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.
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Published by Berkley on January 26, 2021
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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Shay Goldstein has worked at Pacific Public Radio in Seattle for nearly a decade. Her late father sparked her devotion to radio programming and her connection to that job consoles her as she continues to grieve his loss.
Dominic Yun is fresh out of journalism grad school (his mentioning of his master’s degree turns into a running gag) and wants to be known as a serious news reporter.
When PPR needs some fresh ideas to stay afloat, Shay pitches the idea of a relationship show where two exes talk and give advice on air. Little does she realize her boss thinks the office enemies, Shay and Dominic, would be the ideal hosts.
The show, based upon a lie, quickly gains widespread attention. Then, with close proximity, they begin to fall for each other. Will their listeners accept the “exes” getting together for real this time?
Setting the story in Seattle and within the world of public radio and podcasting is fresh and interesting.
I liked both Shay and Dominic. Their backgrounds were compelling. For a sexy romance there is also depth with issues like racism in our communities and sexism in the workplace, for example.
The Ex Talk, a sexy and fun workplace enemies to lovers story with drama and heart.
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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them. Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance. She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women. She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature. Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers. They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.