The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

GoodReads Summary:
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 GameReview:
I know everyone loves the enemies to lover’s trope, and while it’s one that I think is fun and enjoyable, it’s not my favorite. I think that’s why it took me so long to pick up this book. Everyone that I know that has read it gave it at least four stars if not five. Despite that, I just didn’t think I’d ever pick it up. But with having to stay home I’ve been binging all my romance and contemporary books, so eventually, I ran out of books. I made a rather large order from my local indie bookstore and figured I’d see what all the hype was about. I’m so glad I did.
I absolutely devoured this book. I totally loved it. Lucy was hilarious. She’s the child of strawberry farmers. She collects smurfs. I just loved her. She’s confident and sassy and everything I wanted her to be. I loved that she worked in the publishing industry, but I would have liked more for her to have worked a bit more directly with books. When she and Josh have to compete for the same promotion, things get interesting.
Josh starts off as this jerk (read: asshole.) But the further we get into the book and the more we learn about him, the more I couldn’t help but love him. His banter with Lucy was hilarious. I actually found myself laughing out loud a few times (which always gets me funny looks from my husband). I loved that Josh taught Lucy to stand up for herself so that people would stop letting the fact that she’s nice be a reason to walk all over her. I loved that Lucy made Josh more confident.
Overall, this story was so much fun. I adored the enemies to lover’s dynamic. Their relationship was hot and fun and exciting, but it was also sweet and romantic. I had so much fun reading this that when II finished I had to immediately pick up Sally Thorne’s next book, so keep your eye out for that review later this week.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Favorite tropes

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Childhood friends to lovers (probably because I married my best friend)

Enemies to lovers (who doesn’t love the tension and drama?!)

Unlikely hero/chosen one (Harry Potter anyone?)

Mixed/complicated families (Give me all the step-parents, adoptive siblings, etc.)

Small towns with big secrets (I love books set in small towns)

Artificial Intelligence as characters (terrifying but somehow also exhilarating)

Secret identities (hidden royals, missing Shadowhunter family lines, give it all to me)

This is all I could come up with for this week’s topic. Tropes are something I never really paid attention to until becoming a part of the Twitter book community. What tropes do you love?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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