The Ex Talk

Berkley. Feb. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780593200124. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Sparks fly across the airwaves in this enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy. Shay Goldstein has dedicated the past ten years of her life to her job at Pacific Public Radio. So she isn’t impressed by her pretentious new colleague, Dominic Yun, who manages to mention his newly minted Northwestern graduate degree more often than the station hosts pledge drives. The two have an argument during a brainstorming meeting, when Shay suggests a program about two exes discussing relationships, and Dominic dismisses the idea as too lowbrow for public radio. After witnessing their fight, the station’s program director convinces the two to act as the ex-couple in Shay’s proposed show and take their battles on the air if they want to avoid station layoffs. Only one problem—the two have never dated and they’ll have to keep it secret if they hope to keep their jobs. As the two become friends and romantic tension mounts, they’ll have to navigate complications that could derail their newfound success.
VERDICT Solomon’s (Today Tonight Tomorrow) adult fiction debut is a slow burn romance that would be a great introduction to the genre for readers new to it. Witty banter and lovable characters will delight public radio nerds and contemporary fiction fans alike.
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