Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Katie Schorr
Length: ~11 hours (365 pages)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Source: Library (Libby app)
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 book just wasn’t for me, and it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly why. This book was so hyped and recommended, but it just didn’t do it for me.
It started off strong. I instantly loved the banter and animosity between Lucy and Josh and I couldn’t wait to see how it developed into a romantic relationship…which is where my problems began.
I was very confused by the dynamic between Lucy and Josh as the story progressed. I almost DNF this book because I just couldn’t get into their weird vibe. I like a clear hate to love story, but this was very ambiguous. Lucy had such a strong understanding of her goals and desires, so I couldn’t buy that she was so frustratingly oblivious to her true feelings for Josh. Their interactions as the story progressed just didn’t seem natural or believable to me.
There were some really great moments toward the end at Josh’s brother’s wedding, and I was rooting for them as a couple by the end, but it didn’t make up for how long it took me to come around to support the story and the relationship. We can’t love every popular book, and this one was not for me.