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The Hating Game: A Novel by [Thorne, Sally]
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Length: 387 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1247 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (9 August 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01825C598
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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‘The Hating Game’ is a debut Contemporary Romance from Australian author, Sally Thorne.

Oh my gosh – I freakin’ loved this book. I first heard about it via Sarah MacLean’s The Romance Review Column in the Washington Post, where she recommended ‘The Hating Game’ as an August must-read, calling it; "a wicked, witty romance." She’s not wrong (Sarah MacLean is never wrong when it comes to romance) and I was thrilled to remember that I’d been approved for Sally Thorne’s debut via NetGalley – so I got stuck into reading it ASAP … and finished reading it a few nights later at 1AM.

Look, as the blurb suggests this is a book about an office rivalry (at a recently-merged publishing house) that kicks up a gear when there’s a promotion on the line and our heroine – Lucy Hutton – has to face-off against her robotic nemesis, Joshua Templeman. But that blurb is a signal to every single romance reader out there who loves ‘Enemies turned Lovers’ plots, and unrequited/repressed love storylines. To put it another way – if you’re totally a fan of the Tracy and Hepburn dynamic, also known as the Pacey & Joey effect … OR to be really on-the-nose; if one of your all-time favourite cinema moments is Kat (Julia Stiles) reciting this monologue to Patrick (Heath Ledger) in 10 Things I Hate About You: “I hate it when you're not around, and the fact that you didn't call. But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.” If just reading those words chokes you up a little bit – then ‘The Hating Game’ is the book for you (there’s even a paintball scene!)

I admit; I still went into this book a little bit hesitant, even with MacLean’s ringing endorsement.
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It is always hit and miss when you read an author's debut work (I know, I know, everyone started out as a debut novelist, but there are just so many books out there these days!)

But The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was definitely a hit for me.

You know as a kid and your mum told you that the boy/girl was pulling your hair/picking on you because they liked you? Well Lucy and Josh just took that into adulthood!

I loved the banter and the games this pair play in the office. They made me laugh out loud at some of the antics I have gotten up to in the office I have worked in over the years (there was a very memorable situation with 300 paperclips and rolls of sticky tape.....)

But behind her smiles there is a woman who just wants to be loved, and a man just broken enough to be complicated but not angsty.

Though at times I wanted to bitch slap the pair of them!

"You've broken me down so completely. I can't even handle it when a guy tells me I'm beautiful."

See... heart hurts for them.

I did get to the point where I was telling my book "come on you two, you know you want to!" I just wanted them to figure out what us readers did a long time ago!

There were plenty of laugh out loud moments, plenty of swoony moments, plenty of sweet and tender moments in The Hating Game.

I really enjoyed this book, and I will be keeping an eye out for more of Ms Thorne's work in the future.
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By Chanelle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 October 2016
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When two publishing houses come together to form B&G no one is exactly thrilled, especially Lucy and Joshua. Assistants to both CEOs and sharing an office leaves a lot of room for the mutual dislike for one another to grow and hating games to commence. But what happens when these games become a habit that unknowingly fosters an addiction and perhaps feelings other than hate? How far will they truly be able to go in their quest to one up each other? I highly enjoyed every minute of wondering and finding out what the outcome for these two characters would be.

“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.”

Joshua and Lucy are two characters that I instantly fell in love with. Especially Lucy. I really couldn't resist if I tried. Lucy and all her fabulous quirkiness and that smurf collection. The author was consistent with Lucy's awkward and hilarious personality—which is something I love and appreciate. I don't think I've had so much fun being in a characters head in a long time. It turns out that Josh is hiding a lot more than his arrogant, aloof self lets on. I found his traits and character as a whole, so endearing. The Hating Game is told in first person narrative from Lucy's POV, which was executed so perfectly that I didn’t even care about not getting a look into Josh’s head. I would gladly keep reading a story from Lucy's perspective for days. In fact, I'm a little annoyed with myself for not picking up this book sooner.

“Where are you actually going?” My voice rings down the empty street.
“I just told you. I’m going out stalking.”
“What, on foot?” I come closer by another six paces. “You were going to walk?
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There’s a thin line between love and hate. But I only have love for The Hating Game. Not just love though, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. This book is the best thing I’ve read all year. This book is perfection.

The premise is nothing new. There’s plenty of romances featuring the love/hate trope out there. However, not many reach the dizzy heights of classics like Much Ado About Nothing and Pride and Prejudice, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say The Hating Game just about does.

Written in the heroine’s, Lucy Hutton, first person point of view, The Hating Game is essentially a romance, but I’d also say it could be classed as feminine literature (I’m not really fussed on that definition. Why do we have to specify if it’s literature written by, or for, a female? It’s just literature, ok.). Let’s just say it’s a class above the norm when it comes to the romance genre anyway.

Lucy has her dream job with a publishing house. Unfortunately, in these lean times for that type of firm, her employer has chosen to merge with a rival publisher. As such, she now has to essentially share a position and an office with Joshua Templeman.

Lucy is everyone’s friend at the newly formed company -- charming, affable, and emotively driven. Joshua is the opposite. He is more comfortable with crunching numbers than dealing with staff. He was responsible for sacking a large percentage of the staff (a necessary move to save the newly merged company from insolvency), meaning most of the remaining employees are petrified of him. Oddly, Lucy is not one of them, but she does believe he hates her as much as she hates him.

She spends most of her working life obsessing over Joshua. From the pencil marks on his calendar, to the colours of his shirts.
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