Now a movie starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell, USA Today bestselling author Sally Thorne’s 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We love it when a rom-com pits two bitter rivals against each other when we just know they’re hiding a secret attraction. Romance queen Sally Thorne offers an utterly charming take on this beloved trope. The Hating Game centers around Lucy, an executive assistant at the Bexley & Gamin publishing house. Lucy is an eternal optimist—at least when her mood isn’t being fouled by her joyless workplace nemesis, Joshua, whom she hates. With a passion. The pair’s low-simmering rivalry boils over when the two start competing for the same promotion, unexpectedly revealing the steamy romantic desires hiding beneath their aversion to each other. Lucy and Joshua’s heated banter is irresistible, and being inside Lucy’s head as she dives into this secret office romance is a sweet, funny, and very sexy trip. We recommend you read Thorne’s book before you see the movie adaptation!
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.
I don’t give five stars often
When this book was all over social a while ago, I kind of ignored it. I’d been burned by bookstagram before and I wasn’t ready to believe this book was everything it was cracked up to be.
Fast forward to earlier this year when I see the hating game on Hulu. I watched it and absolutely loved it. I loved Josh and Lucy and I wanted more of them. But reading the book when you know how it ends is hard so I put it off again. I know. You’d think I’d have learned my lesson by now.
So a couple days ago I bought the ebook. I finished it in record time (would have been sooner if sleep and taking care of my family weren’t a thing) and it was so much better than I could have imagined. It’s longer more drawn out. The author knows how to build and build and BUILD sexual tension. My goodness. It was amazing.
And it differs from the films enough that it kept me guessing. I saw someone write in a review skip the book and watch the movie. Gonna go out on a limb and say that’s because this book doesn’t follow the traditional beats of a romance. That’s one of the things I truly loved about it. The film did well but it falls into those predictable beats.
I absolutely loved this book. It’s definitely worth a read!
It was an okay read
It was light hearted, and enjoyable to read. However the plot started to just kind of fall off in the end, but wasn’t too bad.