Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

thgTitle: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Published: 2016
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 384
Source: Own
Dates Read: August 7-10, 2017
Grade: A

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.

This book was so cute!!  It was just what I needed.  I can’t believe I actually read a contemporary romance and liked it.  Not that I have anything against the genre, but I generally prefer historical fiction to contemporary.  This book may have changed my mind on the matter…Not only that, but it was also written in my least favorite POV: the dreaded first-person present tense.

And now I really want to wear red lipstick.

Favorite Quotes:

  • The plight of little humans.  There is no dignity for us in this oversize world (67).
  • I touch his pulse.  It touches me back (115).
  • A miracle has occurred, and I don’t know when, but I know it now.  Joshua Templeman does not hate me.  Not a bit.  There’s no way he could when he kisses me like this (206).
  • “I want to see you be as strong with other people as you are with me (215).”
  • Brute, raw masculinity contrasted with gentleness is the most attractive thing on earth (331).
  • The color of love is surely this robin’s-egg blue (354).

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