The Hating Game || 11/10 recommended!

the hating gameTitle: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne

Genre: Romance

Category: Adult

Status: Standalone



Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

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’ve heard a LOT about this book. The last time I went to the second-hand bookstore I frequent, I looked for this book and didn’t find it. I asked for it and the shopkeeper said he can get it to me within an hour. I waited an hour and got it.

The book has had quite some hype, and it deserves it.

The Plot

Bexley & Gamin were two separate publishing companies that were about to fold and joined efforts in hopes of saving their companies.

The worst part of the join is how different the employees are. As Lucy says,

One year on, you can still tell at a glance which company someone came from by his or her physical appearance. The Bexleys are hard geometrics, the Gamins are soft scribbles.

It’s also evidenced by Lucinda Hutton, a Gamin, and Joshua Templeton, a Bexley.

They’re arch enemies.

On day one Lucy smiled at Josh, and he never smiled back. It’s cemented their hate relationship.

I’m twenty-eight years old and it seems I’ve fallen through the cracks of heaven and hell and into purgatory. A kindergarten classroom. An asylum.

I type my password: IHATEJOSHUA4EV@

My thoughts on the book

  • I love it. 
  • It’s a lovely and refreshing hate-to-love romance that subtly sweeped my feet off the ground.
  • I really liked the tine details of Lucy and Josh’s work life.
  • I really enjoyed them playing various games—the staring game, the mirror game and others. They’re alone on the top floor, with their bosses in their own rooms, and they spend time competing with each other.
  • The ultimate goal for Lucy is to make Josh smile because she feels like he’s one up above her because of her smile on day 1.
  • I really liked how the two came together. It’s slow and entertaining.
  • Honestly, what a hoot.

Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect.

  • I absolutely loved Lucy. She grew up in a strawberry farm named after her, loves books, is obsessed with Smurfs and imagines strangling Josh regularly.
  • I absolutely loved Josh too. He’s disciplined and clean. He likes order, as evidenced by his clothes and routine.

He wears an identical business shirt everyday, in a different color. White, off-white stripe, cream, pale yellow, mustard, baby blue, robin’s-egg blue, dove-gray, navy, and black. They’re worn in their unchanging sequence.

  • Just the journey of the book is adorable and funny and entertaining. I wish the book lasted longer because I didn’t want it to end, even as I read it very fast because I couldn’t put it down.


11/10 recommend this book to anyone who likes romances, especially those who like hate-to-love romances. 

I read it a month back and I’m itching to reread it at the moment. In fact I took too long to write this review because I’ve been reading snippets of the book.


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