Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Where I got it: Library
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.
I checked this book out of library sometime last year, read a little and returned it. Now I’m wondering why I did that, because this is a delightful book.
Josh and Lucy are both assistants to the CEO and after a merger of their two companies, the have to work together. Josh is a tough guy to like – he’s scary, short with people and a little socially awkward. Lucy is the polar opposite – Lucy is a people pleasing delight and everyone who meets her, loves her.
That’s not where their differences lie. Josh is 6 foot 4 and Lucy is five whole feet tall. He calls her Shortcake and Tiny. He pushes every single one of her buttons – all the time.
A promotion at works opens up, and both Lucy and Josh want to go for it. They are both qualified, and both of their bosses think they are the ideal candidate. So the competition between the two of them reaches a breaking point – ending up in a kiss to end all kisses.
The first thing you need to know is this is a SLOW burn. I would say it’s more chick lit than romance, but that’s just my opinion. The banter between Josh and Lucy is really funny. You learn why Josh is the way he is, and it makes him even more likable.
Yes, despite being a hard ass, Josh is a great character. It’s so obvious (to everyone but Lucy) how he feels about her. He was so sweet to her when she ended up sick and he nursed her back to health. He did a lot of things that were swoon-worthy and he didn’t even know it. He was a very well-written character.
I really liked Lucy too. She was funny and spunky and LOVED Smurfs (yes, the little blue creatures). She and Josh had such great chemistry throughout the entire book.
What I didn’t like was:
- The story was told entirely from Lucy’s POV. I love first person POV, but I really wanted to hear this story from Josh’s side. That would have made it a five star read.
- Josh’s dad.
- NO EPILOGUE! Everyone who reads this blog knows I hate that. And there were a few storylines that needed to be wrapped up and weren’t. I found that disappointing.
This was a very cute story and I’m glad I gave it a second chance. I would recommend it.