Monday, 5 September 2016

The Hating Game - Sally Thorne

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. 

My thoughts:
Yes it was a good contemporary romance, just like any good contemporary romance. And no I did not feel it was as amazing. I guess I am in the minority there. But good is still good, and I really enjoyed it.

Lucy and Joshua work at a publishing house, they sit at opposite sides of a room, they stare at each other all day long and play the hating game. Awww the good old enemies to lovers premise.

Lucy is short, hates Joshua, and wants more than being just a PA.
Joshua has family issues, quit school and yes what does he want?

I did feel like Lucy hated him more, because Joshua was in it for the fun of it. Antagonizing her was his hobby. Everyone needs a hobby.

So the first half is about them hating each other. Then they grow to see the real people behind the hate and it turns into lust and love.

Conclusion:
It was cute and funny.

Cover
Eh

ebook, 384 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by William Morrow
Contemporary romance
Own

47 comments:

The Bookworm said...

This sounds cute and I like the publishing house setting.

bermudaonion said...

That sounds pretty predictable but sometimes I'm in the mood for predictable.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I love a good enemies to lovers story, but I don't know that I want them hating each other for half the book.

Yvonne said...

Sounds like something I would like. I'll have to add it to my list.

Joyousreads said...

They sound like fun! I've yet to read my copy. Hopefully soon. Sigh.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Oh this will make my top 10, I absolutely loved it

Keertana said...

I didn't feel like this was amazing either, dw, but it was pretty cute. Not sure I'll necessarily pick up anything else by this author, though. Great review! :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Sounds decent enough. Rarely do contemp romances surprise me.

Carole Rae said...

Mhm I wonder what made them hate each other in first place.

Blodeuedd said...

Books rule ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, well yes it's pretty predictable

Blodeuedd said...

It's not that i's all HATE: It's amusing

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

One day then ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Yay

Blodeuedd said...

Yay, you must be the only other person that felt like me then ;) Cute, but not as amazing as everyone else though

Blodeuedd said...

True

Blodeuedd said...

Just being there

Mary Kirkland said...

I've always liked the enemies to lovers story line.

Lola said...

I so want to read this!!

Mystica said...

Sounds very predictable. Maybe not for me.

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

I was one of the peeps who loved it! It was funny and I loved how everything was some sort of game. I liked the "slow burn" throughout.

Nice review! "Everyone needs a hobby" made me snortlaugh :)

Blodeuedd said...

It's always a good premise

Blodeuedd said...

:D

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Cute and funny works :)

Blodeuedd said...

All romance is

Blodeuedd said...

You are sure not alone in that! :D
They were sure amusing to read about, at the same time I liked their games I so wanted them to get it on

Kathryn T said...

Like the sound of it, enemies to lovers is always a fun read.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I might read it someday. I'm always wary of gushing reviews (unless they're mine, haha).

Chris said...

It wasn't a DNF, so - WIN. :D

Anna said...

Predictable and cute sometimes make for the perfect read.

Unknown said...

I wish I liked CR more --this sounds cute :)

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

I agree

Blodeuedd said...

LOL ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Ha, true

Blodeuedd said...

That it does

Blodeuedd said...

HR is better ;)

Christy LoveOfBooks said...

This is one of my favorites! Predictable, yes. But the characters totally made it.

Blodeuedd said...

They were adorable

Karen said...

I thought it was cute enough but I really don't get how everyone is going crazy for it. lol

Karen @For What It's Worth

Blodeuedd said...

I just do not get it

Lekeisha said...

Haha. I really want to read this one.

Blodeuedd said...

Yay

Naomi Hop said...

Ah yes, the enemies to lovers! And I love how the guy just stirs the girl up, just cos he can! I swear my hubby still does that to me... grr! *wink*

Blodeuedd said...

LOl, evil hubby

Jen Twimom said...

I think the constant one-upmanship would get old after a while.

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