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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 a 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.


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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 a 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.

30 review for The Ex Talk

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    The hype made me try this one, but I'm sorry to say The Ex Talk was just not my cup of tea. I'll give some credit where it's due: Solomon writes steamy sex scenes. None of that fade-to-black nonsense. This part of the book was done well, but it was a shame that I never warmed to the main couple - Shay and Dominic - like I was supposed to. I imagine if I'd been madly shipping them that it would have been all the more exciting. Problem is, this supposedly funny romance was not that funny to me. Ther The hype made me try this one, but I'm sorry to say The Ex Talk was just not my cup of tea. I'll give some credit where it's due: Solomon writes steamy sex scenes. None of that fade-to-black nonsense. This part of the book was done well, but it was a shame that I never warmed to the main couple - Shay and Dominic - like I was supposed to. I imagine if I'd been madly shipping them that it would have been all the more exciting. Problem is, this supposedly funny romance was not that funny to me. There was something about the dialogue and jokes here that reminded me of tumblr memes. I know the parts where they're bickering on live radio were probably meant to seem a bit scripted, but their off-the-air chatter felt equally wooden. Jokes ripped from memes, constant pop culture references (Team Angel? Come ooonnn), none of it did much to convince me this was a relationship to become invested in. Shay herself felt like an internet personality with her "oh shucks, I'm so millennial" quips, gasping at the racism around her that she had "no idea" about, and always apologizing for her whiteness. Once? Maybe a decent ally. More than once? Someone wants a woke sticker. Outside of this, a couple of things turned me off this relationship. One was the way they started bonding during an "I'm so lonely" pity-party. These are two educated middle-class professionals who are surrounded by caring friends and family. Forgive me if I don't whip out my kleenex just yet. The other actually baffles me. I don't usually care about age differences, as long as the characters are consenting adults and not, like, boss and employee, so the five year age difference between Shay and Dominic should not have been an issue at all. And it wasn't at first. Then Shay kept going on and on about it until it did start to feel a bit weird. Suddenly he looks very, very twenty-four. “Were they even still popular when you were a kid?” “I can’t believe I was out of college when you were still in high school. Way to make me feel ancient.” He sits down next to me. “Did you have dial-up? And CDs? What was your CD collection like?” Way to really drive home the cradle-snatching vibe. Would this have been made into such a big deal if their ages had been reversed? I wonder. The best bit of this book, without a doubt, is Steve the dog: On our drive home, Steve vomits in the car carrier. When we get inside, he vomits again on a rug I never really liked, pees on my coffee table, and poops on the living room carpet. If my house felt empty before, now it’s teeming with chaotic energy. I set up his bed in my room, and he humps it for a solid forty-five minutes before finally turning around in a circle four and a half times and curling himself into a tight ball. When I try to get near him, he growls, baring his underbite. Steve, it turns out, is kind of a hot mess. Methinks Solomon just might not be for me, unless, that is, Steve gets his own book 😂

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    4.5/5 stars I had so much fun with this book. I adored both of these characters so much. We have Shay, who is nearing thirty and feeling like she’s still trying to figure out how to be an adult and she’s been working at this radio station for ten years, and her Dad died when she was a senior in high school. And we have Dominic, who is a bit younger than her, he’s Korean, and he just graduated with a masters degree and is new at their radio station. This book was so much FUN, it was so flirty and 4.5/5 stars I had so much fun with this book. I adored both of these characters so much. We have Shay, who is nearing thirty and feeling like she’s still trying to figure out how to be an adult and she’s been working at this radio station for ten years, and her Dad died when she was a senior in high school. And we have Dominic, who is a bit younger than her, he’s Korean, and he just graduated with a masters degree and is new at their radio station. This book was so much FUN, it was so flirty and light hearted and cute and it had some steamy scenes too! I ADORED the idea of this show/podcast. The idea of two exes hosting a dating show.. like I’d listen to this if it were a real thing. I love that it had major hate to love vibes because these two don’t get along, and it had the fake dating trope (which is one of my favorites) but with a twist!! Because they have to pretend to be fake exes, which made it even more fun. I love that this book takes place in Seattle, since I live in Washington it made it all the more enjoyable, it had all the PNW vibes. 🌲 I really felt so much for Shays relationship with her Dad and how he passed away when she was in high school.. their relationship was really touching. I also feel like Shay was just so relatable for me.. the way she always talks about how she feels like she’s trying to be an adult but doesn’t really feel like she’s succeeding and that her life feels like a mess and she thought she’d have it all figured out by now. I’m going through similar feelings and her character made me feel a lot less alone. These two were just hella cute together, I appreciate that Shay was a bit older than Dominic, it’s so rare to see an older woman in romance books. Their banter was on point and this book just had me smiling and laughing the whole time. Also I think this Taylor Swift lyric fits this book perfect: YOUNGER THAN MY EXES BUT HE ACT LIKE SUCH A MAN

  3. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    as a public radio fan, i give this book two thumbs up. i totally adore the plot concept. im a sucker for ‘forced proximity’ romance stories, so i was all for the idea of shay and dom faking their relationship (and break up) all for the sake of work. their banter works well with the easy-going writing style and the setting is perfect. i do wish there was more ‘on air’ time between shay and dom. a few brief episode transcripts are thrown in here and there but, for revolving around a radio show/pod as a public radio fan, i give this book two thumbs up. i totally adore the plot concept. im a sucker for ‘forced proximity’ romance stories, so i was all for the idea of shay and dom faking their relationship (and break up) all for the sake of work. their banter works well with the easy-going writing style and the setting is perfect. i do wish there was more ‘on air’ time between shay and dom. a few brief episode transcripts are thrown in here and there but, for revolving around a radio show/podcast, there really isnt much to show for it, which is a shame. i also could have done without the loads of pop culture references. but overall, this is a quirky, light-hearted read. perfect for anyone in the mood for a feel good kind of story. ↠ 4 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Dominic Yun, my HEART. This book was so, so special. Another one that was right at the top of my most anticipated 2021 releases, and I am so happy to say that it (mostly) lived up to the hype. Even though I didn't super love that the premise of the book revolves around a podcast that is based entirely on a lie, I grew to love and understand Shay and Dominic so much and was rooting for them SO! HARD! every step of the way. I will say, my biggest issue (and what kept this book from being a full 5 Dominic Yun, my HEART. This book was so, so special. Another one that was right at the top of my most anticipated 2021 releases, and I am so happy to say that it (mostly) lived up to the hype. Even though I didn't super love that the premise of the book revolves around a podcast that is based entirely on a lie, I grew to love and understand Shay and Dominic so much and was rooting for them SO! HARD! every step of the way. I will say, my biggest issue (and what kept this book from being a full 5 stars), is that I feel like the end of the book just kind of... fell apart? I knew that things would have to get pretty messy for the ending to work in a realistic way, but I feel like it kind of danced around realistic messy into just... straight up mess-messy and it just wasn't exactly the ending that I was hoping for. With all that being said, I did still really enjoy this book and I cannot wait to read new books from Rachel Lynn Solomon for the rest of my life. SO CUTE. SO FUN. TW: death of a loved one Buddy read with Joce <3

