Title: Something to Talk About
Author: Meryl Wilsner
Release date: May 26th, 2020
“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?”
If you’re looking for a slow-burn sapphic romance, oh boy, this one is one to read. In fact, it may be the slowest slow burn I’ve ever read. It makes it all the more worth it when they finally get together in the end.
I’ve been on board with this book the moment Berkley announced it’s first romance featuring queer woman. And then they through this cover in, and I had been dying to read it ever since. I’m so happy I got my hands on an early digital copy, and I can’t wait to hold this physical book in my hands.
Emma and Jo are truly likeable characters. The writing was quick and fun, and the Hollywood setting made this story shine. The banter between the characters is entertaining and really had me rooting for them.
I really enjoyed the addition of the #metoo plotline in this. I wish we got more of it, and had a bit more followup on what happened with the Cassandra Project, but it added another element to this book to enjoy. These characters really shined throughout that situation.
And as much as I love a slow burn romance, that might’ve been the one thing here keeping me from rating this 5-stars. A super slow slow burn may work for a lot of people, but it was a little much for me. The pining for each other didn’t start until much later in the story than expected, and as entertaining as the rumour plotline was, I wanted a bit more of the pining for each other to happen earlier. I like my slowburn to feature more pining, and that nice sweet get together at the end. But here the two didn’t happen much until the last section of the book.
The only other thing that bugged me was some of the main conflict coming from really bad communication. I understand that with characters who communicate properly, there’s not much conflict for the plot, but oh my god, they literally just weren’t talking and it so much could’ve been resolved with just talking. Bad communication plotlines just aren’t my thing, but again, that’s a personal preference.
Overall, I am so happy to see this book being a thing and it truly gave me overall good feels. I am ecstatic to see this hitting shelves and giving us sapphics what we’ve been waiting for.
*ARC received through NetGalley for honest review*