Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I cannot say enough good things about The Hating Game. Sally Thorne is one to watch out for. This was just brilliant and I have a feeling it’s going to stay with me for a very long time!  

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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.


5 out of 5 stars

Me saying I loved this book is an understatement. It was incredible! This was a 6 star read for me! I loved the amazing relationship happening between Lucy and Josh. They had this awesome animosity happening. It was witty and fun and frustrating and endearing all wrapped together. I loved all these little moments they shared and watching things develop and grow. I swear it had the most epic slow burn I have ever read to date. I was just filled with so much anticipation, completely mesmerized by their complicated relationship.

I loved the different conflicts that Lucy and Josh were facing and that pull they had for one another. I loved seeing their protectiveness for each other grow and watching this hate-filled game they play turn into something more. There were just so many awesome moments and scenes throughout. I was smiling and crying and cheering. They were both such well-thought-out and well-developed characters. I loved the build of their details and the pace I found them out. Honestly, my emotions felt like they were about ready to spill over the majority of the time because of these two.

The writing was stellar. It was brilliantly planned out. Sally Thorne is an excellent writer and it’s hard to believe this was her debut novel. The story had this great pace, well thought out, making you want more right away but you had to wait through the delicious slow burn to get all the details. I can't even explain it. I just know this one is definitely going to stick with me.

I want to say more and share all the things but that would spoil the fun. You have to read it, dive in, and feel it and experience The Hating Game for yourself. And just to say, in the very last chapter, it was like stars aligning when everything came together. Total perfection! My heart pretty much exploded all over the place!!!

A must-read! So entertaining with amazing characters. 6 stars for The Hating Game!

Updated on 7/17/2017: After finishing the audiobook for The Hating Game, I just wanted to add that this story is still phenomenal. I was so caught up in all the emotions of Josh and Lucy’s story and the beautiful way it all unfolded. Even though I had previously read it, I was still on the edge of my seat full of anticipation about what would happen next. I loved seeing all these little moments from Josh that made my heart melt. This is seriously one of my FAVORITE books! It was also one of my Favorite Reads of 2017, so much so I had to order myself the paperback as well. I highly recommend this book!

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. She lives with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions, a haunted dollhouse and the world’s sweetest pug. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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I love a good animosity between characters… that whole love/hate thing totally draws me in and The Hating Game had all the elements I love in that type of story. Are you a fan of enemies to lovers books? Have a favorite? Let Me Know!

Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne | About That Story