Title: Something to Talk About
Author: Meryl Wilsner
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Genre: Contemporary, FF Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 336 Pages
Rating: 3 – 3.5 Stars
A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance.
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?
♦ Personal Thought ♦
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT is actually a rather enjoyable read. A well-grounded age-gap office romance is something I can get into. Plus, I liked the protagonists and could spot the latent enemy among the (supposedly) friendly faces quite early on (which beg the question why our MCs couldn’t figure out who the wolf in sheep’s clothing all along). The dilemma Jo and Emma faced was plausible and convincing enough and the budding romance between them developing over time gradually. It also weaved in recent situation with the industry the women were in, making the overall tale actual and relatable.
I also adored Jo’s circle of friend(s) and Emma’s family, the unquestioning loyalty and love they showed even when mercilessly teased both women. I love this sort of family love in a book – sadly not something often found in a queer story.
Yet I personally thought the story being prolonged (unnecessarily) for dramatization sake. And this lessened my pleasure in the book. It felt like only after (the book) running out of excuses to further extend the pages the plot being rushed for Jo and Emma to finally come together. I still liked the book, but darn it – it could have been better. Of course, that’s only my two cents worth of things.
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via Edelweiss + in exchange for an honest review.