Genres: Romance, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Format Read: eBook
Published by Hachette on August 9th 2016
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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 prides herself on being loved by everyone at work - except for imposing, impeccably attired Joshua Templeman.
Trapped in a shared office, they've become entrenched in an addictive, 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 promotion is on offer.
If Lucy wins, she'll be Joshua's boss. If she loses, she'll resign. So why is she questioning herself? Maybe she doesn't hate him. And just maybe, he doesn't hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game . . .
As many of you know, I have not had a great reading year. But despite the struggles I’ve had when it came to finding time — and the will — to read, I have managed to find a few gems. 2016 was a year where I focused less on trying to keep up with all the new releases and picked up books that truly made me sit up and go *grabby hands*.
The Hating Game was one of them, and oh boy, did I have a blast!
Debut Aussie author, Sally Thorne, has brought some new life into the whole ‘enemies turned lovers’ genre, and I actually forgot how much I actually love this cliche until I met Lucy and Josh.
Perky, happy and colourful, Lucy Hutton is everything that Joshua Templeman is not. Thrown together when their two publishing houses merged, they now sit opposite each other in a secluded office, each working for one-half of the merged publishing house’s two bosses. Josh with his strict ironed shirts routine and predictable mannerisms that make him less than approachable, has become Lucy’s nemesis in the office, and they’ve both made it a game to ensure they one-up each other. Then comes the opportunity that neither could resist…let the Hating Game begin 😉
I never expected to love this book so much, but it was like a blast from the past to the days I read on FictionPress. Like I said before, I’d forgotten just how much I love this cliched genre of books, but the dynamic of the two characters just made me fill up with sunshine and rainbows inside. LUCY AND JOSH WAS SO DARN ADORABLE.
Their dynamic and banter was enjoyable to read, and their chemistry was just off the charts. To everyone that’s read this book: That elevator scene…phwoar am I right? *fans self*
While The Hating Game is a contemporary romance novel, there is depth to both Lucy and Josh. They’re not another cardboard cutout like you tend to see in rom-com movies these days. Thorne has put in the effort to bring them to life, with deep backstories to each of the characters. It was heartbreaking to see Josh’s family dynamic and the way his dad treated him because he dropped out of medical school. Lucy to him, was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise boring existence.
And like I said before, Lucy and Josh’s chemistry is off the charts. I found myself smiling way too much and even squealing at times because they are just so right for each other. And when I finished the book, I found myself wanting to dive in from the beginning again — this RARELY happens (maybe since I mainly read fantasy).
My small nit-picky thoughts were that I wished Thorne had set the story in Australia. Granted you can’t really tell which city the book is set in, but it would have been nice to read about places that us Aussies could recognise. Also, Lucy and her lust got a little weird at times, especially when she started hanging off (literally) Josh like a Koala. I got a bit embarrassed for her at times with the way she acted!
But other than those two points, if you’re looking for a wonderful and heartwarming story about two nemeses finding love, then you need to check out The Hating Game. All these 4/5 star reviews aren’t wrong. Lucy + Josh = 4eva <3
Thank you to Hachette Australia for providing an eBook copy in exchange for an honest review.