Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Hating Game
by Sally Thorne

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 384
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
 



Kritters Thoughts:  With co-CEOS and co-Executive Assistants, these two have been battling it out since the two companies merged.  A new position has been announced and they will have to fight for it.

The things that I loved about this book were they were set in the book world - in a publishing company.  The other thing that hooked me from the synopsis was that the story was told through the eyes of an Executive Assistant.  I am an Executive Assistant to a CEO and have been for 6.5 years, so I love to read a book that takes a glimpse into my full time job - just entertaining!

I didn't love the love hate relationship between the two EAs, at times it felt overplayed.  There were a few times I wish they hadn't been so horrible to each other, it felt like it set them so far apart to get them to a loving spot seemed like a far fetch.  

I didn't LOVE this book like I thought I would, it had all the things I would love, but it just didn't completely work for me.  I didn't hate the writing and can't completely pinpoint it, so I will definitely be on the lookout for Sally Thorne's next book.


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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