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- Publication Date: August 9, 2016
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Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problems 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 that they're 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.--People --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I did not.
The beginning is good, as if the writer wrote and rewrote it in order to submit it to publishers/agents. But it falls apart halfway through and becomes a very different kind of book. The tone was uneven, the writing choppy, the hero engages in a little workplace sexual harassment, and I didn't enjoy the second half nearly as much as the first half.
All that being said, I would have given this book a higher rating (possibly three stars) if the author had not dropped an extremely important story line. The entire reason the hero and heroine can't be together in the second half of the book is that they're both vying for the same position of COO within their company. They're not the only two contenders; outside candidates will be brought in as well. The heroine decides that she will quit if the hero is made COO because she can't work under him. At first because she hates him; later because she's sort of dating him and can't figure out how to make the two things co-exist. A great deal of time is spent on the heroine preparing for this meeting; hiring a former coworker to help her design her presentation materials; she talks about it all the time and it is the obstacle keeping the main pairing apart.
So you wait and wait and wait the entire book to find out who is going to get this job. The hero? The heroine? Somebody entirely different? The relationship is at a standstill as the two keep each other at arms' length as they wait to find out who gets the job.
Then, at the end, the hero reveals that he's taken a position at a rival company so that the can keep dating the heroine. So then I expected the end to be their bosses telling them that the heroine got the job.
We never find out. After all the trials and hardships and it being the MAIN THING keeping them apart, we're never ever told if the heroine gets the job (and the author refuses to answer the question on social media).
This book is not finished. You can't introduce something and make such a big deal of it, have it be the primary obstacle and then just let it fade into oblivion like that. It was poorly done.
I won't be reading this author again.
I recently attended a Writers Retreat where one book in particular was mentioned, and I use the term mentioned very loosely, what actually happened was they demanded we all read it immediately. Suffice to say, I purchased the ebook that night and dove in, immediately I was smitten, utterly invested and truly in love with every single word written by Sally Thorne.
"Watching you pretend to hate that nickname is the best part of my day."
Lucy Hutton always dreamt of working in the publishing industry, as an avid reader her love for all things books was greater than anything she'd ever known, being hired by Gamin Publishing was everything she had ever imagined, but when her beloved company was on the brink of collapse and amalgamation with another struggling publishing house, Bexley Books, became her reality, her career goals stayed alive, just barely, with a host of personnel cuts and the loss of her best friend Val, her work world was rocked. The day she met Joshua Templeman seemed like a possible new beginning, but his cool disregard of her almost immediately sent shockwaves through her usually cherry demeanor, a war began that day and with every day that past their mutual dislike of each other grew.
"You've broken me down so completely, I can't even handle it when a guy tells me I'm beautiful."
The Hating Game written in the first person point of view painted Lucy as both incredibly smart, and extremely funny, every snarky thought, every snappy comeback, every moment of despair mixed with joy as Joshua became Josh in front of her eyes. Every moment in this book served to cement my love of the author's words, I was invested immediately, but each new chapter brought with it feelings of awe, the more I read the deeper in love I fell, the more real Lucy and Joshua felt, the more their personalities jumped off the page and straight into my heart.
"I'm about to lose something I never had to begin with."
The Hating Game is slow burn in the very best way, Thorne builds not only the connection between her hero and heroine but the readers attachment to them, their witty dialogue served to lure the reader into losing themselves in one of the best bouts of drawn out verbal foreplay that I have ever experienced. Usually when I enjoy a book it only serves to make me want to devour the words, here however I simultaneously wanted to speed read my way to end, and slow down in order to savor every moment. I loved every second here, I wanted to drown in Thorne's words, I wanted to escape into Lucy and Joshua's world, stand in the corner, watching them like a creeper, I wanted to befriend them, I wanted to relax with Lucy over a glass of wine after a long day at work, I wanted to know everything that happened in between every moment, every lost look, every sigh, every secret smile. The Hating Game has quickly became one of my very favourite books, climbing it's way onto not only my Best of 2016 List but my favourite of all time list. If this is how Sally Thorne marks her debut into bookworld, I can only imagine what she has yet to do.
