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review 2017-11-12 23:44
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was such a cute story! I went into this book with extremely high expectations. I have seen so many 5 star reviews for this book that I just had to give it a try myself and was thrilled to catch it on sale recently at Audible. I thought it was good and I liked it but I didn't love in the way that some other reviewers did. Don't get me wrong....this is a great story but it wasn't as mind blowing as I had expected it to be. I did have a lot of fun with this story and really enjoyed my time listening to it.

Lucy and Joshua work together and are always up against each other. This story is told from Lucy's point of view and she does look at the world in a very interesting and often funny manner. Lucy sees Joshua as her nemesis which is why she pays such close attention to everything he does. When they both are going for the same job, tensions are high since only one of them will get the position.

I loved Lucy and Joshua. Lucy was a bit naive but I really liked her innocence. She leads a rather solitary life that really is centered around her job. Joshua was really easy to love. He was such a nice guy but didn't always know how to handle Lucy. It was really obvious how much they cared about each other even before either of them realized it. They were just so cute together! 

I enjoyed Katie Schorr's narration. I think that her voice was perfect for Lucy's character. She was able to bring the story to life and added a lot of emotion to her delivery. I thought that her delivery made the funny parts just a bit funnier and the sweeter moments just a little sweeter. I ended up listening to this book for hours at a time and had a lot of fun with it.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I loved the blend of a sweeter romance and humor. All of the games that Lucy and Joshua played with each other brought a big old smile to my face. I am very impressed that this is Sally Thorne's first novel and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Initial Thoughts
This was entertaining. I liked the dynamic between Josh and Lucy. There were some really sweet moments and some other moments that made me chuckle a bit. I thought that this was a really cute story.

Book source: Audible Purchase

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text 2017-07-12 00:25
DNF Review: Dating You / Hating You
Dating You/Hating You - Deacon Lee,Christina Lauren,Shayna Thibodeaux,Simon & Schuster Audio

What to say about Dating You / Hating You? I really, really wanted to love this book, but I didn’t. Christina Lauren authors some of my favorite titles, but this unfortunately isn’t one of them. And rather than continue to listen to it, I decided to call it quits at the 57% mark (through Chapter 15). Let me tell you why…

 

Carter and Evie are wonderful characters who have a beautiful initial chemistry. They are adorable together, both a bit shy and unaware of how sexy they are. And while their jobs as talent agents in LA have kept each from relationships in the past, the instant connection the pair feels compels them to make a go of things. They have one great date and a hot make out session until everything falls apart. 

 

When Evie’s firm buys out Carter’s firm, the pair is forced to compete to keep a job in the LA offices. While it isn’t certain either would be let go or asked to relocate to New York, their asshole boss, Brad, along with their individual competitive natures creates bitterness and conflict, setting up the need to vie for the job. And things fall apart quickly from this point. Carter and Evie are both underhanded, doing things to make themselves look better while potentially sabotaging the other. It’s not horrible at first, but a poke here and a poke there creates such animosity that I cannot stand to listen to it. I finally gave up after a rather silly, yet cruel exchange of pranks involving coffee and hand lotion.

 

It was a tough decision for me to stop listening. The narration is actually part of the reason I went as long as I did. Both Ms. Thibodeaux and Mr. Lee are fantastic! Both have very clear, sharp voices that are simultaneously relaxing. Ms. Thibodeaux gives weight and maturity to Evie, while Mr. Lee brings manages to get adorkable for Carter. Both narrators have excellent narrative voices and a range to fit a variety of both male and female rolls. 

 

In the end, Dating You / Hating You had too much Hating You and not enough Dating You. I’m guessing at some point, the couple works out their issues and hopefully ends up together, but the conflicts were so difficult for me to listen to, I just couldn’t keep going. I may pick it up again in the future, but for now, it’s a DNF.

 

My Rating: DNF

Female Narration: A+

Male Narration: A+

 

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster Audio.

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review 2017-07-11 01:40
Fun and Games in Love
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

Loved this audiobook, the story and narration were wonderful. This is the perfect little fun romance I smiled and laughed out loud embarrassing myself more than normal.
Love and hate in the work place. Josh is a wonderful jerk-ish man with issues, a sharp edged personality, a super hot body, a nightmarish family drama-rama and patience. Lucy is a short little spitfire of personality, brains and drive. She is brutally honest when many would shy away, she is loyal, bold and unwavering in her goals. Two fantastic people who hate each other and we all now how close love is to hate. < wink >
The sexual tension is so hot it made my headphones sizzle and smoke. The author dragged the lusting out there is no insta sex/love. It was frustraiting in all the right ways.
I will be adding this author to my authors to watch list. I need more like this.

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text 2017-06-28 18:32
Reading progress update: I've read 57%.
Dating You/Hating You - Deacon Lee,Christina Lauren,Shayna Thibodeaux,Simon & Schuster Audio

Taking a break from this one. Although the title indicates the rocky relationship between the h/h, it doesn't go far enough to explain the animosity between the pair. There is simply too much Hating You and not enough Dating You for my enjoyment.

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review 2017-03-16 00:33
The Hating Game Book Review
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

This was SO GOOD. I'll admit it took me a little bit to get into. I found the characters a bit childish in the first few chapters. But they grew on me. And it really reminds me of You've Got Mail or Landline by Rainbow Rowel. This is one I'll surely visit in the future. 

 

Lucy and Josh have worked together for some time now and have hated each other since the beginning. Even more so now when they are up for the same position. The battle begins and the tension grows. Maybe there isn't just hate between them?

 

I want a man like Joshua Templeton. One of my favorite scenes of the book was when Lucy was sick, not to mention when she stuck up for him. This was so much fun and hot and definitely made me smile. 

 

This would be a really fun movie but I feel like we wouldn't get the full gist of the book. I can see why everyone loves this and I know I'll be rereading it. 

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