Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Number of Pages: 388
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, New Adult Contemporary
Lucy Hutton has always believed that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone. Everyone except sarcastic, cynical, and intimidating Joshua Templeman. Her nemesis.
Josh is the dark and brooding to Lucy’s light and cheery, the crisp pressed suit to her retro outfits and bright red lipstick. And he gets under her skin like no one else can. Trapped in a shared office together five days a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, never-ending game of one-upmanship.
When a new executive position is announced, Josh and Lucy are top contenders for the promotion, but the idea of working for the other is so unthinkable that they strike a deal: whoever doesn’t get the job will walk away. The stakes have never been higher and as the competition heats up and the barriers between them begin to fall down, Lucy starts questioning just who her opponent truly is and whether this man she’s hated all this time is even the real Josh.
Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either.
In this romance novel written by one of New York Times Bestselling Authors today, Sally Thorne, we follow Lucy Hutton who’s always been the kindest and most accommodating person that her colleagues have known. Everyone loves her, except Joshua Templeman, her cynical and intimidating seatmate and co-executive assistant. Or so she thought.
To be honest, it actually took me a a while before I got invested in the story. The start was a bit mild and I felt like I couldn’t connect with Lucy, but it picked up after just a few chapters. And boy, it was great! The enemies-to-lovers and fake-dating trope in this one is chef’s kiss amazing. I definitely enjoyed their banters, drama, and complications. It kept me turning the pages and basically was just a light and funny read for me. I honestly dived into this with no expectations given the mixed reviews, but it was surprisingly enjoyable! The slow burn and spice level is also chef’s kiss!
If you’re into this kind of genre, the new adult contemporary romance, I suggest you give this one a try as it’s a quick read and unputdownable. It’s also kind of a romcom novel for me because some of their banters made me laugh out loud that even my husband noticed how much I’m into this.
Overall, despite the mixed reviews, I’m really glad that I gave it a chance and went ahead and read it because it’s one of the most funny books I’ve read this year.