Published: January 26th 2021
Format: Paperback (Library Copy)
Tags: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Diverse
| Synopsis from the Publisher |
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.
Keywords to describe this book: humorous, steamy, contemporary
This is a decently written, smart romance set in the world of public radio. I enjoy this setting a lot, considering I love NPR and listening to podcasts. The main character, Shay, is a smart, funny lead character and her romance with Dominic Yun is plenty steamy! But this book is more than just a romance. Much of it is about Shay working through her insecurities, processing her connection to radio (which she got into because she and her dad bonded over it), and her relationship with her mom.
The side characters are interesting and dynamic, helping to make the world all the more real. Dominic is a great love-interest. He’s cocky, seems to look down on anything that isn’t journalistic, and loves to bring up the fact he has a Master’s degree. His relationship with Shay is just what fans of haters-to-daters are looking for and the connection they have is full of sparks. Their romance is very modern and there is a lot of focus on consent, sex-positivity, and trust.
This book did have some slow moments. Shay is in her head a lot and the plot doesn’t move along very quickly. It takes a bit for it to gain steam. I would find myself in lulls between interesting moments and so I didn’t finish it as quickly as I expected I would because of how quickly I can generally read through romance novels.
That being said, there are a lot of fun, quirky moments that are built for a contemporary audience. I would recommend it, for sure.
My rating: Definitely Worth the Read
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