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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 is an easy to jump into, easy to finish type of book. It’s your run of the mill love/hate workplace romance. Lucy and Josh were extremely likeable for the most part, and I definitely was rooting for their ship but there were a few issues that kept me from falling hard for the book.
For one, Lucy is incredibly dense. The relationship between her and Josh is classic grade school “I like her so I’ll pull her hair” behavior and the fact that it took so long for her to acknowledge her feelings and admit to the truth grinded on my nerves. Once she admits things to herself things started to get more fun for me as the reader, but I also felt at odds with how quickly things escalated (I know, there’s just no making me happy). Lucy basically goes from “stab Joshua’s eyes out” to Stage 5 clinger in a matter of a few pages. It was a little close to insta-love for my comfort. It really comes down to the fact that there wasn’t really a solid moment where it made sense for Joshua to jump Lucy’s bones in the elevator. I mean, they’ve been working together for how long? It just didn’t make sense that a short dress and mention of a date would be what causes Josh to lose his control.
I’ve never understood how people can seem to hate each other so much but really like each other deep down… but the more angst and sexual tension there is in a book the more I love it, and The Hating Game certainly drew out the burn. Between the chemistry and my overall affection for the characters the book was salvaged for me, meaning I did enjoy myself for the most part while reading it. I recommend it if your looking for something that isn’t too serious and can be finished in an afternoon, while still making you feel something.
SIDE NOTE: This is Sally Thorne’s debut novel, that being said, I’m looking forward to her future works because I have a feeling they will keep getting better and better!