I kept hearing great things about this story so I decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did. This author has a great career ahead of her if this book is any indication!
Lucy Hutton is the executive assistant of Helene Pascal, who is now the co-CEO of Bexley & Gamin after the two companies merged.
Joshua Templeman is the executive assistant to Richard Bexley, and a general pain in the butt to Lucy.
The two of them hate each other and find different ways to piss the other off by playing games. But other times, it's as if they want to like each other, but won't. These games were pretty funny and laugh out loud at times!
When a newly created position of COO is up for grabs, Lucy and Joshua both apply and the competition is on! Suddenly, Lucy is seeing Joshua in a new light and things take a very interesting twist.
I really loved both of these characters and diving into what drives them. I just adored the path they took to get to their happy ending....it was just perfect! I really loved this book and can't wait to read more by this author.
Lucy doesn’t like Joshua. Joshua doesn’t like Lucy. Whilst she is nice to everyone, except him, he appears nice to no one. The trouble is they both work in the same office. Across from each other. So the work days are spent playing games, the staring game, the HR game and the hating game. One day things take a turn. A new job has been announced and both Lucy and Joshua are candidates. Lucy has to either win the game or resign….
I picked this book up to take a quick look and I was soon caught up in the story. The writing style, humour from the outset and well drawn characters instantly appealed. I could tell that the book would be fun and it was. It’s the sign of a good book when the reader is sad that they have to say goodbye to the characters. Such was the case with The Hating Game.
Set in an unnamed city, and very much character based, the book is peppered with humour. I often found myself smiling and giggling throughout and often laughing out loud, or at least trying to contain those laughs whilst out in public. The banter between Lucy and Joshua is a pleasure to read.
The characters are all wonderfully portrayed, each one adding something to the story. Lucy is diminutive, a caring person with wild hair and the desire to make people like her. She is ultimately lonely, missing her parents, who also add witty scenes to the novel. Joshua is grumpy, tormenting and tactiturn and is fabulous to read. The reader is aware that there is more to the relationship between Lucy and Joshua than the characters would admit. As the story progresses it is highly entertaining to watch that relationship progress and alter.
Whilst it may be apparent to some how the story will end, for me it was not about the ending, it was about the journey there. I had immense fun reading The Hating Game. It is a book to just sit down with and enjoy.
Books are written for a variety of reasons and read for a variety more. Sometimes we want information, sometimes to be challenged. And sometimes we want to be entertained. To be caught up in a story for a short while and just have fun. And The Hating Game is such a book.
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.
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
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.