The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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.
This is gonna be a spoiler-free review.
First thing I need to discuss…the cover. Wtf? The cover doesn’t actually match the book or the characters….so why? I want to know why!! Maybe I missed something? If I did please explain it to me in the comments below. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a bad cover at all….it just doesn’t go with the book. I just had to say it because I feel like I’m alone haha.
So, as it’s pretty well known, this is a popular read. I thought it was a fun and cute read though. The steamy scenes were great and I actually loved the last 100 pages of this book. I guess I can start by talking about some of the things I didn’t like about this book.
I wasn’t huge on the characters. I liked Josh alright…he had his moments though. Same with Lucy. Sometimes they could be a tad annoying with how they acted. I know some people thought they acted like high schoolers, which they did, but I will say this: I’ve worked with so many people who act like that. It’s really not a new thing. Although it may be annoying I kind of think that makes this more real, because let’s face it…a lot of people don’t act mature. Plus, it kinda helped make it more fun in the book haha…classic rom-com type of feeling.
I felt like the book started strong and ended strong…the stuff in between was I guess a little slow for me. Not bad or anything…sometimes I just struggled to pick it up. Oh, and this book is repetitive as all get out. It is soooooooo repetitive. Sometimes it just drove me crazy how many times the author repeated the same thing over again.
Let’s talk about what I enjoyed. I did enjoy the end of the book…if you know you know. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just say that the last 100 pages made me really love their relationship and it made me grow a soft spot for Josh. The writing wasn’t bad either…just repetitive. I didn’t love the characters, but I didn’t hate them. I warmed up to them at the end like I said. I also liked the other characters in the book as well. I thought was kinda nice having it not just be strictly these two. It kind of helped create some drama and yanno we love to read it haha.
I’m not sure if maybe I’m just not a big fan of haters to lovers type trope. However, I do plan on reading The Unhoneymooners and that’s the same type of trope if I’m correct. I might just not be a fan of this author. I haven’t read any of her other books and after this, I don’t know if I will read any of her other books. Like I said I didn’t dislike this book. It was a fun read and had some very cute/steamy moments but I didn’t adore it like everyone else, which is kind of a bummer because I thought I would fall in love with this book.
I did read some other people’s reviews and I think it’s funny that people have reviews saying how much they hate cliches but chose to read this book anyway. I’m sorry but lots of romance novels are cliche. I just thought it was funny. I personally don’t mind a cliche if it’s done well. That’s just a little tidbit I felt like adding haha.
Overall I would recommend this book. It’s a cute read with great steamy scenes. It was also a pretty fun read. It didn’t hit the mark for me, but I also didn’t dislike this book. Might as well give it a try especially if you love a good haters to lovers trope! Like I also said…the ending totally got me haha. I definitely enjoyed that. 🙂
Have a wonderful day! If you read this book please comment below your thoughts. 🙂