The Ex-Talk|Review

The Ex-Talk – Published 2021

“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.” – Goodreads

THOUGHTS

This book has been all over bookstagram and on my library hold list for a long time, so when it finally came in I was very excited. And then I was confused, because for whatever reason I thought the main characters and love interests were both female. Now that I really look at the cover I can see that’s not the case, but I legitimately thought this was a f/f romance all this time.

This book has two main characters that seem to despise one another (enemies to lovers trope) in the workplace (another trope) who take on a fake (trope) former relationship to create a new podcast and save their jobs. As you can imagine, sparks fly and they both catch feelings for one another along the way, amid all of their lies, which makes things even messier.

I did the audio for this one, which was great. The narration was easy to listen to, and the podcast element lent itself well to an audiobook. Definitely recommend this steamy romance full of tropes we all love!

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