Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: Cute for a contemporary book, makes it fun and whimsical.
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
While reading this, I kept thinking, “This would be a great romantic-comedy movie adaptation!” I REALLY hope this book turns into a movie, I think it would be super cute and super fun!
There are many many aspects of this story that would make it a cute movie and the fact that is was a cute idea and story. Anybody to knows me or has followed me enough knows I LOVE enemies-to-lovers type stories and this is it.
This book starts off with Lucy a pretty curly haired woman who is a people pleaser. In her mind she doesn’t do anything wrong and tries her hardest to make sure everyone is happy and likes her. That is just how she is and how she likes to do things. When her company merges with another she is faced with complete opposites. The “other side” are quiet, brooding, suit wearing, type people. So throughout the whole office there is a tension and tightness when it comes to working with them. Because of two CEO’s there are also to executive assistants. Lucy and Joshua.
Joshua is the opposite of Lucy and takes joy in annoying her. They have these “games” where they basically pit their will against the other and see who wins. Sometimes it’s Joshua and sometimes it’s Lucy. Where Lucy is all colors and unpredictable in her fashion sense, Joshua is all same colors, same style, neat and predictable.
This has a Pride and Prejudice sort of feel to it as there is a lot of judgments, prejudices, and yes need I say? Pride? yes, that too. When a very surprising and unpredictable encounter in the elevator happens between these two it sets everything off and sets things into motion hat neither could predict.
SO why then did I only give it 3 stars? Well, for ME anyway it just sort of became a little difficult for me to like the characters after a certain point in the book. It lost the spark it had at the beginning of the book while trying to mesh the story and these two characters together. I STILL think it would be a GREAT chick-flick movie and hope it turns into one. But when it comes to the story the characters sort of fell flat and the story behind joshua a little cliché.
Regardless I still enjoyed it overall it just sort-of fell flat for me sadly and that very well may be because of me and not anything to do with the book.
Sexual Content: heavy (detailed sex scene)