The Hating Game
Published August 9th 2016
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person's undoing
3) Joshua Templeman
Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She's charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.
Trapped in a shared office together forty (ok, fifty or sixty) hours a week, they've become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There's the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can't let Joshua beat her at anything-especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.
If Lucy wins this game, she'll be Joshua's boss. If she loses, she'll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she's got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she's got Joshua Templeman all wrong.
Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn't hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn't hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
About the Author
Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colourful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favourite book—and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.
I always have so much trouble writing reviews for books that I just absolutely love, because what ever I write just doesn't seem to do it justice. The Hating Game is on of those books and I have been agonising over this review for almost 2 months... Here goes nothing.
I was lucky enough to be provided a copy of the novel from Hachette Australia in exchange for my honest review. And I can honestly say, I absolutely freakin' loved it!
Thorne explores the fine line between love and hate with flare and humour. The 'games' that Lucy and Josh play are hilarious and had me laughing my arse off. Lucy is just the best MC and its a delight to read from her POV. Feverish Lucy. Funniest. Thing. Ever! This has to be one of my favourite books that I have read in the last couple of years.
If I am to really nit-pick to find something wrong with The Hating Game, it would have to be the overly dramatised scene with Josh's family near the end of the book. It felt a little blown out of proportion and the dialog got a little unnatural here too. The only real issue that I had was that there was not enough book. I NEED MORE JOSH AND LUCY!
The Hating Game is an amazing read that'll have you thoroughly entertained the whole way through. As Thorne's debut novel, I cannot wait to see what she'll produce come time and experience. I highly commend everyone to read this novel!
5 out of 5