The Ex Talk

The Ex Talk

“The thing about someone is that it doesn’t happen just once. It happens every time you do something great you wish they could see, every time you’re stuck and you need advice. Every time you fail. It erodes your sense of normal, and what grows back is decidedly not normal, and yet you still have to figure out how to trudge forward.”

Thank you, Berkley Publishing for gifting me a copy of The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon!

“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.”

If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud romance, then this is the book for you! I recently read this one as I was in desperate need of some light reading after a tough week and it was just what I needed. I haven’t read any of the author’s Young Adult books, but I think she did a marvelous job with her romantic comedy debut!

“Storytelling. Lying. There’s a blurry line between them.”

In my opinion, some sections could have been shortened as they didn’t add much to the growth of the storyline. I, also, was looking for a little more depth from Dominic Yun’s character – he was a favorite of mine and I wanted more about him. In all honesty, this could be because I am so accustomed to romances told from a dual-narrative, giving me a glance into the minds of each character.

I have always been interested in the way that radio shows/podcasts are hosted and produced. I think it takes a specific personality to dive into that world and become successful. I loved the idea behind The Ex Talk and would tune in to listen if this were a real radio show.

Also, I have to give praise to the author for having the main character adopt a dog from the animal shelter – I’ve noticed a few books incorporating this into their storylines and I’m all for it!

Overall, I would recommend this to all my fellow rom-com lovers out there! I look forward to diving into more of Solomon’s backlisted titles and am anxiously awaiting what she comes up with next!

The Ex Talk will be published on January 26, 2021, and can be pre-ordered now!

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