Review: Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

Something to Talk About It is a delightful slow burn romance from a new author that I fell hard for. I think you will, too.

Something To Talk About CoverA 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? (Goodreads) Goodreads

I received an eARC of Something to Talk About via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I also won a physical ARC through Goodreads.

Something to Talk About needs content warnings for sexual harassment, blackmail, paparazzi invasions of privacy, discussions of racism in media, discussions of racism, an off-page parental death from cancer (years before book starts), an on-page asthma attack that requires medical attention, and an on-page fight between the main character and her toxic father.

Something to Talk About balanced the line between high tension and low tension really well for me. There was the natural pull of tension between our two heroines as well as the high tension of the tension from the #metoo plot, but it was never overwhelming for me to read.

Both heroines had communities around them to support them, which I enjoyed especially because they were both members of marginalized communities – Emma is Jewish and Jo is Chinese-American.

It features a boss/employee romance which leans a bit to the taboo, but Wilsner handled it really well. Nothing officially happens between them until after they are no longer working together, but readers will get to see them falling in love with each other and trying to figure out how to make it work. I loved the slow burn in this book, but it might not be for you if you’re looking for insta lust or a more fast-paced book.

I personally highly recommend this book. You can pick up a copy through Amazon, Bookshop, Book Depository or The Ripped Bodice through our affiliate links.


Title: Something to Talk About

Author: Meryl Wilsner

Publisher: Berkley Books

Length: 336 Pages

Release Date: May 26, 2020

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Representation: white jewish female main character, Chinese American female main character


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