The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect.

The first thing I want to get out in the open for this review is how bad of an idea it is to judge this book by its cover. I have known about this book for months and even with seeing countless glowing reviews from different friends on here, I still thought that I would find it too cheesy because there was no possible way that there was a good book hidden underneath that cover. Learn from my mistake and do not do what I did because you will be missing out on a great read.

The second thing that you should know about this book is that it’s hilarious. I read for dialog first and foremost when it comes to romances so when I got through the first few pages and couldn’t stop raising my eyebrow at the book and laughing to myself in public I knew I had a winner.

It also helps that I love a good hate-to-love romance trope. After reading quite a few reviews after I finished this the first time (yes I started immediately re-reading) I saw that a lot of people were bothered by the tropes of it, actually. Is it sad to say that I really didn’t even notice it until after reading other people talk about it? I was so caught up in these two that nothing like that mattered. I was dying to figure out who Josh really was and what their second, third, and fourth kisses were going to be like to care.
Joshua cannot believe anyone would want to spend time in my company. To him I’m a repugnant little shrew. I carefully draw my eyeliner into a tiny cat’s-eye. I wipe off my lipstick until only the stain is left. I put a spray of perfume into my bra and give myself a little wink and a pep talk.
I feel like I would go so far as to say that this book wouldn’t have been as good without some of those tropes. The sick scene!?!?! COME ON PEOPLE. I died when he was taking care of her. When we found out he was the one who got her roses?!?!? Dead again. Just line after line of cuteness and slow burn and a whole lot of snark.

Character wise, Lucy was such a little fire cracker and I loved her to bits. Josh was a very trope-y misunderstood meany but I didn’t really care. I liked that he wasn’t actually a jerk through and through—I’m very much over those books. No, he basically is like a modern day Kell Maresh from A Darker Shade of Magic a.k.a. misunderstood and grumpy and broody (while also being extremely adorable). As I said, their slow burn was to DIE FOR.  Overall a solid office romance that will stick with you for a very long time.

His smile is worth a thousand of anyone else’s. I need a photograph. I need something to hold on to. I need this entire bizarre planet to stop spinning so I can freeze this moment in time. What a disaster.

This book is similar to Christina Lauren’s Dating You/Hating You which we also own at the library! Please read if you haven’t, you won’t regret it for a single second—and if you do, I’m sorry I guess. Either way, it’s in my top five standalone romances OF ALL TIME.

The Hating Game Book Cover The Hating Game
Sally Thorne
Romance, Contemporary
William Morrow Paperbacks
August 9th, 2016
Print
384

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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