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An instant Indie best seller

Public radio cohosts 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 cohosts, 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.

©2021 Rachel Lynn Solomon (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • SP4HOME
  • 01-02-21

Twenty somethings trying to figure it out...

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon is a coming of age for two young adults trying to figure out who they are and what they really want. It is a fun story, sometimes R rated, but in the end I think it will give twenty something year olds hope and relief that they don’t have to have everything figured out. I also liked that they conveyed that you can change careers if you want to, it’s okay. It’s also okay to go back to something and/or someone you love at any age.
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  • RachNYC
  • 28-03-21

This is what I did all Sunday 😅

This felt like a public radio podcast for real! I was so vested in their show...wow!...
The book was well researched and the opening quote from Ira was gold

"I dont go looking for stories with the idea of wrongness in my head, no. But the fact is, a lot of great stories hinge on people being wrong."
-- Ira Glass

One little problem with the Shay- she was almost dislikable. She sometimes sounded petty and immature. It could be because the book is her POV.
Dominic was 💯🔥

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  • Thalyta Still
  • 01-02-21

It was so funny, sexy, and relatable!

The Ex Talk is about Shay and Dominic. The pair didn't get along well, so they were the perfect candidates to host a radio show about their past relationship. Except, they never dated, and now they are starting to get to really know each other.

I LOVED the Ex Talk! It was so funny, sexy, and relatable! I am a big fan of the fake-dating trope, but I did not know I needed a fake-exes rom-com in my life until I read this book! Shay is so witty and such a relatable mess of a millennial. I mean, aren't we all just trying to figure out what we are doing? Hahaha, I just wanted to give Dominic a big hug because he was so much more complicated than he seemed at first.

This book is so funny and light-hearted while still touching on serious topics. The author brought up white privilege, age gap in relationships, misogyny, and how differently women are treated in the workplace, which I really appreciated!

It was so close to 5 stars, but one thing happened in the end that really bugged me, but I will not spoil it for you! You'll have to read it!

The narration was well done; however, I feel like it was over-acted during the smutty scenes, so be aware!

Overall, I could not recommend this book more! Any and all lovers of romcoms and deliciously smutty books should get their hands on this book ASAP! ;)

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  • AudioBookHoe
  • 29-01-21

Loved but not perfect

I loved the overall plot of the book. Instead of fake relationship, it's more like fake exes. It's essentially about rivals who have to pretend to have dated so they can host a show about the very same thing. It's inclusive for sure, many of the side characters are racially diverse, including the hero(he's Korean-American) as the heroine is Jewish. If I were judging it on the plot alone, i'd say it was a straight five.
But because it's not about just the plot alone, it's much more a 4-4.5
The heroine was very whoa is me. She was one of those annoying 29 dreading 30 types. As someone in my 30's, especially after surviving COVID, I'm happy as hell be in my 30's. I know real 20-somethings feel like this, but I feel like the media(including books) shape why people feel like if they dont achieve things by a certain age, they havent accomplished anything.
She had everything going for her but jealousy was her achilles heel. She was jealous of her LI for being younger than her and more accomplished, she was even jealous of her mother for being married twice! This woman lost her first husband! That made it challenging to like her because she was young, white, privileged and pretty (even though she saw her brown hair and eyes are drab compared to her mom; yet another thing to be jealous of).
She was insecure about her voice, which I can understand because I've always had a naturally deep voice even as a child. I know what it's like to be made fun of for it. But I had to laugh at her when her privilege came out complaining about it, considering her LI had WAY bigger problems with micro AND macro aggressions.
The hero didnt have his own narrative, so I only knew him through her narrative. He seemed handsome and smug/self-assured for sure. He was a little arrogant but in a naive way, not in an intentional way. I liked him but it felt like they were competing with each other and relationships dont always start out well that way. They had amazing tension though!
It was obnoxious how they kept bringing attention to a five year age difference he was 24, she was 29. I'd hardly say it was as serious as they kept making it. Also, I wasn't sure why her stepdad's name was Phil  he was straight from Nigeria so that seemed odd considering he wasnt Nigerian-American as in born in the US.
Overall, it was wildly entertaining. I'd try this author again.

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  • Jessica S.
  • 22-04-21

Such a cute story!

This was a cute little story. Predictable but very cute and fresh. it's paced well. The narrator did a great job voicing lots of characters. I really enjoyed it

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  • Tiffany
  • 10-04-21

Sweet love story

I really did enjoy this story. There were times I was very frustrated with the main character Shae, I felt she could be over analytical sometimes in self critical of herself and her abilities. But I am glad that she was able to rein in and discover who she really is.I was very glad that she decided to give Dominic a chance to show her what true love in friendship really is.

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  • 07-04-21

Very shallow and predictable.

It's not that I am incapable of reading a romance novel. I have found some to be fun. But this one was predictable at every turn, and the dialogue was downright embarrassing.

Sorry folks, but I need more of an actual plot to keep me engaged.

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  • 06-04-21

Narration did not help this slow story

Ugh - the narration of the main character really hurt this audiobook. The main character is already borderline unlikeable - she's nice and all - just hard to root for. She has essentially zero self confidence, is a bit of a willing doormat and an all around total sad sack of a person. And then the narrator read her in whispered tones. It was almost as if the main character was on the verge of quite tears that she was trying to hold in constantly - or about to drift off to... nowhere... just disappearing in her own thoughts and words and would sort of cease to exist. It made it to hard to listen to. I returned this title half way through. And to be honest here, I also bought the physical book first - and couldn't get into it - but I love Public Radio so much, and the author of the book is from my hometown and I'm familiar with her radio work and I really, really wanted to support all of it - what's not to love? Podcasts! Public Radio! Seattle! A rescue dog! A hot co-worker! but in the end, after purchasing both etc book and then the audiobook - I 'll never finish either. The audio book went back and the book will go to my neighborhood's Free Library. It was like hearing a GIANT SIGH.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-21

Lovely lovely fluffy story

Got the recommendation for this book from Chandler Ainsley's YouTube channel and im really happy I did!

This book is fluffy and fun and charming and hearing it as an audiobook was even more fun with all the radio segments.
Would highly recommend the audiobook as a vacation "book" even if you are just chilling at home waiting for the pandemic to go away haha,

Would love for it to be translated to Hebrew so I could recommend it to my friends!

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  • Wesley Song
  • 15-03-21

A really fun story with an incredible narrator

I really enjoyed this book. The writing is fun, very smart and got more than a few laughs. The narrator has an amazing voice and really brought the characters to life. Both the author and narrator made this book a truly enjoyable experience.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-03-21

Good story ruined by accept misogny message

so many opportunities to empower women but this book stores at solidarity. the microaggressions the protagonist is forced to tolerate, including her boss sabotaging the show, resulting in her competing with a female colleague for a part time version of her old job whilst her male love interest keeps this job was INFURIATING to hear. the misogynist boss ultimately remains horrifyingly unimpacted by decades of sexual harassment and microaggressions towards female staff. in the backdrop of everyday sexism and #MeToo this made the book a disappointment. Would not recommend.