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Blog Tour | Review | New Rules by Lily Hayden

An interesting take on the challenges faced by women in the workplace.

Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Blog Tour for New Rules by Lily Hayden.

Our thanks to the author and Rachel Random Resources for the advanced reader’s copy. 

New Rules is a workplace women’s fiction with a hint of romance.

Book Details

Title: New Rules by Lily Hayden.
Pages: 249
Publication Date: Independently published (June 14, 2020)
Language: English

Book Description:

Kate Miller has it all; a glittering career, a wonderful home life and a promotion in the bag. She knows the rules for success, and nothing will stop her from getting to where she wants to be.Ellie Stephens, on the other hand, can’t catch a break; she’s trapped in a vicious circle of dead-end jobs and red-flag relationships until she’s paired with Kate in their company’s brand-new mentoring scheme.Ellie just can’t seem to get to grips with Kate’s ruthless recipe for success no matter how hard she tries, leaving her wondering if she’s the problem. Two new men in her life, affable-but-mysterious Freddie and Kate’s drop-dead gorgeous ex Liam try to help her muddle through and figure out how to get ahead.Meanwhile, Kate’s perfect life is unravelling and where once everything she touched turned to gold, it’s suddenly falling apart. Her work nemesis is throwing obstacles in her way at every turn, her home life is in tatters and her first love is suddenly back in her life. Kate is more confused than ever; is it time to break those rules?

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Kate was a workaholic. She worked in a very competitive environment and was fighting with a male colleague for a much-coveted promotion.

When a client forces the company to start a diversity program, both Kate and her colleague are enlisted to tutor some junior employees. Their boss implied that the tutor of the most successful employee would get the promotion.

For Kate’s despair, while her colleague got the smartest employee, she was settled with the less than bright Ellie.

I have to say I disliked Kate, and I guess that is what the author expected of me. I’m all in for women to focus on their careers, but she was way out of the mark. She was disrespectful to Ellie and not a very good spouse or parent.

Despite that, I admired her resilience and competitivity. Her flaws made her a better character.

Ellie is a fascinating character. She is intelligent but unable to focus. She keeps crawling back to an ex-boyfriend who is a complete jerk. I felt very sorry for her. Her shyness and overall introspective personality caused her to be misjudged and overlooked.

The story dissects the various challenges experienced by women in the workplace.

While Kate had to juggle career, marriage, and children and still be able to show up for drinks with the partners and clients; Ellie had to deal with unwanted male attention, and to be discounted as a pretty face and nothing more.

Very interesting read

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Lily Hayden writes chick lit with a kick.

Modern day women want modern day heroines and Lily’s characters want sizzling romance, rewarding careers and equal partnerships, but like all of us, they face many challenges and it isn’t always easy.

A mother to four children, Lily graduated with a degree in Business in her hometown in South Wales and enjoyed a successful career in Financial Services before fulfilling a lifelong ambition to write books.

Her debut novel Butterflies, a heartwarming alternative to the traditional boy-meets-girl story, was released in 2018, reaching readers all over the world and she is the author of five books, including a Young Adult Dystopian novel Project Terra under the alias SJ Woods (because who doesn’t love a bit of action and defeating bad guys every now and again).

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