Remember that copycat game you played as a child. Where someone would mimic your actions and it drove you mad. The two main characters play this game at work. For real.
Furthermore, the author never adequately describes the office area that most of the book takes place in. There are some weird mirrors on the walls and ceiling?? But Its confusing how the work space is set up. It sounds like a minor detail, but much of the book is set in this space.
It is predictable. Her folks have accounting questions. He's an accountant...
terrible. Just terrible.
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“I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them.”
Joshua Templeman is tall, dark and handsome, but also humourless, icy and unrelenting in his pursuit to make Lucy’s life a misery. From the first day they met, when he completely blanked her sunny smile, they’ve been rivals and enemies. They play games of one-upmanship and tit-for-tat.
“I’m getting dangerously high on his smiles. This is my third one now? I’m stuffing them in my pockets. I’m cramming them into my mouth.”
Lucy Hutton is a five-foot-nothing firecracker who resembles a Disney princess. She gives back as good as she gets but, deep down, yearns to be Joshua’s friend. Why didn’t he want to be her friend? They sit day-in day-out playing various games – the Mirror Game, the Staring Game, the HR game. Lucy thinks the aim of the games is to make the other one smile. That was never Josh’s aim.
When a new promotion comes up for grabs, the Hating Game begins, but one insane, hot moment in the elevator throws Lucy completely off-kilter, followed by a night of sickness where her enemy shows a hidden side to himself, and her view and perception of Josh starts to unravel.
The sweet little word dissolves and I swallow.
“I’m not going to kill you. You’re so dramatic. “ Then he presses his mouth lightly against mine.
I just LOVED everything about this book!! It was refreshing and I adored the author’s writing style. I found the story funny and moving. I loved the hate-flirting, the witty dialogue, the sexy, slow romance of Josh and Lucy’s budding relationship, and the trust and the truths that emerge. I loved how much they understood one another. Once they crossed the enemy line, all their animosity translated and transformed into some electric foreplay. This story made laugh and it made me cry. The conclusion made me melt so much that I was just a useless, slushy puddle by the time I read the final line.
Gah! Just a FABULOUS book and I cannot recommend it enough! I’m chomping at the bit for this author’s next release. Cannot wait!!
There's just so much that I loved about this book, like I had a feeling that I would like it because I'm a sucker for the two things featured in it: slow burn romance and the enemies to lovers trope. But I never thought I would love this book so much. Sally Thorne honestly nailed it when it comes to creating complex characters that have their fair share of angsty emotions without being wayyyy to angsty which is often the case for some books. I absolutely loved Josh and Lucy and their office banter was just hilarious, the small characteristics of each character were thrown in so casually but they just endeared me to them both even more!
The different games which they played were pretty funny and I could almost visualise their antics which made it that bit more funnier. But it obviously wasn't all about being funny, there was a deeper plot running throughout which was revealed in the more serious parts but even in the bits which were less serious. The love story which ensued pulled at my heartstrings for so many reasons, its cuteness, the depth of their hidden feelings, and the anticipation of seeing how it all pans out are only some of them.
The ending was also perfect for me and I probably re-read it like 10 times before I put the book down, it was so worth the wait! I'm absolutely sure anybody who reads this close it with a big smile on their face (like me) and struggle to put it down (also like me)
I finished this book days ago, and I still can't deal with the fact that it's over. I both regret and don't regret the binge-reading (finished in less than 24 hours...mid-work week). I'm just glad I have this in both audio and Kindle format so that I can read/listen again and again whenever I want because THIS WAS TOO GOOD. (The audio is done really well, FYI.)
I love love love hate-to-love romances, and this one is done so well and so uniquely. We've got forced proximity on a daily basis, glorious banter, and oodles of sexual tension. OODLES.
