Friday, June 30, 2023

REVIEW: Business of Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon


Business or Pleasure gave me a few firsts in my reading journey and it's always fun when I come across something I'm new to or not expecting. For instance, I don't think I've read a romance that establishes early on that the first sexual encounter between the two main characters is terrible...which is a shame as I'm absolutely certain there are many who've had a similar experience. I realize that romance is supposed to be an escape but it's also nice when reality collides with fiction. I've also never come across a set of characters who actually confront that bad experience and then use it as a learning experience. That's exactly what happens with Chandler and Finn, which interestingly intersects with her being hired by his team to ghostwrite his book. 

So after a surprising meeting-where they figure out that their one night stand hook up is also the writer/ghostwriter-they decide that they can actually make this work and begin traveling together to get the book written. It's on these travels that Chandler reveals what a sucky lover he was and he convinces her to teach him how to be better. From city to city, they not only get to know each other's personal histories, hopes, and dreams, they learn how to pleasure each other. 

As the drafting of the book comes to an end, so do their travels, which leads them both wondering what's next? Can this work when they lead different lives, live in different cities? If it's a true romance, of course it can and so we leave this novel with a happily ever after that's completely satisfactory and yet I can't help but wonder if we'll see them more in maybe a secondary character's novel? I wouldn't be mad about it.


A ghostwriter and a struggling actor help each other on the page and in the bedroom in this steamy romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Ex Talk.
Chandler Cohen has never felt more like the ghost in "ghostwriter" until she attends a signing for a book she wrote—and the author doesn’t even recognize her. The evening turns more promising when she meets a charming man at the bar and immediately connects with him. But when all their sexual tension culminates in a spectacularly awkward hookup, she decides this is one night better off forgotten.
Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. Her next project is ghostwriting a memoir for Finn Walsh, a C-list actor best known for playing a lovable nerd on a cult classic werewolf show who now makes a living appearing at fan conventions across the country. Chandler knows him better from their one-night stand of hilarious mishaps.
Chandler’s determined to keep their partnership as professional as possible, but when she admits to Finn their night together wasn’t as mind-blowing as he thought it was, he’s distraught. He intrigues her enough that they strike a deal: when they’re not working on his book, Chandler will school Finn in the art of satisfaction. As they grow closer both in and out of the bedroom, they must figure out which is more important, business or pleasure—or if there's a way for them to have both.


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