The Hating Game by Sally Thorne



“Books were and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect”


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.

My Review! 

The story revolves around Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, executive assistants to their respective CO-CEO’s. The book begins with the merger of two publishing companies Gamin Publishing and Bexley Books. Lucy and Josh start hating each other from the moment they meet. Joshua is Lucy nemesis, they work together they play juvenile games they plot each others murder and keep filing complaints to Human Resources and end up making each others life miserable. Their competition is tough and with a promotion on the Horizon things escalate quickly. After a mind blowing elevator kiss and unexpected kindness from Josh, Lucy starts to wonder wonder whether beneath his cold and cruel behaviour exists a nice guy?

The story is written through Joshua’s and Lucy’s point of view. The author has crafted these characters in a beautiful way. The Hating Game has everything you could ask for from a romantic novel. I was grinning from ear to ear while reading the book because it’s too sweet. You can sail through the pages like a knife through molten butter. If you have a penchant for frothy bubblegum romance then The Hating Game is for you

About the author

Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia, and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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