Book tour stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Hot Desk, a romcom novel written by Zara Stoneley.
First thing first, let me thank Rachel and the publisher, HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET 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?
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: Pretty. It fits the theme and carries a whimsical note too,
Meet Alice: a woman who loves her job, doesn’t like to share her things, and has an annoying ex.
Meet Jamie: a man who has some secrets, doesn’t mind sharing, and is not that enthusiastic to return to the office.
They both work for the same company, and when they’re forced to hot desk, they start communicating via notes. The idea behind it is as cute as it sounds, the catalyst of a relationship that may or may not be what they both need and want.
As I was saying yesterday, romance tends to be the ugly duckling of literary genres. I don’t agree with that. It’s true, no one goes in expecting anything else than a happy ending, but what matters the most is the journey. The destination is a given; the journey can be twisted, intense, full of false flags, linear—you write it right and readers will love you. Stoneley is aware of that, it seems, because Alice and Jamie have to navigate through a lot of obstacles before reaching a safe harbor.
Written in first person POV, Alice’s trail of thoughts is torrential in places, which is maybe the only detail I didn’t like.
Her style is fresh and funny, her characters engaging; Stoneley knows how to write and is not afraid to do so.
MEET 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.
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