The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon - A Book Review

Sometimes love comes when you least expect it. For Shay Goldstein, she certainly doesn’t expect it to come from her antagonizing colleague Dominic Yun. If you’re looking for an entertaining romantic comedy to read, I highly recommend The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon.

Plot Summary

Shay has come from a family where public radio was cherished. She loves her job as a producer for her Seattle public radio station - a position that she’s earned in her ten years at the station. The only thing she isn’t liking about the job is that her newest colleague, straight out of a Masters in Journalism degree program, thinks her knows everything about public radio. At a brainstorming session to come up with a new concept for a show, Shay presents an idea: two exes will banter about their past relationship and provide relationship advice for other couples. When the boss decides to go ahead with this show, he chooses Shay and Dominic as the hosts despite knowing that the two have never even dated. This sets the scene for a getting to know each other weekend away paid for by the station.

Book Review

I was thoroughly entertained by this book. It has many of the charms that an enemies to lovers trope affords. I appreciate the character development and the witty banter typical of a good romantic comedy book. While the book does have the predictability you would expect, the book held my engagement throughout. As a fan of podcasts and talk radio, I appreciated a book set within this medium. On a more serious note, there was evidence of thinly disguised misogyny in Shay’s workplace and I appreciated the choices that Shay had to make.

Audiobook Review

I listened to my local library’s audiobook version of this book that was narrated by Emily Ellet who had the sweet quality I have come to expect from a romantic comedy. Her tone and cadence were spot on and I enjoyed listening to her voice. I would not hesitate to recommend the audiobook edition of the book to those who appreciate this format.

What I Liked About The Ex Talk:

  • The banter between Shay and Dominic
  • The radio station setting
  • A strong female protagonist
I Recommend The Ex Talk To:

Readers who enjoy Romantic Comedies.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5

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  1. I liked the plot and I love reading light romantic comedies. THank you for sharing :)

  2. I'm a big romantic comedy fan so this is definitely one for me to add to my list. I've seen the cover a few times but never knew if it was worth reading. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. This sounds like a lovely easy read - great that there's a strong female protagonist as well :)

  4. This sounds like it would be a nice and easy going read and also sounds pretty entertaining! I'm always a fan of romantic comedy books and films so I'm sure this would be right up my street. Thank you for the review! x

  5. Great review! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book! I am also a fan of radio and podcasts so this sounds like such an interesting book for me. I'll definitely check it out because I love the sound of the storyline!

  6. This is a great review! I love reading and adding books to my tbr. I’m a big fan of romantic comedies, so thia seems like a perfect read for me. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Aw! This sounds like something I would read. I love romantic comedies! Glad you enjoyed it too, Jodie! xx

  8. This book sounds so cute. We love great banter.

  9. This sounds like a great book - I've added it to my TBR for this year, thank you x

  10. I loved this book so much! (I am on wordpress, blog link is on my Twitter. :D) I just have Blogspot for comments.

  11. That sounds like a great read. Thanks for a lovely and
    an honest review.

  12. Sounds good! Adding to my wish list now