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Book Review: Hot Desk


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?


After working from home during the lockdown, Alice returns to the office she and her colleagues learn that they are switching to flexible working and hot desking. From now on she will be sharing a desk with Jamie. Alice likes to decorate her desk with personal items whereas Jamie is quite happy to sweep his work life into a box at the end of the day. Alice is obsessed with her desk as it is the only space in her life where she has her own stuff. If you can be stubborn in work, why not use that assertiveness in your home-life?

Jamie also enjoys teasing Alice though she is rather confused about how she feels about him. So, they begin communicating via post-it-note.

A sweet romantic comedy that developed along predictable lines; though it does explore Alice’s insecurities and her bonds with her sisters along the way. There’s also Dave, her on-and-off boyfriend, who is a real piece of work. Like seriously the first point of call is phoning the police with the way he goes on.

Alice rambles so much it’s literally her every single thought crammed in this which was annoying mostly. Also, if you’re mentioning lockdown within a novel. Mention hand sanitising. That is the biggest thing from the start of this whole thing. No reference in the slightest to it, so why mention the whole lockdown or working from home in the first place? It defeats the purpose.

Overall, a pleasant enough romance that was quite heartwarming.

3/5 Stars

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