The Hating Game: A Novel

Paperback | August 9, 2016

bySally Thorne

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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.

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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 TemplemanLucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman h...

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Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problems 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 joyl...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062439596

ISBN - 13:9780062439598

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book of 2016! I bought this in October and reread it 5 times before the end of the year. The enemies-to-lovers trope is a personal favourite and Thorne beat out every other book for the top spot. Absolutely hilarious and full of quirky charm, steamy and off the charts adorable, I loved everything about it!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice, Lighthearted Romance A nice enemies to lovers romance with not too much going on outside of the main leads (the secondary characters are not memorable in the least). I usually like my reads with a little more, but it's perfect if you're in the mood for a lighthearted romance.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read This book had a really good romantic story that evolved from two coworkers hating one another to loving each other. For Sally Thorne's debut book it was amazing but I felt the book lacking in some areas. There wasn't much character development and it was solely based on two main characters 80% of the book. I love that it wasn't a sappy love story, which won this book some points!!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best trope ever Enemies to lovers wins every time.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Love Story! I have read it twice now and it is a perfect story every time. I am in love with the main characters!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Romance! I bought this a while ago and I still re read it. Such a amazingly written romance!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gotta love office romance! Loved all of this. The sexual tension, steamy scenes; the overall idea of the book had me caught 100% and I had a strong feeling I would love this as it's one of my fantasies to work in an office and basically find romance in the office (which I know will never happen to me) but this book has that and so much more. The added drama and sexy scenes are perfect. Lucy is relatable for me, from being a short person and other things about Lucy's quirks and personality that I found myself relating to. It is hilarious and so, so seductive. And so much more than I thought it would be and I'm thrilled and delighted with this book!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Cute and Sexy! The Hating Game hit all the right spots for me. It's a deliciously fun book that'll make you laugh with outrage or tighten with nerves. Every bit of tension was off the charts swoony. Lucy and Joshua have been at odds since their first meeting. It doesn't help that they have to share an office and work with each other. Constantly clashing, I loved watching them bicker and insult one another. The spark between them was just waiting to be ignited. I was giddy when things exploded into passion and lust. So worth the wait. Lucy is a nice girl who's very efficient and effective at her job. She's agreeable and aims to be nice to everyone. One problem: it made her a pushover. Don't fret because she does take steps to change this (with help). She's a bit weird but she owns it. I had some good laughs at her impulsive thoughts and actions. Honestly she's just quirky and loveable. Joshua is very assertive and attentive. He can come off as an asshole but that's just his way of guarding his feelings. I love how he notices everything about Lucy. The way he empowers her to say no. He takes care of her and wants what's best for her. What girl wouldn't fall for that? One problem I had with the story- the reason Josh needed moral support at his brother's wedding. It was so obvious! (Or maybe I watch too much tv?) Granted it wasn't the real reason behind his hesitations but the suspense and Josh's reluctance to talk about it annoyed me. Keeping secrets never lead to any good outcomes. Nevertheless this wasn't a huge deal and didn't take anything away from the story. Super fun, super cute and super sexy, The Hating Game is one of the best romance book I've read this year. Can we please get more books like this?
Date published: 2016-11-03

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“If your reading catnip includes dialogue that crackles, cranky heroes with hidden depths, and vivid, self-assured heroines who take exactly zero crap from said hero, find yourself a copy of this book immediately.”