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Published by Piatkus on August 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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 undoing3) 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.
The Hating Game
By Sally Thorne
The Power of the Book Buzz
Holy Shamoly!! I’m seriously recovering from a case of The Book Buzz. The Hating Game was awesome and I can honestly say, that the hype really is deserved when it comes to this book. The characters, the storyline, the sizzling tension and the banter made this one of the best books of 2016. I even did one of those giddy sit up straight, clap my hands and look around for someone to smile at, goofy faces. Come on, don’t deny it you do something similar…don’t you? I finished it ran to my computer and now I’m trying to be smart and witty at nearly 11:00pm. There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY I can even come close to doing this story justice.
So…Happy dances, hearts aflutter, a few chuckles, maybe a sniffle, is it getting hot in here, the heroine is quirky without being silly AND the hero is tall, good looking with dark hair. You guessed it – Hello Mr Gandy, welcome to your casting call.
Honestly, I went into reading this one completely blind about what it was all about. Obviously, the name gives a wee bit away but I really only picked it up because all the cool kids read and loved it. There was all this talk about a hilarious, enemies to lovers book. I sat back thinking – you’ve got something to prove…let’s see if you live up to the hype. At first, I thought, bugger, their silly banter could get old. Later, I was dying to know what Mr Gandy…I mean Joshua, was really thinking. Could they really hate each other this much? Maybe, she’s (we) just reading him wrong. If they really hate each other, why would they step into the line of fire to save each other? Nope, I’m not going to say anymore.
Joshua is going onto my favourite book boyfriends shelve…right near the top. In this case, he does the brooding, dark and gloomy so well and yet he also does the sweet, completely bamboozled by love, just as well.
Considering this is Sally Thorne’s debut novel she has done an outstanding job. Let’s hope she’s got a backlog of books that she’s been waiting to get published. Fingers crossed.