The hating game

by Thorne, Sally, 1981-

Format: Print Book [2016]
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Summary

USA Today Bestseller

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

2) A person's undoing

3) Joshua Templeman

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Lucy always dreamed of working in publishing, but a merger has turned her dream job into a nightmare. Being forced to share an office is bad enough, but Lucy shares hers with Joshua, an unsmiling workaholic who actively dislikes her. The two spend many of their working hours finding ways to bait and harass each other, and when a new position opens up, they are placed in direct competition which brings out some feelings that are not exactly competitive. Could all of the coldness and game playing be masking their true feelings? Thorne's debut reads like two different novels: the first half is a workplace comedy about two mismatched office mates, and the second half transforms into a romance between a mismatched couple. Joshua is reminiscent of Christian Grey, but without the money and the penchant for spanking he is a tortured-soul type with serious daddy issues that prevent him from falling in love. Lucy's a plucky foil, dolled up in vintage-style dresses and her trademark Flamethrower Red lipstick, with a quirky backstory (she grew up on a strawberry farm and collects Smurfs). Some may be jarred by the transition to torrid make-out sessions in staff elevators and it's more steamy romance than chick-lit by the end but readers who appreciate powerful-man-meets-ingenue romances will enjoy Lucy and Josh's chemistry.--Donohue, Nanette Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Since the day Lucy Hutton began sharing an office at her publishing company with Joshua Templeman, he's been the bane of her existence. Every day is a constant parade of one-upmanship and mind games. Now there's a huge promotion on the line, and they're both up for it. Lucy knows she couldn't keep working there if Joshua winds up becoming her boss, so she pours everything she has into a project to dazzle her superior-but at the same time, she's suddenly gotten to know Joshua on a new level, and she's realizing very quickly that the lines between attraction and hatred are not as clear as she thought. After they acknowledge the heat between them and begin to do something about it, Lucy's paranoia sets in: is Joshua stringing her along in hopes that he'll gain the upper hand and the promotion? The denouement feels slightly off, and though Lucy and Joshua initially have chemistry to spare, the resolution of their story is a little bit too neat. Still, Thorne is skilled at creating Hepburn-and-Tracy-esque banter and an appealing heroine. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Competition (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Publishers and publishing -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :[2016]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Includes excerpt from author's The comfort zone.
Description 374 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780062439598
0062439596
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