Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I actually scheduled two book reviews this week. Woot Woot! I hope I keep this up. If I ever go MIA again, feel free to follow me on Instagram. That somehow became my main blogging platform over time. I guess I just like photography. But anyways, here is another one of my favorites so far this year!

The Hating Game

Title: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne


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.

THIS BOOK! THIS BOOK! It was on my TBR forever and a day. Fablebands (If you don’t know what that is, check it out at Thank me later. I also have a rep code, ROYALTYY10) made a lot of contemporary headbands. Most was on tbr but wasn’t on my immediate to read list. Anyways, those prints were so beautiful I just had to read most of the books the headbands were inspired by so I could choose which ones to by. The Hating Game was my first read.

My enemies to lovers trope loving heart is completely satisfied! This was banter done so good *chef’s kiss*. Just the right amount of banter tied in with tension tied in with cute romance.

Characters: Josh is just another character I had to add to my book boyfriend list. He is the perfect amount of sass, hotness, and cuteness. I really like how we got to see inside of his character as the book went on. His insecurities, his life outside of work, were such a fresh of breath air to character development.

Lucy! Okay, she is such a little ball of fire. I love how she doesn’t let Josh get the best of her. Even though she lets everyone run over her. Their hate for each other led her to finally stand up for herself.

Romance: 10/10! Don’t get me wrong, the kissing in secret was great but what was really great is the cute moments. For example, taking care of each other when sick. Or sitting on the couch watching TV. Being completely infatuated with someone even around a crowd full of family and friends. Just the normal relationship stuff. That is really what shined.

World-bulding: Right from the start I had a perfect image of the main characters and their work building. The office and desk are pretty much glass so Josh and Lucy could see everything from the opposite desk every single day. I think that really was a highlight to the banter. My favorite part was Josh’s living space. The detail was so in depth I could picture everything. Even down to the way I would have thought it to smell. Let me just say, every woman needs a Josh. The rest of the book didn’t disappoint in this area neither.

In conclusion, I immediately bought the paperback after I read the ebook in a day. I am obsessed and can NOT wait until the movie comes out! PLEASE READ if you love enemies to lovers.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you have read this, what were your thoughts? What is your favorite trope?

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