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Hostile Workplace, A Breaking the Rules Novel by [Madden, A.M.]
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Sam Stanton knows these simple facts:
~ He is a great catch—successful, smart, gorgeous…but the wrong woman caught him.
~ He has the perfect girl who is madly in love with him.
~ He wasted six years of his life by playing it safe.
~ He is damn good at his job and intends to keep climbing the ladder.
~ He can’t get her off his mind or out of his heart—no matter how hard he tries.

But, what he doesn’t know is just as important:
~ Will he ever really move on and forget how badly she broke his heart?
~ Should he settle for a sure thing, even knowing it’s the wrong thing?
~ Can he give up his career for a chance at happiness?
~ Does he correct one mistake with another?
~ What would he do if she were to return?

Confused yet? Welcome to Sam Stanton’s life.

Hostile Workplace is a feel good contemporary romantic comedy meant for readers who are 18+ due to mature content.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1784 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: A.M. Madden (6 September 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5 stars.

I’ve been sat staring at my laptop for the past hour trying to figure out where to start with my review. All I can come up with is I LOVE THIS BOOK AND I LOVE SAM STANTON.

Sam is brilliant at his job and is right where he wants to be in all aspects of his life – or so he pretends to be. Six years ago the love of his life left him and as much as he thinks he is over her, he clearly isn’t. He’s in a safe relationship and spends most of his time in the office being an ass to his work colleagues but getting the job done. That is until Lydia, the one who shattered his heart, walks into his office.

As their worlds collide, can the two of them reconcile their differences and get along for the sake of their jobs or is there just too much hostility between them to work in the same city, let alone the same company.

This book can be read as a standalone and does feature slightly Sam’s younger sister Rebecca who we met in Love on the Horizon. I can’t say too much about the book without giving away spoilers. What I can say is that Ann Marie knows how to write complex and intriguing characters who you will both fall in love with and dislike with a passion. The alternative POV’s help to weave the story of 2 people who might be perfect for each but just don’t realise it. There is everything you need in this book for a 5 star read and this just cements her place as an author who I will always one click without any hesitation.
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Hostile Workplace is the second book in the Breaking the Rules series, and can be read as a standalone. That being said the main character in this book, Sam Stanton is the brother to Rebecca in the previous book. Sam is handsome, sexy, very career oriented, and in a safe relationship, as in zero percent chance of getting his heart broken again. Six years ago that is exactly what happened when he was in a relationship with Lydia Wilson, and he has never gotten over that. Lydia Wilson is independent, sexy, strong willed and just as career oriented as Sam. What happens when these two ex-lovebirds are thrown back together will have you laughing, crying, loving and hating. I swear one of the characters in this book made me want to strangle them and at the same time made me feel sorry for them. Well that should tell you how this book is, it takes your emotions on a roller coaster ride that doesn't let up until the very end.
I have read everything that A.M. Madden has written and the books just keep getting better, and this series is one of the hottest and most romantic yet. Do yourself a favor and read this one, I highly recommend it.
I am giving this one 5 "red flag" stars only because it won't let me go any higher!!

I am hoping that Sam's best friend Liam gets a book of his own, that would be very interesting, considering that Sam owes him a quite a few paybacks.
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I love it! I am a huge fan of Love/Hate stories especially if it has a pompous Alpha-man and l LOVE Hostile Workplace. It was captivating from the very first line. The way the story flowed beautifully by explaining the past while intriguing us in the present had me glued to the pages!
The characters in this story will grab at you heartstrings, especially Sam who is an arrogant a@@hole and at times while reading Hostile Workplace I was thinking really dude, geez! But he has a heart of gold and is loyal and loving to those he cares for even his best friend Liam who with his quirky sense of humor had me laughing out loud a few times while reading.
Hostile Workplace turns up the heat in this series, it was HOT! HOT! HOT! The ambivalence and sexual tension between Sam & Lydia was passionate and intense. The perfect recipe for a great romance! Their story is one you wish had an epilogue of 500+ pages because you just don't want to let go of this story.
Family dynamics, Turmoil and the Sexy Sensuality make Hostile Workplace one of best books written by AM Madden.
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By Yvonne on 25 September 2016
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I really enjoyed this book. The story flowed well and i was consumed with so many different emotions. Definitely worth a read
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Emotional Hot Roller Coaster Ride! 6 September 2016
By SylC - Published on
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Once again AM Madden delivers a beautifully well written book. Hostile Workplace consumed me from the first page to the last. I wasn’t prepared for the emotional roller coaster ride or the twists and turns that would take place. Let's not forget that you will also get some hot scenes.

We are introduced to Sam Stanton who is hot as hell, successful, and is determined to climb the corporate ladder. You will definitely fall in love with him but at times he will frustrate you. He has a fiancé named Ginny which he’s just comfortable with since she’s not the person who his heart belongs to. Everyone around him knows that he hasn’t moved on but somehow he’s in denial until an unexpected reunion makes him question everything.

