome guy is actually a stalker hoarding your garbage and painting his room the colour of your eyes. I thought then the novel was going to take a cool twist and become like You by Caroline Kepnes and Josh was going to murder Lucy but no she lived and he lived and the world is now a darker place for that. This book likes to play with the notion that there is a thin line between love and hate and the two can easily be misconstrued. I'll have to disagree with you there because there's no confusion here I absolutely hate this fucking book.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    4.5 Stars Every book needs to take notes from the way this romance is written. It's exactly the type of detailing that I crave in books like this and i'm SO thrilled I finally got the chance to read this and add to my list of new favorites, even though it wasn't perfect. The beginning of this book needs to be fleshed out a lot more. We’re told that Lucy haaates Josh, but there’s nothing substantial to back that up, and she kinda just tells the reader HE’S HORRIBLE AND ANNOYING AND I’VE HATED HIM F 4.5 Stars Every book needs to take notes from the way this romance is written. It's exactly the type of detailing that I crave in books like this and i'm SO thrilled I finally got the chance to read this and add to my list of new favorites, even though it wasn't perfect. The beginning of this book needs to be fleshed out a lot more. We’re told that Lucy haaates Josh, but there’s nothing substantial to back that up, and she kinda just tells the reader HE’S HORRIBLE AND ANNOYING AND I’VE HATED HIM FOR YEARS AND HE’S THE WORST but we never actually see anything he does that’s bad or annoying, he literally just sits at his desk. Usually when books try to be quirky and humorous, I’m gagging and it and rolling my eyes. This is the first book where it actually, truly worked and I was laughing out loud, which is such a rare phenomenon that I would almost argue it only ever happens in like 3 books per year, and 2 of those are shatter me rereads. The writing style is something I usually hate, but the author made it work, so bravo. The only issue that arose with the writing style was that the quirky dialogue and inner monologue began to have lots of micro-issues, which aren’t bad on their own, but for me to stop every few pages and think “oh, that’s distasteful,” it weighed down my reading experience. This mainly lay in Lucy's fatphobia and constantly calling one of her bosses Fat Little Dick, but there were some other comments that used the r-word or other distasteful jokes. Additionally, sometimes Lucy and the way she thought and spoke were a little too childish. I feel like no adults would behave like the way she did sometimes, and I certainly understand how people could pick this up, read 5 pages of it, go “ugh,” and put it back down. There’s an inherent quality of hyperbole to the story just because of the way it’s written and with Lucy’s mind/reactions to things. A lot of times it comes off as cute, but other times, it's weirdly creepy Sometimes it feels like she’s infantilized just a little with over-exaggerated descriptions of how tiny she is and how childish her brain operates at times, but it never dumbed down the story too much for me. Overall, I really loved her as a main character and didn't think her character was too gimmicky or stereotypical, but she did feel slightly at arm's length just because she had that childish quality to her. Going along with the characters being immature, there was a weird, over-protective vibe within the book’s love triangle that rubbed me the wrong way. Two men were obviously into Lucy, but they used her like an object to deflect their possessiveness of her and it was dehumanizing to see how angry one would be when she spent time with the other. The masculine “NO SHE’S MINE” energy was just unbearable in this one, but there was an apology and a discussion about it, so I'm letting it slide. But the bottom line: I’m a slut for soft characters, and Josh was soft from the beginning. I actually teared up the first time Josh hurt Lucy’s feelings and she caught his eyebrows creasing in concern. Like… small gestures like that just Get me. Even though the taunting and the constant watching could be creepy, small moments like those slipped through the cracks and I was so grateful. Throughout the book, I was just so impressed by the softness of gestures. I really can’t expound enough how much of a sucker I am for tiny details and descriptions like the tendons in someone’s hands or the feel of fingertips on skin and other minuscule images, but this had so many, the story felt tangible. It’s my absolute favorite kind of story telling and what I look for (or hope to find) in every book I read. If this author wrote a more serious, dark fantasy using those same kinds of descriptions, it would probably be my new favorite book of all time. Usually when I read romance books I just tolerate the characters and the romance scenes are satisfactory at best, but this book had me crying and smiling and texting mahana reactions every 5 seconds. I've never been so attached to two character's love story, and it was paced in a way that was so addicting. Like I'm not kidding, I used to say Easy by Tammara Webber should be a blueprint for how all romance should be written, but this might replace it. I love the angst and slow build and the genuine connection. It was so refreshing to fall in love with characters rather than feel like I'm reading a regurgitation of every romantic story I've ever consumed. I highly applaud this book despite its flaws, and I definitely recommend it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    ❄️Nani❄️

