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Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: August 9, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.21
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.
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.
Lucy and Joshua work together. Also, they hate each other. They have different personalities and clash on just about everything. It’s no secret they don’t like each other, making for a somewhat interesting work environment. When they are up for the same promotion, things reach a tipping point. They also learn that maybe they don’t really hate each other.
An enemies-to-lovers trope done well. Lucy and Joshua have various games they play at work – The HR Game, The Staring Game, The Mirror Game, The Hating Game, etc. There is no point to any of the games, other than to annoy one another. The personalities of the characters was quirky, honest, and relatable.
A fun contemporary romance. The witty banter between Lucy and Joshua was hilarious. Sweet, humorous, and romantic.
I purchased a copy of this book for my personal reading pleasure.