If you follow me on Twitter or have read other reviews by me, you might know that I am not a fan of the short and petite heroine thing. Not every damn heroine needs to be a tiny redhead. So I wasn't impressed at first when, lo and behold, Lucy is only five feet tall. Pair that with Josh, who is over six-foot. Authors tend to write these stereotypical pairings without thinking of the logistics; if you take a moment to think about it, making out with a height different of over a foot is going to be uncomfortable at best, and possibly even quite painful. BUT NOT SALLY THORNE. Sally actually thought this one through and acknowledged the difficulties. Lucy has to climb at times, Josh has to bend down or pick her up (to put her against a wall!!!!!!!), there's a lot of "I think you're too big for me"... Thank you so much, dear sweet Sally, for not just ignoring real world problems. (P.S. I want Anna Kendrick in this role right now.)
Lucy was a great character in general. The whole story is narrated from her point of view, and I really felt like she was real. She was hilarious, but also snarky and unsure and flawed. She knew and liked who she was, but she also struggled with self-doubt at times. It drove her absolutely mad that she could get on with everyone except Josh. But, like I'm sure a lot of people can relate with, her desire to be liked by others often meant she was taken advantage of. By everyone...except Josh. Oh, Josh, you were clearly what Lucy needed.
I would have found Josh annoying, too. He's very clearly a Smart Guy, but also sooooo serious. Unlike Lucy, he doesn't try to make friends with everyone, and the reason for his standoffishness is revealed later. What was refreshing was that he was Ridiculously Good-Looking, but he hated being objectified. When Lucy remarked on his looks, it put him on edge. I'm not used to seeing that, especially from a hero. He could be quite direct, but Josh showed he cared when it counted. I especially loved a part in the middle where he had to take care of Lucy; there were so many wonderful and funny moments in that, as well as a few that showed a deeper side to him.
Yes, I loved just about everything about this book, but I really loved was how we didn't have to wait until the very end for things to sizzle. Sally introduces the physical fun relatively early on through some super sexy make-out sessions. The sexual tension runs constantly as the two stare at each other across their desks, and, being an office romance, there are of course moments when the tension gets to be too much and a few not-so-original hiding places are utilised. That being said, it never gets too explicit. And really, their banter is hot enough as it is.
Full disclosure: there is a bit of a love triangle in this. Josh doesn't consider himself a "nice guy". In fact, he's a bit bitter about the whole nice guy thing. And Lucy is a nice girl, at least outwardly (she has a bit more spunk on the inside...hahahahaha). She wants a nice guy, and she tries to be interested in a nice guy, but the niceness cannot compare to the intensity of her "hatred" for Josh. He even encourages her to try it with the nice guy, dares her to be with him, in fact. This was maybe the only time I felt a bit off about the book.
The style of writing and voice were very witty and well-paced in general. Time was shown to pass without unnecessary fillers and enough drop-ins to scenes here and there that truly added to the story and the development of feelings. Honestly, that's one of my biggest issues when reading: unnecessary fillers or there not being enough time for feelings to really develop. But no, these two have worked together for a few years, and the book covers a few months, so I could 100% believe the eventual love between them.
There's a reason I finished this within 24 hours, despite having to work/sleep/etc. It was just so damn good. I'm genuinely worried that it's ruined other hate-to-love books for me for a while, as I've never read a hate-to-love done this well, and I've read quite a few great ones! I will admit that while I'm eager to see what Sally writes next, I'm a little bit nervous that it won't live up to the greatness of The Hating Game!
There is something about this novel that consistently draws me back - I have read it at least 4 times since my discovery of it earlier this year and I still cannot get enough. My hard copy is filled with bookmarks and post it notes and is beginning to wear along the spine, the pages are now appearing dog eared and over-read (which is slightly disastrous for those of us who like our books to remain in good condition) and so the decision was made that a kindle copy had to be purchased - which is even better news for me because, hello?? so much easier to cart around now, i'll probably read it even more than I already have been! - let's be honest, there's no probably about that.
We will start with our protagonist - Lucinda Hutton. Career minded, driven, intelligent, funny, beautiful (but doesn't know it) - our very own Strawberry Shortcake. It is damn near impossible to not fall in love with her and her authentic demeanour despite (or maybe because of?) her continuous - and sometimes self obstructing - desire to be liked by everybody she meets. Contrast to our hard faced Joshua Templeman, typical tall, dark and handsome and shamelessly curt - who's only desire, it seems, is to have everyone quaking in fear around him.
