Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“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.”


I completely loved this book! This book sucks you in from page one. All I wanted to do was read this book. I had been seeing The Hating Game everywhere and kept hearing wonderful things about It . It definitely lived up to the hype.

The Hating Game is narrated entirely from Lucy’s perspective. It works really well because Lucy makes a lot of assumptions. We are seeing everything through her eyes. So of course everything is skewed her way. Nothing is super groundbreaking about the plot or characters. Though one thing I did really enjoy was that Josh was the shy/insecure one of the couple. You don’t always see that in romance book couples. Their chemistry is undeniable and clearly obvious to everyone around them. Their passive-aggressive banter is amazing and so well done. As their relationship progresses, Lucy realizes how much she does and doesn’t know Josh and you fall for him along the way too. The last chapter of this book is picture perfect and I had the biggest smile on my face as I read it.

This book just made me feel warm and fuzzy. I didn’t want to put it down. I just wanted to tune out the world and keep reading this book. It reminded me why I absolutely love contemporary romance and it was completely addictive.

This book is exactly what you’re looking for with a rom-com. I will be recommending this for a long time.


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