The Hating Game

Sally Thorne
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Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture!

USA Today Bestseller

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

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.


Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep ar...

Ratings (47):

Incredible (6)
Loved It (18)
Liked It (18)
Did Not Like (5)

Reader Stats (66):

Read It (40)
Want To Read (25)
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Liked It
quick, enjoyable romp

I'm not usually one for romantic comedies, but I found this one rather entertaining. The dialogue is quite witty. The best recommendation for a good time.

11/22/2022 5:15:24 PM
Loved It

This is the best "enemies-to-lovers" romantic comedy, in my opinion. The characters develop and mature as a result of their growing affection for one another. Slow-burn and witty banter.

10/4/2022 4:21:06 AM
enemies to lovers, rom com , witty

With no reservations, I give this a perfect score of five.

What a fantastic and energizing read! The characterization is excellent, and the plot is entertaining to follow.

This is a great read if you’re in the mood for a feel-good story.

1 reader liked this
10/5/2022 7:12:17 PM
Loved It

Normally, I don't love novels like this too much, but I was astonished by how much I liked this one.

What's not to like about a story that's well written and has engaging MCs and witty banter?

1 reader liked this
10/5/2022 7:12:22 PM
Loved It
rom com

Fantastically entertaining, I highly recommend it. I thought Josh and Lucy's relationship made for a great adventure, and I loved the banter.

1 reader liked this
10/5/2022 7:12:28 PM
Loved It
enemies to lovers

My recommendation is to go for it. The chemistry between Josh and Lucy was great. A beautiful hate-to-love story, and I finished it in one sitting.

10/3/2022 9:26:13 AM
Liked It

This (slightly predictable) story was full of charm, pleasure, humor, and deliciousness.

10/5/2022 4:17:52 AM
Loved It

Wonderfully funny and well-written.

10/2/2022 6:07:27 PM
Loved It
romantic comedy

Despite my recent negativity toward romantic comedies, I loved this one.

10/1/2022 9:57:54 PM

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