The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

So, I’m on the fence about this book. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was cute but also had way too many clichés. It was really a hit or miss at times for me.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are two executive assistants at a publishing company. They were both forced to work together when the two rival publishing companies decided to merge, making their bosses co-CEOs. Most of their days are spent verbally sparring and antagonizing one another.

Slowly the two start to form a blossoming attraction to one another. The unravelling of their interest in each other and the love-hate relationship that develops makes this story whimsical to say the least. Like I said, it was cute.

Cuteness aside, I had some serious issues with the clichés that littered this book. Let’s start off with the predictable “sick scene”. Lucy becomes dangerously ill and who comes to her rescue? Joshua, our handsome love interest who has been nothing but horribly mean to her for page one. He drops everything to bring her home and take care of her. I mean seriously takes care of her — have you ever met a man willingly drop everything to cook, feed, change your clothes and CLEAN your house when you’re sick? But yet, through all of this, their affection starts to form, with Joshua’s cold heart melting with every dry-heave Lucy has in her bathroom. Seriously?

One of my biggest, I mean HUGE, MASSIVE, pet-peeves in a book is when the heroine of the book is characterised as silly, flighty, thoughtless, maybe even scatterbrained. Someone who is described with the title of executive assistant to a co-CEO should not be portrayed like this. I’m not even going to get into the fact that because Lucy is work-obsessed, more of these quality and quirks start to appear later throughout the book when she beings to fall in love with Joshua.

With these clichés off my chest, I can truly say, I did find myself savouring this book. I was occasionally smirking and giggling over the dialogue, the secondary characters were comical at times, and yes, even the sex scenes made me blush. It had some seriously raunchy descriptions, I mean it was no 50 Shades of Grey, but soccer moms sure as hell could get worked up over this book!

This is Sally Thorne’s first published book, and for me, it showed. Things could have been better in the predictability and cliché department, but for a first time publisher, ‘Ya done good kid!’ All things considered, like the characters in the book, I had a love-hate relationship with The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

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