The Hating Game by Sally Thorne {Book Review}

I’ve been trying to keep up with books that have created a hype in the book world in recent times, and that means leaving some of the old books I own on the side and diving into books published more recently.

This book has been making rounds in the book world and it’s understandable as there has been a movie adaptation released not too long ago.

I haven’t watched it as I’m not always rushed to compare the book to the movie version, but in time, when I probably have time (and persuade my husband to watch it with me), I will!

The trailer looks amazing, though!

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: A book with a three word title
Originally published: 2016

Pages: 387
Format: E-book


Hate – there’s no other word to describe Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman’s feelings towards each other.

They don’t make it a secret either, sitting across from each other as executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company.

Lucy can’t stand Josh’s uptightness and Josh can’t stand her quirkiness.

When an opportunity of a promotion comes up, the battle begins to intensity, and neither is refusing to backdown: whoever wins the promotion becomes the other’s boss.

As their games take a new turn, both seem to be coming to the conclusion that hating each might not be the only element on the table.


I absolutely LOVED this book!

It’s written so well and easy flowing, with a quirky and cute mix splattered over each page. The entertainment element was just overflowing!

I’m not a huge fan of enemy to lover books, in fact it’s one of my least favourite romance tropes, but I couldn’t get enough of it in this book. The games that Lucy and Josh play with each other, however childish they were, were funny and I could understand the frustration from both ends of the table.

The storyline is sweet, fun and gets quite complicated when the big promotion comes up, and it’s clear neither character is going to give in that easily: pride is at stack!

Lucy is kind, quirky and a firecracker and I laughed outlaid a couple of times in the book when it came to her inner thoughts and how she perceived some situations. Although some of her actions did come across as red flags for any relationship. I did enjoy how she pushed Josh’s buttons ALL THE TIME.

Josh surprised me quite a bit, and as you only see him from Lucy’s perspective in the book, he comes across as cruel and arrogant, but the more Lucy gets to know him, the more you see a different side of him and you kind of have no choice but to warm up to his character. Plus, there’s so much more to him and his character on a deeper level as the book moves forward.

Oh, and the sexual tension! I don’t know how these two didn’t figure it out earlier because it’s clear from the first few chapters that there is much more going on that the characters want to admit to themselves and to each other. The sex scenes were written well, sensual and with added heat!


I loved the humorous moments in the book, the story unfolding with the events, and getting to see the characters figure themselves, and each other, out.

I would recommend this book to all those loving new-age romance books.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.01 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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