Hot Desk by Zara Stoneley

Happy Publishing Day to Hot Desk! Out today 8/31/2021.


Alice and Jamie shared an amazing kiss between strangers at a music festival one day, now two years later they end up working together. Alice is confused about how to act because the kiss was incredibly meaningful for her, while Jamie doesn’t appear to have remember it at all.

Due to Covid, the company they work for is heading into a downturn, and each person is required to work at home for part of the week, while another co-worker works during that time, and they share the desk between the two of them. To Alice’s horror, she gets paired with Jamie to be desk mates.

My thoughts:

There were many things I really enjoyed about this book. This has been the first book I’ve read that has talked openly about the Covid pandemic and the ramifications that have come along with it, which I found refreshing. I also immensely enjoyed the interaction between Alice and Jamie in the form of little post it notes left between the two of them at the desk.

An aspect of the book, that I didn’t think worked was the inner monologue that goes on inside Alice’s head. I feel like she kept having the same epiphanies about herself over and over, and after a time it made me want to skip over her stream of consciousness like meanderings to get back to what
was actually happening in her world.

All in all, I thought it was a sweet and clean romance that brought up issues that I had never read about before. Very original.

Thank you to Netgalley and to One More Chapter publishing for gifting me an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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