  5. 4 out of 5

    chan ☆

    on paper this book should have worked for me - heroine older than hero - steamy scenes - cool podcast premise - hero NOT a player but the execution was just okay. i think i would have preferred this had the focus been more on the actual interactions during the show. i was surprised by the choice to have the characters go on a weekend trip mid way through the book. i wanted the development to happen on air and i wanted a liiiittle more tension before they jumped in bed. and generally speaking, this fel on paper this book should have worked for me - heroine older than hero - steamy scenes - cool podcast premise - hero NOT a player but the execution was just okay. i think i would have preferred this had the focus been more on the actual interactions during the show. i was surprised by the choice to have the characters go on a weekend trip mid way through the book. i wanted the development to happen on air and i wanted a liiiittle more tension before they jumped in bed. and generally speaking, this felt similar in tone to Beach Read. hard to really define beyond being a little more melancholy than i prefer for a “rom com.” i think a LOT of people will ADORE this, and there were definitely sweet spots for me. but overall, nothing memorable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wooooooooooowww! I’m screaming and crying so hard! For long a time I haven’t read it something so addictive, entertaining, smart, adorable! I didn’t want it finish. I wanted to read those smartass banters between MCs forever. I can read a book belong to their podcast episodes. Correction: I can read at least 20 books belongs to Shay and Don’s sexy, tempting, hot as hell, intelligent podcast series. But unfortunately I stayed up all night and finished this book because I couldn’t put it down. My Wooooooooooowww! I’m screaming and crying so hard! For long a time I haven’t read it something so addictive, entertaining, smart, adorable! I didn’t want it finish. I wanted to read those smartass banters between MCs forever. I can read a book belong to their podcast episodes. Correction: I can read at least 20 books belongs to Shay and Don’s sexy, tempting, hot as hell, intelligent podcast series. But unfortunately I stayed up all night and finished this book because I couldn’t put it down. My hands were glued to my e-reader, my mind stuck with those adorable characters and their extremely high chemistry presents you one of the epic enemies to lovers premise. I kept giggling ( the sound I made was between Exorcist’s Reagan’s wicked voice when she is possessed by demon and morning voice of Fran Drescher before she has her cup of tea) I cannot help myself! And now i feel so lost, frustrated. It feels like finishing the most adorable dessert at one bit and I want more but I already ate the last piece. So I’m doing something first and I reread some chapters over and over again. Trust me my friends, it’s truly worth it! Quick summary of the plot lines before giving the entire stars of galaxy to this book ( trust me again, five stars are not enough. This was way too much better than most romance books I’ve read for a long time. It should be prescribed for all hopeless romantics and late night romcom cravers who hate Netflix’s lack of great romance movie lists just like me!) Shay Goldstein, 29, producer of longtime radio show, working at same place: Seattle Public Radio Station for a decade, feeling lonelier after her mother’s sudden propose to her boyfriend and her best friend’s decision to consider the job opportunity at out of town. She is also nervous ball because she cannot stand the radio’s new transfer Dominic Yum,24,is fresh off journalism master program. His cocky smile, intimidating height and know-it-all, arrogant manners as if he can lecture her how to be real reporter for hours make her extremely pissed off. When the studio looks for a brand new concept to attract more attention, at the brainstorming meeting, Shay pitches “ Ex- Talk” format: two exes will deliver relationship advice by criticizing own past relationship. As you can imagine Dominic finds the idea illogical. They fight at the meeting which gives their superior the idea to force two of them host the show together because they already act like exes who cannot stand each other. If they don’t accept the opportunity, they may lose their jobs. The station has to let some of its employees go to function properly. Shay sees this job as an opportunity for her dad’s memory by hosting her own show instead of being a producer and makes peace offer to her nemesis to give it a try for six months. And as soon as they start their show, the numbers of listeners start to increase! Their fans grow who want them give another chance to their relationship. What if you start to fall for your fake ex who become your friend, confidante, partner? Yes, Shay cannot help her attraction. The chemistry between them undeniable. But she always the one who declares her love at the relationships. What if her feelings are unrequited? Overall: “Today Tonight Tomorrow” is my favorite realistic YA/ YA romance of 2020! And maybe it’s too early to announce but I think this book will be my favorite ( at least top three) 2021 adult romance novel. The characters are so genuine, sweet and adorable. The relationship podcast concept was well worked with impressively catchy, laugh out loud, sexy, creative dialogues. So I’m not only giving entire galaxy stars but also Jupiter and bright side of the moon! This is definitely one of the best motivational feel-good novel which should be reread many times to brighten your mood, warm your heart, feed your soul with positive energy. Congratulations dear Rachel Lynn Solomon, you did a hell of a job! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing book’s review copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts. I fell in love with it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    2.5 stars I came here for a cute romantic comedy that would brighten my mood, but what I got wasn’t cute, romantic, or even slightly funny. Its just that everything felt so forced. The jokes felt forced and like they were taken from some memes from the internet. Their romance felt so forced and so unnatural. I also didn’t like the fact that they became together after having a pity party. I don’t know I just felt weird seeing them interact. Like okay you both sound so awkward. I kinda liked Dominic, 2.5 stars I came here for a cute romantic comedy that would brighten my mood, but what I got wasn’t cute, romantic, or even slightly funny. Its just that everything felt so forced. The jokes felt forced and like they were taken from some memes from the internet. Their romance felt so forced and so unnatural. I also didn’t like the fact that they became together after having a pity party. I don’t know I just felt weird seeing them interact. Like okay you both sound so awkward. I kinda liked Dominic, he was sweet and shy. Shay, on the other hand, was really testing my patience. She was really frustrating and I felt physical pain whenever I read her inner thoughts like please stop. Like you’re supposed to be a thirty years old adult, act like it! The ending was so messy which was kinda expected. What annoyed me is that it wasn’t really satisfying. I wanted the “bad guy” to pay. I mean if you got publicly humiliated because of a sexist selfish jerk, I would’ve loved to watch you get your revenge someway!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I loved this book. The hate to love romance, the podcast & NPR elements, the face that it was set in the Pacific Northwest. It was adorable. I have read all 3 of Rachel Lynn Soloman's YA books before and loved them so I'm excited to see her foray into the adult romance genre. Already I can tell this will make it on my favorite romance reads at the end of the year! I loved this book. The hate to love romance, the podcast & NPR elements, the face that it was set in the Pacific Northwest. It was adorable. I have read all 3 of Rachel Lynn Soloman's YA books before and loved them so I'm excited to see her foray into the adult romance genre. Already I can tell this will make it on my favorite romance reads at the end of the year!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    Shay Goldstein has dreamed of being on public radio her whole life. To follow in her late father’s footsteps. But despite years of dedication and sacrifice, finds herself on the other side of the booth producing rather than presenting. When younger male hotshot Dominic Yun is instead presented the opportunity to sit in front of the microphone, Shay is absolutely dumbstruck. She has been passed over once again. But maybe Karma is intervening. When the station becomes mired in financial trouble, th Shay Goldstein has dreamed of being on public radio her whole life. To follow in her late father’s footsteps. But despite years of dedication and sacrifice, finds herself on the other side of the booth producing rather than presenting. When younger male hotshot Dominic Yun is instead presented the opportunity to sit in front of the microphone, Shay is absolutely dumbstruck. She has been passed over once again. But maybe Karma is intervening. When the station becomes mired in financial trouble, they desperately need a Hail Mary to bring back listeners and revitalize the failing radio station. Well, well, well…Shay seizes this unexpected gift and concocts a brilliant plan! Ok, maybe not so brilliant... but it’s sure to work, right...!?