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 as 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.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 4 stars! Super cute and fun. If you followed my reviews for any certain amount of time, then you know I love hate-to-love plots and this was a really good one filled with amazing banter and I-hate-you-more-than-I-love-you chemistry! I saw right through Josh’s asshole persona and knew he was a closet sweetheart.

♥ Review: *sing-songs* I simple adoooooore enemies-to-more storylines. Of all the tropes, it’s probably among my top favorites. And these two opposites pitted against one another? Boy do they love to hate each other, and that was just in everyday circumstances. Toss in the scenario where they have to compete for a rising position within their publishing company in which only one person can be the victor and their combustible levels of disgust for their counterpart sets the page on fire. The only thing more incendiary than their mutual contempt is the base level lust that they try to hide from one another. But when certain events thrust them together, they find that outside their shared office space, they’re not exactly who one another really thought they were, and that hidden attraction doesn’t stay hidden for long.

Lucy and Josh are both really smart and ambitious colleagues working in the confines of a singular office space shared only by them. When a high level promotion and a new job title- one they’re both equally qualified for- is presented to them, what used to be childish games to pass the time and to get under each other’s skin becomes a dangerous game of workplace warfare. I delighted in the effortlessly witty banter produced from sharp mouths and even sharper minds. The way the volleyed and hurled insults at one another had me flipping the pages in giddy abandon because I knew that eventually we’d get to the deeper issue, which was how ridiculously attracted these two were to one another. But Thorne excelled at driving us along on that journey with them at a pace that felt very natural. I loved watching their hate turn into almost friendship, and delighted in watching that almost-friendship turn into something a little more cozier and sexier. I even loved how it ended in a perfectly sweet and swoony HEA.

Obviously, as you can tell, I truly enjoyed both Josh and Lucy. They were complete opposites of one another, and definitely stood apart in my mind. The author did a magnificent job of bringing their personality to the page and having them jump right off it with their individuality, quick wit, and an abundance of humor and heat.

♥ Teaser Quote: I’ll save all the sassy repartee for your own eyes to witness…

    I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I’ve had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations.
     Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are shredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with a dangerous kind of adrenaline, and you’re on the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You’re consumed, and it scares you.
     Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game–and you have to win. Why? Your heart and your ego. Trust me, I should know.

– quote taken from The Hating Game, pg. 1

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General Book Feels

♥ Rec It? Yes! This was a quick, smart and sexy read that I basically inhaled within a few hours. If you’re looking for a solid read that will touch on all your emotions, this novel is the one for you! I’ll absolutely be on the hunt for more of Ms. Thorne’s words.

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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