Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 9th 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“The trick is to find that one person who can give it back as good as they can take it.”
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.
4 of 5 stars to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
This was such a pleasant read. I thoroughly enjoyed Josh and Lucy’s banters–something I have missed in my reading selections. This makes me want to check out the author’s other works, hoping that I get the same leisurely experience.
The book is written really well that the scenarios felt so natural. You can imagine it happening in real life. It was romance but it had a very realistic and believable air about it. It felt attainable unlike some novels that were astoundingly amazing but you know in your heart isn’t real.
I also love the simplicity in the way the author approached character realizations and confessions. Being a romantic novel, readers would naturally expect grand romantic gestures that could one up the most epic one yet but here, we get it as original and real as it could get. Lucy realizes her feelings and immediately felt scared but nonetheless told Josh about it in a rather simple bedroom conversation. Josh had to confess first but the point is, no flowers and romantic dinners were needed to make the moment remarkable. Their courtship is crazy good in itself. Arch enemies to lovers? Yes, it’s a tale told one too many times but not as enjoyable as this one.
**cover art: 4/5 stars. Love the artwork! Looks classy and definitely so refreshing for a contemporary!**