'I wanted to see if you noticed.' 'I've always noticed.'
I stumbled on this book and, after reading the synopsis, immediately bought it. And boy did I not regret that. This book is one of those books that you will read every summer without it ever getting boring. It's a cute, funny summer read. This was the first book I read by Sally Thorne, but it definitely makes me look at other books of her.
Lucy Hutton, baker-of-cakes, charming assistant and professional 'nice girl', is waging war. She's got the whole office on her side - except for tall, dark and charmless Joshua Templeman. He's been nothing but hostile since the moment they met and now it feels like nothing matters as much as taking him down.
Trapped together under the fluorescent lights, they become entrenched in an addictive rivalry. There's the Staring Game, The Mirror Game, The HR Game. Lucy can't let Joshua beat her at anything, especially when a huge promotion comes up for grabs.
Finally she's going to destroy the man she can't seem to get out of her office, the man she hates, the man who's taking up far too much space in her head. If Lucy wins, she'll be Joshua's boss. If she loses, she'll resign. The race is on - but the real games have only just begun...
This book is basically perfect. It has such witty comebacks, funny and awkward (and okay, sexy) situations, and a great ending. Every character is well out-thought and brings something to the story. You can feel the hatred and tension between Lucy and Joshua, Sally Thorne did a great job writing those scenes.
Thorne also did a fabulous job with creating cliche situations and giving it original plottwists.
I will probably read this book a thousand times more, because it's so great. It reads really fluently, especially in the sun ;). You should definitely give this book a chance, even when you may not like cliches. (Do those people exists, though? Who doesn't like cliches?)
Great news, btw! This book will be turned into a movie! However things have been uncertain due to Corona, but hopefully the movie will still happen. If the movie will happen, it will star; Lucy Hale as Lucy Hutton and Robbie Amell as Joshua Templemen, which is a great fit I think.
An absolute 5 stars for this amazing book by Sally Thorne.