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A release to look out for by Meryl Wilsner aka a review of Something To Talk About

Hey everyone!!! I’m literally so excited about this book!!! I have four words for you: SLOW BURN LESBIAN ROMANCE

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Title: Something To Talk About

Author: Meryl Wilsner

Genre: Adult romance

Publisher: Berkley Books

Date published: May 26th 2020

Rep: LESBIANS *clap clap clap* but also Chinese-American main character, Jewish main character and POC side characters

Length: 336

Content warning: homophobia, sexual harassment

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Summary:

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?


*Thank you to Edelweiss+ for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

You guys!!! This review will totally be all over the place but the main point you gotta take away from this review is this: you want to watch out for this book and read it asap.

The writing in this book was awesome! You could instantly feel the chemistry between the two main characters and I loved their friendship as much as I loved their romance.

Jo was the sun. Jo was the gravity.

I was so so glad Jo didn’t turn out to be the asshole celebrity and asshole boss. I feel like these days that’s often what happens or often how bosses are shown! Jo is definitely a no-nonsense person, but she isn’t mean. Also, I thought the celebrity side of the story was extremely well written as well. I loved that Jo was famous, but not so famous that it (1) has gone to her head and (2) is a huge part of the story and her personality. Jo was a well-rounded character who uses her status as a celebrity to call out things like racism – amongst other things – and (BLESS) uses her money to help people.

Emma is an assistant (a really good one) and I really appreciated the fact that her being an assistant was shown as an important job and not at all as a degrading thing. I particularly loved Emma’s relationship with her sister. I don’t have any siblings so I can’t tell if it was well done but the balance of really awesome and cute sibling-frienship and sibling-banter made this book a lot more fun.

The book also had some humour moments that were super enjoyable!! It made it a bit more light hearted at times which was very appreciated.

“I’m a hungover midlife crisis of a person in love with my assistant. Give me a break.”

For the romance, OH. MY. GOD. The slow burn was slooooowwwwww. But so, so good!!! As I said, the chemistry was very nice from the very beginning and I promise you will find yourself whispering “kiss, kiss, kiss” the whole time. The one thing that surprised me (pleasantly) was how the age gap between Jo and Emma was done. These two have 14 years of difference, and I mean it’s not the most insane age gap but it’s a pretty big difference. Usually for me age gaps are really not something I enjoy but this time around it was very well done! In the end, it didn’t bother me at all! Anyway, I won’t go further into the details because believe me you will enjoy it more if I don’t say too much but aaaahhhh.

All in all, the only reason this book didn’t get 5 stars when I think about it is because in the end it just got a tiny bit repetitive. It definitely 100% didn’t stop be from binging the entire book in a few hours, but it just felt like the slow burn got a little bit too slow just toward the very end. Both the characters were dying in their respective POVs for maybe one chapter too much. But to be honest, the end totally makes up for it and I think some of you wouldn’t mind it at all! It was definitely partly a me problem.

Sometimes I feel like lesbian slow burn romances (especially ones with a POC protagonists) aren’t necessarily the most common thing out there, and this definitely was a good one (and that makes me so happy alskjfhiweuh). I totally recommend it!!!

Do you plan to read this? You really should!!! Either way, I would love it if you could recommend me more binge-worthy lesbian books you loved!!


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