💁🏻‍♀️ A new talk show featuring two former lovers dispensing relationship advice. Now Shay finds herself in front of the microphone with none other than young Dominic. Did they date in the past you ask? Well no. Are they truly ex’s? Well once again the answer would have to be no. But as long as no one finds out and they rescue the station it’s just a harmless little white-lie. So… we’ll need everyone to 🤫 This was a cute rom-com that had a fabulous premise. The characters on their own were a bit lacking for me but the chemistry between Shay and Dominic more than made up for it. A rom-com weekend buddy read with Susanne! Posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Thank you to Berkley Publishing for an ARC to read and review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    So what happens when you're forced to work with your nemesis and then find out, he's not as bad as you thought he was? The perfect recipe for a great work romance novel! Shay Goldstein has spent the last decade as the producer of a radio show. She is content to work behind the scenes since she doesn't believe she has the voice to be on the radio. Her dad and Shay spent many days playing at having their own talk show and despite the years he has been gone, she still misses him dearly. When he died So what happens when you're forced to work with your nemesis and then find out, he's not as bad as you thought he was? The perfect recipe for a great work romance novel! Shay Goldstein has spent the last decade as the producer of a radio show. She is content to work behind the scenes since she doesn't believe she has the voice to be on the radio. Her dad and Shay spent many days playing at having their own talk show and despite the years he has been gone, she still misses him dearly. When he died, working at the radio was the one thing that helped her get out of bed every day. In regards to her personal life, she's currently unattached. Her mom is about to get married and her best friend is thinking of moving away. She's stressed with these changes. Then, she learns that the station might have to let people go. They need a new show to bring in listeners. Shay pitches an idea at the next work meeting. How about exes working together and talking about relationship issues? Her boss loves the idea and when he sees her bickering with Dominic Yun, who has a master's in journalism, he decides to pair them as the hostesses of the new show. It all begins with a lie, but soon Shay and Dominic realize they have chemistry and a shared attraction but can things work out for them? The Ex-Talk by Rachel Lynn was a sweet story with the perfect balance of romance and drama. Engaging characters and a perfect blend of diversity and inclusion. And I have to agree with Shay, forearms can be sexy. Cliffhanger: No 4.5/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Berkley via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Loved it! This was an absolute joy from cover to cover. Shay Goldstein has been a producer for Pacific Public radio for 10 years. Dominic Yun is a new hire, with a master’s in journalism, he thinks he knows everything about public radio. Naturally, this rubs Shay the wrong way. During a staff meeting Shay throws out an idea for a new show - a show where ex's give relationship advice. Their boss loves the idea. He also thinks Shay and Dominic would be perfect together on the air, posing as exes. T Loved it! This was an absolute joy from cover to cover. Shay Goldstein has been a producer for Pacific Public radio for 10 years. Dominic Yun is a new hire, with a master’s in journalism, he thinks he knows everything about public radio. Naturally, this rubs Shay the wrong way. During a staff meeting Shay throws out an idea for a new show - a show where ex's give relationship advice. Their boss loves the idea. He also thinks Shay and Dominic would be perfect together on the air, posing as exes. They have been bickering and sparing back and forth and everyone can feel their chemistry. What perfect duo for being co-hosts for "The Ex Talk." So, what happens when they pose as ex's? Will they be able to pull it off? Will their show be a hit? Will they fool their fans? What happens when these so-called exes begin to fall for each other? This was a fun, flirty, sexy and smart book. The two main characters have a witty repartee both on the air and off. They are funny, sharp, likeable and intelligent. This is not your average workplace romance, its brilliant, rewarding and fun! Just what I needed. When I requested this book, I was intrigued by the synopsis. A workplace romance set in a public radio station, hmmm interesting.... I was sure I was going to enjoy it, but this exceeded my expectations. Well written, well thought out, perfectly paced and thankfully, the ending was not rushed. I enjoy romance books but cannot stand the rushed fast endings. This once fell into place beautifully. It is not rushed; it is not ridiculous, and it put a big smile on my face. This is ROMCOM at it's best! Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    If you’re looking for a fun rom-com with laughs, likable characters, some depth, and some serious heat 🔥🔥 ...look no further! Shay Goldstein has worked for Pacific Public Radio for the past decade, currently producing a show called Puget Sounds. She absolutely loves her job, even if she doesn’t always care for her colleagues. Enter Dominic Yun, an eager beaver who just completed a journalism master’s program and is working at the station. Shay and Dominic do not get along at all. When the station If you’re looking for a fun rom-com with laughs, likable characters, some depth, and some serious heat 🔥🔥 ...look no further! Shay Goldstein has worked for Pacific Public Radio for the past decade, currently producing a show called Puget Sounds. She absolutely loves her job, even if she doesn’t always care for her colleagues. Enter Dominic Yun, an eager beaver who just completed a journalism master’s program and is working at the station. Shay and Dominic do not get along at all. When the station’s higher ups ask for new show concepts, Shay comes up with The Ex Talk - a show where two exes will examine their former relationship and answer advice on air. Who do they decide on to host the show? Shay and Dominic. They hate each other and bicker constantly, so of course they can be pretend to be exes. As the show becomes successful, Shay and Dominic realize they like spending time with each other, and there is strong chemistry. Will starting a relationship with each other and continuing to lie to the public ruin their show? I have to say I really loved this book. I found it charming, with some moments hilarious...and other moments that go a bit deeper than most rom-coms. Talk about chemistry! Shay and Dominic have it in spades. They kept me glued and transfixed just like Maddie and David used to do on Moonlighting. Luckily, the chemistry never fizzles out here, and the serious heat made me OMG gasp and need water on a couple occasions. It does go into “Rated R” territory, so reader beware. ⚠️ Shay and Dominic are fully fleshed out, and the side characters are all pretty amazing as well. I really cared for all of them. I also appreciate that the author created a highly diverse cast from all walks of life. It was pretty phenomenal. This was such a joy to read, and I highly recommend. It’s adorbs! 4.5 stars. Available now from Berkley. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Review also published on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Desperate times call for Extremely Desperate Measures! That means Faking It. Shay Goldstein and Dominic Yun work at Pacific Public Radio. Shay has been a Producer for 10 years, and Dominic is a Journalist. When news that their station is about to go under hits, Shay comes up with an idea for a new show she refers to as “The Ex Talk.” Ex’s who are now friends and give relationship advice on air. Her boss however, has an even b Review also published on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Desperate times call for Extremely Desperate Measures! That means Faking It. Shay Goldstein and Dominic Yun work at Pacific Public Radio. Shay has been a Producer for 10 years, and Dominic is a Journalist. When news that their station is about to go under hits, Shay comes up with an idea for a new show she refers to as “The Ex Talk.” Ex’s who are now friends and give relationship advice on air. Her boss however, has an even better idea. Since Shay and Dominic don’t get along but have insane chemistry he thinks they should pose as Ex’s on air and co-host the show together. Faking a relationship and a break up just for a Radio Show? Let the games begin! What starts off as a job, of course becomes something else entirely when the Sparks Fly between these two! Sassy, sexy and full of witty banter, this rom com, made me laugh and smile. It also dealt with a few serious issues which gave me pause. While I enjoyed this book, I do wish that Shay had been portrayed as a stronger more self-assured woman from the very beginning as I feel it would have lent to the strength of the novel and I would have enjoyed it a tad more. All in all however, this was a fun sweet read that kept me entertained. 3.65 stars. Another buddy read with Kaceey! Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group, NetGalley and Rachel Lynn Soloman for the arc. Published on Goodreads and Twitter on 1.31.21.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Terrie Robinson

