by Zara Stoneley
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Published August 31st, 2021
About the Book:
Same desk, different days.
A post-it note is just the beginning…
Alice loves her job and wants to keep it – whatever the price. But then she’s told the company is switching to flexible working and hot desking…Alice’s desk might look a mess, but she knows exactly where everything is. Or she did. Until she found out she’s going to share it with the most annoying guy in the office.
Jamie can work from anywhere. He’s quite happy to sweep his work life into a box at the end of the working day. But can sharing a desk with Alice be as much fun as teasing her in person?
With no option but to try it and see, will their relationship turn into open warfare or will it ever progress beyond a post-it note?
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Zara Stoneley was born in a small village in the UK. She wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up.
After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true, and more than half a million copies of her books have now been sold worldwide.
She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.
Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo, a cocker spaniel puppy and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat.
Hot Desk is tricky for me to review because where it starts weak, Stoneley finds her groove in writing, and it quickly gathers momentum into a book to love. Alice has spent so much time putting herself last that she doesn’t quite know how to stand up for herself. Used to a sister who takes advantage of Alice’s lack of boundaries and a controlling boyfriend trying to mold Alice into his ideal, she learns how to find her strength and voice.
As I stated at the start of my review, and I’ve seen other reviewers mention, Alice’s constant running internal monologue at the beginning of the book is a bit tough to get through. If the thought occurs, we, as the readers, hear it. But then we meet Jamie, and their friendship unfolds. If there ever was a book boyfriend for readers, it’s Jamie. Except for a few hiccups, he’s pretty ideal and a perfect balance to Alice. I cheered her on as she found her voice and the strength to set some desperately needed boundaries. Overall, this was an enjoyable read.
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