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.”

REVIEW:

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.

RATING: 5/5

April Releases to Get Excited About

Somehow it is already almost April. March has flown by and I can’t believe it. Below you’ll find some of April’s book releases that I’m most excited. As always, these are books that I am super interested in or have been waiting on for the last couple of months. These just scratch the surface of everything coming out in April.

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood & Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – April 20, 2021

Bow Before Your Queen Or Bleed Before Her…From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series.

I have been dying for this book since I finished A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire last fall. It left off on such a cliff-hanger and I’m just so excited to see where this series goes. This series made me a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout and I highly recommend this series if you haven’t already checked it out.

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne – April 13, 2021

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine comes the clever, funny, and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two old women–under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager.

I read the Hating Game by Sally Thorne last month and I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t put this book down, neglected errands that had to be done, because I just wanted to keep reading. So Sally Thorne has become a must check out author for me. The synopsis to this book sounds super charming and I’m so excited to read it.

The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan – April 6, 2021

Naomi and Ethan will test the boundaries of love in this provocative romance from the author of the ground-breaking debut, The Roommate.

The Roommate by Rosie Danan was one of my favorite books I read last year. So naturally I’m very excited to read the follow up. Seriously, if you haven’t read The Roommate you need to add it to your TBR immediately. I’m excited to hear more about Naomi and her story. She was an interesting secondary character in The Roommate, so it will be nice to have her as the lead.

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price – April 6, 2021

“Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit.

As I’ve talked about on this blog before, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book and Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. So naturally any time there is a spin on her stories or a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, I’m going to want to check it out. This one honestly sounds amazing! Pride and Prejudice with a whodunit added in, how can you not add this to your TBR?

Blessed Monsters (Something Dark & Holy #3) by Emily A. Duncan – April 6, 2021

The startling conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy.”

I was recently recommended this series, and I’ve been waiting to start it until after the third book is released. I don’t always do this with series unless I discover them close to them being finished. Since it only got recommended to me a little over a month ago, I figured I would wait it out. I’m very excited to start it and of course I’ll post all my thoughts here on this blog.

Let me know what April releases you are excited about, and if you are checking out any of these books too!

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WWW Wednesday – March 10, 2021

Happy Wednesday! We have a week of gorgeous weather here in Pennsylvania, so I am very excited!

Since its Wednesday, that means it is time for another WWW Wednesday! I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know you answers in the comments or share to your own blog. You can always follow along on Instagram for more book adventures.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule. It is a part of the High Republic series they just launched that spans book series and comic books. I was interested to check this out because I love Star Wars and was definitely excited to read a series that is so separated from the films. This book has been a little slow going, but I’m still interested in what it is setting up.

What did you recently finish?

I just finished up The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I completely loved this book! Once I started it I couldn’t put it down. The chemistry was off the charts and it was just such a fun and entertaining read. I thought I was going to be in a little bit of a reading slump after A Court of Silver Flames, but not when this was my next book choice.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think my next read will be Well Played by Jen DeLuca. I’ve been sitting on this book for awhile, but I’ve really been on a romance kick recently so I think this would be the perfect time. I read Well Met by Jen DeLuca early last year and loved it. Romance books always get me out of my reading funks, and I am currently in a bit of one.

WWW Wednesday – March 3rd, 2021

Happy March! I took a bit of break from posting in February. Long story short, my anxiety and depression were kicking my butt and I kept getting really frustrated by my book choices. I’m back now though, ready to talk about the books I’ve been reading.

It is Wednesday, which means its WWW Wednesday! I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know you answers in the comments or share to your own blog! You can always follow along on my Instagram for more book talk.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading the talk of the book world, A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. I had some fun pre-order drama with Barnes & Noble, that delayed me in reading this book by a week, but I’m now about half way through and enjoying it. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Nesta, so this book has been interesting. One big thing it is doing, is making me want to reread the ACOTAR series. I really miss Feyre and Rhysand. Obviously they are still players in the story, but I just want to hear everything about them. I feel like I’m going to need to schedule a reread in to help fill the hole.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova. I absolutely loved this book. It was everything I needed from a fantasy romance. I’ll be posting a full review to the blog soon, but if you love fantasy romance this book checks off all the boxes. I loved that it was a stand-alone, and the slow burn romance between Eldas and Luella is perfect. I definitely recommend!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have been really bad about picking my next book to read for the last couple of weeks. That being said, my hold on The Hating Game by Sally Thorne just became available at my library. I think this will be my next read and should be perfect after finishing A Court of Silver Flames.