The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was a quick read. I read this one in the span of, I think, two days. It was great! The main characters of this story are Lucy Hutton, a short and quick witted woman with a deep dislike for Joshua Templeman, our other main character. Joshua is dark, mysterious, and quietly charming.
What a great surprise. I quite enjoyed this story. The characters were engaging and not once forced me to cringe internally at any given moment, unlike some other chick-lit stories I’ve read in the past. Lucy was never annoying and her thoughts on her career were quite refreshing. She didn’t seem to want to give away her freedom to anyone, especially not her partner, if she ever had one. Joshua’s thoughts on his career were not quite clear, but nonetheless, he appeared to be very much willing to go all the way when it came to his job.
Most of the story takes place at work, with a few exceptions (very good exceptions that flowed quite nicely with the story) which I didn’t expect, but Thorne made it worthwhile to read all the scenes. There were a lot of laugh out loud moments and I had to close my book a few times just to process what I had read (hilarious scenes). I hope to read more books like this one in the future.
Overall, I give this book a four point five stars!
Summary: 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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