Loving the Hating Game

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Well, I really wasn’t expecting that. In fact, how much I loved this book was made all the sweeter by how much I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it. I mean, even after picking it up and getting sucked in by the sample, I was mentally chastising myself for picking up a book set in a corporate office (*shudders*- that’s my own personal hell). A book about two co-workers that can’t get on? No thanks! But then, much to my surprise… I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.

I used to think that contemporary/romance had a hard time reaching me emotionally and I took pride in sniffing out all the cheese a mile away- yet it’s because of books like this that finally made me go WHO AM I KIDDING?! I was eeking and squeaking all the way through like a very contented mouse. And how could I not? The Hating Game is one of those books that fills you up with SO MUCH GLEE. It was ridiculously funny! Honestly, most of my notes are “*cue riotous laughter*” and “cackles hysterically, can’t type notes”. It doesn’t make for the best review, granted, but it was hella fun to read!

crying orangutanWhat made it even better was the emotional range. I was delighted one moment, angsty the next, and crying because they just couldn’t see eye to eye after that (yes, I cry easily, even at comedies, but we’ve been over that 😉 ). Luckily for me, most of the time I was just crying with laughter here 😉

And of course, I was cheering on the relationship the whole way. It was sweet, romantic and yes sexy as sin (*caution not for people who blush easily*- because le gasp at some of the lines). Plus, it dealt in some of my favourite tropes: notably hate-to-love and the secret sweetheart (wowzers at the male lead). All of which was perfectly executed- so much so that I was almost idol worshiping the writing. By the end, I was so buzzing from this book, I was practically bouncing off the walls. Really, I’ve run out of words 😀 😀 😀

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So apologies if that was more gush than review, but at least now you’ll understand why I’m giving out five bananas like their candy:

Rating: 5/5 bananas

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Have you read this? Do you plan to? And out of interest, how do you fare on the rom com front? Stoic or sap like me? Let me know in the comments!

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79 thoughts on “Loving the Hating Game

  1. Andie says:

    Oh my, this sounds so lovely! I wouldn’t have thought myself to be one for corporate-set books either (shudders with you) but aghhh, you’ve got me so excited for this one!! I’ll probably definitely check this out soon, because I’ve seen it around and it’s just!! so!!! amazing!! I mean, if it’s worthy of *five bananas*, that’s something!
    Great review ❤

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  2. MichaelK says:

    Hate to disappoint you (and lots of other people) but romantic novels is not exactly my cup of tea. On the other hand kudos for an enthusiastic review that clearly shows how much you loved this one!

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  3. auroralibrialis says:

    I wasn’t planning to read this, but I’ve been loving contemporary romance’s lately and this one sounds amazing, so I’m adding it to my tbr! I get super sappy over rom coms too, I actually sobbed over 13 Going on 30 😂

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  4. Winged Cynic says:

    What a joyful review! 😀 I also used to turn my nose up at most contemporaries, but I’ve realized that I’m not as cool as I try to be (I gush like a teenager when a romance thing is done really well lol.) I should check this one out! Awesome post!

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  5. Swinging On a Star says:

    ITS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!! 😂 I’M SO GLAD YOU FOUND IT!!! 😀 its my favorite book in the whole wide world because of all the reasons you listed… and reasons that can’t even be described in the English language…. ✨✨✨✨✨ i was soooooooo happy. 😍😍😍

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  6. Peachy says:

    I LOVED IT, TOO. It’s rare for me to be thinking about a contemporary, several months after! Sally Thorne will be having a heck of a difficult time writing a second book – So. Much. Pressure.

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  7. thisisoneforthebooks says:

    I loved this book! It was one of the first books I bought when I got back into reading a few years back, and I don’t regret it one bit. I’ve actually been thinking about rereading it soon. I remember swooning over Joshua lol I want to experience that again 💁🏻‍♀️

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  8. Jackie @ Too Much of a Booknerd says:

    What a lovely review! And don’t worry about gushing too much haha I always love when people loved a book SO MUCH that they can’t stop praising it! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one—I’ve previously heard fabulous things about it and I definitely want to pick it up even more now!

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  9. Marie says:

    Oh that was such a lovely review, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed that one so much 🙂 I’ve heard great things about this from fellow book bloggers and I love your gushing review haha, makes me want to pick it up even more 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this! 🙂

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  10. LizScanlon says:

    Well, darn it… now you made me want to read this book… like so much I want to read it now 😀 I am definitely adding this to my TBR pile and try and read it sooner rather than later because this sounds hella good and I am always up for a laugh! Office environment is a personal hell for me too and I live it every day- just so bleh! I can’t believe I have to do this to buy bread! 😀 LOL… but anyway, thank you for this brilliant review- you sold it well! 😉

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  11. mugginshere says:

    Ugh it sounds fantastic and have been forced to add it to the already groaning TBR list….thanks a bunch! (Although if it’s anything near as funny as your review it will be well worth it- squeaking like a contented mouse 😂)

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  12. Anaida says:

    Absolutely love this book!
    The best thing about this story is that it’s not cheesy at all! It’s hot, humourous, playful and extremely interesting, which is so hard to be packing it one chick-flick btw.

    Also, your review is exactly how I feel about the book – over the moon & I want a Joshua for myself kind of a feeling, haha!

    I swear all these fictional boyfriends are setting some exceptional standards for men to match up to. 😉

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