    "The Ex Talk" by Rachel Lynn Solomon is a sweet-sexy-hot Rom-Com! Shay Goldstein isn't new to Pacific Public Radio in Seattle but Dominic Yun is! Shay's been a producer at PPR for 10 years. Dominic is the newest hire, has a masters degree in journalism and knows everything about public radio. EVERYTHING! Ask him, he'll tell you! Dominic rubs Shay in all the wrong ways! The way he leans in a doorway, the way he dresses, the way he pushes his sleeves up to his elbow and exposes his forearms. Doesn' "The Ex Talk" by Rachel Lynn Solomon is a sweet-sexy-hot Rom-Com! Shay Goldstein isn't new to Pacific Public Radio in Seattle but Dominic Yun is! Shay's been a producer at PPR for 10 years. Dominic is the newest hire, has a masters degree in journalism and knows everything about public radio. EVERYTHING! Ask him, he'll tell you! Dominic rubs Shay in all the wrong ways! The way he leans in a doorway, the way he dresses, the way he pushes his sleeves up to his elbow and exposes his forearms. Doesn't he understand how sexy forearms are? Why does she find him so attractive? At a weekly staff meeting, Shay pitches a new concept where a couple, no longer dating, co-hosts a live advise show. Her boss loves the idea and decides Shay and Dominic should co-host. They already dislike each other so they fit perfectly as the 'ex-couple'! There are problems though! Neither Shay nor Dominic wants to live a lie. They've never dated each other! Plus, Dominic has a touch of stage freight and Shay's voice may not be right for radio. But, the station is struggling, so it's either the show or unemployment. The deception win's and The Ex Talk begins! The Ex Talk becomes an instant radio and podcast hit! Shay and Dominic are ecstatic and their working relationship flourishes. Outside of work things begin to ramp up, their mutual attraction is obvious to both of them, everything becomes.....significantly hotter! It was complicated within their original deception and now they are a couple with two secrets to hide. What will happen if the original secret and their current relationship are discovered? What will it do to their fan base and their reputations in radio? The threat of discovery is real! I loved these characters. All of them, even Shay's boss! He's so despicably misogynous! An absolutely perfect love-to-hate character! The family aspect of this book is touching. It covers different types of family and the relationships within family. The multicultural aspect was a favorite topic for me because that's what my family looks like! In spite of being a Rom-Com, the topics are heavy in this book. At the same time they are handled in caring and realistic ways. Loss of a spouse and a parent, a second marriage and the blending of families, sexism in the workplace, dealing with integrity and deception, and the importance of forgiveness! My heart is full, heavy and happy from reading this sweetly told story and I enjoyed the lessons it unfolds within its covers! 4.5 stars rounded up for the serious topics it covers, especially the inclusion of multicultural relationships and diversity within family! I highly recommend this book! Thank you to Goodreads and Berkley Publishing Group for a free e-copy of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    emma

    god, i'm dead inside. review to come / 3ish stars --------------- i heard "for fans of beach read" and i needed no other information god, i'm dead inside. review to come / 3ish stars --------------- i heard "for fans of beach read" and i needed no other information

  16. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4 radio stars As a huge fan of public radio, this one was a fun read! A lighter romantic comedy, but I did enjoy the two characters and I definitely related to Shay. She’s been on the job at a Seattle public radio station for ten years, but people hired after her are leaping ahead faster than her. And the new reporter Dominic Yun is obnoxious and annoying, bragging about his master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern! Shay has been a producer, but secretly yearns to be on the air. Little does 4 radio stars As a huge fan of public radio, this one was a fun read! A lighter romantic comedy, but I did enjoy the two characters and I definitely related to Shay. She’s been on the job at a Seattle public radio station for ten years, but people hired after her are leaping ahead faster than her. And the new reporter Dominic Yun is obnoxious and annoying, bragging about his master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern! Shay has been a producer, but secretly yearns to be on the air. Little does she know that due to budget cuts and efforts to drive more listeners, she’s about to get her wish, but with the annoying Dominic!! The station takes Shay’s idea of a relationship show and it turns into “The Ex Talk” starring Shay and Dominic. As you might expect, sparks fly between the two and eventually they can’t fight the attraction. How does that reconcile with pretending to be exes though? I read this one in one day and it was just what I needed after some darker reads. There were some deeper elements with grief and interracial relationships. An enjoyable weekend read for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    I can say it definitively: Rachel Lynn Solomon's adult romance debut The Ex Talk is one of the most well-rounded rom-coms I've read in a bit. It's truly got it all: Snappy dialogue! A realistic look at how media works! A heroine with actual issues and her own shit going on outside of falling in love! A cast of diverse characters who all have incredible personalities and interests and who don't simply live to serve the protagonist! A very adorable book boyfriend! A truly batshit but lovable rescue I can say it definitively: Rachel Lynn Solomon's adult romance debut The Ex Talk is one of the most well-rounded rom-coms I've read in a bit. It's truly got it all: Snappy dialogue! A realistic look at how media works! A heroine with actual issues and her own shit going on outside of falling in love! A cast of diverse characters who all have incredible personalities and interests and who don't simply live to serve the protagonist! A very adorable book boyfriend! A truly batshit but lovable rescue dog! Admittedly Dominic was almost a little too perfect for my taste, but I'm letting it slide because the dude knows how to clean cast iron pans, enjoys cooking, and has good taste in music. Also, I love that Shay Goldstein is a Jewish leading lady. L'chaim, girl. Get that D (pun intended). This one's 4-4.5 stars! Seriously though, when's this being turned into a movie?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    Many years ago all I listened to was NPR. It kept me sane and informed on my commute to work. And over the years I got to know the hosts, the different programs and most of all the pledge drives. Reading The Ex Talk was almost like a trip into the past. I loved the focus on radio. It’s just not a typical topic in romance, and I really enjoyed how much of radio work the author included in this book. The book was spot on in regards to names, programs and my feelings towards pledge drives, lol. I wou Many years ago all I listened to was NPR. It kept me sane and informed on my commute to work. And over the years I got to know the hosts, the different programs and most of all the pledge drives. Reading The Ex Talk was almost like a trip into the past. I loved the focus on radio. It’s just not a typical topic in romance, and I really enjoyed how much of radio work the author included in this book. The book was spot on in regards to names, programs and my feelings towards pledge drives, lol. I would have loved even more radio segments in the book. Because the banter on air between Shay and Dominic was GOLD!!! They were such naturals, the back and forth, the teasing, and dry humour. They were my favourite moments. EVERYTHING I ENJOYED ABOUT THIS BOOK enemies to lovers trope great chemistry and flirting between the couple wonderful banter on air fake dating trope younger man older woman For any enemies to lovers fans, this is a great book to add to your tbr. Shay and Dominic couldn’t stand each other, and being forced to work together just brought it all to the forefront. AND also made them realize what they were missing out on. Their chemistry was palpable, and I loved how adorable they were together. Overall the book was sweet, entertaining, and thanks to the radio aspect refreshingly different. The couple was a great fit, relatable, and genuine. The only complaint I have is the ending. Since the story could have only ended one way, it was the most plausible but also most predictable part of the book. But all in all a very solid romance in every way! ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author. Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram

