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Loathe at First Sight

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Melody Joo is thrilled to land her dream job as a video game producer, but her new position comes with its share of challenges. Namely, an insufferable CEO and a team that consists of mostly male co-workers who make the term “misogyny” pale in comparison to their obnoxious comments. Then there’s the infuriating—yet distractingly handsome—MBA intern Nolan MacKenzie, a.k.a. ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Avon
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Jan 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Melanie by: Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
this looks like EVERYTHING i'd ever want

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Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
Enemies to lovers? Video games? Office romance? I need.
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Jul 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
sign me up for all the books with kdrama plots
Suzanne Park
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Kester Grant
Jul 19, 2019 added it
Shelves: romance
the most amazing title ever... cant wait to read
Janet Rundquist
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much to love about this book. I loved Melody so much, who works her butt off to prove herself in a profession dominated by white males: the gaming industry. It was easy to share all of the emotions of frustration and anger of the racist, misogynistic environment of Melody's workplace because it was all spot on. And then, those victory moments came when I wanted to high five Melody because she is all kinds of smart, savvy, and funny. TBH, I think the title is misleading because while there is ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Besides being funny and romantic, which it absolutely is, LOATHE AT FIRST SIGHT gives us a smart heroine who's easy to love. Melody Joo is a video game producer new to her job at Seventeen Studios. Early on, she jokes with a female coworker about fighting the patriarchy by making a video game about male strippers in a post-apocalyptic world. Although she was only kidding, before she knows it, the idea's been passed to the board of Seventeen Studios, and it's quickly named their next big thing. ...more
Great on representation of women and WOC in particular in gaming. Such a slow burn, though, that it almost didn't feel like a romance. The H & h were hardly together at all!
Whitney Schneider
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this book and loved it! It’s an empowering read with charming characters and a lot of comedy! I couldn’t help but root for Melody as she tackled creating a video game in her male-dominated workplace. Suzanne Park does a great job of creating a realistic character anyone can identify with, and she kept me laughing the entire time. I can’t wait for this to hit shelves so I can read it again!
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
You can't deny that the title is the perfect description for enemies to lovers.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yes, there is a romance here, but more than that, this is a story of a woman fighting to succeed in a male-dominated career. Melody Joo is a Korean-American woman employed by a video game company. When a game idea that starts as a joke is taken seriously, she finds herself leading a team in the creation of a new, female-centric first person shooter game featuring male strippers and female warriors fighting zombies, vampires, and aliens. It only takes a bit of leaked intel to the online gaming ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to receive an early copy of this book and it did not disappoint! I laughed...a LOT. Suzanne Park's novel is effortlessly funny and entertaining, while also fully immersing readers in the world of tech & gaming (the good and the terrible). I couldn't help but root for Melody, who was brave and messy and wonderful. My heart ached reading about the alarming sexism and racism she experienced simply by trying to do her job. There were some turns at the end I didn't see coming. I ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

Melody, a game designer is put in charge of creating a game she made up on a lark. She becomes attracted to an intern, who is also the boss’ son. Meanwhile, she starts to get trolled and doxed by racists and misogynists. Melody is smart and organized and despite being worn down, always meets her deadlines with the help of some supportive co workers and friends. This was smartly told and conveys the hardships in working in a toxic environment.

I received an arc from the publisher but all
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Do I want this book? Yes...
Do I really need it? HELL YEAH!! August is way too far away
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park is misnamed. It should be Annoyance at First Sight. The loathing must be directed to her boss Ian and her office mate Asher.

The focus of this book is the toxic work environment that is the tech/gaming industry. This environment is toxic to women and especially to women of color. Melody Joo fights to keep her head above the sludge that gets sent her way through coworkers and Internet trolls who hide behind their anonymous user names.

The romance part of this
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
A pretty solid romance with a bit of humor. This story has you rooting for the main character and hoping for the fall of the antagonist...because they are just so frustratingly mean and more. 3.5 stars
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Melody so, so much. This is such a fantastic book
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Suzanne Park is a Korean-American writer who was born and raised in Tennessee. In her former life as a stand-up comedian, she was a finalist in the Oxygen Network's "Girls Behaving Badly" talent search, and appeared on BET's