Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

Monday, May 11, 2020


by Meryl Wilsner
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: May 26th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

There's quite a bit of excitement for Something to Talk About as it's Berkley Romance's first F/F romance. Though I don't care for books about famous people I knew I wanted to give this a try when it showed up at my doorstep. You guys know I'm such a sucker for a good slow-burn romance and Something to Talk About 100% delivered for me with all its tropey goodness.

What I really loved about Something to Talk About was how sweet and wholesome it was. I love romance novels that can have me squeeing in a corner while reading and that's exactly how I reacted while reading this book. Emma and Jo's relationship dynamic evolves from boss-employee to friends to more and it is just delightful to watch. Both Jo and Emma were wonderful characters and I grew attached to them so easily. I think that was why it was so easy for me to get invested in their romance despite my having to be very very patient before they even shared their first kiss! Jo was this powerhouse director in Hollywood. She appeared very staunch and reserved, but there was so much depth to her. As a woman of color, she has had to face numerous obstacles in her career, but she worked hard to prove everyone wrong and had a successful career to show for it. Emma, her assistant, was an equally driven young woman with dreams that seemed impossible to reach according to her. With Jo's encouragement, she finds the final push to get her to work towards her desires. They were such a good couple together. I loved the little things these two did for each other and I loved the soft moments such as the secretly exchanged glances - I was melting!

With the Hollywood setting, Meryl Wilsner also tackles #MeToo in Something to Talk About. It's a big part of the story, so if talk about sexual assault is a difficult topic for you, this may not be the easiest book to read. I thought the discussion on the topic was handled very thoughtfully and it's relevant given the world we live in. The secondary cast in this book also added an extra dimension to the story. I really loved how Jo and Emma's family and friends also played a monumental role here. Truly, this was just a very lovely story and I will most definitely be re-reading it in the future.

I hope you guys give Something to Talk About a try when it releases and I hope you love it as much as I did. :)

What are some of your favorite soft and wholesome romances?
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