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'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.
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 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.
I listened to the whole story and it had a romance factor that I was in the mood for, was good at that.
However, it was predictable and the main character was annoying with her moments of being completely obtuse
I was looking for something light and fun after completing a 30 hour , highly technical snoozer (to me anyway). At first, I thought I had - - once again - - mistakenly bought a young adult novel. But I gave it some time and found the characters and banter between them completely unique and entertaining. I laughed out loud at metaphors I had never heard before, but fit the situation perfectly. I love that the female lead character is petite and not your typical leggy blonde. You know it's a good story when you really don't want it to end.
I did not like how the story would be a normal story line then go straight to soft erotica. It was not what I was expecting and would not advise listening to this if you are with your parents or are a parent with a child wandering around also listening. Maybe if you enjoyed books like 50 Shades of Grey this would be for you.
This is my favorite book of 2016! I own this book in ebook and audio. I've read it four times and listened to it twice. It's just so sweet! I absolutely love the last two chapters! And I feel like these characters are real life people and I want more of them! Great story. Great characters. Great everything!
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