Blog Tour Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game coverAbout The Hating Game

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 9, 2016)

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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It’s Monday!! Today I’m fortunate to share my review of a really good book! I’d like to start off by sending a big thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher Harper Collins for giving the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

The Hating Game is a contemporary romance about two people who can’t stand each other, Lucinda and Joshua. They both work at a publishing company that is headed by two co-CEOs and they are basically rivals; each other’s polar opposite. This game of rivalry has been going on since day one. They exchange banter all day that is witty, biting and often borders on flirtation. But the two are convinced of their long time hate for the other and it seems to spin into overdrive when they are pitted against the other for a promotion. With this new development and also their not so subtle flirtation, the game just gets a little more intense every day.

I haven’t read a contemporary romance in quite awhile although I have been itching to read one (evidence of this exists on my bookshelf right this moment). When I first read about The Hating Game it sounded like it would be a fun read for the summer and  I loved that it was described as a rom com. I don’t read many rom coms but I am definitely a rom com movie fan!

I was hooked from the beginning of this book. I loved pretty much everything about it…I loved the writing, the characters, the pacing of the plot. It is straightforward, hilarious, witty and most importantly, biting. I love these characters. I loved the dynamic between our two main characters right away. Their banter is super entertaining and super hot! They were like the modern Darcy and Elizabeth if they had met in the workplace and had rival careers. Their banter just reminded me of that sort of dynamic – which is one that I love.

I definitely was not expecting to love this book to the degree that I did. It was a super fun read that kept me ripping through the pages, totally a “read in one sitting” kind of book. It was really fast paced. It’s 363 pages but it didn’t feel that way because how fast the plot moved which kept me up reading all night because the sauciness of these character was just off the charts.This may actually be my most favorite read of this year. I think this book has some of the best sexual tension between characters that I have read thus far. I also didn’t expect it to be as funny as it was. I found myself giggling out loud and I HAD to put it down a few times and gush to my husband about how good it was.

I want this book to be a movie. Hollywood please make this a movie and cast either Emma Roberts or Anna Kendrick as Lucinda. I’m not sure who I would pick to play Joshua…maybe Liam Hemsworth?

If you are a contemporary romance fan, do yourself a favor and pick up this book now! You will not be sorry, it is awesome! I HIGHLY recommend giving this a read if you are looking for a great contemporary romance read. The author’s next book is coming out in 2017 and I will be highly anticipating it! Sally Thorne is definitely an author to watch. Five stars!

P.S. This book is beautiful. I love the cover design and the colors that were used.It’s super attractive and cute and it’s one of those floppy, soft matte covers that is so comfortable to read. Love it!

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Photo credit Katie Saarikko

Photo credit Katie Saarikko

About Sally Thorne

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. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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