Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Hating Game - Sally Thorne (Review)

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Genres: Fiction, Romance
Publication date:
August 9th 2016

Publisher: William Morrow
Format: paperback, 384 pages
How I got it: I won it from a  Goodreads Giveaway!
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 5/5

Nemesis (n.) 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’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous 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 new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


My thoughts:

I am pretty upset with myself that I let this one sit on my shelf for so long! This book is amazing and it ended up being the perfect weekend read romance!! 

The book is told exclusively though Lucy's eyes. Lucy works for a publishing house that had recently merged with another publishing house, which immediately made me feel like Lucy is a huge book lover like me! The two publishing houses that merged had two owners who both had their own assistants Lucy and Joshua. Lucy and Joshua have a bunch of games that they play with each other that comes off as they hate each other, but do they really hate each other.

I really enjoyed that the book was told through only Lucy's eyes because then we only got to feel her emotions and they felt so real.  I felt like I was experiencing Lucy's craziness right along with her since we only knew how she was feeling.  The author did a great job sticking with the character and giving us a full look at Lucy's life.  I loved the descriptions that the author used during all the settings of the office and their apartments it felt like I could completely imagine myself sitting right along side the characters and listening to them banter.  

The premise of the story is pretty simple, but the way the author goes about telling the story is what makes it great.  The author did a great job with having the reader fall in love with the characters and also learn so much about them that I was routing for them to get together about half way through the book.  In my mind the book was the perfect length I couldn't have imagined it longer and the author did a great job keeping the story flowing with no side stories.

I loved the growth that Lucy's character goes through by the end of the book.  We start to see a peak of the growth once she is getting ready for the job interview with her boss.  She has a lot of potential and just needs to start taking action and expressing herself.   Joshua helps her to see her potential and express herself more. 

I would suggest this as a vacation read or weekend read! Once I started reading I wanted to know what was going to happened between Lucy and Joshua after reading the back of the book I didn't know how things where going to change between them and will it stay that way so I needed to find out.
I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway for the purpose of providing an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


About the Author

Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia, and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn't always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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  1. I so need to get this one ASAP. I love things set in the publishing world and so many people have loved it. Great review!!!

  2. Oh this sounds so fun! A book about a publishing house employee?!? LIKE YES PLEASE. :D

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. Yes this book is great! Thank you for stopping by!


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