  19. 4 out of 5

    ;3

    the way this book just reminded me that i DO, in fact, enjoy romance when it’s written well 🥺🥺 ❤️💕❤️😌💕💕💕

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: The Ex Talk Series: Standalone Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon Release date: January 26, 2020 Cliffhanger: no Genre: contemporary romance I really wanted to love this book and based on the rave reviews I thought my odds were promising. Unfortunately I struggled to find things I even liked about it, let alone loved. The fake relationship trope is common in romance and has worked for me on occasion in the past. In this case the way it was applied in the plot was gross-irredeemably gross. The story c Title: The Ex Talk Series: Standalone Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon Release date: January 26, 2020 Cliffhanger: no Genre: contemporary romance I really wanted to love this book and based on the rave reviews I thought my odds were promising. Unfortunately I struggled to find things I even liked about it, let alone loved. The fake relationship trope is common in romance and has worked for me on occasion in the past. In this case the way it was applied in the plot was gross-irredeemably gross. The story centers around a radio show producer (Shay) and an investigative journalist (Dominic) who are offered a job co-hosting a new show all about dating. Pretty standard fare. Except these two co-hosts are exes giving relationship advice. Great twist if it were real, but it's a complete and utter sham. Dominic is a journalist (with a master's degree!) described as having "do-gooder morals." On his very first job, he's convinced to chuck his integrity aside for a paycheck. The idea of making up a fake relationship, invented dates, details, and all to sell to their unsuspecting listeners as truth doesn't sit well with him, but hey, it's only for six months so they can get hosting experience. Where's the harm, amiright? The alternative would be getting fired and struggling until he found something else. He is fresh out of school (with a master's degree!) so his resume is sadly lacking. Clearly passing off a fabricated broken relationship in which he is forced to spin a tornado of lies every day is preferable. I have to give him credit-he did say no at first. It took a little cajoling from Shay to get him on board. During this time, they both knew that there would be imminent layoffs, most notably the woman Shay worked with for the last ten years. Did Shay give this woman or her other co-workers a warning that they were about to get the axe? Kent breaks the news to Paloma, Ruthie, and Griffin on Monday, and I pretend I’m hearing it for the first time. Yet again, more than a little deceptive and she doesn't have a twinge of conscience. Both Shay and Dominic feel ashamed about their fake show so they lie to their families as well. Anytime you can't even tell your family the truth about your life, you know you're making the wrong choices. So they start the show, and the author presents the on-air scenes as "transcripts" of their dialogue. I thought this was a unique way to insert it, as if you're reading a script. Then again, it IS scripted. Even their argumentative dynamic. You see, in the beginning of the book their biting exchanges were real because Shay resented his meteoric success at the station. By the time they aired their first show, they were already friendly with one another. So literally nothing about The Ex Talk was real. This is how they introduced their story to listeners: Shay Goldstein: [...]I'm Shay Goldstein, and this is The Ex Talk, a brand-new show from Pacific Public Radio. Thanks for joining us. We're coming to you live from Seattle, or if you're listening by podcast, somewhere in the somewhat recent past. Full honesty:[...]I've been a producer at the station for ten years, and Dominic's been working as a reporter since October. Which is around the time we started dating. And earlier this year, we broke up. The show screams unethical, but based on the rave reviews I guess that's not an issue for others. As the book wears on, Shay's guilty conscience bites her in the ass. These moments are brief and quickly brushed aside with flimsy justifications. This is only how it begins, I try to convince myself. We’re telling a story. That’s what radio is. The show will grow beyond our story—it has to. It’s the only way I can stomach our lie. Shay has started to feel attraction towards Dominic (who has a master's degree!) Are you wondering why I'm being annoying about his degree? On the show, they do a "fun" game where Dominic has to put five dollars in a jar every time he mentions his lofty Northwestern master's degree. He ends up owing $25 by the end of the first week. This is even with him resisting other employees trying to bait him into saying it. Eventually he racks up enough to write a donation check to Illinois University. Is there anything more obnoxious than someone with no humility who needs to brag about their higher education 5+ times a week? That's just unbelievably tacky. I'm not kidding, he even mentions it during their first sex scene. Once Shay and Dominic really start to have strong feelings for each other, Shay is torn on what to do. Her friend suggests that they pretend they "got back together" so they can have an open relationship. “The whole point of the show is that we used to date, and that our breakup was amicable enough for us to host it together. “So maybe you got back together.” Lies on top of lies. “It wouldn’t work,” I say. “You know how I get in relationships. How much of a nightmare would it be if I somehow fell for him, and he didn’t feel the same way, and we were stuck still hosting the show together?” So let me get this straight. If they were to announce their true feelings for one another...they might break up...and have to do the show together...as exes. ISN'T THAT THE ACTUAL PREMISE OF THE SHOW? *throws hands up in the air* It gets more and more fake the deeper you delve into this. More cringeworthiness: One day a listener calls in and he's done some social media investigating. Turns out that Shay made a mistake and left a clue on Facebook that she was using a dating app when she was supposed to have been with Dominic. What follows is unapologetic, self-righteous, gaslighting to shut the caller up. “Look, John,” Dominic says. “You can find any piece of someone’s social media history and use it to prove whatever agenda you have. We’ve seen it happen plenty of times to people with much more at stake than Shay and me. We’re not here to convince you if you’ve already made up your mind about us. I can tell you I didn’t go to journalism school to tell lies on the radio.” Maybe he didn't go to school to tell lies, but he's sure doing a bang up job of it. Eventually the [email protected]#t hits the fan, and the two are outed at a convention. Panic ensues, and Shay scrambles to pacify the outraged fans. Unfortunately she's so scared about the fall out of her decisions, that she's more concerned with (in her words) "controlling the narrative" rather than letting the duped fans vent their feelings of betrayal. Lastly, I can't wrap this up without mentioning the weird scene where Shay and her soon to be step-sister Diana are wildly inappropriate in front of Diana's kids. “But was he a huge dick where it mattered?” “Diana!” Phil says from one end of the table. “Your father is here. And there are children present.” “Dad. I have, in fact, had sex before.” She gestures to her kids. “Exactly twice.” More laughter at this. DID HE HAVE A BIG DICK? DID HE KNOW HOW TO USE IT? *wink wink* Kids! don't play with your food, eat your vegetables. Dad, don't be so uptight. I don't mind visualizing you having sex and you're behind the times if my sexual appetites make you uncomfortable. That's pretty much how that conversation went...seems totally normal. The resolution is rom-com standard fare. The big, romantic, public apology/profession of feelings/groveling. Kiss, kiss. Happily ever after. I was so disgusted by these characters that I didn't care what happened to them at this point. How do you like characters that are willing to lie to family, co-workers, and the audience who trusts them for months on end? This is a sad commentary on how journalistic integrity is malleable when it's up against the mighty dollar and clicks online. But in the end, the boss was villainized for being sexist so we should focus on that, and not the bad choices the main characters made for the entire book. He was the true bad guy here. I think it's obvious by now that this is not something I particularly enjoyed reading, but I am in the minority by far. So you'll probably want to read it and judge for yourself. 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  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was a breath of fresh air during a time when the news was really getting me down. I enjoyed the "newness" of this book and what I mean by that is the setting was in the PNW, the characters held jobs in public radio (can't think of a book I've read where that has been the career) and lord have mercy! The diverse representation included made my heart sing. The romance trope was enemies to lovers (my favorite one) and most importantly, it helped break my reading slump. Definitely a recommend f This was a breath of fresh air during a time when the news was really getting me down. I enjoyed the "newness" of this book and what I mean by that is the setting was in the PNW, the characters held jobs in public radio (can't think of a book I've read where that has been the career) and lord have mercy! The diverse representation included made my heart sing. The romance trope was enemies to lovers (my favorite one) and most importantly, it helped break my reading slump. Definitely a recommend for a good escape read! Thanks to Netgalley, Berkley Publishing and Rachel Lynn Solomon for the advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review. Review Date: 01/25/2021 Publication Date: 01/26/2021

