The Hating Game

The Hating Game

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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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.

Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9780062439604
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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Mar 29, 2019

I think The Hating Game does an excellent job of building tension between Lucy and Josh. The banter between them is fun- so fun, in fact, that I almost hate the inevitable slide into reconciliation and romance. I appreciate that Thorne makes an effort to turn some of the most sexist elements of traditional romance on its head, by making Lucy and Josh true equals in their work environment, and actually giving Lucy an edge as she is operating in her field of first choice, while Josh is not. I also appreciate that both characters are given opportunities to “rescue” the other, and that both are shown as having character quirks and flaws.

My major quibbles with the book mostly centered on the devices used to bring the two together. I know this book was published right before the #metoo movement really hit, and I understand that “forcible kissing” is another prime trope, but the scene in the elevator can only be described as sexual assault. Under some circumstances, I might have been able to go along with that if it felt like an organic or necessary part of the plot or even in keeping with the characters as developed, but I honestly couldn’t accept that Lucy would let such an incident slide in light of the history of HR complaints lobbed back-and-forth between her and Josh, and I couldn’t see Josh doing something like that, for the same reason.

In all, I found this an enjoyable read, and a quick one, despite its flaws.

Feb 13, 2019

One of the best romantic comedies I have ever read. This had a great story and it was a fun, emotional and happy love story. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone who reads feel good romance.

Nov 11, 2018

I was surprised by how much I loved this book!

Oct 21, 2018


(Read 9/2016) The Hating Game was rom-com perfection. I truly tire of these cliche' and overused phrases in reviews, but I'm going to say them anyway: "I couldn't put it down!" and "I never wanted it to end!" I can only hope that Sally Thorne's sophomore effort isn't too far down the publishing pike. When I have such an emotional and physical response (irrepressible joy, multiple character empathy, innumerable LOL moments, and dopamine-addled romantic euphoria,) each subsequent book I read pales in comparison. The Hating Game is going on my keeper shelf next to my short list of all-time favorite rom-coms by Penny Reid, Jennifer Crusie, Mariana Zapata, and literary classic, Pride and Prejudice.

Aug 30, 2018

I am so glad I picked up this book to read.

I had a delightful time reading this. Yes it is pretty predictable but the two main characters are just so much fun. It is like an adult version of little kids in the playground, where the little boy likes the little girl and he teases her, and she teases back too. Lucy is so adorably oblivious of what is really happening with her and Josh's little games at work, and borderline naive (luckily she is very likable and not irritating with her quirks and qualities). She might be a pushover at times but she definitely has lots of great ideas to help improve G&B, if she can survive Josh's "glares" and ideas.

Josh. Well, it must be so hard to try and live up to his father's impossible standards of being a doctor. Along the way, you get to see his true strengths and one major weakness (hello it's Lucy of course). The games they play, while seem a little childish, it eventually leads to a turning point, forcing both to confront their feelings and open their eyes to the reality and truth.

As they spend more and more time together outside of work, ever since that paintball team session, it is so glaringly adorable how well they fit together.... just waiting for Lucy to realize it. They take things slow and at different pace, but the story definitely moves along at a good pace, definitely enough for me to eagerly gobble up this book.

The climax was predictable but oh my, I enjoyed every moment of it.

ArapahoeKati Apr 02, 2018

This novel literally sizzled from sexual tension! I loved every single page. The banter was top shelf, the characters were funny and real. I read this in a single sitting. Highly recommend if you are looking for a sexy romantic comedy!

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

Generally, I stay away from the romance genre. Don't get me wrong. I like a healthy dose of love in my books. But a book wherein the entire premise and plot rests on the whole "will they/won't they" dynamic seems weak and tawdry. In 99% of the cases, they will, though they'll try real hard to make it seem like they won't.

But that's obvious, and it's not the reason people read these books. The punchline's always the same, so the hope is always that the joke is somehow interesting and different from all of the others. That's what I hoped for too.

The first third of the book really did it for me. You have to coworkers who hate each other with every fiber of their beings, so it seems. They've just been told that a new C.O.O. position in the company is opening up and they must compete for the role. Wham. Bam. Thank you, m'am.

But, at one moment in the story, a moment that came WAY too soon, the sharp back-and-forth, the fun jabs, the great banter that Lucy and Joshua had are just...GONE.

The rest of the book is predictable, boring, and a tad disconcerting.

ArapahoeMarcia Dec 30, 2017

I loved this book! The characters, the humor, and the chemistry were wonderful. One of my favorite romantic comedy books of the year.

Nov 12, 2017

Ok this book is cute... reminds me of when me and my husband were younger late teens early 20's... but i like to read YA books and this fits in there nicely.. Nice little love story i enjoyed it!

JCLAmandaH Sep 01, 2017

There are some funny one-liners, but in this case I was let down by the excessive hype. The main characters were childish (the mirror game, really?) and the plot was so contrived you could hear the air whistling through the holes (Danny was one big plot device and I swear her boss wouldn't have passed the Bechdel test.) The heroine reminded me too much of Judy Hopps (she's tiny, was raised on a strawberry farm, is a positive go-getter, etc.), making it impossible not to think of it all as one big Zootopia fanfic (oddly enough not really what I'm looking for in a romance novel.) And on top of that the hero wasn't nearly as charming as Nick Wilde. All in all, one big floppy mess.

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