So, let me start off by saying that I had a very strange reading experience with this book. The blurb had me so excited that I preordered the Kindle edition and started reading on release day. But… I found the heroine to be extremely off-putting, and I set the book aside pretty quickly. Not necessarily as a DNF, but I certainly wasn’t loving it the way I expected to. A few weeks later, the audio version became available at the library – and I literally jumped at the chance to get reading again. The initial enthusiasm I had for the book returned full force, and I got listening. But… wow, the narrator’s voice did not help me like the heroine any better. I abandoned the audiobook a short time later and went back to the Kindle edition, because, yes, I was still feeling this book. And things went much, much smoother from there.
I guess what I’m saying is that this gets off to a rocky start. Neither character is particularly likable at the beginning, though I at least felt like Dominic was giving off some adorably swoony hero vibes. Shay is the kind of heroine who will take awhile to grow on you, and she will likely continue to give you reasons to dislike her along the way. Once you’ve reached a certain point in the story, you’ll understand that her personality is one of the things that makes this book feel so unique and gives it some extra depth, but it takes awhile to get there. The best parts of the book happen once you settle in – the great banter, the sweet yet sexy tone, the chemistry – it all comes later. So, for me, the first third is sort of unbearably annoying, but the other two-thirds are really great. It’s absolutely a fresh, interesting debut with a ton of potential, and I would not hesitate to read more from the author. The storyline is original and the characters’ perspectives are distinct. That alone makes this a worthwhile read – if you can get past the beginning.
Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.
Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.
When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.
As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.
About the Author:
Rachel Lynn Solomon writes, tap dances, and collects lipstick in Seattle, Washington. Her romance and YA novels include THE EX TALK (January 2021), TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW, and YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE. Once she helped set a Guinness World Record for the most natural redheads in one place. You can find her online at rachelsolomonbooks.com and on Twitter and Instagram @rlynn_solomon.
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