The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game: A Novel by [Thorne, Sally]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 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.


5 stars

Oh, how I relished this book. I love slow burn books and office romances. I enjoyed this so much, I have already read this twice.

Lucy and Josh share an office space, both executive assistants to the co-CEO’s of the publishing house B&G. And they hate each other. They have all these little games they play, snapping at each other. It is told from Lucy’s POV and I wish we would have gotten a bit of his side as well. Lucy is very small (5 ft small) but she stands up against big Josh with snappy replies. Everything changes when it is announced there will be a COO appointed and they are both in the running. Lucy finds she is not immune to Josh, especially when he shows another side to him while tending to her when she is sick. But how does Josh feel about her? Lucy is a bit naive when it comes to that 🙂
He calls her ‘Shortcake’ for crying out loud (Lucy is from a strawberry farm and he is obsessed by it).

The slow burn is delicious, so is the way it is written. The love scene is so sexy without being too explicit. It is really making love and not just sex. Marvellously done. I do wish there was an epilogue or that the author would give us some snippets of the future in a novella or something. I need something more!

It is the debut for Sally Thorne and I look forward to the next in 2017.


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