The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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A review copy of The Ex Talk was generously provided by Berkley Publishing Group

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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.

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You Have a Match by Emma Lord

You have a match by emma lord

Thank you to Wednesday Books for providing me with a review copy of You Have a Match

You have a match by emma lord

After reading Tweet Cute earlier this year, I knew I would be definitely picking up whatever Emma Lord wrote next. In her first book, every page was packed with charm and heart (and a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches). When the lovely folks at Wednesday Books gave me the opportunity to read her new book, You Have a Match, I don’t think I’ve ever clicked a Netgalley widget quite that fast.

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.

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Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin for sending me a review copy of Ten Rules for Faking It!

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While romance books are definitely my favorite genre of books, there isn’t usually a lot of mental health representation. When I found out that Ten Rules for Faking It had a female lead with anxiety, I couldn’t wait to dive in and finally enjoy a rom-com with good anxiety representation and a Bachelorette style twist.

What happens when your love life becomes the talk of the town?

As birthdays go, this year’s for radio producer Everly Dean hit rock-bottom.

Worse than the “tonsillectomy birthday.” Worse than the birthday her parents decided to split (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?

Even clichés sting.

But this is Everly’s year! She won’t let her anxiety hold her back. She’ll pitch her podcast idea to her boss.

There’s just one problem.

Her boss, Chris, is very cute. (Of course). Also, he’s extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?

And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).

That’s three problems.

Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting (Reminder: never leave house again), and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.

Perhaps she’ll make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It.

Because sometimes making the rules can find you happiness when you least expect it.

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This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

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Thank you to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for providing me with a review copy of This Time Next Year!

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I was over the moon when GP Putnam’s Sons reached out to me about reading and reviewing This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens – I had had my eye on this book already because of how great the premise sounded. The book is about two characters with nothing in common (except for being born at the same hospital a minute apart) who keep running into each other – it sounded like Serendipity meets One Day in December and I couldn’t wait to dive in.

Their lives began together, but their worlds couldn’t be more different. After thirty years of missed connections, they’re about to meet again…

Minnie Cooper knows two things with certainty: that her New Year’s birthday is unlucky, and that it’s all because of Quinn Hamilton, a man she’s never met. Their mothers gave birth to them at the same hospital just after midnight on New Year’s Day, but Quinn was given the cash prize for being the first baby born in London in 1990–and the name Minnie was meant to have, as well. With luck like that, it’s no wonder each of her birthdays has been more of a disaster than the one before.

When Minnie unexpectedly runs into Quinn at a New Year’s party on their mutual thirtieth birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has continued to favor him. The gorgeous, charming business owner truly seems to have it all–while Minnie’s on the brink of losing her pie-making company and her home. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each fraught encounter leaves them both wanting more?

A moving, joyful love story, This Time Next Year explores the way fate leads us to the people we least expect–no matter what the odds.

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A Highlander is Coming to Town by Laura Trentham

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A review copy was generously provided by St Martin’s Press

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As I head into the eighth month of my work from home and self isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve found myself looking forward to holidays a lot more. Needless to say, I’ve been gearing up for Christmas extra early this year and was very excited to get the opportunity to read and review A Highlander is Coming To Town.

You better watch out. . .

Holt Pierson is dreading Christmas. His parents absconded to Florida for the season and left him to handle the family farm which will be his one day―whether he wants it or not. Driven by duty, Holt has always followed the path expected of him. But lately, he’s been questioning what he wants and where he belongs. Will assuming the responsibility of the Pierson farm make him happy or is there something―or someone―else out in the wider world calling to him?


To Claire Smythe, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to hide . . .until a very handsome and deeply curious Holt begins to ask all the questions Claire doesn’t want to answer. As Holt draws Claire out from under and into the fabric of small-town life, can Claire put the past behind her and embrace the unexpected gifts of the season―including the new and lasting love?

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