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aoife - Bookish_Babbling

    I am most likely going to be in the minority here & I really hope this book will work better for you than it did for me 🤞 If you're looking for a steamy enemies to lovers this should ✔ the boxes for you 😆 Unfortunately I really didn't warm to the heroine and that's sadly kind of a deal breaker to enjoy a romcom told from her PoV 🤷‍♀️ I'm not sure what the H saw in her and was not overly impressed with how she behaves towards her mam & bff - she strikes me as more immature than the H which was odd a I am most likely going to be in the minority here & I really hope this book will work better for you than it did for me 🤞 If you're looking for a steamy enemies to lovers this should ✔ the boxes for you 😆 Unfortunately I really didn't warm to the heroine and that's sadly kind of a deal breaker to enjoy a romcom told from her PoV 🤷‍♀️ I'm not sure what the H saw in her and was not overly impressed with how she behaves towards her mam & bff - she strikes me as more immature than the H which was odd as he is younger but reads older. I wonder if I'd have benefited from a dual perspective 🤔 Their show sounded fun and for the most part I did enjoy their interactions and how they communicated. It just felt like he was doing all the heavy lifting and broaching topics while she preferred to ostrich and hide her head in the sand? The maturity levels in the MCs baffle me a little, they don't feel like they are in their 20s? Or am I just too far removed from mine? I liked many of the topics they were going to talk about on their show/podcast. I would have loved to learn more about finding love after grief and dating across cultural/ethnic backgrounds. The show itself had some really interesting talking points that I'd love to have explored - but understand that this is not really that kind of read 🙃 Steve Rogers was awesome gotta love a 🐶 with a "human" name. I liked Ruthie, Ameena, TJ, Leanne & Phil, didn't mind Dominic but he was a bit cookie cutter & Mary Poppins practically perfect 🙄 Slightly off topic but why are so many male love interests in romcoms 6ft3 and so many ladies under 5'5? My brain cannot with the mismatch, I'm around 5ft7 (I think) and feel like a shrimp beside friends who are 6'1+ without heels and who wants to wear heels all the ding dang time?! Certainly not this gal! 🙈 The ending was messy & the "villain" of the piece (you'll see them coming a mile out...laid on pretty thick) should have been raked over coals and deffo should've faced more comeuppance for the stunt they pulled! I know I've spoken in the past about disliking lying in books, but my distaste for it is when there are lies between the MCs - in this scenario it bothered me less as they are on the same page...prob makes me all sorts of hypocritical 😅 I'm pretty sure this is a "me not the book" mismatch & hope that it will be a better fit for you 🤗 Another 2.5-2.75* for me...Am going to have to marinate on it a little to see which shelf it will eventually land on.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A steamy enemies-to-lovers romance! At a mere 29 years old, Shay Goldstein is the youngest public radio Senior Producer in Seattle. Her original dream was to be behind a microphone instead of a computer, but for the past 10 years she has made due. Right now her main focus is directing the live show “Puget Sounds,” an hour-long show hosted every weekday by her co-worker and friend, Paloma. Shay and her Dad would always practice “radio show host” together for fun before he was taken from their fam A steamy enemies-to-lovers romance! At a mere 29 years old, Shay Goldstein is the youngest public radio Senior Producer in Seattle. Her original dream was to be behind a microphone instead of a computer, but for the past 10 years she has made due. Right now her main focus is directing the live show “Puget Sounds,” an hour-long show hosted every weekday by her co-worker and friend, Paloma. Shay and her Dad would always practice “radio show host” together for fun before he was taken from their family suddenly during her senior year of high-school. An unexpected cardiac arrest was all it took and her Dad would never get that chance to hear her on the radio. Afterwards, nothing much mattered to her, not even getting into her college of choice. She slowly sunk into a deep depression, and is still fighting it off to date. “Here I am 29, and clinging to that childish dream. Make people cry and then make them laugh my Dad would say...” Well, little did Shay know that she will most definitely learn to do that, but it would be by the side of someone that she cannot stand. Enter the new guy, Dominic Yun. “And just like that, he brushes past me with a thermos of coffee, already inducted to this club that took me years to join. I hope the coffee burns his tongue.” “Does a new show mean we’re getting rid of one of our flagship shows?” It just so happens, that’s exactly what it means and it sends the workers scrambling for an answer. Jobs in public radio are not easy to obtain. Their boss, Kent, is the one who finds the subject of the new show, but it resides within Shay’s own brainstorming. The Ex Talk, featuring you guessed it, Dominic and Shay, who are definitely NOT exes. Can the sexual tension that they have for one another see them through? “...This is what I’m talking about, this THING you two have—it’s fascinating. I see the way you two act around the newsroom. I know I spend a lot of time in this office, but I’m perceptive. You two have this great chemistry, this natural conflict. Dominic is all about the news and hard facts and Shay you like the softer, more human-centered pieces.” On top of working with a seemingly arrogant 23 year old, Shay’s mother announces that she is getting remarried after only 11 months of dating, and she finds out that her best friend Amina is most likely moving away for her dream job. Needless to say that trying to juggle all three of these time-bombs everyone has dropped on her is far more than Shay can handle and she’s at her wits end. You won’t believe who will end up by her side, ready to pick up the pieces before she bursts. “I’ve been behind the scenes for so long that I want to see, I guess, if I can be more than that.” “I don’t like what my name in his mouth does to me...” But something that begins in a lie can’t possibly end well? Right? This story was unique, very sexy and definitely cute but FAR too stretched out in my opinion. It could’ve lost a lost if filler and still been just as enjoyable. 3.5 ⭐️ rounded up to 4 ⭐️ for Goodreads.

