Something To Talk About – By Meryl Wilsner

Goodreads Synopsis: 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?

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I remember hearing about this book before it was published but had forgotten about it until I saw it on last year’s Goodread’s Choice Awards. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to actually read the book until just recently. I’m so glad I was actually able to find a copy at my local library!

Something To Talk About is the perfect vacation read, cute and funny with a slow burn romance that will melt your heart. The book follows Jo and Emma, two women who work together in Hollywood. Jo is a director and Emma works as her assistant, both enjoy their jobs and are very good at them. At the start of their professional relationship both of them can see things they admire in each other, and as they get closer and develop a friendship their admiration grows into something more. I really enjoyed reading this story. I felt that both Jo and Emma were well developed characters and I loved that their relationship grew slowly over the course of the whole book. Jo is older and has a more reserved personality, it’s adorable to see how Emma brings out another side of her. And Emma is such a sweet caring person. I’m a huge fan of slow burn romances, I love longing, which almost feels like a must in a F/F romance. Give me all the linger looks!

I think part of what made this book so good is the fact that it’s written by a queer identifying author. Meryl uses they/them/theirs pronouns and according to their website writes “happily ever afters for queer folks who love women”. You can really tell that Meryl writes from personal experience of being a queer person who loves women. The story feels authentic, and I loved how realistic the sex scenes were. Thinking back I can’t remember if there is more than one sex scene or not, but the one I do remember was beautifully written. So often I find sex scenes silly or corny, so it was enjoyable to read one that actually worked.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read more by Wilsner. They are an author to keep an eye on! In the end I gave Something To Talk About four stars on Goodreads. Definitly check this one out!

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