The Hating Game

Write on: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 by  in Kat's Reviews Be the first to comment! Read 3124

Rating: 5 stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Chick Lit, Humor

Heartwarming (adj.):

Causing pleasant feelings of happiness (and silly, stupid tears you can't stop).

By all means, it was not a sad book. On the contrary, The Hating Game was a funny, sweet, adorable, intoxicating office romance about two sworn enemies that fell in love. And I'm crying because it filled me with so much joy, and hope and love my body can barely contain!

“Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game-and you have to win. Why? Your heart and your ego.”

Josh is Lucy's nemesis. They work together while they plot each other's murder. They play juvenile games, they keep filing complaints to Human Resources, and they make each other miserable. Their competition is tough, and with a promotion on the horizon things escalate quickly. But after one mind-blowing elevator kiss, and some unexpected kindness from Josh, Lucy starts to wonder whether beneath his cold and cruel behavior exists a Nice Guy after all, with the potential to break her heart. 

The line between love and hate was never so blurry.

No one can kiss me like you do.”

Dear Sally Thorne, I'm yours.

I can't get rid of this ridiculously wide grin on my face, I'm one step from looking like Joker. And then I remember all those moving and sweet moments and I start crying, and people wonder who murdered my cat. I don't have a cat.

Josh and Lucy's story tugged at my heartstrings in an unexpected way. They were two characters beautifully crafted, with their flaws and insecurities. Lucy was always sociable and charming, she wanted people to like her but in the end, she was lonely. Josh was a clinical asshole that made everyone tremble, and tiny Lucy was the only one that stood up to him. Little did she know how shy and caring he was.


“Stop calling me Shortcake.” 

“Watching you pretend to hate that nickname is the best part of my day.”

Hilarious banters, crackling tension, tenderness and passion, The Hating Game has everything you could ask for from a romance novel. Every single touch spoke straight to my heart, and made my blood warm and my head dizzy! There were times I forgot how to breathe, and times I couldn't help but sigh. Josh is such a dreamy guy, yummilicious and sexy and so, so swoonworthy!

While I would have liked a few chapters from Josh's POV, I enjoyed Lucy's narrative so much! She was such a sweet and funny and adorable person, and you could understand her reservations and her fears!

I'm so in love.

“What are you imagining? Your expression is filthy.”

“Strangling you. Bare hands.” 

“So that’s your kink.” 

“Only where you’re concerned.”

If this sappy review didn't convince you to read this little gem, I don't know what can! Have you read it yet? Leave your comments below!❤︎




There are two things Katerina can't live without; books and chocolate. And since she needs money to acquire them, she decided to become a lawyer (and she still wonders whether this was a good idea). When she's not reading, she keeps wishing she was reading, about wars, wizards, dark princes and great romances. Her favorite genres are Fantasy (both YA and Adult) and Contemporary Romance.

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