Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Amazon Link: HERE
Received From: Purchased
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.
During Lucy's first day in the office Joshua refuses to smile at her, which instantly begins a rivalry. From the beginning they can't stand each other with their constant bickering and harassment. And now that they're up for the same promotion, their rivalry is kicked up a notch. Lucy can't let Joshua win the promotion because it's her dream job at the publishing company she loves working for. But one day in an elevator changes everything and they begin to rethink their feelings for each other. Lucy is beginning to see Joshua in a new light, a light that might mess up her chances at a promotion if she keeps thinking about Josh in a romantic way. Can their hating game turn into something else...like love?
I absolutely adored this book. From the first page the author caught my attention with her witty writing and interesting characters. Lucy is a great heroine. She's witty, charming, quick and very relatable with her clumsiness and mistakes. And Joshua is the perfect hero. He's masculine, hot, and is very serious and determined. Their relationship together was perfect from the beginning (even though they didn't like each other) and I couldn't put the book down because I had to find out if their rivalry would grow into something more. I love reading novels that feature a love/hate (enemies to lovers) romance, and The Hating Game delivered. I could sense the sparks from the first page and it was interesting to watch Lucy try and sort out her feelings for Josh while also trying to stay focused for the potential promotion. The Hating Game is romantic. It's funny. It's perfect.
I would definitely recommend The Hating Game to anyone looking for a witty, well-written novel that features a love/hate relationship.