    So I finally read the romance book that took GR and other book communities by storm and... I liked it? It was okay. And cute. I wouldn’t say I fell madly in love with it like most people did but it was fun. That’s about it. Let me preface this by saying that I wanted to (really) love it. I truly and genuinely did but the fact of the matter is that fluffy contemporary romance novels just aren’t my thing. I tried. If given the choice, I’d always go for plot-driven books-at least for the most part- So I finally read the romance book that took GR and other book communities by storm and... I liked it? It was okay. And cute. I wouldn’t say I fell madly in love with it like most people did but it was fun. That’s about it. Let me preface this by saying that I wanted to (really) love it. I truly and genuinely did but the fact of the matter is that fluffy contemporary romance novels just aren’t my thing. I tried. If given the choice, I’d always go for plot-driven books-at least for the most part-, so I found this a tad boring as there was nothing to look forward to. Nothing to get my juices flowing, get my pulses racing or have my heart fluttering. Personally speaking, and this is purely a personal taste, I get painfully and utterly bored with books where the entirety of the plot revolves around two people and their inevitable end together. Where you know the end just by reading the blurb. There’s no anticipation, no surprises, no ‘twists’, just two destined-to-end-up-together people going back and forth trying to find reasons why they should or should not be together. Eh. What I liked: Lucie and Josh. Normally, I hate self deprecating characters. It’s not cute, it’s not “relatable”; it’s just annoying. They just come off plain insincere but Lucie was genuinely adorable and I was seriously surprised by how much I loved her ‘cause I went in afraid that I wouldn’t. Josh was (almost) everything a man should be. Only, he was too... perfect. What I didn’t like: That Josh was too perfect. I get trying to lure readers into loving him and going all ga ga over him but this was a few steps too far for my liking. I didn’t like how Lucie worshiped him. I say worship because everything he said and did, everything that was related to him was... that’s right, perfect. Too much for my taste. All in all, it was fun.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

