Put on your headset, wait for the red light and you're now live on radio! Welcome to The Ex Talk and here is where Shay and Dom's wild ride begins...
Shay Goldstein has been a radio producer at Seattle PPR for all of her twenties. She can’t imagine working anywhere else until Dominic Yun enters the scene fresh off his master’s program at Northwestern and is driving her nuts. When they both find out the station is struggling to stay afloat, Shay proposes a show that excites her boss even if it means lying to their listeners. And what is the premise? A show where exes talk about their past relationship and others relationships...her boss knows just who to set up for the task, Shay and Dominic. As the show becomes a must-listen in Seattle, their deception continues and their relationship shifts into something bigger along the way.
As someone who loves podcasts, I enjoyed this book so much, and the characters were very relatable. It was humbling to read how Shay really didn't have her life all figured out before she turned 30. As someone in her twenties and in the middle of figuring out her career herself, I connected with her on that front. Dominic, on the other hand, was SO CUTE I CANNOT EVEN. His personality, his forearms *LOL*, his undeniable love for grad school, and his ability to be vulnerable...he was just perfect.
The best part of the book for me actually lied in the conflicts. Not only was Shay struggling with the ongoing loss of her father, but she was also dealing with her sexist boss who I truly hated by the end of the book. Won't say why because I do not want to spoil it for anyone! Both characters grew from the conflict into the people they were supposed to be and it made their connection with one another even deeper. Also, another highlight of this book was Steve - Shay's adopted chihuahua with an overbite. He melted my heart on multiple occasions with some great moments with both Shay and Dominic.
Another 5-star read from yours truly and since it's a romance it rates 4 flames on the steamy scale. Some other books like this one that you might enjoy are The Bromance Book Club Series by Lyssa Kay Adams, Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren and the Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.