Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

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.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

The Hating Game is the first book I’ve read from Sally Thorne. I accidentally watched the movie but I’m not 100% paying attention. So, I’ve decided to finally read the book and I’m glad that I did I will now compare the movie and the book once I re-watch the movie. First, I liked this book cover it’s simple and catchy and it makes me curious what’s the extent of this game? What actually is the hating game? Didn’t you readers got curious as well?

The book contains amazing characters, I can’t imagine working with someone whom I will actually hate, I don’t like hating people. LOL. Okay, back to my review, Lucy and Joshua is funny together. They tease each other like kids, there’s an old saying, the more you hate the more you love and this book really showed it. They’re cute together and lovely, I’m not sure what more I love, them teasing or being in love? Lucy is a simple woman who plainly wants to achieve her dreams, her family owns a farm and she haven’t visited back home for a while, but Lucy is very close with her parents. Joshua is her colleague who I can say is handsome and tall man. He’s somehow not close with his dad since he didn’t follow the path of being a doctor or a surgeon. His father treats him differently. These two characters Lucy and Josh, they have a lot of differences but, they make the whole story fun their love and hate relationship isn’t something that’s irritating. I love these two!

The book is fun to read and I laughed at some parts of it although, I have a confession, I had a hard time to finish it, I’m probably too busy with work or, just too distracted with every thing around me. Anyhow, I’m glad I did finish the book which I really enjoyed reading. I’m looking forward to read more Sally Thorne books. Any recommendation what to read next?

My Ratings

Sally Thorne is the USA Today bestselling author of the office rom-com The Hating Game (2016). It is her debut novel that has sold in over twenty-five countries and is being made into a major motion picture, directed by Peter Hutchings and starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell. Filming wrapped in December 2020. It was named in the top 20 romance novels of 2016 by the Washington Post and was a top ten finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards romance category. The Hating Game has been cited as a book that has reinvigorated the romantic comedy genre.

Sally’s much anticipated second novel, 99 Percent Mine, was released on 29 January 2019 by William Morrow Books and debuted at #37 on the USA Today Bestseller List.

Source: Goodreads

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