The Hating Game
William Morrow Books / August 9, 2016 / $14.99 print, $9.99 digital
The enemies-to-lovers trope makes The Hating Game by first-time author Sally Thorne a fun-filled romp complete with anger, misunderstanding, tension, and moments of tenderness.
When two struggling publishing companies merge, the CEOs insist on keeping their executive assistants. Depending on how the wind blows, these two young professionals couldn’t be more alike or more different. But that’s what makes this story so fun. Add in a little competition for a new position of COO that the company is creating, and we see the magic of hating and love.
From Polar Opposites...
Though Lucy Hutton may only be five feet tall, she’s a feisty one with a personality several feet taller than her physical stature. She’s all sunshine and rainbows and wants to make everyone happy. A people pleaser at heart, she sometimes lets people take advantage of her. This could not frustrate Joshua Templeman more. He’s a whopping six foot four and relishes in intimidation. Unlike his accommodating counterpart, he could give a rat’s ass about what people think. Saving the company and then making it thrive are his only priorities. He’s neat, she’s messy. He’s all about numbers, she’s all about the people. Really, everything about this couple screams mismatch because Josh is Lucy’s nemesis.
I don’t like big guys. They’re too much like horses. They could trample you if you got underfoot. He is auditing my appearance with the same narrowed eyes that I am. I wonder what the top of my head looks like. I’m sure he only fornicates with Amazons. Our stares clash and maybe comparing them to an ink stain was a tad too harsh. Those eyes are wasted on him.
To two peas in a pod.
But perhaps when we take a closer look, Lucy and Josh are more alike than they’d like to admit. They both can’t stay away from this game they’re playing, where they hate on each other, each outdoing the other with the digs and jabs. That, and they’re both stubborn to the core, refusing to budge on their competition of hate. Yet, it’s plain to see that underneath the hate is an intense magnetic attraction for one another. That despite their antagonistic relationship lies a love, understanding, and connection that ascends past the vitriol.
He tips his head back and laughs at the tiny stars visible through the clouds. His amazing, exhilarating laugh is even better than I remembered. Every atom in my body trembles with the need for more. The space between us is vibrating with energy.
“You can smile.” It’s all I can say.
His smile is worth a thousand of anyone else’s. I need a photograph. I need something to hold on to. I need this entire bizarre planet to stop spinning so I can freeze this moment in time. What a disaster.
“So giving you my address was the only thing I needed to do to find you out here? Maybe I should have given it to you on our first day.”
“What, so you could run me over with your car?”
As Lucy and Josh spend more time together outside of their office, we see how this relationship has hope. I want to keep reading so I can continue witnessing both of their transformations. From enemies to frenemies, to friends, to lovers. It’s a ride filled with sarcasm and smack-downs that slowly becomes sprinkled with frosting.
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Tanya is a fanatic of all things romance, dabbles in Happily Ever Afters under the pen name of Lily Kay, and teaches sociology part-time. You can follow her on twitter @tamushamu, @AuthorLilyKay, or on facebook.com/Authorlilykay.