    Review at Of Pens and Pages. Reasons why I loved The Hating Game 1. Lucy Hutton 2. Josh Templeman 3. The banter 4. The chemistry 5. SLOW.BURN. 6. Matchbox cars 7. Smurfs 8. White, off-white stripe, cream, pale yellow, mustard, baby blue, robin's egg blue, dove-gray, navy, and black business shirts 9. CUDDLING 10. Hate to love I devoured this book. Completely devoured it. I was looking for a slow-burn, hate to love office romance, and this was it. I am so happy right now, you guys. I'm literally grinning Review at Of Pens and Pages. Reasons why I loved The Hating Game 1. Lucy Hutton 2. Josh Templeman 3. The banter 4. The chemistry 5. SLOW.BURN. 6. Matchbox cars 7. Smurfs 8. White, off-white stripe, cream, pale yellow, mustard, baby blue, robin's egg blue, dove-gray, navy, and black business shirts 9. CUDDLING 10. Hate to love I devoured this book. Completely devoured it. I was looking for a slow-burn, hate to love office romance, and this was it. I am so happy right now, you guys. I'm literally grinning and giggling as I'm typing this review. Once upon a time, in a desperate move to avoid financial ruin, Gamin Publishing and Bexley Books merged companies to form Bexley & Gamin, and Lucy Hutton, the executive assistant to the CEO of Gamin Publishing, ended up sharing her office with Joshua Templeman, the executive assistant to the CEO of Bexley Books. The thing about Gamin Publishing and Bexley Books is that they're polar opposites. While Gamin Publishing focuses on the words, Bexley Books focuses on the numbers. Like their home companies, while Lucy handles her job with a smile, Joshua handles his with a frown and a glare. Lucy prefers red lipstick and cute blouses; Joshua has a circuit of identical business shirts in ten different colors. Lucy stands at exactly five feet; Joshua is over six feet tall. Polar opposites. For as long as Lucy can remember, she and Joshua have been each other's nemesis. It's their mission to one-up each other. They've been spending their time in the office playing little games to intimidate the other; The Staring Game, The HR Game, The Mirror Game, The Hating Game. The ultimate aim of the games? Make the other smile or cry. I'm twenty-eight years old and and it seems I've fallen through the cracks of heaven and hell and into purgatory. A kindergarten classroom." The routine all changes when an explosive kiss inside the elevator happens. You guyyys! I just love this book. Lucy and Joshua's banters are so witty and funny and damn it, they give as much as the other does. They're two opponents on equal standing, and it was great to see them clash; and even better to see them united. They're just hilarious! So, painting your nails tonight, desperately alone?" "Yes. Masturbating and crying into your pillow tonight, Doctor Josh?" "Yes. And don't call me that." And the burn is so slow and gradual, I'm pretty sure I was so high-strung by the time the explosion finally happened. I loved it. It was such a long foreplay. I loved watching their relationship change from hate to love. I love Joshua! He started off as this arrogant brooding man who would not smile at anything; especially not at anything Lucy says. But as Lucy got to know him, he's not actually that bad. And you know what? He's so much better than Lucy (or I) expected! I haven't wanted you this long, and gone through so much, and given up so much, to have you for one night. It's not enough." I love him. He's so sweet and funny and thoughtful and ugh. He's amazing. AND HE'S A CUDDLER!!!! Lucy's an extremely kind person who sometimes gets taken advantage of, so it was great to see her stand up for herself. And there was a moment when she was so badass, and I just knew she and Joshua were a perfect pair. I'm going to sound like a broken record, but I'm going to say it anyway. I love this book. If you want a light, fluffy, funny, and romantic book, The Hating Game is it. I love it! Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    5 HR STARS Lovers of the enemies to lover’s trope will inhale this well written love story. If you are back and forth due to the pricing of this story please note that it is worth the price tag and I don’t regret my purchase in the least. The story is 5 star quality for its chemistry, banter, and unique story line. I adored both characters and their fall but those games were such a good time over 5 stars for entertainment value. When two companies merge mixing stuffy suit types with the creative 5 HR STARS Lovers of the enemies to lover’s trope will inhale this well written love story. If you are back and forth due to the pricing of this story please note that it is worth the price tag and I don’t regret my purchase in the least. The story is 5 star quality for its chemistry, banter, and unique story line. I adored both characters and their fall but those games were such a good time over 5 stars for entertainment value. When two companies merge mixing stuffy suit types with the creative people of a publishing firm Lucy Hutton finds herself facing off against Joshua Templeman the main suits right hand man daily. These hate games they play are written to perfection absolutely funny and exciting. “I should mention that the ultimate aim of all our games is to make the other smile, or cry. It’s something like that. I’ll know when I win.” How far will they go to WIN the game and what exactly does winning look like when a higher position is up for grabs and both Lucy and Joshua are in the running. As Lucy and Joshua start to get closer the line between love and hate starts to blur. ”But you know he’s in love with you, right?” The story is such a good time the humor is simply brilliant… ”Calling HR is virtually like tapping out.” The infatuation in the game and their fall into love is epic and unforgettable as Lucy starts to see Joshua for who he truly is. ”This is the best game I’ve ever played in my entire life.” This is hands down a winner debut novel. It’s a swoonworthy story with such depth and vividness with layered and real writing. I dare you not to fall in love with Lucy and Joshua! ”See,” he says into my mouth. “I don’t hate you, Lucy.”

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Okay, seriously . . .? This book was AMAZING. It's so hard to find a fun, clever contemporary romance that doesn't at least occasionally cross over into cornball territory. Lucy was a tiny little spitfire, Josh was just damaged enough to be interesting without being angsty, and together they alternately hys-freaking-terical and so adorable I literally CANNOT EVEN. Sally Thorne . . . I've got my eye on you, woman. *tips hat* Full RTC.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Bibi

