Published by William Morrow on 08/09/2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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.
The Hating Game could quite possibly be the book I’ve been waiting all year for. It hit what felt like every single one of my buttons. I don’t think I could have loved it more. This is contemporary romance done right. And it’s a debut novel!
Sally Thorne knocked this book out of the park. The character development was fantastic – both Lucy and Josh’s characters are unique and vibrant. They are living, breathing beings who you can’t help but love.
There is something so appealing to me about an office romance. I think because there’s always the hint of being forbidden but also being forced to spend all day every day with them. So it really builds the tension. And I especially love an office romance where they are enemies. Those competitive vibes send tensions soaring. And let me tell you, the sexual tension in this book was everything! The chemistry was on mother effing point. I’m eloquent as hell.
But it wasn’t just one of those books with an average story that relied on sex scenes to carry it. Oh no. Lucy and Josh’s story is so sweet, so romantic. I loved falling in love right along with them. My heart feels full to bursting just thinking about them.
And not to detract to the sex scenes, because Thorne can write the hell out of those too! I can’t remember the last time I read them written quite the way she did. I can’t even really put into words what it was. They just had a little extra oomph. She took her time with the looks, the breaths, the feelings, the sighs. It was magic.