The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Genre: Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



Now, The hating game by Sally Thorne would have gotten a five-star because the romance was real. I mean very real. It wasn’t some out-of-context romance that you know can never happen in the real world. Unlike the romance in the Crossfire series, it was mild. 

The sex scenes weren’t exaggerated, plus they were in subtext. Anyone can read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, considering that it had no vulgar words. At all.


Blurb of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne


1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome. 2) A person’s undoing. 3) Joshua Templeman. Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley and Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physical, intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual. Trapped in a shared office together 40 (ok 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the staring game.

The mirror game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything— especially when a big promotion goes up for the taking. If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua, and perhaps it’s just another game.


Okay, so when I stumbled on The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, the genre clearly said “romance.” After reading it, I felt they should have added that it was a “rom-com” or “chick lit” because 70% of the time I used reading this book was spent laughing.

The Hating Game made sure there was a massive contrast between both protagonists. You know the thing where the female protagonist is small, short and cute. And the male is tall, handsome and built. That was the scenario in this book, and every time the book always pointed this out for a reason, I can’t say.


Oh yes! The Hating Game also mentioned something about the “Big brother” show in the book😂.


“Have fun, everyone,” Helen calls. “And remember, we can see you!” With that eerie Big brother comment ringing in our ears, we begin.

The hating game


Exactly! This is typical of Big brother. “Remember, big brother sees everything.” Again, the sarcasm in the Hating Game was top-notch. I’d love to drop another quote, but then that would be a spoiler for people interested in reading this book. I also loved how the book seamlessly transitioned from the main characters hating each other to falling in love.

Read the mind-blowing, suspense-filled Thr3e by Ted Dekker. An epic novel!

This book was a little bit predictable. Again, most romance novels are predictable. But it only got predictable at the end of the book when the loving game had already begun, which wasn’t bad at all.



In a nutshell, the hating game was an exciting read. If it were up to me, I wouldn’t classify this book as just romance because it evoked other emotions aside from love. Mostly, the plot was centred on the attraction between both parties. Cute but wasn’t sizzling with enough passion.



  1. Love your work, this is one of my favorite romcoms, it’s enemies to lovers trope isn’t everything. But I have to say the big brother comment is in reference to George Orwell’s Animal farm as the name of the show itself.


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