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Review: Something To Talk About

Title: Something To Talk About

Author: Meryl Wilsner

Genre: LGBTQIA+ Romance

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Synopses: Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time—threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie.

As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives. Paparazzi are following them outside the office, coworkers are treating them differently, and a “source” is feeding information to the media. But their only comment is “no comment”.

With the launch of Jo’s film project fast approaching, the two women begin to spend even more time together, getting along famously. Emma seems to have a sixth sense for knowing what Jo needs. And Jo, known for being aloof and outwardly cold, opens up to Emma in a way neither of them expects. They begin to realize the rumor might not be so off base after all…but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames?

Publisher: Berkley Books

Publication Date: May 26th, 2020

Format: Digital ARC provided through NetGalley

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: A slow-burn f/f Hollywood romance worth reading–but don’t expect to swoon.

Something To Talk About is the fifth romance book I’ve read this year. I don’t normally read romance because I do not often see myself in them. For the five romance novels I’ve read this year four have featured LGBTQIA+ relationships but only one has been f/f. And while it wasn’t perfect, it was still enjoyable and relatable.

In Something To Talk About Wilsner has created a wonderful cast of characters  with a ton of potential but rather than being phenomenal they come across as flat and two-dimensional several times throughout the book. The two main characters are interesting as is their set of circumstances but there was no tension between them like I’d expect out of a romance. The story kept me hooked but throughout the book I had little to no emotional reaction to what was happening on the pages. The other romance’s I’ve read gave me a rollercoaster of emotions and this one simply left me empty. I don’t even want anything more from it, that’s how bland it is.

What I appreciate most about this book is one of the main characters has very little experience with relationships and she’s 41. While I may not be that old yet I too have had next to no experience with romantic relationships and it was really nice to have a character I could relate to in that way.

Despite it’s blandness I think this book helps to fill a gap in books in general, not just the romance genre. f/f romance/relationships are still hard to come by even though it’s 2020. This book was a let down for me emotionally but I’m so so thankful it exists.

Even with the lack of rollercoaster emotions I’m still giving this book 4 stars. I do think it’s well written in terms of structure and the plot is enjoyable. Wilsner also used this opportunity to discuss the #METOO movement and I think she did a wonderful job addressing it.

I hope Wlisner continues to write and I look forward to her next book.


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