“Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect.”― Sally Thorne, The Hating Game
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is a cute rom-com that warms your heart. Lucy Hutton is an executive assistant at the newly merged Bexley & Gamin publishing company. Lucy has always wanted to work in a publishing company and she was watching that dream come to fruition. The only problem is the man sitting at the desk across from her: Joshua Templeton. Joshua Templeton is everything Lucy isn’t, cold, calculating, and joyless. Lucy can’t understand how someone can operate like this. The hate they feel for each other has caused one too many HR meetings. Now, with them both being up for a major promotion, tensions reaching a boiling point. She is struggling to understand her newfound feelings as well as maintain her competitive edge to win her dream job. Lucy is also discovering there may be more to Joshua Templeton than meets the eye. How will she maneuver through this new game she doesn’t quite understand?
The Hating Game gives all the witty enemies-to-lovers dialogue we all crave in our lives. Their adventures will take you on a multitude of twists and turns that will leave you wondering what will happen next. Their need to stay professional while managing the intense passion they feel for each other takes the book to a whole other level. On top of that, the complexity and lovability each character provides make this a real page-turner. I finished this book in two days and could not put it down! The book gives almost everything you could ask for. For a standalone novel, it doesn’t stretch itself too thin and gives a satisfying and worthwhile ending.
While this is almost a perfect book, any book is not without its faults. I did find some moves it made a bit predictable. That is partially what makes it so relatable and comforting, but if predictability is something you don’t like in a book, this may not be for you. While this book is kind of spicy, it is a very slow burn. I am not typically a fan of slow burns, but if it is for you, this one delivers tenfold. My last issue with the book was it left some questions. While most of the story is concluded and wrapped up neatly, I was still left with some questions. It is fun to leave your reader with things to ponder at the end of the book, allowing them to come to their own conclusions, but there were a few questions I wish got answered by the end of the book.
The Hating Game is funny, romantic, and gives me all the feels. With its witty over-the-top dialogue and cast of relatable yet charming characters, I could not put this book down! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a slow-burning enemies-to-lovers novel.
What to read after the Hating Game: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren