'Charming, self-deprecating, quick-witted and funny' The New York Times
'The next Sophie Kinsella' Bustle
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman sit across from each other every day . . . and they hate each other.
Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. HATE. Lucy can't understand Joshua's joyless, uptight approach to his job and refusal to smile. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy's overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and desire to be liked.
Now they're up for the same promotion and Lucy, usually a determined people-pleaser, has had enough: it's time to take him down. But as the tension between Lucy and Joshua reaches its boiling point, it's clear that the real battle has only just begun . . .
This bestselling, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy is an unmissable, utterly loveable treat and is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella's MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE or Jo Watson's LOVE TO HATE YOU
'Funny, sexy and instantly unputdownable' Paige Toon
'A smart and funny modern romance' Good Housekeeping
'The most uplifting novel you'll read this year' Amazon reviewer
Since the day Lucy Hutton began sharing an office at her publishing company with Joshua Templeman, he's been the bane of her existence. Every day is a constant parade of one-upmanship and mind games. Now there's a huge promotion on the line, and they're both up for it. Lucy knows she couldn't keep working there if Joshua winds up becoming her boss, so she pours everything she has into a project to dazzle her superior but at the same time, she's suddenly gotten to know Joshua on a new level, and she's realizing very quickly that the lines between attraction and hatred are not as clear as she thought. After they acknowledge the heat between them and begin to do something about it, Lucy's paranoia sets in: is Joshua stringing her along in hopes that he'll gain the upper hand and the promotion? The denouement feels slightly off, and though Lucy and Joshua initially have chemistry to spare, the resolution of their story is a little bit too neat. Still, Thorne is skilled at creating Hepburn-and-Tracy-esque banter and an appealing heroine.
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A perfect romance novel - I adored it. So funny and engaging
Makes fun of a facial disfigurement
Stopped reading only a few pages in when the writer made the horrible decision to use a cleft palate as part of a description of a character they wish would be so ugly as to have one.
Disgusting to use a facial disfigurement in such a manner. As someone who has a close family member with one, it was very offensive to read such a thing. Please educate yourself and do better next time.
I absolutely loved this book, I couldn’t put it down 😭❤️❤️❤️