Waiting on Wednesday (14): Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon & The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon


Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

I hope you are all doing well and are being safe and healthy.
In today's WoW, I'm featuring the rom-com adult debuts by two of my favorite YA authors, Sandhya Menon (writing as Lily Menon) and Rachel Lynn Solomon. I've been pumped for this book ever since they announced they were writing adult romances.

Make Up Break also has one of my favorite romance tropes, rivals-to-lovers, and is set in the tech/app development world. I truly can't wait to fall in love with Annika and Hudson!

The Ex Talk also has one of my favorite tropes - a second chance romance! The couple, Shay and Dominic, are not-so-gently nudged into being cohosts at the radio station, but they hate each other. I can't wait to see how this all plays out! 😃

Look how fun the book sounds from the summary!

MAKE UP BREAK UP 

by Lily Menon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's
Publication Date: February 2nd 2021

Love, romance, second chances, fairy-tale endings…these are the things Annika Dev believes in. Her app, Make Up, has been called the “Google Translate for failing relationships.”

High efficiency break-ups, flashy start-ups, penthouses, fast cars…these are the things Hudson Craft believes in. His app, Break Up, is known as the “Uber for break-ups.” It’s wildly successful—and anathema to Annika’s life philosophy.

Which wouldn’t be a problem if they’d gone their separate ways after that summer fling in Las Vegas, never to see each other again. Unfortunately for Annika, Hudson’s moving not just into her office building, but into the office right next to hers. And he’ll be competing at the prestigious EPIC investment pitch contest: A contest Annika needs to win if she wants to keep Make Up afloat. As if it’s not bad enough seeing his irritatingly perfect face on magazine covers when her own business is failing. As if knowing he stole her idea and twisted it into something vile—and monumentally more successful—didn’t already make her stomach churn.

As the two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about?

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THE EX TALK

by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: February 9th 2021

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon's adult romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can't imagine working anywhere else. But lately it's been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yeung, who's fresh off a journalism master's program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it's this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it's not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to catch feelings for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

Do you enjoy the rivals-to-lovers and second chance lovers trope?
Let me know in the comments below!


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