  24. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    I've had an ARC of this on my kindle for so long. Why did I put off reading this? Why. I am eating Tater Tots with my former nemesis in a dive bar at eleven o'clock on a Monday night. My life has ceased to make sense. If you're looking for a hate/dislike style enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance set in the workplace to fill the hole created by stories like The Hating Game, while still very much being its own thing, you should absolutely pick this one up. Because this is such a unique concept, t I've had an ARC of this on my kindle for so long. Why did I put off reading this? Why. I am eating Tater Tots with my former nemesis in a dive bar at eleven o'clock on a Monday night. My life has ceased to make sense. If you're looking for a hate/dislike style enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance set in the workplace to fill the hole created by stories like The Hating Game, while still very much being its own thing, you should absolutely pick this one up. Because this is such a unique concept, too, outside of that specfic flavour. You've heard of fake dating. But have you heard of fake exes? I'm scrolling back to the beginning of his photos when tragedy strikes. My hand slips on my laptop and I accidentally hit the like button. On a really old photo of him and his ex-girlfriend. The only rational solution is to set myself and my laptop on fire. It may have taken a chapter or two for me to sink my teeth into this but once I started flipping pages, I couldn't stop. I devoured this. Parts of this had me outright howling with laughter and once the romance kicked in, hoo boy. Hi. Yes. More of that. "You have CDs?" "Old car. That's all it can handle." " Besides, then she can act all hashtag retro ." "I hate that CDs are retro." Solomon's banter is so solid, the dynamic between these two lead characters so fun and a little flipped when you think of standard gender stereotypes, and all the little generational/age gap jokes were just hysterical (she's just about thirty, he's early twenties). Plus I'm not sure I have ever read a story set around public radio so that was really fun as a setting and we got little transcript bits, twitter feeds, and more to spice it all up and I always love that, too. "It's ridiculous that there's no cat lady equivalent for guys. Fucking misogyny." "Cat man?" "Sounds like a very gentle superhero." Honestly the only thing I didn't like was the public display/grand gesture/grovel (it's not a spoiler, this is a romance, of course this happens) but I generally hate these big moments so I'm not really surprised I didn't quite get on with it here, either. But that's a very personal thing. Not really my jam. I highly recommend this if you're looking for a snappy, delicious, hilarious, sweet, sexy, and very fun time. And considering the year we've just had? We could all do with this. But this also touches on grief, on finding your way even if you think you have it all figured out, the trials of adulthood, and more. Pick this one up. I'll definitely be trawling through Solomon's backlist (though, just for information purposes, she's been strictly YA up until this point) and I am so very excited for her next release. Whatever it might be. 4.25 stars ** I received an ARC from the author in a giveaway (thank you!) and was under no obligation to review. ** ---- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    Oh my gosh what an adorable and refreshing romance that we have on our hands by Rachel Solomon!! I had so much fun with this one. This was right up there with one of my top reads for 2021 and I have to say that it definitely did not disappoint! I loved the radio/podcast plot and the sexy and sassy banter that Shay and Dominic have. It's not something that I have seen before in a romance and just loved the two of them together. This also had some serious issues tied into the fun and sassiness which Oh my gosh what an adorable and refreshing romance that we have on our hands by Rachel Solomon!! I had so much fun with this one. This was right up there with one of my top reads for 2021 and I have to say that it definitely did not disappoint! I loved the radio/podcast plot and the sexy and sassy banter that Shay and Dominic have. It's not something that I have seen before in a romance and just loved the two of them together. This also had some serious issues tied into the fun and sassiness which I loved. I think it's important to tie in real life issues with the characters since it adds more depth to not only the story but having the characters connect on that deeper level. This was just what I needed and found myself smiling throughout the entire book! I was shocked that this was a debut and I am so excited to see what Rachel comes out with next!!! 4/5 stars Thank you so much to Berkley and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    5 Stars I have been looking forward to this book for a while and I just knew it would be good. I read Today Tonight tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon last year and adored it so when I heard she was releasing an adult romance I could not wait and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Shay and Dominic both work at the same radio station, her a having given her past 10 years moving up the ranks and dedicating all her efforts to it whilst Dominic is a new and young reporter quickly making an impression fre 5 Stars I have been looking forward to this book for a while and I just knew it would be good. I read Today Tonight tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon last year and adored it so when I heard she was releasing an adult romance I could not wait and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Shay and Dominic both work at the same radio station, her a having given her past 10 years moving up the ranks and dedicating all her efforts to it whilst Dominic is a new and young reporter quickly making an impression fresh off getting his masters degree (which he will gleefully tell you all about, it’s a thing). When the station is in trouble and a new show needs to be proposed Shay comes up with the idea of having two ex’s host a show and give out relationship advice and rather than finding two ex’s who are qualified enough to do the show it is decided Shay and Dominic’s animosity towards each other is enough to have them play pretend ex’s on air. In order to successfully pull off the scheme the two have to spend more time getting to know each other and with the crazy chemistry they have the idea of them dating isn’t so fake anymore. This book feels like it was made to be an audiobook. I listened to it and there are a bunch of excerpts from their radio show that worked so well to listen to. I loved the concept of the book centering around a radio station, getting to see the behind the scenes drama of a show whilst also getting to see a bunch of content of ‘ The Ex Talk’ blended well together to make it so investing. There were so many well developed and interesting side characters throughout the book. Notably I loved Shay’s mother and step- father, whom get their own episode of ‘The Ex Talk’ talking about love and grief and finding someone again, which was all seriously beautiful. Dominic was adorable I don’t know what was cuter his loving dementor or his beanie baby collection, but also 10/10 for sexiness I was in love with Dominic. I also adored Shay and watching her find a new place in her life when everything around her felt like it was changing. It made the book really engaging beyond the romance but in discussing making efforts in other aspects of our lives that we may neglect such as finding our true passion or making new friends. Dominic and Shay’s relationship was so pure and sweet. They had a bit of an age gap, her 29 and him 24 and my major gripe with age gaps is if the two characters have clearly different life experience and maturity levels which create an unhealthy imbalance but between these two you genuinely don’t think about their age gap and there is no power imbalance. They had such a genuine and authentic care for one another whilst also being super-hot together. Also after the inevitable third act breakup there is some seriously adorable live radio groveling. This book was essentially all I wanted it to be and was a top-tier rom- com seamlessly blending the romance, comedy and well fleshed out loveable characters, I loved it all.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Liese

