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Something to Talk About

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  20,020 ratings  ·  3,664 reviews
A 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
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Berkley
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May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**2.5-stars rounded up**

Something to Talk About was Berkley's first published F/F Romance. Believe me when I tell you that I was HIGHLY anticipating its release.

However, as intriguing as the premise sounds, the actual story itself left me feeling underwhelmed.

Honestly, it hurts me to write this. I'm sad and disappointed about it.

It is a good book, there is nothing off-putting about it, and it tackles some fairly serious issues, but I was expecting to be swooning. I would have even settled for a
Miranda Reads

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The Written Review : 4.5 stars

"Dude," Avery said. "She wants to wife you."
Jo, a longtime Hollywood hustler, decides to bring her assistant, Emma, on one of her various red carpet events.

Surrounded by photographers, Jo makes Emma laugh and the intimacy of that perceived moment sends the press in a tizzy.
"Ms. Jones, you do not need any more bad press at this moment," Amir said
DNF at 150 pages
-This book should’ve been amazing, I’ve been dying for a good f/f romance and with that premise and that cover I was hoping this would be a five star for me
-So boring, nothing has happened yet
-These characters are so bland and boring and they don’t have any chemistry, their relationship is so co-workers like but there’s just no tension
-It just isn’t for me sadly

This is Berkleys first published f/f romance and I’m sad that it was a disappointment. I hope Berkley romance continu
Lex Kent
3.75 Stars. This was a sweet and enjoyable read. By accident I seemed to have gotten into a roll of debut reads. This is my third debut in a row and not only is this Wilsner’s debut book, but this is also Berkley’s WLW romance debut. I love seeing lesfic in mainstream so I hope this is just the first of many WLW books to come for Berkley.

When I heard that not only was this a Hollywood romance but that one of our mains was an ice queen too, I could not wait to read this. That is pretty much a per
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Welp, I am bummed as heck. I was SO excited for this book because it is Berkley's first F/F title, but I gotta be honest: nothing happened in this book. It started out fun enough, but the pacing was sooooooo slooooooow and the characters had little to no sexual OR romantic chemistry and this just.. let me down in a big way. It wasn't tHe WoRsT thing I've ever read (hence the 3 star rating and not anything lower), but it was just especially disappointing because I had such! high! hopes! for this ...more
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Actual rating 1.5

Rep: Chinese American lesbian mc, Jewish bi mc

CWs: sexual harassment, misogyny

Galley provided by publisher

Nothing is as bad as a mind-numbingly dull book and nothing is as painful as pushing yourself to finish said mind-numbingly dull book. But I did. And thus, you will benefit from the full extent of my sheer frustration at this novel.

Firstly, the 1.5 stars rating is a culmination of my probably-actual-rating (2 stars, it was okay, not really for me, but maybe so
Larry H
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something to Talk About is a sweet rom-com set in the entertainment industry. And the way it reads, it’s perfect for a movie or television adaptation itself.

Jo was once a child actress, but now she’s an Emmy Award-winning television writer. She’s about to embark on her most ambitious project yet, completely out of her comfort zone, and the chatter has already started that she’s not qualified.

With the SAG Awards coming up, she knows everyone will ask about the new project so she decides she n
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

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Something to Talk About is Meryl Wilsner’s debut novel, and I really enjoyed it. But reader beware, this one starts out slow. So slow, in fact, that I almost gave up on it. I’m so happy I didn’t. I ended up loving so much about this story and I love a good slow burn romance!

Emma is the assistant to Jo Jones. Yes, that Jo. Jo has been in Hollywood for decades. Starting off as a child actor, then moving on to other behind the scenes things such as writing. Jo takes Emma to an awards s
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Is that cover gorgeous or what? Hello, sweet, slow-burn romance!

Jo is recognizable in Hollywood since she was crowned a TV star early in her life. Emma is her assistant. The two are proclaimed a couple by the media when a picture circulates of Jo making Emma laugh. It’s supposedly a scandal, and it’s not good timing for Emma and her job working for Jo, or Jo and her new movie launch.

Hollywood gossip spreads as it does, and the press is following them everywhere. As the movie premiere approaches,
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

Solid enough, just not amazing.

🌸Slow build of a relationship
🌸Lots of filmmaking background, super detailed setting
🌸fun background characters, including great friends and a bunch of family members
🌸dealt with workplace romance and the power imbalance of that really well
🌸handled sexual harassment in the film industry well
🌸the trope where a character never uses the love interest’s real name until a moment of emotional tension and it’s very good

🌸Emma and Jo are pretty 1-dimensional
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Berkley's first sapphic romance and on one hand- yay Berkley! But on the other hand- what the heck Berkley it's 2020.

If Something to Talk About is any indicator of what's to come, then I am really excited to see what comes next from the publisher!

the characters
I knew going in that this book would have a f/f romance, but I was happily surprised by the other little bits of diversity sprinkled in. Emma is Jewish, and Jo is Chinese-American. I was reasonably attached to out main couple- al
mina reads™️
This was a DNF at 73%
This book is a sapphic romance about a Hollywood powerhouse named Jo whose experiences in the spotlight for years have cause her to become very jaded about sharing her love life with the public. As an asian american lesbian Jo refuses to give the tabloids Something to Talk About other than her many career achievements. One day at a red carpet event with her assistant Emma, the two are photographed in an intimate moment of shared laughter. The tabloids and rumor mill explode
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

2.5 stars

This book... I just. I am disappointed and I didn't even have super high expectations, either.

So, what's this book about?
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, c
Elyse Walters
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
My 2nd guilty pleasure read this month....

Summer-time sweet-girlfriend-rom-com.

