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Hot Desk

We’re living in different times. Working life is not the same – with people either working from home or hot desking. I was glad to see a book set in these times – touching upon issues that a new working environment involves and throwing in some good romance in the mix! Hot Desk was an enjoyable read!

Hot Desk

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?

Purchase Links for the Book: HarperCollins UK | Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | Book Depository

My Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Alice having struggled to deal with working from home in the apartment she shares with others, is excited to be called back to the office. However, her excitement is short-lived as she learns she will have to hot desk with Jamie, a guy she has a bit of history with.

She wonders what’s going to become of all the stuff she displays on her desk. But Jamie is surprisingly amenable to sharing a desk with her. Then the post-it notes and other thoughtful gestures start to appear. She begins to respond. And though she doesn’t meet Jamie in person at first, this soon changes.

This quirky girl who is very vulnerable after a break up with a guy who tried to change her is suddenly drawn into a relationship with Jamie. That is until he mysteriously starts to pull back. What’s he hiding? Will they be able to find happiness with each other despite everything?

I love how Alice slowly learns to assert herself with her sister, her flat mates and with her ex!

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced, humorous read which dealt with a few serious issues such as a need for space and assertiveness in relationships.

I will certainly be on the look out for more books from Zara.

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.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @ZaraStoneley

Instagram: zarastoneley



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A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A creativity coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. I write about life, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. An avid reader, I review books at and offer coaching to writers and bloggers and anyone looking to explore their creativity at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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