REVIEW: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

August 21, 2016

SYNOPSIS: Nemesis (n.) 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 40 (OK, 50 or 60) 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.

 

GENRE: Chick-Lit, Contemporary Romance

 

RATING: ★★★★★ / 5 sassy & saucy stars!!

 

REVIEW: I couldn't put this book down. Oh the sleepless nights! Okay, it was only two-ish late nights because I didn't stop reading The Hating Game for very long even during the day (insert bookish war cry here...you know the one all booknerds shout when we're having a good reading month and totally crushing it). Thank you Sally Thorne for the perfect Summer Chick-Lit book!

 

Where to start?

 

It's cute...totally cute. And sharp...fantastic dialogue. And sassy...oh so sassy! And saucy...the naughty flirting kind that makes us smile that "I've got a secret" smile while we're reading. The Hating Game has quickly become one of my new favorite Contemporary Romances.

 

The best love stories start with enmity, it creates a fantastic story arc. The Hating Game (I mean, it says it right in the name of the book!) has plenty of banter, bickering, and game playing, but it also has a core of sweetness and endearing characters that give you the best of both worlds.

 

And not to spoil anything (or at least only the tiniest bit) but the author wrote, in my opinion, the best love-making scene I've ever read. And I do mean love-making, because that's exactly what it was, not a flurry of sexy words and turns of phrase to spice up the book, but an emotionally involved turning point. Makes you want to read it right?

 

See, here's the thing about Chick-Lit/Romances, they're always predictable even if they manage to entertain us. BUT if a good author enters the genre, it doesn't matter if we all know a Happily Ever After is probably coming, because they can still give us a multitude of feelings and a new experience... and Sally Thorne is a good author. So keep writing Ms. Thorne because I'm already anticipating your next book!

 

 

 

 

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