Not ‘as’ much depth as
“Very Nice”, by Marcy Dermansky.... ( the other light summer read I recently read)...

I’m as straight as they come - but there is something so beautiful about two gay women.

Not a must read ... but I enjoyed the women...
Their relationship...
Their romance ....


Berit Talks Books
A sweet slow burn romance. This was Meryl Wilsner’s debut. This was also the first F/F romance published by Berkley. Jo was a child star, but after a misstep she decides she’d rather spend her time behind the camera then in front of it. Emma has always wanted to be a filmmaker, but for now she is happily working as Jo’s assistant. When Jo attends the SAG awards she doesn’t want to be asked complicated questions about an upcoming project, so she invites Emma to attend with her to act as a buffer. ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I’m so bad at writing reviews shit.
Ahhhhhh this book was so good! I'm always a bit nervous to start a book that I have such high expectations for, but this delightful and so real queer romance absolutely exceeded them. This Hollywood set love story between a showrunner and her assistant was done so beautifully and thoughtfully, addressing the power dynamics of a boss/employee relationship.

The slow burn.... I love to see it!!! What I love about that trope is how it lets the couple get to know each other so well and develop a frien
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: bi Jewish mc, Chinese American lesbian mc, Chinese American side characters, Jewish side characters
tw: sexual harassment

ARC provided by the publisher.

Something to Talk About is a perfectly fine book. Technically there isn’t much wrong with it. It’s actually really cool to see a book about an interracial sapphic couple, especially one where a Chinese woman openly admits she’s a lesbian and uses that word more than once.

The sapphic rep is the strongest part of the book. It’s pretty obvio
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The execution of the slow burn and the languidness of the relationship development didn't appeal to me. Not every book is for every reader, and SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT will deservedly re
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I overall definitely enjoyed reading Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner. The first third of this novel was very entertaining and I thought it was really easy to get into the story. I also really liked the premise of the novel because I don't think I've ever actually read a f/f workplace romance and was very excited for it since it sounded like a book I'd love. Unfortunately though, I ended up having a few problems
Sep 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Showrunner / assistant.

This one turned out to be good but not great. I like the idea of a famous showrunner falling for the assistant with whom she's embroiled in false dating rumours with. The premise is great, it has the best tropes and the writing is smooth. But Wilsner let the courtship dance go on for far too long and it turned out to be one of the slowest burns I've ever read. After a while, I lost sight of the reasons why they can't date. Age gap? A 14-year gap isn't that large. Conflict
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not very much happened but I didn't mind ...more
Z - literaryeffect
"Jo wasn't lying when she said Emma got her through most days. She did it because of things like this, because of the way she had Jo's back, the way she took care of her."

tw: sexual harassment

This is a f/f romance book set in Hollywood! Jo Jones was a child actress and is now a writer/producer in the industry. Emma is her assistant who dreams of becoming a director someday. After Jo brings Emma as her date to an awards show, they get swept up in rumors about the two of them dating.

The roman
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was amazing and I need more sapphic books like this in my life.

In this book, we follow Emma, a young assistant that loves her job and is doing everything that she can to help the life of her boss, Jo, a forty-one years old woman who has never commented on her love life in her entire career. She's a successful writer and she is challenging herself by branching out.

One day, Jo invites her assistant to go with her to an event. She tells her that she needs her as a buffer but we know dee
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
*I received an early copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review*

aAAAAAAaaaaaAHHH!!! This has GOT to be the most frustrating book I have ever read. I literally had a physical reaction to the frustration. I'll review it soon bc I have a lot to say once I've calmed down.


Theresa Alan
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a light novel set in Hollywood. Emma is the assistant to Jo, who initially became famous thirty years ago when she was just a youngster. Jo, who’s Asian-American, called out the TV show she’d starred on for its racism. That made her less popular as an actress, so these days she’s the writer and showrunner for a network TV powerhouse.

The book alternates between Jo’s and Emma’s points of view, so we know that they are attracted to each other, but both feel they can’t act out on it because
putting this down for now. i can’t tell if i’m not in the mood, or if i’m just not vibing w the characters and the writing🤧
NB: I received a free ARC of this book from Netgalley, but that hasn't affected the content of my review.

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I ended up being pretty disappointed with it.

It's pretty rare that a book charms me the way this one did, only to fizzle out so hard later on. Usually if I'm going to dislike a book, I know almost right away. But really, the first third of this book was great! Jo Jones is a Hollywood powerhouse, a childhood star who worked her way in
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
When Hollywood A-Lister Jo takes her assistant, Emma, with her to a red-carpet event, neither have any idea of the scandal and rumors that soon surround them—and how there might actually be some truth to the rumors. As Emma's promotion is threatened and Jo's future teeters, both struggle with their professionalism and feelings. Are the rumors just rumors, or is there something more?

This was very cute, although it rushed the ending (and I wanted a longer epilogue).

I liked it quite a bit, although
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, debut-novels
I knew I'd love SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT because it's a lesbian romantic comedy (and an interracial couple, at that) but FRIENDS I was not expecting it to be the perfect, pro-consent, adorable romance novel that it is. This book made me so happy. There was not as much steam and explicit content as I usually like in my romance novels (LOL), but the build up was absolutely delicious and the commitment to consent was YES YES YES. Wilsner handled the boss/assistant aspect of Jo and Emma's relationshi ...more
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Meryl Wilsner writes happily ever afters for queer folks who love women. They are the author of SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT and the upcoming MISTAKES WERE MADE. Born in Michigan, Meryl lived in Portland, Oregon and Jackson, Mississippi before returning to settle in the Mitten State. Some of Meryl’s favorite things include: all four seasons, button down shirts, the way giraffes run, and their wife.

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