Lydia on the other hand, walks back into Sam’s life when a job opportunity arises. She finds it as the perfect occasion to seek revenge for her broken heart. This reunion makes her question her feelings and she’s at a loss on how she will handle everything.

There are so many things that happen throughout the book that are so unexpected. You will experience the deceitfulness & manipulation of a certain character that will make you question the extreme people will go through in order to hold onto a person.

Will either of them be able to forget the heartbreak they suffered? You have to read this one in order to find out if they overcome the things that kept them apart. You definitely won’t be disappointed, and I look forward to reading more from AM Madden which will hopefully Liam’s book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M Madden books deserves more than 5 stars because she doesn't disappoint. She can spin a Web of words that ... 7 September 2016
By Sassy Southern Book Blog - Published on
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Ok I really wish we could give more than 5 stars because 5 stars just doesn't cut it anymore for some books and this one is another one. Actually all of A.M Madden books deserves more than 5 stars because she doesn't disappoint. She can spin a Web of words that will draw you in from the first word until the last word and you still want more. This is the second book in Breaking the Rules Series and it can be read as a standalone but the first one is so good I would read it first anyways. And you get just a taste of Sam in it too. Sam is a great catch,he thinks he has the perfect girl who loves him but he's been playing it safe. He can't get her out of his mind or his heart. He finds out some secrets that has been kept from him. Ok I'm trying to find the right words to describe some of the feelings I had while reading this book. One is hawt,lord have mercy this has some of the hotest parts that A.M has probably written.!!!! I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to beat the crap out of a certain someone that you will just have to find out on your own and trust me you will know.
The characters where well developed you get a real sense of what they felt and what they are feeling.What they went through what they are still going through and what they are trying to get through. I can't wait for more of this series and I highly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this second chance at love! 7 September 2016
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Oh my goodness- I love nothing more than having a smile on my face when I close a book, and that's just what happened with Hostile Workplace!

Sam’s happily living his life- he’s got an incredible job, a wonderful family, and a loving and devoted girlfriend. But appearances can be deceiving, and the life Sam’s been living is about to be thrown into an uproar. Everything he thought he knew has been tossed out the window as deception and secrets are revealed, and his past infiltrates his present.

Sam and Lydia have spent the past six years believing the worst about each other, and now that a fantastic work opportunity has them pitted against each other they need to somehow find a way to get past all the anger and animosity. The chemistry between them was truly off the charts- 6 years disappeared in minutes once they were back in each other’s presence. Sam and Lydia are one of those couples that you really want to be together! They fit together, they’re just meant to be. I wanted them to figure out their shizz and kiss and make up!

I loved Sam. On the surface you have this dominate, commanding, put-together businessman, but when you dig a little deeper you find a vulnerable guy who really has been just existing since he lost the love of his life once they graduated from high school. Lydia's a strong, feisty, determined woman. But like Sam, there's been something missing in her life too. My heart hurt for them when everything was revealed- 6 years to have been apart, and for what?!?

Can we talk about Cooper and Liam for just a minute? I’m not sure which of these fellas I like more, but I’m really hoping we are going to get both of their stories!

Even though I wasn’t sure I was going to end up with that smile on my face, I should have known better than to be worried- A.M. Madden has written such a compelling and completely engaging second chance love story. Hostile Workplace is a steamy, moving, and captivating book, full of emotion that will have you flipping the pages, waiting and hoping for that happily ever after!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's a fine line between hate and love.... 7 September 2016
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I loved Hostile Workplace. A.M. Madden wove a complex tale that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions.

Sam Stanton, our hero, will break your heart, make you laugh and pick up your pom-poms so that you can cheer him on. His life hasn't turned out as he'd planned, but Sam doesn't let that deter him from his ultimate goal. He's a focused businessman ready to climb the corporate ladder determined not to get stuck on any rungs on the way up - namely women.

Lydia was Sam's first love and like many of us, first loves are not easily forgotten. For years she's been out of his life, but never out of his mind. Several circumstances played a part in their destruction as a couple. Some weren't fair and some were cruel. It makes you ask yourself, "Is all fair in love and war?" Sam and Lydia's relationship proves there is a paper thin line between hate and love.'

It was wonderful revisiting with the Stanton family and of course, Marco Puglia. We're also introduced to Sam's best friend, Liam, who will make you laugh out loud. I've claimed him and have been begging AM Madden to write his book. #LiamIsMine

Now, let me tell you about what happened to Sam and Lydia. OMG! At the end when Sam....on second thought, read it for yourself. You won't be sorry.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam the hottie in the office being... 7 September 2016
By Amber - Published on
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Can I say I loved this book from the first chapter, I was hooked and needed more. You have Sam and Lydia who were high school sweethearts and broke one another's hearts. Same tried to move on with his life but compared everyone to his X. Ginny was there but she was just a replacement "safe" you could say. While Lydia was half way across the country doing her own thing. Everything started when Liam (Sam's best friend) invited him to their normal hangout at the bar one night and invited some coworkers with. Little did Sam know that this would start a chain of event that will change his life. The emotions in this book were great I couldn't put it down.

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