Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Publisher: William Morrow
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 kept seeing The Hating Game on my Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Goodreads timeline, and its rave reviews piqued my curiosity. As is my policy for all books, I put it on my Kindle Wishlist until it went on sale. My boyfriend bought me an amazon gift card for the sole purpose of buying full price books, but I have still adhered to this policy. Because, as I explained to him, why would I buy two full priced books when I could buy 20 books for $1.99? Ahem. On to the review.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are both executive assistants to the co-owners of Bexley & Gamin, a publishing company in New York City. While they share an office space in close quarters, they have never gotten along. When their respective bosses announce that one of them will be promoted over the other, their competitive drive only raises the stakes of their hatred for one another. However, the office dynamic begins crumbling when their daily arguments and games turn into sexual tension.
Office romance? Enemies to lovers? Sounds like a big cup of cliche. *Sips tea* But the author was able to bring new life to these tired tropes through her hilarious and quirky characters. Lucy’s narration of her working relationship with Josh and the other employees of Bexley & Gamin had me laughing out loud. The witty banter and bickering between Lucy and Josh only made their chemistry more apparent.
As a whole, this book was a fun, hilarious read. I enjoyed every second of it, and seriously could not put it down. Recommending to all fans of contemporaries and rom-coms!