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I'm a fan of the fake-dating trope, but this is the first time I've seen a reverse fake-dating story! This book has such delicious tropes, including forced proximity, and features an older heroine (Shay is 29) and younger man (Dominic is 24). The relationship builds really beautifully - they start off disliking each other and finding each other really annoying, but as they're forced to work together and spend time together they find a grudging respect that builds to camaraderie and reluctant attraction. Even though Shay can't see it, it's clear to the reader how much both parties are fighting their feelings. The slow-burn build-up is absolutely delicious, and when they finally do come together it's hot as hell. I appreciated the explicit inclusion of enthusiastic consent throughout, as well as discussion of contraception.
Beyond the main relationships, there's a whole lot more that makes this book worthwhile. Shay is Jewish and Dominic has Korean heritage, and I enjoyed seeing their cultures and families on the page. Shay's father died during her teenage years, and that grief is something that she carries with her. How we deal with grief over time, and love after loss, are so beautifully handled. As much as I was glad for a mask while listening to the steamy scenes on the train, I was glad for it during chapters that more directly addressed that grief, which brought me to tears. It's something that had wider impact throughout the story, as we also see how Shay's mother dealt with it. There are themes of how family changes over time, with Shay's mum's new relationship (she proposes to her boyfriend!! Bonus points for having a woman propose!). The book also addresses how friendships grow and change over time, the loneliness and confusion of becoming an adult and finding your footing, and questioning and discovering your own personal and professional interests. It shows how pervasive and subversive sexism in the workplace can be, and the importance of women supporting women.
I borrowed the audiobook from the library and ended up buying the ebook. The audio performance is so moving! The performer does an incredible job, especially in highly emotional scenes where she really captured the depth of all the feelings coming to the fore. I definitely recommend listening to the audiobook if you have that option.
This was such a touching, evocative read, with an ending that hit all the right notes while leaving some things satisfyingly open to growth for the characters. Relationship Goals, indeed!
I love Dominic and I love Shay and I wars incredibly excited about this book, which sometimes is a problem, because the book itself can be underwhelming. While that wasn’t the case there’s some aspects of this I didn’t love completely, but Rachel’s voice is incredible and she’s an auto buy author for me!
I didnt really mean to read this tonight and shirk everything else I was planning to do but *britney spears voice* OOPS I DID IT AGAIN.
I haven't read any of Solomon's books before, but I was really interested in this one's premise, especially as someone with a background in radio myself (both on the production and hosting sides! Just like Shay. Although, I certainly didn't have a Dominic Yun. Tragic.).
Speaking of Dominic Yum-- I mean, Yun-- the sexual tension between them was insane especially in the first part of this book. I was truly dead. And their banter was amazing--some of the stuff they said on their show made me Chuckle.
All in all, I loved this one. So enjoyable, so unique, and such a page turner.
This was an amazing adult romance debut for Rachel! I absolutely loved this adorable story. With the enemies to lovers premise, I knew it would be something I would enjoy.
Shay Goldstein has been working in public radio for about ten years and can’t imagine doing anything else. Lately, she’s been clashing with her newest coworker, Dominic Yun, who thinks he knows everything about public radio as he just got a master’s degree in journalism. The radio station is struggling, Shay proposes a new idea and gets the green light from her boss. On the Ex Talk, two exes will give advice live on the air. There’s only one catch, her boss wants Dominic to be her cohost and pretend to be her ex. They’re not crazy about the idea of working together, and lying to all of their listeners, but it’s either cohost or lose their jobs.
The show really takes off, and they resonate with their audience. Shay and Dominic soon find that their lies might be catching up to them. They start to fall for each other, and in an industry that values truth, they may lose their jobs if they’re caught and more.
I loved the witty banter between Shay and Dominic! They had such chemistry, and I found myself wanting them to get together so badly. This book was like a ray of sunshine, and I was soaking it up. Definitely recommend. It’s out now, so be sure to add it to your TBR.
From the beginning this book felt like the movie "The Ugly Truth" and I couldn't get enough of it. But more than that, this book gives even more than that movie ever could have – partially due to time restraints. This book covers conversations about sexist bosses, chasing your dream, loss of loved ones, relationship-based challenges, inter-racial relationships, and ultimately not being able to read the one person you wish you could understand the most. I cannot recommend this book enough.
So, let me start off by saying that I had a very strange reading experience with this book. The blurb had me so excited that I preordered the Kindle edition and started reading on release day. But... I found the heroine to be extremely off-putting, and I set the book aside pretty quickly. Not necessarily as a DNF, but I certainly wasn't loving it the way I expected to. A few weeks later, the audio version became available at the library - and I literally jumped at the chance to get reading again. The initial enthusiasm I had for the book returned full force, and I got listening. But... wow, the narrator's voice did not help me like the heroine any better. I abandoned the audiobook a short time later and went back to the Kindle edition, because, yes, I was still feeling this book. And things went much, much smoother from there.
I guess what I'm saying is that this gets off to a rocky start. Neither character is particularly likable at the beginning, though I at least felt like Dominic was giving off some adorably swoony hero vibes. Shay is the kind of heroine who will take awhile to grow on you, and she will likely continue to give you reasons to dislike her along the way. Once you've reached a certain point in the story, you'll understand that her personality is one of the things that makes this book feel so unique and gives it some extra depth, but it takes awhile to get there. The best parts of the book happen once you settle in - the great banter, the sweet yet sexy tone, the chemistry - it all comes later. So, for me, the first third is sort of unbearably annoying, but the other two-thirds are really great. It's absolutely a fresh, interesting debut with a ton of potential, and I would not hesitate to read more from the author. The storyline is original and the characters' perspectives are distinct. That alone makes this a worthwhile read - if you can get past the beginning.
Whew *fans self* this was steamy! And funny, and feminist, and everything I love from Solomon as a YA author...but R rated. Buckle in for a hot ride if you like NPR, podcasts, or hate to love. (Probably a MUST READ for fans of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne)
The storyline about how the main character felt after losing her father was very authentic and touching. A lot of the heartbreak and angst over bad relationships was also very genuine. On the other hand, I found this book/author tried way too hard to represent “diversity”. Every single character was “representing” a group: African, Asian, Indian, several LGBTQ, etc. it was way overdone and came across as forced i.e. checking the boxes of working every community into the story to the point of distraction. If you name a character an obviously Indian name, you don’t have to go out of your way to point out to the reader that the character is Indian when it doesn’t add to the plot or story. It felt very forced.