The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Published  August 9, 2016

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.


I’ve read this book 5 times since last year, and I am a woman obsessed. I literally re-read this all the time because it’s just SO GOOD. If every contemporary romance was written this way, I’d be reading romance exclusively. And I’m like also expecting this to be picked up for the most amazing rom-com movie ever created because I don’t think I could live in this world if Lucy and Josh don’t come to life EVEN MORE somehow.

Lucy and Josh hate each other, they work as exec assistants to their respective co-CEOs of the publishing house they work for and are both fighting for the same promotion. Josh is pretty stern and unyielding while Lucy is a people pleaser…she bends over backwards a bit too much to please people if you ask me (this coming from a fellow people pleaser…). After a kiss in the elevator and a company outing, Lucy and Josh begin to get closer throughout the book.

The one thing that I think I love the most about this book is that Josh has all these layers that kind of get stripped away one by one as you read on which is SO satisfying and makes him such a great character because you continue to learn more and more about him since he’s so shut off while Lucy is so open. It makes for a great dynamic between the two of them that I can’t get enough of.

This book is funny, thoughtful, and pulled on my heartstrings a bit at times (especially when Josh actually showed emotion). I can’t express how much I want all of you to read this book, because it’s one I keep going back to time and time again when I can’t think of anything else to read because it satisfies my that much.

4/5 Strawberries 

Dr. Strange Beard – Penny Reid

Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid
Published July 30, 2018

Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .


So last year I stumbled across these books. The Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid. And oh. my. goodness. was I hooked. I couldn’t stop reading these and I read 4 books one right after the other until I got hit with the “you have to wait for the next book to come out” train. It was so upsetting, and I didn’t keep track of the release of this book, until the beginning of this year, I was in the mood for a quick little romance, so I checked in on the status of the book, and my lord, it was published! So naturally I decided to devour this book.

I did, it took me about a day and a half to get through this and it didn’t disappoint. You don’t get much of Roscoe in the previous books, to be honest, I feel like he and Billy are the two brothers who you don’t really get much info on as a whole through the series, so I was really happy to get to know more about this character.

I usually feel like the books in this series kind of fall flat in terms of plot, and I felt as though this book was the only book that really had an engaging plot/sub-plot throughout the book. And it might just be that side of me that’s obsessed with crime/drama so it totally hit the spot in terms of plot outside of the love interest plot.

If you enjoy reading romance/contemporary romance, and you’re looking for a new series, please pick this series up. It’s really entertaining, I’ve never felt unsatisfied from any of these books and they’re just really fun to read.