The Hating Game by Sally Thorne REVIEW

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne REVIEW

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 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.


Loved this!! So much ❤️

Slow burn – Yes
Love/Hate – Yes
Arrogant Hero – Yes
Redemption – Yes
Great Banter – Yes
Loveable Heroine – Yes

The Hating Game is about two people who are complete opposites – one bubbly and quirky heroine, and one grumpy and ornery hero. They work together as personal assistants to the head honchos in a publishing house and ever since the first day their two companies merged together as one, they have been at war.

“You’ve broken me down so completely, I can’t even handle it when a guy tells me I’m beautiful.”

I can gush for hours about how this book was so perfect for me, and how much I loved all of the elements listed above, especially the redemption part where we get to see Josh’s vulnerabilities, and how Lucy slowly realises she loves the man she also hates, but this book can speak for itself. Please, if you love this kind of trope, then you must give this book a go, you won’t regret it.

The Hating Game is a standalone contemporary romance, told from the heroine’s POV

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author


Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia, and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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