Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.
Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman
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. Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Five stars: An absolute must read. Terrific antagonistic romance, sexual tension and lots of laughs. Loved this one!
Lucy Hutton knows that it takes as much energy to hate someone as to love them, and she knows firsthand because she spends her work days hating Joshua Templeman, her arch nemesis. Since the day they met, Josh refused to smile at her, and he continues to treat her with hostility, which has created a ridiculous rivalry. The two spend hours playing The Staring Game, The Mirror Game or The Human Resource Game. Then when a new promotion is announced, Josh and Lucy must once again fight it out, because whomever wins, will be the other's boss. During the fierce competition, something happens that changes everything. Lucy begins to lose her sanity as she wonders if the Hating Game will turn into the Loving Game or something worse. Who will win?
What I Loved:
- Wow! Talk about one fantastic debut novel. I loved every minute of this one. This is definitely one of the best novels I have read this past year, and if this first novel is any indication of the talent Ms. Thorne possesses, she has found a life long fan. If you want a funny, antagonistic romance with intense sexual tension, you must read this!
- Let's talk about the romance. This book features one of the best antagonistic romances I have ever read. The book starts with Lucy and Josh being fierce rivals, they spend hours every day playing mind games with one another, trying to get a one up on the other. The thing is, one of them isn't on board with the Hating Game. When the truth comes out, then the second party figures out they have had feelings all along as well. What follows is a delicious dance of seduction and sexual tension that will have you on the edge of your seat. Let me tell you when that moment finally comes, it is worth every penny. I am not always the biggest fan of sex scenes, but this time around, the sex scenes were done so well that I devoured them. So much passion and tension and buildup. Just read it.
- The two main characters, Lucy and Josh, are quite the dynamic duo. Lucy is petite, driven and as nice as can be. Unfortunately since she is so dedicated to her career, she is friendless and lonely, and others take advantage of her since she can't say no. Josh is also driven to the point of obsession, but he is the stark opposite of Lucy. He is tall, lean and dead sexy, but he is also efficient, a perfectionist and he has others cowering in fear. Together, the two are magic. I loved their mind games, and loved watching them go from enemies to lovers.
- This book has a lot to offer. It features a terrific story, an outstanding romance, memorable characters, and plenty of hilarity. This is the perfect book for anyone who needs a pick me up or for someone who is in a reading slump. I loved this one.
- The ending is sweet and satisfying, but if I am being honest, I didn't want it to end. I wanted so much more. There isn't a cliffhanger and the story lines are done up, but there was still room for much more story.I hope the author considers a sequel.
And The Not So Much:
- The one thing that drove me nuts with this one is that I wanted to know what Josh was thinking the whole time, and what was motivating him. I kept waiting for the reveals regarding his behavior and actions, and when they finally came, I was still craving more. This is a book that I think would be so much more awesome if it had featured a dual point of view. Don't get me wrong, this book is absolutely fantastic, I just wanted to get in Josh's head. I would love to see this book retold from Josh's point of view.
- The other niggle I had with the book was that I felt like the two bosses, Helene and Dick, were unrealistic. They came across as cartoonish. Not a big issue, but I found myself rolling my eyes when Little Dick was in the scenes because he was so ridiculous.
- I loved the big scene with Lucy and Josh's dad, but I couldn't help but wonder what happened after between Josh's parents.
The Hating Game was a fantastic, funny and dead sexy read. I devoured this one, and was left wanting more. I loved the antagonist romance, the humor and the sexual tension. This was Ms. Thorne's debut novel, and I am over the moon impressed with it. I cannot recommend this one enough. I guarantee that this will end up on my best of 2016 list, and perhaps be my favorite book of the year. Run out and get this one now!
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
A huge thanks to Christy@ Christy's Love of Books for recommending this one to me.