Re-Read Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Posted February 25, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review, Re-Read Review / 2 Comments

Re-Read Review: The Hating Game by Sally ThorneThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: eBook, 387 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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.


In Review My Thoughts

Hey there! While I wasn’t successful in the Re-Read Challenge in 2016, I did find that I loved the recommended format of the reviews so I’ve decided to keep it for my re-read reviews going forward. It looks a little different than my typical reviews, and I’m ok with that. ?

WHEN I First Read

January 2017 (Audiobook/Kindle)
First Re-Read: February 2018 (Kindle)

WHAT I Remember

The Hating Game was one of my favorite reads of 2017, with characters I totally fell head over heels for, so it’s safe to say I remembered just about everything. I knew I was in for a great book with the perfect combination of angst, humor, slow burn and sexy times.

WHY I Wanted to Re-Read

See above re: one of my favorite reads of 2017. 😉 The Hating Game has a particular power over me that only a small number of books do — I want to reread it as soon as I see the cover. Or as soon as anyone talks about it. Or when I even think about it. What I’m trying to say is I’ve basically wanted to read it again the moment I finished the first time, so it’s always just been a question of “when?” and not “if?”.

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

I felt everything. That’s what I felt. I freaking loved this book and I’ll continue to love it as I reread it for a long time to come. It takes a special author to hit the perfect combination of humor, heart and sexiness and Sally Thorne is that author. I’m always a sucker for a good office romance and I LOVE well done slow burn and The Hating Game ticked both those boxes. I loved the antagonistic relationship between Lucy (Lucinda! Shortcake!) and Josh (Joshua!) in the beginning and I loved even more watching it grow and change throughout the book. This one has its angstier moments for sure, but for the most part I read it with a giant, goofy grin on my face. Swoons, laughs and feels FOR DAYS.

WOULD You Re-Read Again?

I would absolutely read The Hating Game again. In fact, I think I’m going to put a note in my calendar to reread it for the second time sometime this summer. This is one book that will never get old. *insert heart eyes emoji here*


It’s a corporate truth universally acknowledged that workers would rather eat skeletons than participate in group activities. 

I’ve always suspected people in our lives are here to teach us a lesson. I’ve been sure Josh’s purpose is to test me. Push me. Make me tougher. And to a certain degree it’s been true.

The energy that usually lashes ineffectively inside each of us now has a conduit, forming a loop of electricity between us, cycling through me, into him. My heart is glowing in my chest like a bulb, flashing brighter with each movement of his lips. 

“I was thinking how big you are.”
“I’ll fit you just right.”

If I ever thought I was an addict before, it was a vast understatement. I want to OD on him. By the end of this weekend, I’ll be legless in a back alley, unable to say my own name. 


About Sally Thorne

Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia, and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn't always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.


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