Monday, April 1st 2019

The Hating Game

The Hating GameThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on August 9th 2016
Pages: 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.

I am just going to say it…I love this book. I’ve read it three times so far. I think that says more than I want it to about my love life, but whatever.

This romance has two of my favorite tropes: a slow burn and the enemies to lovers. So, so good.

I’ve seen others talk/write about this book and some of its problematic elements and while I can acknowledge those elements, they don’t make me love the story any less.

This is my go-to book when I am in a reading slump. If you like the same romantic tropes as me, give this one a try.