The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon | Berkley Publishing {Book Review}

{Thank you to Berkley Publishing for my gifted copy}

The Ex Talk book review

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon


Book Summary:

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.

Publication Date:

January 26th, 2021


Contemporary Romance/Fiction

Purchase Your Copy:

Amazon Link | Libro FM Bookstore Link

My Review:

Th Ex Talk

I enjoy a rom-com from time to time but they can all start to run together for me after a while. After hearing some of my trusted reading sources raving about The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon, I decided to give it a try, and I am so glad I did!

Shay and Dominic are two work rivals who are talked into fabricating a past relationship, in the interest of a new podcast show. Shay had worked for almost a decade at Seattle public radio station when Dominic enters the scene.

The Ex Talk

After putting in her time, she is ready to finally see all of her hard work pay off but isn’t prepared for her arrogant new co-worker whose presence is now helping make this new series a great success. The witty and intelligent banter was spot on and the chemistry between Shay and Dominic is palpable…making this a completely compulsive read.

The Ex Talk has plenty of twists and amazing and realistic characters. I love when real-life issues are a part of more light-hearted plotlines and Solomon nailed this aspect. You can also tell that Solomon knows the into and outs of public radio, and as an NPR junkie, this behind-the-scenes look at all the work that goes into making a show successful was super compelling.

This book was just as much about finding your way in adulthood as it was a romance, and it left me with all the feels. The storyline was perfectly paced, resulting in a very satisfying (and believable!) conclusion…something I always wish for but rarely find in this genre. I know this book will be one of my favorite contemporary romances of 2021 and I highly recommend picking up a copy!

Thank you to Berkley Publishing for my gifted copy. 

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