A review copy of The Ex Talk was generously provided by Berkley Publishing Group
Earlier this year, I read Rachel Lynn Solomon’s delightful YA contemporary romance, Today Tonight Tomorrow – a book about a girl who aspires to be a romance author. Naturally, when I found out she had her adult romance debut coming out, I ran to request it from Netgalley. The Ex Talk might just be her best book yet.
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.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To. I’m really terrible for making TBR lists and then never following through on them. Here are a very small selection of the books still on my TBR that I skipped last year.
Do you ever pick up a book because it has a ton of hype, just to find it falls short of your expectations? I usually avoid popular books when they’re new releases for exactly this reason – but I made an exception for The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I’ve seen it splashed all over blogs and bookstagram, and everyone seemed to be loving it.
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.
Everyone who reads romance has a favorite kind of meet cute – my personal favorite is when two characters distinctly don’t like each other when they meet – and they take the time to slowly warm up to each other. Would Like to Meet takes a different approach to the traditional meet cute: instead of just one, this book explores all of the popular types of meet cutes.
In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back–but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn’t believe in happily ever after?
After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.
The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.
But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she’ll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies–and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Resolutions/ Hopes for 2021. After last year, I definitely have higher expectations for 2021 and my resolutions definitely reflect that.
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