Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on August 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Enemies to Lovers
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.
“The 5 Star Game”
There’s always a new book that everyone and their aunt talks about like it’s the best thing since yo mamma’s enchiladas. It’s a “wow you’ve got to read this or else your life won’t be complete” kind of situation. And for the better part of 2016, that was The Hating Game.
Well, let’s just be clear about something. I just read this beauty and I’m glad to report that YES, YES, YES, YES, ladies, this book is the real deal. It deserves the hype. It’s better than my mamma’s enchiladas. Screw that. It’s better than half the stuff floating around in romancelandia these days with a cherry on top AND also my mamma’s enchiladas. (Those were good by the way, lick your fingers good, so it’s high praise)
When I was finished reading this book, I felt the equivalent to a little sun glowing in my chest. In fact, I was left in a state of “shut the front door, I hate you, you stupid, beautiful, extremely well written book… now how am I going to get over you!!”
This isn’t your run of the mill office romance. The writing is good, so extremely good, it sizzles. The heroine may be a bit much in the beginning, but by God, give it a chance, because before you know it, it will grab you by the ovaries and never let go.
It’s not a typical romance with a bazillion sex scenes and cookie cutter characters. Lucy and Josh feel like living, breathing people. They feel like people that at this very moment are out there, somewhere, actually existing in the real world and not just between the pages of a book. Oh, the romance and the attention to detail, the slow unfurling of their feelings, and Josh. Josh Templeman was so sexy and irresistible in a REAL way. He’s not perfect, he has his own insecurities, his own regrets. Such a complicated but beautiful man it makes me want to pull my hair and cry in delight.
There was nothing forced about this. It felt genuine. It felt like this was a work of ardent love by Sally Thorne.
So yes, this is a love letter to The Hating Game, because it did so many things right. It took its time (just like Josh), it was brave enough to tell a story that wasn’t exactly original, but it did so in a very unique way. It’s a story with texture and layers. Lucy, our little “shortcake”, was quirky but in an endearing way. Some of the stuff that popped up in her head and came out of her mouth was so ridiculously amusing.
It was so fresh and quirky and lovely and give me more adjectives, please! Because I’ll run out. Sally Thorne hit a home run with this debut novel and if you don’t do the sane thing and pick this book up, you are missing out. You really are. This is a book that’s meant to be savored and cherished and collected in a bookshelf lovingly. I can’t wait for her next release. I’m so happy I found a new favorite I could hug all of Goodreads.
5 Stars all the way! (And Josh Templeman is mine, I’ll fight you!)