Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.
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.
©2016 Sally Thorne (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Sally Thorne has done it -- a rare 5-star review from me. But, because everyone is looking for something different in a read, I'll describe why I loved it. Her pacing of the book is deliciously excruciating... the story arc builds slowly and credibly, with depth and realistic scenarios. The characters are flawed and believable. The "steam" factor is hot not because of crude language and hyperbole, but because of her descriptions and ability to capture the eroticism of their inner thoughts. The narrator did an excellent job of voicing Lucy -- I think she was the perfect pick to capture Lucy's inner monologues. She did a nice job with Joshua's voice, but it was hard at times to distinguish between what he was saying and what he was thinking. Overall, it was a fantastic listen, and I will be on the lookout for her next book.
The buildup between Joshua and Lucy was similar to that of Dex and Rachel's in 'Something Borrowed' by Emily Giffin.
Loved the romance. The tension is just right for the enemies-to-lovers trope mixed with a good amount of humour. The narration was a bit frustrating because most of the time I couldn't distinguish between Josh's and Lucy's voices so it could get confusing. Having said that the narrator has a pleasant voice so I'd still give the narration 4 stars. The story itself definitely deserves 5+ stars. I'd highly recommend it.
I have listened to 100s of audiobooks and the was by far one of my favs! Well written, interesting characters and story. I will not forget Josh and Lucy anytime soon! Treat yourself to a funny, cute, lovable story with a fantastic narrator! This one will be hard to follow!
Audiobooks are my JAM!
I stumbled upon this book via a book blogger I like to follow (Natasha Is A Book Junkie)
It was in her top books for 2016.
I am SO glad I used a credit on this story!
This was my first from this Author, but really looking forward to what comes next!
The writing was excellent, fun, and everything a great rom-com needs to be!
The characters and plot was well developed,
easy to follow along, and had me grinning the whole way through.
I loved that this story had a unique office romance twist to it!
The narrator did an really nice job with the different characters,
I knew exactly which one was talking when.
Highly recommend this audiobook!
PS. I'm craving Strawberry Shortcake now! LOL
I'm not sure this is even the narrator's fault, because it's probably a production issue, but she was either turning pages or drinking water while reading -- the rustling noise that happened every few minutes was so distracting I actually had to take a break from listening a few times. The story itself is cute, but I wouldn't rave about it to a friend.
Immediately upon finishing this I was like "more please" and was shocked to find out it was her debut novel - wow! Wonderful, original story with great characters that were quirky yet believable. Thorne builds up the sexual tension in a great way and the story never drags.
I never write reviews but I had to warn everyone: this story is okay, not great but not bad. However, the narrator was awful, you could hear her drinking water, swallowing heavily. Just super distracting and took a lot away from the story.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
What a great story with fantastic male and female lead characters. I loved it from page one to the last page. In fact I listened to it all in one sitting. It is a good thing I am retired because I listened all night! It really is funny and sweet. I got aggravated at the male lead from time to time but eventually fell in love with him. I don't see how you can go wrong choosing this book. I is well worth the credit - I would even give two credits for it in retrospect. The performance was excellent. The reader does great male and female voices. You forget that she is the reader because she does not get in the way of the story - she just lets you live it.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was an enjoyable story overall. I will say that it starts off rather slow...it seemed to be it was a bit overly descriptive at times and it made the story lag a bit here and there (at least for me). This did tapper off later though and I stopped contemplating making this book a DNF and by the end I was happy I had decided to finish it.
Lucy is the assistant to the co-CEO of a publishing company. Since her boss doesn't do much actual work, that means she effectively does the job of her boss. Lucy grew up on a strawberry farm with parents that loved her very much. Lucy's class took a field trip to a publishing house when she was young and she fell in love with the idea of working for a publishing company.
Joshua is the assistant to the other co-CEO of the same publishing company as Lucy. Joshua is a rather cool character that is strict with the employees under him and never breaks into a smile. Joshua comes from a family of doctors and his father has never accepted Joshua as anything but a failure, especially since he didn't become a doctor.
Lucy and Joshua both worked for separate publishing companies until a merger forced them to work together. Their bosses are the co-CEOs and Joshua and Lucy have to share the room outside the CSO's doors, staring at each other for hours at a time. Lucy had actually tried to be nice the first time they met but Joshua's cold shoulder upon introduction caused her to retract her welcoming hand. So, for the last year of working together, Joshua and Lucy have been fighting in a rather passive/aggressive manner by playing "games" with each other that are designed to get a rise out of the other person.
When the promotion is announced, Lucy is determined to get it and knows she'd have to quit if Joshua gets it because there's no way she could survive with him as her boss. This accelerates things between them and a team building event leads to Joshua doing a very big kindness for Lucy. As their relationship seems to be shifting, Lucy is left trying to guess whether Joshua might be a decent guy under his jerk exterior or if he's just playing her for his own reasons. It takes a while to get things figured out but I really liked the ending and Lucy and Joshua do get a HEA together.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. I liked both Lucy and Joshua but they both had their own issues and those issues had a big part in keeping them thinking the worst of each other for the first year they knew each other...but then I guess most people have masks, it's just a matter of how much of themselves they let through and how accurately the other person can understand what they're seeing. Like I said above, I found the story to be a bit laggy at first but it got better as I went and I was happy with it by the end.
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