Business or Pleasure
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
What I’m Talking About:
Chandler writes books—books credited to other people. She’s frustrated but has stability working as a ghostwriter for minor celebrities. However, when she attends a book signing for her most recent work and the “author” doesn’t recognize her, Chandler has a career mini-crisis and hits the bar, where she meets an incredibly sexy man. The pair hit it off and ultimately end up at his hotel, where the sex is a disaster.
Hoping to move on, Chandler agrees to another biography for an actor who was on a huge hit as a teenager. Imagine her shock when she discovers Finn is actually her hookup from the night before. After much internal debate, Chandler takes the gig, which will pay for travel across the U.S. and shake up her life.
Business or Pleasure is sweet romance that bubbles and explodes with passion and heart. When Chandler lets it slip that their sexual encounter left much to be desired, Finn is horrified, but rather than blame Chandler, he wants to improve. Luckily, Chandler is willing to give him lessons. I like that Finn is genuine. He’s a good guy, and he wants his partners to enjoy sex as much as he does. I love how Finn can open up with Chandler.
Since we only get Chandler’s first person POV, we have to accept her clues on how Finn feels. We know Chandler is attracted to Finn, and she assumes he likes her since he said as much that very first night. What Chandler (and we) doesn’t know is if Finn is learning so he can try again with Chandler or just move on to his next partner, and this kept me looking for clues in every encounter and conversation. The author does a great job putting in the subtle signs of Finn’s true feelings. The problem is that Chandler can’t see them because she’s convinced Finn would never want her for an actual girlfriend.
As the book progresses, their chemistry climbs. Chandler attributes any of Finn’s “feelings” to their hookups. It’s heartbreaking to see Finn put himself out there while Chandler discounts what he says as a byproduct of great sex. Chandler goes through a lot of self-reflection and growth as she discovers who she wants to be and where her career is headed.
Business or Pleasure has a wonderful sex-positive message and takes a frank look at mental health. The story works because the pair hits it off right from the start and works hard to be open and honest with one another. I loved watching their friendship and love blossom as they confide in one another, ultimately recognizing their bond is true.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
About the Book:
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. But 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.
Release Date: July 4, 2023
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (384 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher / NetGalley
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