The 52 Book Club 2022 Challenge Prompt: 50. A person of color as the main character
Other Possible Prompts: 25. A wealthy character, 36. Recommend by a favorite author, 45. A book with illustrated people on the cover
Hey y’all! My first f/f romance was a delight. Something to Talk About was everything the hype led me to believe it was!
After a photo hits the press of star-turned-screenwriter Jo Jones laughing and smiling with her assistant Emma, the world decides the two are dating. While it couldn’t be further from the truth, Jo’s insistence on not publicly denying the rumors ends up putting them further in the spotlight and pushing them together even more than before.
But the more time they spend together, the more they realize there may be some truth to the rumors. The two like to be around each other…if only the implications of those rumors weren’t so inappropriate and damaging to their careers in Hollywood.
I have to say first and foremost that if you can’t do slow burn romance, this isn’t for you. I saw a lot of negative reviews online saying “nothing was happening in the first 100 pages” and they dnf-ed it, but it’s soooo good if you do like a slow burn. The will they/won’t they of it all was sweet and genuine and kept me interested in the story, and even wanting more long after it ended.
I liked both Jo and Emma a lot. I thought both their characters were super likeable, even when they made questionable decisions when it came to each other. I really rooted for both of them!
I don’t usually like books with the Hollywood scene, but I thought this one, working in the background of it all, was far more enjoyable and still tastefully done. It acknowledged the popularity and paparazzis without making it overwhelmingly about the stars in their eyes, if you will. I liked that an actor wasn’t our main love interest.
Further, they used the Hollywood scene to make some powerful and important points regarding the Me Too movement. The events of this book can be hard to read, but I think the way they are handled is great. Women lead this novel, and this is a great representation of women supporting women, and the power of that. I really loved all the feminist energy written all over this book.
I enjoyed Something to Talk About even more than I thought I would, truly. I’m glad I read it and I’ll be seeking out more of Wilsner’s work in the future. This was a refreshing romance for me and I hope you’ll give it a shot too! Or, let me know what you thought of it!
Have a great week. 🙂