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ROMANCE WEEK: The Hating Game Review

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

So, in full disclosure, this was my second time reading The Hating Game, and honestly, I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it way more this time. I read this book for the first time a little over a year ago, with much prodding from Tree (if I remember correctly). I was so skeptical of the whole ‘hate-to-love’ trope that is at the center of the novel, and that fact that it was in the Romance genre at all. I mean, I had heard the stereotype about romance novels, and I did not want any part of it. But let me tell you this, this book is actually considered New Adult Romance, which is a completely different thing in it’s entirety. Anyways, it is exactly perfect for well, anyone, especially those looking to dip their toes into the Romance pool without jumping straight in the deep end. The Hating Game follows Lucy Hutton, who is locked in a workplace battle with the world’s biggest asshole, Joshua Templeman. When a new position opens up at their work, both of them vie for the promotion, thriving on beating the other. As the competition racks up the tension, thing begin to shift between them. And, if you want to know more, you’re going to have to pick up the book.

What I Liked:

  • The chemistry between Lucy and Josh is unbelievable. It is palatable through the page, and Sally Thorne’s pacing is so perfect that it constantly has you hanging on every word of their banter.
  • It has just the right amount of sex, without being too much for the average reader. It leaves just enough to the imagination and doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re reading something dirty.
  • The epilogue is the perfect send off for the book. I love how Sally decided to wrap up the characters and their story. Honestly, it elevates the whole book from 4 to 5 stars for me.
    • So, the epilogue isn’t actually included in the original book, but 99 Percent Mine (Sally’s second novel!) was just published with epilogues for both the books, so I read it immediately after I finished The Hating Game.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • I literally only have one issue with this book, which is kind of surprising. My problem is with Lucy’s whiplash moods. She’ll flip from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other and back in a matter of paragraphs.
    • This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a character do this, and its not the first time it’s annoyed me.


Basically, if you like to read, I highly recommend picking this book up! Lucy and Josh are electric; their witty banter and silly little games really add an extra level to the book. I love it so much, and it was even better the second time around. It’s definitely one of my all-time favorite books. Even if you’re not huge on Romance, I really recommend giving The Hating Game a shot.

5/5 stars

xoxo, Bree

P.S. Our February Book of the Month is 99 Percent Mine, so if you’re interested in getting the inside scoop, make sure to check back February 27th for our review!

19 thoughts on “ROMANCE WEEK: The Hating Game Review”

  1. NO FREAKING WAY! I NEED 99% MINE IF IT HAS A HATING GAME EPILOGUE IN IT 😭😭😭 also good review! You’re making me want to reread it and I just read I a couple months ago! 😂

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    1. Muahahaha my evil plan is revealed! And I know, the epilogue was part of the reason I pre-ordered 99% Mine so far in advance. Totally worth it though!
      xx, bree


    1. YES! The Hating Game is much more beloved than 99% Mine. I really can’t recommend it enough. It was my 1st introduction to romance novels and it’s perfect! You definitely should pick it up.

      xx, bree


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