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In the USA Today bestseller The Hating Game, Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman truly hate each other—and they don’t care who knows it. Lucy doesn’t understand Joshua’s close-minded, rigorous work style, while Joshua can’t stand Lucy’s eccentric style and go-with-the-flow attitude. The problem is, as executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company, they sit across from each other. When it comes to light that they are up for the same promotion, neither want to back down, even with the similarities and compassion slowly bubbling up between them—so what will become of the game between them?
If you loved The Hating Game by Sally Thorne—now being made into a movie starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell—then you’re clearly a fan of hilarious workplace comedies, particularly enemies-to-lovers reads. So we’ve compiled a list of similar titles to add to your #TBR pile. Enjoy!
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
Naomi and Nicholas are engaged and seemingly on the path for happily ever after. But they can’t stand each other anymore. Both want out, but whoever ends the engagement has to pay for the nonrefundable wedding. The two set off in a battle of pranks and sabotage to force the other one’s hand. But as the wedding approaches, Naomi finds her miserable feelings towards Nicholas changing.
Café Con Lychee by Emery Lee
Theo and Gabriel don’t see eye to eye. Whether it’s about their parents’ rival businesses—an Asian American cafe and a Puerto Rican bakery—or about Gabi’s mistakes on the soccer field, the two are constantly at odds. Gabi is stuck in the closet and afraid to follow his dreams. His only chance at leaving is to make sure his family’s livelihood is safe. But when a new fusion cafe risks both shops, Theo and Gabi realize they have to work together to save their parents’ businesses.
Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
When Carter and Evie meet, they immediately hit it off, despite being powerful agents at two competing firms in Hollywood. But when their companies merge, Carter and Evie are both up for the same position and the spark between them is extinguished. A potential romance turns into a war of sabotage. But is that what they both want? Or are they looking for something more in their competitive and cutthroat world?
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Shay Goldstein has been a radio show producer for ten years, and she loves it. Dominic Yun recently completed a master’s program in journalism and is Shay’s newest co-worker. The two can’t seem to agree on anything and their boss decides they are the perfect co-hosts for a new show concept Shay proposes. On The Ex Talk, Shay and Dominic have to pretend to be exes and offer relationship advice. The show is a huge hit—but as their deception grows bigger, their careers are at risk while feelings become real.
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
Delilah Green has no plans to return to her hometown of Bright Falls and her distant stepfamily. But when her estranged stepsister, Astrid, guilts her into photographing her wedding, Delilah heads back to her former home. When she runs into Claire, a stuck-up friend of Astrid’s, she realizes Bright Falls might have more fun to offer. Delilah is an unwelcome surprise to Claire’s life of running a bookstore and raising her daughter. When the two are thrown together during wedding preparations and a plan to break up Astrid and her awful fiance, Claire realizes she might not be able to resist Delilah—and she might not want to.
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
Catalina needs a date for her sister’s wedding in Spain. Seeing as she’s already told her family she has an American boyfriend, and her ex and his fiancee will be in attendance, showing up alone is not an option. She has four weeks to find a guy in New York willing to fly to Spain with her. Aaron Blackford is her tall and handsome coworker-who she despises. But when he offers to go with Catalina, she has no choice but to accept. And as their fake relationship progresses, she realizes there’s a lot more to him than she ever let herself see.
Set on You by Amy Lea
Crystal Chen is a curvy fitness influencer who breaks gym stereotypes and ignores haters on social media. She finds peace and power in the gym, especially after a recent breakup. Scott Ritchie is a smug firefighter who constantly steals Crystal’s favorite squat rack. Both are extremely competitive as Crystal and Scott fight for gym domination. What they don’t expect is to run into each other at their grandparents’ engagement party. As the wedding approaches, the two bond and form an unexpected connection. But then a photo of them goes viral and vicious internet trolls push their relationship to the ultimate test.
Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins
Dani thought she had found her dream home and man, until her fiance cheated on her with their realtor. Now, Dani wants revenge. So she buys the empty lot right next door with a plan to build a vacation rental that will ruin his view and his peace. But she has to work with Wyatt, a stuck-up and grumpy architect at her firm. As they spend more and more time together, Dani starts to see something real behind Wyatt’s tough exterior. But will her goal of revenge ultimately ruin the chance of something sweeter?
Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei
Mickey James III is a hockey legacy. His father and grandfather have made NHL history, and as the best bet for the top draft spot, Mickey is following a similar path. Jaysen Caulfield is his only competition for that coveted #1 pick. He is frustrating, irritating, and unfortunately for Mickey, his extremely attractive teammate. As their rivalry becomes something else, Mickey has to choose what he’s willing to sacrifice for his future, and what he actually wants that future to look like.
Read Between the Lines by Rachel Lacey
Rosie Taft’s life revolves around books. As the owner of a Manhattan bookstore, she finds peace and comfort in them, but craves her own real-life romance. When she starts flirting online with Brie, a lesbian romance author, things start looking up for her. Jane works for her family’s property development business until she goes home and writes steamy romance novels under a pen name: Brie. She’s been unlucky in love but her new connection with this online reader might be where her luck takes a turn. But then, Jane’s family’s business terminates Rosie’s lease and the two are on opposite sides of this battle. When the truth of their identities comes to light, will they be able to get their happy ending together?
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
Maddie and Theo are both best friends with Alexa but they hate each other. After they let their guards down one night, they can’t stop thinking about one another. It doesn’t help that they’re stuck sharing bridal party responsibilities. Forced to spend time together, they can’t deny the attraction heating up between them despite throwing sharp jabs back and forth. They begin sneaking off behind Alexa’s back to blow off some steam, deciding that this arrangement would end after the wedding. But when it’s pushed up a few months, Maddie and Theo both find themselves wishing for more time. Is their relationship truly just physical? Or is there something more there?
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Nora Stephens is a ruthless literary agent, and definitely not the laidback, girl next door love interest in a typical romance novel. When her sister Libby begs her for a sisters’ getaway trip to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, she reluctantly agrees. Libby wants her sister to go through an enlightening transformation and meet handsome locals, but Nora keeps running into Charlie Lastra, a grumpy book editor from the city. The two have met many times—and it’s never gone well to say the least. But as they’re thrown together again and again, they discover more about themselves and each other than they would’ve ever expected.