Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive-aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
I have heard so many great things about this book from bloggers and booktubers, that I had to pick this up and give it a shot. It does have a hate to love trope in it, so if that is something you do not care for I would highly recommend skipping this one. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, but I was thoroughly impressed overall with this story and how much I enjoyed it.
You have two mc’s Lucy and Josh. They both work at a publishing company as executives and are now competing to get the position. They insult each other constantly at work. each dish it out and take it equally. Lucy and Josh hate each other, they try there best to one-up each other every day, to gain something over the other. Now that the company is looking for a COO, Josh and Lucy are really trying to dig into each other of hopes the other quits and they get the position.
When the company does a paintball game in hopes to start getting everyone to get along, we start to see that Lucy and Josh may not hate each other after all. They might be hiding their true feelings. it was really interesting to see both characters grow in their relationship and watch them learn more about each other. I really enjoyed how they were both respectful with each other in terms of trusting and taking things a bit slow, neither really wanted to jump in and rush anything because they weren’t sure how they felt about one another.
Overall I loved this novel and the writing, it was a really cute hate to love book that pulled me out of my reading slump. I really love this type of book, so if you have any recommendations for other hate to love trope books, please send them to me.
If you read the Hating Game, what did you think? Did you enjoy it?