    Rachel's writing is some of the most natural, mature, and engaging I've read in so long. THE EX TALK was sexy, smart, tender, and absolutely pitch-perfect romance. Her prose flowed organically, and I felt immersed in this story—this is my favorite: writing so consuming I'm simply *there* in this world an author has created. No clunky tags saying who said what, no overwrought descriptors, just perfectly paced plot, ideal description/dialogue balance, and a vulnerability in these characters’ depth Rachel's writing is some of the most natural, mature, and engaging I've read in so long. THE EX TALK was sexy, smart, tender, and absolutely pitch-perfect romance. Her prose flowed organically, and I felt immersed in this story—this is my favorite: writing so consuming I'm simply *there* in this world an author has created. No clunky tags saying who said what, no overwrought descriptors, just perfectly paced plot, ideal description/dialogue balance, and a vulnerability in these characters’ depths that feels so human and real and relatable. I really can't say enough wonderful things about THE EX TALK. So I'll simply say, if you love contemporary romance, if you enjoy enemies-to-lovers and fake relationship tropes, if you enjoy multifaceted characters with compelling flaws and strengths, and slow-burn, crackling chemistry THIS is a book you *must* read in 2021. I promise you won't regret it. Thank you to the author for this complimentary review copy. While it was gifted to me, my opinions are entirely my own and are in no way influenced by this. THE EX TALK is out January 26! Pre-order your copy today.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    Like Shay I grew up listening to public radio. My kids have grown up listening to public radio. The stories that keep you sitting in your driveway ("Driveway stories!) the stories that explore something so deeply like a father's connection to his son's old truck after he died, the bees, the bananas, the things you didn't know you care about but public radio can make an hour on it interesting. The fun Saturday morning shows and the fact that we can now openly say we all hated a Prairie Home Compa Like Shay I grew up listening to public radio. My kids have grown up listening to public radio. The stories that keep you sitting in your driveway ("Driveway stories!) the stories that explore something so deeply like a father's connection to his son's old truck after he died, the bees, the bananas, the things you didn't know you care about but public radio can make an hour on it interesting. The fun Saturday morning shows and the fact that we can now openly say we all hated a Prairie Home Companion and not like...lose our PR cred. Public radio thrives on its earnestness. Maybe it's naive for me to laud it as some pinnacle of journalistic integrity, ok, but its authenticity is basically what makes it what it is. So the fake ex thing? No. As journalists to use that to get others' stories? Definitely not. In this political economy? Almost fuck you. It may seem "minor" but think of where you have to go to get the story, and the ethics we depend on journalists to have. This isn't being your on-air persona. This is something more insidious, and I don't think I could like either character for this manipulation. And also, I guess I remember when the history channel wasn't out of history (it's so wild how that happens! It might have done the public some good to move on to pre world war 2 Germany rather than covering all aspects of the greatest generation and then deciding to have non stop Forged in Fire & worse), when the Discovery channel hadn't covered all of science apparently and moved on to "Finding Bigfoot" because pseudoscience is super cool, and even when all the cooking shows on Food Network weren't competitive. So anyway... Wow. This touched a nerve. I'll go read some other reviews to make sure I didn't entirely mischaracterize this and make a fool of myself more than I already have.

  29. 5 out of 5

    jenny✨

    OK FIRST: enemies-to-lovers in seattle featuring a radio show and asian love interest???? SECOND: i can seriously say i've never read a fake-dating trope where they're faking to be EXES need. neeeeed. OK FIRST: enemies-to-lovers in seattle featuring a radio show and asian love interest???? SECOND: i can seriously say i've never read a fake-dating trope where they're faking to be EXES need. neeeeed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alba and Her Secrets..♥

    4 'Love on air' Stars! ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Rachel Lynn Solomon’s romantic comedy debut is a delightful treat to read! Rachel was a new author to me but that adorable cover caught my attention fast and I was all over the idea of this novel as soon as I finished reading the blurb. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed The Ex Talk because of its diversity, the powerful messages that our society needs to seriously think about, the uncommon aspect of a roma 4 'Love on air' Stars! ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Rachel Lynn Solomon’s romantic comedy debut is a delightful treat to read! Rachel was a new author to me but that adorable cover caught my attention fast and I was all over the idea of this novel as soon as I finished reading the blurb. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed The Ex Talk because of its diversity, the powerful messages that our society needs to seriously think about, the uncommon aspect of a romance set in a public radio station, the amount of romance troupes (workplace, hate to love, fake exes, slight age-gap) and the banter and beautiful connection between the couple. This book was such a joy! So, The Ex Talk is Rachel’s debut in the adult comedy romance world and it’s a standalone enemies to lovers that sucks you in with its storyline and characters. Shay Goldstein has been working in Seattle’s radio for ten years and she is not having it with Dominic Yun, the new “colleague” who keeps flashing his studies all over the place. Well, the radio station is not going well and they need something to save it. Shay has the idea to start a new section called The Ex Talk, where two exes talk about relationships. What she is not expecting is for Dominic to become her partner in crime and her fake ex-boyfriend. These two start really knowing each other and forbidden sparks light up. This is only how it begins, I try to convince myself. We’re telling a story. That’s what radio is. The show will grow beyond our story—it has to. It’s the only way I can stomach our lie. I am happily surprised by The Ex Talk and the characters Rachel Lynn Solomon has given us with her debut in the romcom world. I have to say, the story was really entertaining, the characters and their stories incredibly appealing and the couple adorable and deliciously sexy. I love a smart romance, with gripping characters and a couple with a beautiful connection and The Ex Talk definitely has all that. I loved how Shay and Dominic are so different from the typical romance couple but still having those romantic aspects that the romance lover in me was satisfied by. “If I kissed you again,” he says, stepping closer, an intensity in his gaze I’ve never seen before, “it wouldn’t be for the show, or for research, or for any reason other than that I wanted to.” This story made me think, laugh, cry and swoon and that is pretty much all I ask to enjoy a good read. I am so happy these two were not as different as they thought they were and that they have found happiness together. I do wish their actual relationship was a bit more developed, because the ending felt a bit rushed, but overall, I really loved this sweet romcom! This is real. I have to keep reminding myself because otherwise I’m not sure I’d believe it. Therefore, I am rating The Ex Talk with 4 STARS because I am thoroughly enjoy a well-done romantic comedy and Rachel Lynn Solomon did not disappoint with this one. I loved Shay and Dominic, their wonderful banter, the start of their relationship and how it developed to more. I loved their sweet, sexy and emotional love story and I hope Rachel writes more books like this one because I will sure be on the lookout for them. Guys, do not miss this one, I really do recommend it! CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:

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