A first encounter, a fleeting moment, a smile not returned and Lucy is utterly convinced that since the first day of their working relationship Joshua Templeman has been one up, walking around with her smile in his front pocket - smug as can be and this will just not do.
Sally Thorne creates a humorous dynamic between the pair that sees them constantly competing - the aim of their game to make the other smile or cry. Lucy is nice and Joshua cannot think of anything worse and so everything they do revolves around their unwavering resentment for each other and their childish games and witty exchanges are hilarious to follow.
It becomes flagrantly obvious very early on in the story that Josh is not the hard-faced person he makes himself out to be and when a surprising, unexpected (and don't forget steamy) kiss occurs between the pair the dynamic of the couple completely shifts and we're thrown into what feels like an alternate universe where we find that Joshua Templeman's hard exterior has all along been protecting the softest of centres.
I devoured the book within one evening the first time I read it, staying up until 4am to finish it - I completely and utterly fell in love with Joshua the more I learned about him. He is a character you can easily connect with, he is flawed but has the kindest of hearts. With each new encounter between the pair his tough exterior is slowly chipped away and what's left is a shy and delicate romantic - it is enough to make any lady swoon!
Their romantic encounters, adorable nicknames and intense/passionate connection is charmingly beautiful, sickly sweet - enough to give the reader cavities, I swear - and so tender (I basically grinned the entire way through)
I could go on to write essays, articles even books about this book - I have so many thoughts and feelings about the characters and their connection. Every girl dreams of a love like this and I think it really hits the spot for those who love the chick-lit genre.
Of course I would recommend this to anyone I know, anyone I don't know - just every living soul really. And I would love to have in depth discussions with fans of the book for their take on both characters connection together and their individual characters and backgrounds.
I implore you all - give it a chance, because I promise you will not be disappointed. Sally Thorne has set herself apart from many of the authors I read and has fast become one of my favourites and I am exceedingly excited to see what she will bring to the table next.
I was giggling and smiling to myself all the way through and by the end sighing with how brilliant this book is! The best thing about this book is that yes it has some predictible moments but the writing and unravelling of the story is so wonderfully done that I was completely captivated by the characters. There are some pretty sizzling moments but I didn’t feel they were overdone although I will say at times it felt as if my Kindle would combust with how much chemistry and heat this pair share! However there is also a softer more romantic side that was such a great contrast then add in the insults zipping around and it was pure entertainment!
There is a very small number of books that I will read again and The Hating Game has found itself at the top of the list! It will be my go to comfort read, the book I pick up when I need a fun and romantic lift!
There is a fine line between love and hate and The Hating Game showcases it perfectly. I LOVED IT!
I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the interactions between Lucy and Josh who work in the same office.
Lucy is the girl that everyone loves. She's warm, kind, helpful and gives her all in everything she undertakes.
Josh has a bit of a reputation and it's not a good one! He's not liked by many people as he's cold, ruthless and heartless..... or is he?
The author made me feel totally guilty of my initial feelings about Josh. The saying is to 'never judge a book by its cover' and I totally did with him, and I can imagine many other readers did too. I really do love a story that has an affect on me and has me thinking long after I've closed the book. I must remember to consider that maybe there are reasons for someones actions- a lesson learned!
This story will have you feeling all the emotions. I laughed, cried and was sitting on the edge of my seat at times. I would have loved more of Lucy and Josh's story, and that's because I wasn't ready to say goodbye to them both - one sign of a great read! I would totally recommend for you to read this book, as I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.
I don't tend to read a lot of romcoms, but this one had so much hype I had to give it a go.
Well, I am shocked it took me so long to finally pick up this book. I did not expect to love it as I did!
I laughed my head off, tears streaming down my face, which I'm pretty sure has never happened to me before when reading a book.
We follow Josh and Lucy who work together...and hate each other. They play these games together to see who can wind up who the quickest. This is very much a hate-love romance, which is one of my favourites.
