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The Hating Game: A Novel
The Hating Game: A Novel
The Hating Game: A Novel
Audiobook12 hours

The Hating Game: A Novel

Written by Sally Thorne

Narrated by Katie Schorr

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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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 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 forty (ok, fifty or sixty) 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.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperAudio
Release dateAug 9, 2016
ISBN9780062561176
The Hating Game: A Novel
Author

Sally Thorne

Sally Thorne is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Hating Game. She spends her days climbing into fictional worlds of her own creation. She lives in Canberra, Australia with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions, a haunted dollhouse and the world’s sweetest pug.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Have you ever joked about a work spouse? You know, the person you spend so much time with at work that you jokingly say you see them more often than your actual spouse? So many people have a work wife or work husband but how many have a work nemesis? In Sally Thorne's cute, new rom-com novel, The Hating Game, the two main characters are work rivals, opposites, office-sharing nemeses who must compete for the same job. This is either the recipe for love or for a terrible mess.Lucy and Joshua are both executive assistants. Their respective publishing companies have merged and the two of them are sharing an office while the co-CEOs try to figure out how to merge two such different corporate cultures. That Lucy and Joshua hate each other makes the office tense. That they both want the newly announced position, which would be a huge promotion and would make one of them the other's boss, makes things more than tense. They play petty games with each other, make sniping comments, report each other to HR for policy infractions, adjust their work hours to try and outstay each other, and generally try to discomfit the other. They seem to be complete opposites in terms of personality as well. Lucy is quirky, bubbly, and endearing and she craves everyone's approval. She grew up on a strawberry farm and collects Smurfs. Joshua is reserved and aloof; he's corporate-minded and doesn't care if people like him. They really are like chalk and cheese. Until they aren't anymore. They've always been hyper-attentive to each other (she notices his shirt color rotation; he notices when she smiles) but strangely, it takes the competition for the promotion to make them more aware of each other as good people rather than the enemy. Once they start to fall for each other, opening themselves up and making themselves vulnerable to each other, the question is whether this contested promotion will keep them from the relationship it is clear they should have or if they can get past it to be together.The novel is light and fluffy although it does briefly touch on the idea of chasing your dream and the importance of having supportive people and family behind you. Lucy and Joshua end up being likable characters although they start off as annoying and childish as middle schoolers. The novel is told entirely from Lucy's perspective and she can come across as immature and silly at times, especially when she's busy disliking Joshua. The first person narration makes it a little strange that she mentions several times how tiny she is with comments about her diminutive paws and the like. The romance dominates the plot with the work drama being much more secondary and although this isn't quite a fully fledged romance novel, the eventual sex scenes are fairly detailed so non-romance readers should be warned about that. Over all, it is a quick and cute, if rather predictable, beachy kind of read.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This is the debut novel of a fairly promising author. It's a contemporary romance novel featuring two junior executives at a publishing firm who are up for the same promotion. They've spent two years at odds with each other, playing mind games, and the professional competition ups the ante. The games they were playing weren't always clear (e.g. "The "Or something" game"); and more about the publishing world in which they were supposedly embroiled would have been welcome (the better to distinguish this workplace from other corporate settings); but there's a nice energy that keeps the plot moving.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    There wasn't much of a story here - two people who "hate" each other but are really completely attracted to each other. Lucy is an amusing character - an interesting blend of innocence and charm coupled with a good brain and a capable manner. Joshua is less appealing - but maybe that is because the story is told from Lucy's point of view and for much of the novel she dislikes him.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I liked this book so much more than I thought I would. There were so many tender moments that I never expected--I cried as much as I laughed.1 like
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This was such a cute story! I went into this book with extremely high expectations. I have seen so many 5 star reviews for this book that I just had to give it a try myself and was thrilled to catch it on sale recently at Audible. I thought it was good and I liked it but I didn't love in the way that some other reviewers did. Don't get me wrong....this is a great story but it wasn't as mind blowing as I had expected it to be. I did have a lot of fun with this story and really enjoyed my time listening to it.Lucy and Joshua work together and are always up against each other. This story is told from Lucy's point of view and she does look at the world in a very interesting and often funny manner. Lucy sees Joshua as her nemesis which is why she pays such close attention to everything he does. When they both are going for the same job, tensions are high since only one of them will get the position.I loved Lucy and Joshua. Lucy was a bit naive but I really liked her innocence. She leads a rather solitary life that really is centered around her job. Joshua was really easy to love. He was such a nice guy but didn't always know how to handle Lucy. It was really obvious how much they cared about each other even before either of them realized it. They were just so cute together! I enjoyed Katie Schorr's narration. I think that her voice was perfect for Lucy's character. She was able to bring the story to life and added a lot of emotion to her delivery. I thought that her delivery made the funny parts just a bit funnier and the sweeter moments just a little sweeter. I ended up listening to this book for hours at a time and had a lot of fun with it.I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I loved the blend of a sweeter romance and humor. All of the games that Lucy and Joshua played with each other brought a big old smile to my face. I am very impressed that this is Sally Thorne's first novel and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I received a copy of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. It is a light-hearted and funny story that was very entertaining. It would make a cute romantic comedy movie. I'd highly recommend this novel and I'm looking forward to the author's new book when it is published in 2017 - The Comfort Zone.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I’d say more of a 3.5 but rounded up to 4 because it was better than a 3! This was a super cute fun read. I absolutely love the hateship/friendship/relationship between Lucy and Josh. This was my first book by this Author and I think I’ll be checking out more.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I enjoyed this though I got annoyed with Lucy and Josh at times but overall a good book to me
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Too much emphasis on her size was not necessary. Other than that good story telling.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Great read!!! Funny and exciting!