Something to Talk About

Meryl Wilsner

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ romance
emotional funny lighthearted medium-paced

336 pages | first published 2020

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 new movie.

As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives. Paparazzi are following them outside the office, coworkers are treating them differently, and a “source” is feeding information to the media. But their only comment is “no comment”.

With the launch of Jo’s film project fast approaching, the two women begin to spend even more time together, getting along famously. Emma seems to have a sixth sense for knowing what Jo needs. And Jo, known for being aloof and outwardly cold, opens up to Emma in a way neither of them expects. They begin to realize the rumor might not be so off base after all…but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames?

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lighthearted 85%
funny 51%
emotional 47%
hopeful 38%
relaxing 13%
inspiring 10%
reflective 2%
tense 2%
adventurous 1%
sad 1%
mysterious 0%


medium 53%
slow 34%
fast 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 63% | A mix: 26% | Plot: 9%

Strong character development?

Yes: 49% | No: 27% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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