The Hating Game Author:Sally Thorne 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 a... more »s 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.« less
Lucy and Josh work together at a publishing company. They also hate each other. Or do they? Things come to a head as they both apply for the same promotion.
This is a good example of the enemies to lovers trope. There is banter back and forth. I thought this worked because it took time for them to work out their feelings towards the other. It took time to build up. I could (kinda) believe them as a couple. What did take away from this book was Josh's behavior. WTF dude? I had a hard time liking him. I do think maybe having his POV might have helped, but who knows? (Book is told through Lucy's POV).