Published by Berkley
Published: January 26, 2021
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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.
Over summer 2020 I read my first Rachel Lynn Solomon book, Today Tonight Tomorrow, a YA contemporary that essentially took place over one night in Seattle, and I fell in love. I loved the way Rachel told a story and the way she used the city to be a character. I knew I needed to keep an eye out for whatever was next from her so imagine my surprise when I saw I didn’t have to wait long. The Ex Talk, an adult romance, was coming out in January. Immediately I knew I needed to read it and let me tell you…LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED it.
The Ex Talk is the story of Shay Goldstein, a radio producer for public radio in Seattle. Shay has been working at the station for a decade and is no closer to being on the air like she dreamed with her father for years before his death. And to make matters worse Dominic, her nemesis has only been there for 4 months and has already got to live out her dream. When the station needs to make cuts Shay suggests they do a radio show with two exes taking the reins. Suddenly Shay and Dominic are playing the roles of jilted exes live on the radio. But what started out as a lie between two foes quickly becomes something else. And as Shay and Dominic get to know each other they both start to realize just how deep in over their heads they may be.
Truth talk. When I started reading The Ex Talk I wasn’t sold. Something in the beginning of the book wasn’t connecting with me. But as I continued to read and got further and further into the story I was hooked. By the end of the book it was magic and one of the best romances I have read in a long while. And on top of that I can’t get it out of my head weeks later. Shay and Dominic where such amazing characters and an amazing couple that I couldn’t help but love their journey. By getting to know each other for their radio show, they got to know themselves a little more and got to understand some of their own flaws. Not to mention their sizzling chemistry.
In the end I think everyone needs to read The Ex Talk. IT is one of those rare romance books that just hits all the marks of perfection. IT will stay with you for a long time after you are done and you will be eager to get back to Seattle with these two as soon as you are done. A must read for 2021 and every year after! It reminded me of why I love to read.