    01/22/18: Even better the second time reading. Josh and Lucy are too cute and so much fun to hang with. Sigh. Initial Review There's a new kid on the Rom-Com scene and her name is Sally Thorne. Holy molly! This book...aww...this book. Firstly, the dialogue was insane. Freaking insane. No word was misplaced or unwarranted. All were perfectly placed. Secondly, the plot. So simple yet so riveting. Two colleagues who seemingly can't abide each other but ah.. Thorne makes the premise so fresh you can't but 01/22/18: Even better the second time reading. Josh and Lucy are too cute and so much fun to hang with. Sigh. Initial Review There's a new kid on the Rom-Com scene and her name is Sally Thorne. Holy molly! This book...aww...this book. Firstly, the dialogue was insane. Freaking insane. No word was misplaced or unwarranted. All were perfectly placed. Secondly, the plot. So simple yet so riveting. Two colleagues who seemingly can't abide each other but ah.. Thorne makes the premise so fresh you can't but cheer them on. Thirdly, the love and the feels. No unnecessary angst, just pure emotions that ooze from both protagonists. Lastly, the L.O.V.E. (I know I mentioned that already but what the heck). Abso-freaking-lutely breathtaking. This is a favorite!

  25. 5 out of 5

    The Girl Murdered by Her TBR

    5-I-HATE-THIS-HATING-GAME-BOOK-SO-MUCH!!! I hate this book. I hate these characters. I hate the way they made me feel. I hate how adorable Josh is. I hate how cute Lucy is. I hate how I'm in love with their cuteness. I hate how I read this book in just one sitting (or should I say lying). I hate their stupid but smexy games. I hate Sally Thorne. I hate how smitten I've been in the last 12 hours. Last but not the least, I hate that I LOVED this book sooo freaking much!!! This kind of b 5-I-HATE-THIS-HATING-GAME-BOOK-SO-MUCH!!! I hate this book. I hate these characters. I hate the way they made me feel. I hate how adorable Josh is. I hate how cute Lucy is. I hate how I'm in love with their cuteness. I hate how I read this book in just one sitting (or should I say lying). I hate their stupid but smexy games. I hate Sally Thorne. I hate how smitten I've been in the last 12 hours. Last but not the least, I hate that I LOVED this book sooo freaking much!!! This kind of book should be illegal. I hate it.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Pearl Angeli

    4 Stars! What a perfect combination of cute and sexy. I kept seeing The Hating Game on my Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads timeline and since it's been gathering high ratings, of course my curiosity was piqued. Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, both executive assistants to the co-owners of Bexley & Gamin, have always been at a clash with each other. They share an office room together but they don't get along well. When their respective bosses announced that one of them will be promoted as the 4 Stars! What a perfect combination of cute and sexy. I kept seeing The Hating Game on my Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads timeline and since it's been gathering high ratings, of course my curiosity was piqued. Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, both executive assistants to the co-owners of Bexley & Gamin, have always been at a clash with each other. They share an office room together but they don't get along well. When their respective bosses announced that one of them will be promoted as the other boss, their competitive drive became stronger and of course, they hated each other more. If Lucy loses the job position to Joshua, she has to resign. Is she gets it, then she'll rule over Joshua. But everything turned to chaos when their daily banters slowly converted into strange attraction and irresistible sexual tension. Despite the usual tropes -- office romance and enemies to lovers, the author was able to bring life to the story through her fun and quirky characters. Lucy's narration was all kind of hilarious. I found myself unable to stop laughing with the way she described her working relationship with Joshua and the rest of the employees of Bexley & Gamin. I also loved how the author painted Joshua's character in a hot and adorable executive kind of way. The daily bickering was the one that truly stood out here. It was so entertaining to see them exchange witty dialogues that just make their chemistry more apparent. The only complaint I had in this book was the inconsistency of the plotline. I admit I was a bit unsatisfied with their hating game. I thought the romantic development (enemies to lovers) progressed real quick. I kind of wished their hate relationship was longer and that it lasted at least until the middle part of the book. It would be fun to see more of them acting like a cat and a dog in a box. lol. As a whole, this book was a nice, sweet, and enjoyable story. Nothing extravagant when it comes to angst and conflicts but just an entertaining romantic comedy book that I'm sure everyone will enjoy. For fans of contemporary books and rom-coms, give this book a chance!

