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"Romantic comedy is harder than it looks. ...[The Hating Game's] sharp, sexy... candy-like in the best way...it's a very good quality romantic comedy."--NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour
"'Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love, ' says Lucy Hutton, who can't stand fellow executive assistant Joshua. There's only one place this could go...but it's good fun getting there."--People
"A brilliant, biting, hilarious new voice. THE HATING GAME will take the rom-com world by storm. One of the best I've read, ever."--Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
"An addictive, dazzling debut. The Hating Game is bursting at the seams with love (and hate) and heart."--Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
"Be prepared to play the Charming Game with Sally Thorne. The irrepressible Lucy and her starchy, growly counterpart Joshua will win you over from the opening page."--Jane Litte, Dear Author
"Deliciously fun and super sexy, Sally Thorne's The Hating Game stole my life for two days. I couldn't put it down until Lucy and Josh's all-consuming hateship changed into a tentative friendship and then a juicy, tender, adorable love."--Valerie Frankel, bestselling author of Four of a Kind
"Funny, smart, fresh, and thoroughly enjoyable from the first delicious page to the last. I highly recommend."--Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author
"If your reading catnip includes dialogue that crackles, cranky heroes with hidden depths, and vivid, self-assured heroines who take exactly zero crap from said hero, find yourself a copy of this book immediately."--Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"Sally Thorne satisfies hearts longing for laughter in their love stories....Their battle of wits is tremendously fun - acerbic and sexy and filled with tension. The result is a wicked, witty romance that will capture readers' hearts long before Joshua manages to capture Lucy's."--Sarah MacLean, Washington Post --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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What a clever writer Sally Thorne is with her sharp and snappy, but thoughtful style. (This is her debut? Amazing!) What fabulous and relatable characters she created in 'opposites and rivals', Lucy Hutton (who is the voice of the narrative) and Josh Templeman! Lucy is colourful, left-of-centre and adorable. Josh comes across as an arrogant and cynical guy with a hard edge, but there was more to him than meets the eye. They're both smart and capable. Each are executive assistants to the two respective co-CEOs of a newly formed publishing company (a merger that was forced, in order to survive the redirection of public preferences in reading). The two lovelies are also savvy regarding office politics and play many mind games with each other, until circumstances peak, then gradually start to shift making room for new situations and some romance, perhaps?
What a gorgeous narrative. It is easy to see how this trope would translate easily into a movie script.
Well to my detriment I am an idiot for waiting so long to read this. It was phenomenal.
Both the hero and the heroine were in a league of their own and the banter between them was brilliant. This is a slow burn novel (which are my least favorite) but once we moved past the "hating" oh god the feels. At no point did I feel it dragged with all the chemistry in the background.
Lucy is magnificent. She's a sweetheart who wears her heart on her sleeve, even when she's playing the hating game. Josh is broody and arrogant on the outside but sweet and so in tune with Lucy on the inside that it's ridiculous. Together they make a great couple although it does take a while...
Laugh out loud funny and so many delightful descriptions, it's a great read and deserving of all the rave views.
This book made me do that several times.
This was my first Sally Thorne, and I think I'll go hunting for more.
Actually, I do know - it’s that I have a crippling fear of being let down by cliched bad boys and cheesy romance lines moaned by one dimensional characters. It took me this long to get here because I was scared of being let down, yet again.
HOOOOOO BOY WAS I WRONG!
I loved every damned word of this. Even the bits that made me want to strangle Lucy. All of it. Every word. Even the cheesy romance lines, of which there were only a smattering, but which were de-bloody-lightful anyway.
Sally, you absolute gem, you got me good!
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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.