Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Pub Date: 2016
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
The story revolves around Lucy and Josh, assistants to CEO’s of publishing company. They come from different publishing backgrounds but they were forces to work together because of merger of two companies heading for a collapse. Everything shows us how much they hate each other, how they cannot stand to sit across each other in the office every day. The hatred between them seems to be almost legendary in the company, each of them written many notes to HR. However, one, extremely hot kiss and possibility of a promotion changes everything.
Ah, I devoured this book. The story is juicy and sexy, and keeps you entertained thought the whole story. I’m not going to think though this book too much because then I’ll notice all the nonsense of it, how the hating at the beginning didn’t make much sense and wasn’t convincing but let’s not talk about this!
Let’s talk about how intense the story is. You won’t be bothered by some inconsistencies in the plot, because the absolute hotness of Lucy and Josh relationship blinds you and keeps you turning pages. It was perfect book to help me with my reading slump that I was experiencing for the past few months. Light, breezy, sexy books is just what I need in this time of the year, and I’m grateful for that this books exists. Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, light read.