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Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Release Date: Aug 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman
Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.
Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.
If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.
Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
This story was so much fun! I truly enjoyed every minute of it! It sucked me in immediately and didn’t let go. Lucy and Josh thrive on their competition with each other and play all of these totally weird games with each other. It’s just so quirky and hilarious to watch. The slow burn between them is awesome and I absolutely loved watching the love bloom between them. And I definitely appreciated that it was love blooming and not just a lust thing. You could feel they already had a real connection, but it was so fun seeing the intentions shift between them. There are also some really sweet gestures and some very swoony moments mixed in. Josh was just the right sort of alpha male for me. He would go all caveman on another dude trying to pick up Lucy, but he was so incredibly supportive of her and her pursuit of her dreams. He wasn’t over the top.
This story was just everything I needed right now and I highly recommend it for all contemporary romance fans out there looking to escape the coronavirus blues! This is sure to hit the mark and will have you laughing out loud at their antics! This was my first Sally Thorne, but it definitely won’t be my last.