Review: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon


Release date: January 26, 2021

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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.


Two of my personal favorite romance tropes are enemies to lovers and fake dating and somehow this amazing book combined the two in the most delicious way. Also I guess I really loved reading about the behind the scenes work that goes into public radio, who knew?! This was so sharp and witty, a truly smart romance.

I don’t always have to be obsessed with the characters in the book I’m reading, but if I am, it makes it even better for me. You guys, I was head over heels for both Shay and Dominic. I was totally invested in both of them from the start, I mean Shay is a doll and Dom has the whole brooding hero thing down pat. The diversity here was amazing, Shay is Jewish, Dom is Korean and many of the secondary characters are from various backgrounds, etc. Sometimes books with such a variety of characters can feel forced, like they made someone Jewish to be “woke” but there was absolutely none of that here, these people were who they were with purpose, not just an added afterthought which was so refreshing. Add in some seriously steamy and sexy scenes and the type of banter that makes me cackle and this is a must!

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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