I would definitely recommend giving this book a go!
“I want to know what’s going on in your brain. I want to juice your head like a lemon.”
The Hating Game is told from the perspective of Lucy Hutton, who hates Joshua Templeman. And Joshua Templeman hates Lucy Hutton. Unfortunately for them, they have to work closely together every day. Lucy Hutton is absolutely hilarious. I want to be her best friend. No, I want to be Lucy Hutton. I have never related to a character so much in my life. She is clumsy, funny, sweet and sexy. And she’s got balls.
While Joshua wasn’t my favourite antagonist, he was still a very interesting and enjoyable character. The side characters were only ever that, side characters. They weren’t explored much further, and I wish we had gotten to know a little bit about them too.
“I type my password: IHATEJOSHUA4EV@. My previous passwords have all been variations on how much I hate Joshua. For Ever. His password is almost certainly IHateLucinda4Eva.”
I thought that the ending fell a tiny bit flat, and I wish it had ended differently, but that is just a tiny detail, and my own personal opinion. I loved reading about the antics of a Publishing House, as that is exactly where I would rather be working. Lucy Hutton really does have it all.
Sally Thorne’s writing is impeccable. The characters came to life beautifully, and the writing really sucked you into the story. The humour and witty banter between Lucy and Joshua was written so well, as well as the sexual tension between the two, which you could cut with a knife. This book will blow any romcom out of the water.
“I always thought you’d live underground somewhere, near the earth’s core.”
It was impossible to put this down, it was cute, hilarious, very steamy and so damn sweet. I love these characters. Lucy is real, hysterically funny and so damn relatable and Josh arrgggh he's everything!!
There were some amazing laugh out loud moments in this and I loved Lucy's rants and revelations.
5 big soppy stars from me.
P.s I now have a serious strawberry craving!!
Lucy and Josh hate each other. They do basically the same job for the 2 senior editors of a publishing house, but are very different people. Lucy is a lot more of a relaxed person wheres Josh is super organised. Every day they try and rile each up and threaten going to HR. A promotion comes up and they are both up for it but in the process of trying to beat each other out they start messing around.
This definitely would have been a favourite if it hadn't used the r word. It's 2018, do people not know that it's not acceptable to use that word especially as an insult? And the main character is fatphobic towards Josh's boss which wasn't exactly nice to read. This isn't something that hurts me and I can continue reading despite it but if degrading comments about someone's weight for the sake of it is something that triggers you be very careful of this book. yeah it's fun but not worth that.
I loved Josh. I never understood from the outset why Lucy hated him. He sounded right up my street. In work every day looking snacc in his fancy attire. If I had a guy like that in my office I would not be complaining.
Hate to love is one of my absolute favourite tropes so this was right up my street and the only thing disappointing about it was the aforementioned language. I absolutely adored reading about Josh and Lucy and how they progressed to be honest. Whilst Lucy annoyed me sometimes, I loved seeing Josh's feelings grow for her and I couldn't stop turning the pages. Not only was it hate to love it was also slow burn. I had no idea what was going to happen to be honest. And I'm a big fan of spoilers to be honest but I managed to hold myself off with this and I'm glad I did.
I am so soft for this book. I want to read more from Sally Thorne if its like this.
The dynamic between Lucy and her co-worker Josh is tense and ridiculous all at once.
The result may not be terribly surprising, but the journey is wonderful. I chuckled many times, and sometimes cringed. I willed her to 'wake up and smell the coffee'.
Both have their own story to tell, full of torment. But not before they have tormented each other.
A story well told.
One of those books I really had trouble putting down. A proper page-turner.
So, if like me, you're in the mood for something frivolous, pick this one up now.
Bubbly Lucy is catapulted into a deep and bitter work rivalry with her nemesis Josh, as a result of a merger between two publishing houses with a very different culture. Ice cold Josh does his best to make Lucy feel incompetent, while Lucy fearlessly stands up for herself. Their antics cause their colleagues to live in terror and the poor HR manager has been relentlessly pushed towards a nervous break down. And then... you discover that appearances can be deceiving.