The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Romantic Comedy, Enemies to Lovers, Office Romance
Steam Level: Turning the Heat Up
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 careersGoodreads
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Last week I reviewed Shipped, an enemies to lovers office romantic comedy. This week I have another one, The Ex Talk, and if you have to read one, make it The Ex Talk.
The Ex Talk might be my favorite romantic comedy read of the year! Yes, I realize it is only January; that’s how much I loved this book. I loved the public radio setting, and the premise seemed believable. Because let’s face it, so often in romance, the premises are a little far fetched. My absolute favorite thing in the book is the banter. The chemistry that Shay and Dominic have is amazing! I loved all of their interactions, and even now, having finished it, I still want more of them. Shay is tough and funny, and the type of main character I love. And Dominic is super swoon-worthy! He’s smart and cocky, but also sensitive.
The plot was original and extremely entertaining. It is a new take on the fake dating trope. Obviously, the whole idea of lying about a relationship on NPR isn’t ideal. But you can tell that both Shay and Dominic feel weird about it too. I can also understand why they did it. I think the unethical part of the storyline made me like it more. It made the story believable and gave a real conflict.
I will be recommending The Ex Talk to anyone who will listen. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.