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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

A review by Lynne Larby

Lucy Hutton is at war with Joshua Templeman. It’s a game. The hating game. They stare at each other. They mimic each other. They never smile at each other. And all of this takes place in a shiny office at work.

Note to Lucy: don’t wear short skirts or you’ll reveal all in the floor tiles. I’m not even convinced that long skirts would be modest. I’d stick to pants. Who puts mirror tiles on the floor, anyway?

Lucy and Josh are executive assistants in a publishing house suffering under the legacy of a merger of two very different companies with conflicting cultures.

Their respective CEOs are at war with one another. All the employees remaining (after severe job cuts) are at war with one another. Instead of Red and Blue, these teams are arrayed in librarian chic or suits and ties. They love books or balance sheets. Ne’er the twain shall meet.

Except Lucy’s obsessive hatred is a ridiculous cover when it emerges that Josh is hot.

I don’t review enough funny books so I relish every one. The Hating Game is light, funny, romantic and sexy. Tension builds well, with Lucy attempting to seduce Joshua while Joshua, a paragon of virtue too good to be true, holds out for more than a one-night stand. The Hating Game is a delicious office romance, a guilty pleasure without calories.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
ISBN: 9780349414256
Format: paperback, 384 pages (also available in ebook)
Imprint: Piatkus (Hachette)
Publication date: 09 Aug 2016

The Hating Game

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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