Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Book Review - The Hating Game

Today I am reviewing The Hating Game by Talli Roland. Talli had a successful eBook launch last year and today the book is newly available in paperback. To celebrate the release I am reviewing the book.  

The Hating Game - Talli Roland

When man-eater Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she's confident she'll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she's perfected from years of her love 'em and leave 'em dating strategy. After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy £50,000 prize? Plenty, Mattie discovers, when it's revealed that the contestants are four of her very unhappy exes. Can Mattie confront her past to get the prize money she so desperately needs, or will her exes finally wreak their long-awaited revenge? And what about the ambitious TV producer whose career depends on stopping her from making it to the end? I found this book a very easy relaxing read. Mattie was likeable even though she had very obvious flaws. She discarded people easily and gave little thought to their feelings but as the book progressed you began to understand why and see her in a different light. The humour from each of the dates is well written and amusing as previous bad dating decisions come back to haunt Mattie. The other characters in the book have obviously been well thought out as much as the protagonist. I particularly liked the hapless Nate as he continually attempted to show what great producer material he was while all the time failing in the false light of Baz Johnson.

The will they, won't they scenario is well played out throughout the book as exes come back from the past. Which one will you be rooting for and do they get the girl. Definitely worth checking out the pages of this girly chick-lit.

As for small sausages, I don't think I will ever look at one the same way again. 

Overall a quick page turning girly read. 


  1. Thank you so much for the review! I really appreciate you taking the time to read my novel. And I'm sorry to have destroyed small sausages for you! :)

  2. You're very welcome Talli. I loved reading it and wish you so much luck with the paperback sales.

  3. I'm with you... I loved this book, but I definitely won't ever be able to eat another cocktail sausage as long as I live. =)

  4. India - It really was a great read wasn't it. I'd hate to have to answer to a woman like her though!

    Ranae - It definitely was.