We’ve noticed people looking for books similar to The Hating Game by debut author Sally Thorne and we can see why. It’s a new staple in the enemies to lovers sub-genre of rom com novels.
In fact, the relationship between the main characters, executive assistants Joshua Templeman and Lucy Hutton, in this sexy workplace comedy has been such a hit that there is a movie adaptation in the works!
If you’re reading this, but having read The Hating Game yet, you should grab it first. Josh and Lucy have a shared office space, leading them to play a constant game of one-upmanship as they battle it out over a huge new promotion. As their interactions reach a boiling point, the sexual tension gets more extreme. You’ll have to read for yourself to find out what happens next!
While we all wait for the movie release date, here are some other fabulous books to read if you loved The Hating Game.
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Best-selling romance novelist January Andrews is suffering extreme writer's block after finding out her parents weren't the perfect couple she thought they were.
When she retreats to her dad's secret Lake Michigan beach house in a last-ditch effort to meet her next book deadline, she finds another distraction instead.
Her college English-department rival lives next door and is suffering from his own bout of writer's block.
This new release is already one of Melissa's favorites from 2020. She got an early copy from her Book of the Month subscription. If you join now, you can add it to your monthly pick before it's in stores.
When night-shift worker Leon needs some extra cash to help a family member, he decides to get a roommate.
The problem is that he has a one-bedroom apartment, with one bed. So he places an ad for someone to sleep in his bed while he's at work. They'll never be home at the same time, but it's still a crazy plan.
Thankfully, it's just the solution newly-single Sophie needs.
Several of their post-it note conversations back and forth made us laugh out loud as they try to figure out the ground rules of their strange arrangement.
With 10 years of experience, radio host Shay is beyond frustrated with her new co-worker, Dominic, who thinks he learned it all in the master's program he just finished.
The station is struggling, so Shay pitches a new show - The Ex Talk - featuring exes giving relationship advice. The pitch goes a little TOO well, and Shay gets a big yes, with the caveat that she co-host the show with Dominic since they clearly dislike each other and already act like exes.
As the show grows thanks to their funny on-air banter, their relationship off the air gets more complicated and STEAMY. This one contains some R-rated bedroom scenes.
When two high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood find out their firms are merging, they're left vying for the same job. The competition squashes the previously budding-romance between them as sparks turn to sabotage.
After a tragic accident immediately after becoming engaged, Margaret is stuck in a hospital bed trying to face her new reality. Her previously perfect life is changing in every way.
When she's assigned the toughest physical therapist at the hospital, her nurse doesn't think it will be a good match. Margaret understands when she realizes the other therapists are smiling and encouraging and Ian is...not. But can he still help her heal?
Annie Cassidy makes a living writing ridiculous Buzzfeed-esque articles, but she dreams of writing rom com screenplays like Nora Ephron.
She also dreams of finding not the actual Tom Hanks, but her own perfect leading man, ala Tom in Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail.
When her town becomes the set of a new romantic comedy movie, she's horrified that the leading man has a less than Tom Hanks reputation.
But is he really the same person the gossip blogs say he is?
If you're obsessed with cheesy romantic comedies as much as Annie, you'll love all the pop culture references through this book. It's not groundbreaking literature, but it's an entertaining light read.
This funny rom com follows Madison, who grew up wealthy but gave up her inheritance to follow her own dreams of being a teacher. Sadly, her teacher salary isn't enough for anything close to her dream apartment. After looking at some very scary options, her realtor/aunt suggests a unique living arrangement.
Another client, Tyler, needs a roommate who will care for his dog while he travels for work and who will do a bit of cleaning as well instead of paying rent. The only caveat is that he was burned by his last relationship and only wants someone with no chance of pursuing him. Madison pretends to still be in a solid relationship because she really needs somewhere to live, and it soon becomes clear how little she knows about cleaning.
But she has a big heart, great intentions, and wins over the dog. Will Tyler be able to follow his own rules?
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