Audiobook, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ★★★★★

The aftermath of the grudgingly put together merger of two publishers created two co-CEOs with their own personal assistants who sit adjacent to each other in silent (mostly) animosity. Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are protectful of their respective CEOs and never miss an opportunity to one-up each other in any way. Things ratchet up when they’re placed in direct competition for a new job but when circumstances thrust them together outside of the office, Lucy and Josh are forced to see each other beyond the snarling and sneering.

Lucy tells the story and her perspective couldn’t be more entertaining. She’s smart, funny and clever but has a penchant for needing to be liked and that’s her driver. Joshua is moody, broody and his barbs always are on target and cut deep. The dialogue is pithy and well crafted. Their relationship shift was delightfully slow, both gradually seeing other dimensions in each other. His nickname for her could be construed either way as endearing or condescending so it was all about context.

Katie Schorr’s narration perfectly captured Lucy, making her so vivid that she sprang through my earphones. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to add enough distinction for most of the other characters, most specifically Joshua, and I often couldn’t keep up with the transitions between the two. It wasn’t a big enough deal to minimize my enjoyment, however, because her perfection with Lucy eclipsed any shortcomings.

I loved this story as it was highly entertaining and so well written. The pacing could be breakneck when it was demanded and painfully slow in those situations where you needed it to be. For a debut novel, this was exceptional.


Book Info

  • Narrator – Katie Schorr
  • Release Date – August 9, 2016
  • Audio Length – 11 hours, 39 minutes


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17 thoughts on “The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ★★★★★”

  1. I keep hearing how good this is, but for whatever reason have worries it won’t live up to rhe hype. Since you also liked it a lot-perhaps I will try it. You haven’t let me down yet with a recommendation 🙂 good review.

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    1. Thank you! Mya, I resisted listening to this book for the same reason, thinking I’d set my expectations too high. But, it is just a really well written story with two very nicely developed characters and lots of fun moments. I’d give it a shot.


  2. I know people loved this, many people. I got the book from the library and just couldn’t get into it. I only read a few chapters so I might try it again someday but it didn’t work for me for some reason. I AM really happy you loved it. Anne

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  3. Fabulous review! I absolutely love this book as well! One of my absolute favorites of 2017! Your review is make me want to read it again!💕

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  4. This is one of the best books I’ve read in 2016, the year it came out.
    I still remember it to this day even though I have never reread it.
    It is funny laugh out loud novel and always when I think about it, I feel better.
    As time goes, only few books have that effect on me, so this one is one of those rate diamonds.
    I am so happy to see that you also loved it!

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