Better late than never with my September reads, right? While I only read two books, both were really good and were hard to put down. No matter what your go-to genre is, I think you’ll enjoy both of these reads! One rom-com (hellllooo enemies turned lovers!) and one mystery/thriller and both need to be put on your TBR list ASAP. Here’s what I read in September.
What I Read in September
THE EX TALK BY RACHEL LYNN SOLOMON
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 Yun, 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 fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.
My Review: I am the biggest sucker for any enemies-to-lovers plot and THE EX TALK was no exception. I picked up this book without knowing too much about it other than everyone saying it was a must-read and am so glad I did. Yes, it’s a rom-com but it’s also much more than that. I loved digging into each of the characters’ pasts, how and why they ended up at the radio station they’re both working at, and seeing how their life experiences had an impact on their relationship.
My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME BY LAURA DAVE
Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers: Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.
As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered; as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss; as a US Marshal and FBI agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.
Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth, together. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they are also building a new future. One neither Hannah nor Bailey could have anticipated.
My Review: Laura Dave, author of THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME, immediately dove into the drama. I was on the edge of my seat after reading the first two pages! This thriller/mystery had me on my toes throughout and had me questioning what I would do if I was in Hannah’s position. My only complaint is the ending – I understand why Dave chose to end the book this way and it answered general questions but I just wish there was more.
My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️