The Ex Talk
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Pages: 336 pages
Published: January 2021
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
I’m writing this review maybe a week or so after reading this book, but I adored it! I couldn’t put it down and was very attached to these characters and the progression of their relationship.
As it’s been a while since reading this book, I don’t remember many details but I just had to write a review anyways! The romance was so fun, it was kind of rivals-to-lovers and I really enjoyed reading about how their relationship progressed and developed. The concept of this book was really interesting also, as Shay and Dominic had to get to know each other before filming their radio show, in order to fool the audience that they had previously dated.
I loved these moments when they were getting to know each other, and their flirting was swoon-worthy. As they got closer and started falling for one another, there were further complications to prevent them from taking their relationship further. This book has definitely been added to my reread list and I recommend this to those who love romance books! I also wanted to share a few of my favourite quotes from this book!
‘You let it fuel you. You do even better because you know there are people out there who are waiting for you to fail.’
‘If I kissed you again, it wouldn’t be for the show, or for research, or for any reason other than that I wanted to.’
‘But maybe that’s what we all are – halfway-broken people searching for things that will smooth our jagged edges.’