Thursday, May 6, 2021

Book Review: The Hating Game

I'm trying SO hard to get back into my reading groove and catch up to my Goodreads goal. I'm so behind and I need to really get cracking. I just do. THANKFULLY, I have so many good books on my TBR coming up so I think that's going to really help.  

I have the next two from this author and I am HERE FOR IT. 

The Hating Game - Sally Thorne

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.
Now, this author has two more novels out and I haven't read those yet but they are on my desk to get to, but at the time, this was her debut. AND WOW. 

I forget how much I love a good rom-com and I guess this going to be a movie soon and I am so excited about it- this will be so much fun. I also decided that an enemies to lovers trope is maybe my favorite? They are always so much fun and usually pretty funny and I think we all need that right now, to be honest. 

In The Hating Game, we have Lucy and Josh, they work in the same office. They have their own bosses and it's a publishing house that is a mash up of two and so it's like competing publishing houses having to play house and work together and one big publisher. Needless to say, it's very different way of doing of things and Lucy and Josh couldn't be more different. Lucy is very retro, kind of a mess, but she's just so great and fun. Josh is as anal retentive as they come, he's straight forward, and people literally fear him. 

Lucy swears she hates Josh. 4 ever. 

Turns out, once their jobs are on the line, Lucy goes on an accidental date, and other things happen, she starts to think maybe that isn't totally true. She's convinced he hates her just as much but as time goes on, it becomes clear that Josh doesn't really hate her at all, and literally everyone around them knows it, too. To say Lucy is kind of oblivious and dense, is an understatement! 

OK, so I found myself laughing throughout this one and I loved it so much. I love the little games they play, I love that Lucy is desperate to basically have sex with Josh and he's just holding his own. I love the role-reversal there, normally it is the other way around and I'm here for this. I love the sarcasm between the two and the banter, it's perfect. I love how we have a woman having to pay attention to the man's emotional well-being and that the man admits his emotional shortcomings. I loved all of it. 

Honestly? This was a 5 star for me, so much so that I had to go buy her next two because I have to see if this was a one off or if I love her as much in the new ones as this. 

If you're looking for something fun, light, and hilarious, you need this. 

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Why Girls Are Weird said...

I need a laugh, I think I need to check this one out.

Laura's Reviews said...

This is one I really want to read! I love rom coms and I keep hearing such great reviews of this one!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I actually DNFed this one. LOL I know people rave about it though, so I'm glad to hear you really loved it!!!