Friday, September 3, 2021

Book Review: Hot Desk

By Sara Steven

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? (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon)

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of the term, “hot desk” until reading Hot Desk! After learning more about the premise behind it, and then later finding out that Alice would have to share her workspace with none other than Jamie, I knew I’d be in for a treat! 

Jamie could easily be described as her work nemesis, and for good reason: There is obvious baggage going on between the two of them, on top of deeply seeded unfinished business that Alice is very aware of, even if Jamie isn’t. Then there’s the fact that Alice has a tough time with being assertive with others, particularly when someone feels the need to take advantage of her. While Jamie doesn’t seem to come off as the type of guy who would ever want to intentionally do that, it gets hard for Alice to distinguish between  what’s genuine and what’s fake. I appreciated seeing the strides Alice takes, not just with Jamie but with everyone in her life. 

The post-it note angle was really sweet and funny, providing an even more in-depth look into Alice and Jamie; their personalities, their motives, and what makes them tick as individuals and frenemies. I also liked the addition of what we’re all dealing with right now--dreaded Covid. It made the scenarios even more believable, and fit in with the current atmosphere of life as we all know it. It was nice to have that back and forth, will they won’t they cliffhanger, determining whether Alice and Jamie could ever become more than just two people who hot desk. The highlights though, for me, really were the moments when we got to see Alice connect the dots on finding ways to be the happiest she can be in her own life, without putting everyone else ahead of her own wants and needs. I am always a sucker for a good character evolution story, and Hot Desk provided that in abundance.

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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. 

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