THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne – Jenn’s Review


I love a good hate to love story, and I could no longer ignore the hype.



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 am not sure if I should kick myself for waiting to read this, or just rejoice that I finally did. The Hating Game is Sally Thorne’s debut novel, but she writes like seasoned veteran. This book renewed my faith in  love/hate romance novels. I had been feeling a bit disappointed in this year’s offerings, but every single moment of this book was perfect. Simply perfect. There isn’t a single aspect of this story that I can find fault with. The chemistry between Lucy and Josh is some of the best I have ever read .Under all that hate, you knew that the passion and heat would be explosive, and it was. Off the charts explosive. It was so good, you felt it in your bones. I never thought this book could live up to its hype, but it more than lived up to it. It surpassed it. The Hating Game is one of those books you just want to read again and again.

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