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Publisher's Summary

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 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 & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically 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 huge new 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? 

After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she's got Joshua Templeman all wrong. 

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn't hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe he doesn't hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game. 

©2016 Sally Thorne (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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If you enjoy Harlequin Romance

I googled, if you like Sophie Kensella you will like... Sally Thorn’s name came up as a promising book. I found this book has a very week plot with little to substantiate little to be believable. The character development is weak. If you enjoy a simplistic romance story that is peppered with a lot of sexual tension, this is for you.

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I don't get the hype...

I couldn't even finish this book. I got to chapter 9 and had to stop before I shot myself in the face. I will never understand books that glorify guys being complete a**holes to women and women falling in love with them. Are we in the third grade where pulling someone's hair means you like them? The writing itself was fine at best. had some quirky moments, but as soon as chapter 5 hit the characters completely changed for the worse. Save yourself the disappointment and do not read this book.

The performance by the narrator is not great either. She tries to put on voices and just does not pull it off. when she's reading in her normal voice she is good but when she's trying to pull off guys voices it just sounds mundane.

If you want a good book, I suggest Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Great writing, great narrator, and no a**hole guy who convinces a woman to fall in love with her...

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great story!

this was a great book and the narrator is awesome!
found the story engaging and steamy 💚 the way you behave has consequences and some times the person you expect the least is the one that knows you the best. will definitely get more books from this autor and narrator. #Audible1

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it needs more peppers!

it was a fun read, but I was hoping for ghost Pepper and I got a jalapeno. it's cute and requires little brain cells.

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Meh.

With all the hype and the vastl amount of great reviews. I had high expectations of the book. Although the narration was spectacular, the story fell flat and the characters had no depth to them. I give this book a big "meh" at best. If it wasnt for the narration I probably wouldnt have gone past the first chapter or two.

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Heartwarming, easy listen.

This had all my favourite tropes of enemies to lovers. Katie as the narrator had distinct voices for each character which really helped bring the story to life. If you’re looking for a heartwarming, sexy story this is the one for you!

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Amazing

not what I expected but better than I thought! loved everything about it! can't wait for the movie!

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so adorable

there's so many times it made me giggle, the story was great and I loved it from start to finish!!!!

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It was okay

Character development was a little lacking. It was hard to differentiate Lucy and Josh sometimes because the narrator didn’t really change her voice much. I liked the story and concept. The movie was good.

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  • 2022-01-10

Wonderful Story!

The narrator had difficulty at times with what seemed like dry mouth and that was frustrating while listening to this story that I really enjoyed. It is soooo... much better than the movie that drops out so many important parts of this beautiful story.

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  • ❤️Cyndi Marie❤️🎧Audiobook Addicts🎧
  • 2017-04-07

Slow Burn!

Very enjoyable SLOW BURN! Loved the writing style and the story line. The characters were fun and realistic and the love story was sweet. Very light on sex and the one sex scene is very PG. The narration is not bad, It would have been better as a dual narration.

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  • Angela D. Thiery-Devins
  • 2017-03-28

Listen Again

This book was unexpected for me. I love that it wasn't all about a blooming love. It was more complex and sweet and frustrating than a normal romance book. I love the office setting. This is the first audible book that I have wanted to listen to again.

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  • Amy
  • 2018-03-03

Disappointing

Would you try another book from Sally Thorne and/or Katie Schorr?

Not from Sally but I like Katie as a narrator and would listen to her books again.

What could Sally Thorne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Would have liked more focus on the hating aspect of their relationship. Thought this would have been a hate to love relationship but Lucy and Josh seemed to be in love from the beginning. Would also like more dialogue in the first part of the book. Too much narration and way to much horny, sex talk for my liking.

What about Katie Schorr’s performance did you like?

Perfect voice for Lucy. Exactly how I would picture her voice to be.

Was The Hating Game worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Very heavy sex talk and description. Be warned. Also lots of foul language.

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  • Keke
  • 2017-03-11

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The main character, Lucy, should have been playful, clever, and strong, instead she came across as clingy, childish, dependent, and vapid. I could not finish the book because of how annoying Lucy became.

Also, the narrator was fine except you could hear her swallow. It was really gross and should have just been edited out.

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  • Carrie
  • 2016-08-13

Didn't want it to end!

What did you love best about The Hating Game?

Sally Thorne has done it -- a rare 5-star review from me. But, because everyone is looking for something different in a read, I'll describe why I loved it. Her pacing of the book is deliciously excruciating... the story arc builds slowly and credibly, with depth and realistic scenarios. The characters are flawed and believable. The "steam" factor is hot not because of crude language and hyperbole, but because of her descriptions and ability to capture the eroticism of their inner thoughts. The narrator did an excellent job of voicing Lucy -- I think she was the perfect pick to capture Lucy's inner monologues. She did a nice job with Joshua's voice, but it was hard at times to distinguish between what he was saying and what he was thinking. Overall, it was a fantastic listen, and I will be on the lookout for her next book.

What other book might you compare The Hating Game to and why?

The buildup between Joshua and Lucy was similar to that of Dex and Rachel's in 'Something Borrowed' by Emily Giffin.

Have you listened to any of Katie Schorr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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  • Shane
  • 2018-05-13

LISTENED 3 TIMES!!!

Don’t let the book’s title, or first couple chapters fool you! This book was a perfect combination of witty banter, sexual tension, and the dilemma of life choices, wrapped up into a entertaining romantic comedy!
The narrator was so good, and hope to hear more from her!

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  • Ailene W. Ross
  • 2018-08-28

Not enough plot

Too repetitive and it draaaaags on until it is boring. I wish I could find a redeeming aspect to this book.

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  • MeGaVoltZ
  • 2016-08-18

Sweet and Funny Romance

Loved the romance. The tension is just right for the enemies-to-lovers trope mixed with a good amount of humour. The narration was a bit frustrating because most of the time I couldn't distinguish between Josh's and Lucy's voices so it could get confusing. Having said that the narrator has a pleasant voice so I'd still give the narration 4 stars. The story itself definitely deserves 5+ stars. I'd highly recommend it.

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  • bebe
  • 2016-12-29

Super fun book

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What a great story with fantastic male and female lead characters. I loved it from page one to the last page. In fact I listened to it all in one sitting. It is a good thing I am retired because I listened all night! It really is funny and sweet. I got aggravated at the male lead from time to time but eventually fell in love with him. I don't see how you can go wrong choosing this book. I is well worth the credit - I would even give two credits for it in retrospect. The performance was excellent. The reader does great male and female voices. You forget that she is the reader because she does not get in the way of the story - she just lets you live it.

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  • adele gibson
  • 2016-10-18

Do not read negative reviews! This was a new favorite!

I have listened to 100s of audiobooks and the was by far one of my favs! Well written, interesting characters and story. I will not forget Josh and Lucy anytime soon! Treat yourself to a funny, cute, lovable story with a fantastic narrator! This one will be hard to follow!

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