Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Published: August 2016
Summary: Lucy Hutton works as the assistant to co-CEO of a major publishing company. She loves her job and dreams of the day when she can become a leader in publishing. The only problem for her is the assistant to the other co-CEO, Joshua Templeman. She hates him and tries to let him know that as often as possible. When they are both offered the chance to compete for a new promotion, their relationship begins to shift.
Thoughts: When you take this book at face value for what it is, a contemporary romance, and not try to make it into a literary endeavor, I think you will find this book to be delightful. There is no need to complicate things with this book. It is fun and sugary and everything you love in a good romantic comedy. It is categorized as a romance, and while it does feature a few steamy scenes, I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed by smut like I have experienced in other romance novels. The hate-to-love trope used so overtly in this story was written in such a likable way and created a nice tension to the relationship. It was easy to spot right from the get-go that hate never really existed between these two characters, which made it easy to forgive Joshua for his transgressions. The plot was not overly complicated and I didn’t spend too much time wondering how things were going to turn out because it was never unclear. Like I said, just take this book for what it is, sit back, and enjoy. It is the perfect antidote to a stressful day or coming off of a dense book.
P.S. They need to make this into a movie ASAP! Any ideas for casting??