The Hating Game
By Sally Thorne
William Morrow, 2016. 384 pgs. Romance
After the merger of her book publishing company, Lucy Hutton is determined to maintain her nice girl image in the office. But when she meets Joshua Templeton, her new cubicle neighbor, she isn’t so sure. Josh is cold, calculated, and not afraid to point out Lucy’s flaws. Before they know it, Josh and Lucy have started a childish game of one-upmanship that neither wants to lose. When a coveted promotion is announced, the tension - or the sparks - couldn’t be higher and Lucy is left questioning Josh and the game itself.
Based on the cover, title, and premise, this book seemed too good to be true. Who doesn’t enjoy the classic hate-to-love romance trope when it’s done well? To my surprise, The Hating Game was one of the most fun books I've read this year. I alternately snickered while reading the smart banter and sighed during the romantic scenes. This isn’t a clean read and the constant references to Lucy and Josh’s height difference can be grating but if you are looking for a witty office romance, this is for you.