  27. 3 out of 5

    Zain Otoom

    Sally Thorn went to Hogwarts, learned witchery, and came back and applied her lessons while writing this book and cursed every person who reads it to inevitably fall in love with both Josh and the book, and as hard as the first time they read it. Honestly we should sue.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    Things that Make Natalie want to Flip a Table: -Cliches Cliche A: the hate-to-love relationship This is a trope that CAN be done well. If there's a fresh spin. And the characters were likable. Josh was *gasp* secretly in love with her all along, but instead of doing something radical like being nice, he embarks on a third-grader's idea of wooing women. He figuratively flicks boogers in her hair and breaks her crayons. Cliche B: the sick scene from every shoujo manga Our plucky heroine is dangerous Things that Make Natalie want to Flip a Table: -Cliches Cliche A: the hate-to-love relationship This is a trope that CAN be done well. If there's a fresh spin. And the characters were likable. Josh was *gasp* secretly in love with her all along, but instead of doing something radical like being nice, he embarks on a third-grader's idea of wooing women. He figuratively flicks boogers in her hair and breaks her crayons. Cliche B: the sick scene from every shoujo manga Our plucky heroine is dangerously ill yet still determinedly stumbling through her day because she's a trooper that way. Then a wave of dizziness hits. She slumps back against a firm chest and strong arms. It's our handsome love interest who has been nothing been awful to her since 45 pages ago. He feels her forehead while she feebly bats him away, muttering she's fine. "Idiot," he gently reprimands her, concerned and frustrated at the same time. He takes her home, letting her lean on him. Delirious, our heroine wonders how strange it is he's being so nice to her while he's so mean all the time. He smells nice, she absently notes. They're in the house. He stays the weekend, cooking for her and feeding her medicine and changing her clothes. As a bonus, he cleans her house too. Still caught in the impossible state of feverish delirium, she starts telling him things she'd never tell him in real life. Slowly, unbelievably, they begin to bond. Yeah, I'm not writing anymore. You get the idea. FYI, I have never seen or heard of someone so sick (exempting very serious diseases) that they're incapable of functioning. Cliche C: the scatterbrained, nice, perky heroine and the work-obsessed, uptight guy. I'm so tired of this dynamic. And Lucy is cute in a way that I finally understand why people hate Zooey Deschanel's characters. It's overwhelming. Suffocating. Lucy is like Jess from New Girl on steroids. She says silly things that no one would say in real life because they have mental filters. -Weird agenda against nice guys and short guys. Lucy and Josh both agree Nice Guys are overrated. Um, no. We need more Nice Guys in fiction and real life because a healthy relationship is sexy. Plus, Lucy loves mentioning that Josh can lift her up and that somehow makes him so much better than her old boyfriends. -Reminding me over and over again Lucy is 5 foot tall. I get it. My sister gets it. My cat fucking gets it. I also know he's tall. Haha, cute contrast. Fucking shut up about it already. -Telling me their bodies fit together for the 1,457,872th time -Lucy objectifying Josh to the point that HE gets uncomfortable She keeps on doing it even after he voices this. How would we react if this were in a guy's POV and he kept talking about how tight that ass is or how great her boobs are? A few times is great, welcome even. S/he thinks her partner is beautiful and sexy. But if you keep on mentioning it every time you're together, it raises eyebrows. -the romance is the whole story I know it's a romance book. I know, alright. But I like to think readers have gotten a little more sophisticated in their choice of romances. Side plots involving the protagonist's family and/or career are typically told alongside the main romance plotline now. But in The Hating Game, the only plot thread that is tied up is her and Josh's relationship. We don't find out if Lucy gets promoted. We don't find out if she goes home to visit her parents. It's like those things don't matter, which seems dangerously regressive. Finally, a gif that sums up my entire reading experience:

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)

    ❝Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I've had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations. Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are schredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with adrenaline, and you're in the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control ❝Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I've had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations. Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are schredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with adrenaline, and you're in the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You're consumed, and it scares you. Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game — and you have to win. Why? Your heart and your ego. Trust me, I should know.❞ Okay, I did NOT expect to love The Hating Game as much as I did. I saw quite a few people rave about this book but I never gave it much thought because a book about some cheesy office romance didn't seem like my type of story. WRONG. How completely wrong I was. The Hating Game was absolutely hilarious, cute, and sexy all in wrapped in one. I needed to read something light and fluffy, and this was the perfect book for me. The Hating Game was like the romantic comedy movie that you would watch with your girlfriends when you're having a sleepover. It's definitely full of laughs and lots of witty banter! I fell head over heels in love with both Lucy and Josh. Lucy was this sweet, little fluffball full of such a quirky, crazy personality. Josh was just so respectful and such a sweetheart beneath all that jerky façade. He has this contradicting personality that makes him such a great character. He's a jerk but at the same time, he's also very sweet. He's shy but he also radiates confidence. On top of that, he's just very intelligent and very mature. It's refreshing to read about a male character who isn't always dark and brooding and can actually crack a joke or poke fun at the female character and not come off all stiff. Together, Lucy and Josh make quite a pair. At first it would seem like hell would freeze over long before these two would ever get along but as they compete for the same executive promotion, they realize that they don't hate each other after all... ;) The only complaint I really had about this book was that it was slow in some parts but other than that, this book was outstanding! I was laughing and snorting along with Lucy throughout this whole book. More people definitely need to pick this up because it will put such a big smile on your face. I really can't wait to see more from Sally Thorne. The Hating Game was such an extraordinary debut novel, and I expect great things from her! I'm really excited for The Comfort Zone and other stories that Sally has up her sleeve. After The Hating Game, I already know that Sally Thorne is an auto-buy author for me. An author that can make me crack up throughout the whole book deserves to be on that list!

  30. 5 out of 5

    V. PARENTAL GUIDANCE ALERT: A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you

    3.5 stars! No slut shaming no cheating no womanizers!! Henry Cavill as Joshua! Note for Harper Collins and Children bloomsburry imprints: New adult exists! New adult is a genre! Admit it! Plenty of readers want to read New adult! Why do you keep pretending that New adult reads like A court of Mist and Fury and in this case The hating game are something that they aren't? Why do you mislead readers? Readers like to read sex scenes and the readers who prefer clean reads should know what they're gettin 3.5 stars! No slut shaming no cheating no womanizers!! Henry Cavill as Joshua! Note for Harper Collins and Children bloomsburry imprints: New adult exists! New adult is a genre! Admit it! Plenty of readers want to read New adult! Why do you keep pretending that New adult reads like A court of Mist and Fury and in this case The hating game are something that they aren't? Why do you mislead readers? Readers like to read sex scenes and the readers who prefer clean reads should know what they're getting into. This book isn't chick lit IMHO. This is New adult/erotica Don't let the chick lit cover trick you, the sex scenes are graphic and steamy and this could fall easily in the New adult category (because the characters don't act like they're adults) and even erotica! Chick lit as far as I remember isn't as graphic as erotica and this book is graphic. It's 2017 dear publishers! People are more willing to admit that they like to read smut. A court of mist and fury is New adult no matter if you publish under a children's imprint name and any reader or GR librarian who denies it is lying. So this New adult/erotica book coud have passed as chick lit had the erotic scenes been less graphic (no complaining! They were great!!) and if there had been more laughs. I recommend this book to my safety gang. Is it hilarious? I don't think it is. I read this after re-reading another New adult book that is pretending to be what it isn't called Love me never. That book my friends is hilarious! I didn't get a lot of laughs from this one, that's why I don't consider it chick lit. I usually get more laughs and less smut moments with chick lit reads. This wasn't as funny for me as books from other genres that aren't supposed to be funny like dystopian romance, and paranormal romance. Love-hate books should contain more and wittier banter. That's why I'm only giving 3 stars. And those stars are mostly for Joshua! Joshua is adorable! He's not disloyal, he challenges the heroine without being abusive and he doesn't cheat. As of late non-cheating heroes are so difficult to find in contemporary romance! I really loved his chemistry with Lucinda! He has this bad boy vibe without ever crossing the line into abusive behaviour. I dont' think he slept around but perhaps I didn't pay attention? Lucy's train of thought never made sense to me, and Danny appeared too much for my taste. I also thought that the cliche "hero taking care of sick heroine" scene took too many pages. Those are minor complains, in general this was a good book. If you're looking for a low angst read featuring a non cheating, no manwhore hero this is a good option.

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