What does a ghostwriter do after a disastrous one-night stand with an incognito actor? Write his memoir while traveling from city to city and give him lessons on how to please a woman along the way, of course.
That’s the basis of Business or Pleasure, but the execution is far more charming and humorous.
Rachel Lynn Solomon gives us an actor on the convention circuit who wants to be known for more than his role in a defunct werewolf drama and a floundering journalism graduate who ghostwrites to make ends meet while waiting for the right time to work on her own novel.
Chandler and Finn both want more from their careers, but they need a change to make that happen. Helping Finn write his autobiography is the perfect opportunity for both of them to see how much they have accomplished as well as how much they have been missing in life.
For fans of Solomon’s previous works, all of her trademarks are here: well-developed characters with realistic struggles, a workplace romance between co-workers, and of course, a cinnamon roll hero you want to cuddle.
However, compared to her previous novels, Solomon cranks up the heat by several notches, as evidenced by a lesson plan crafted by Chandler that Finn eagerly follows to glorious results.
I think what I enjoyed the most about the book is the immense growth between the characters from start to finish, with their communication being top-notch throughout almost the entire storyline. Finn took the criticism Chandler had for him to heart and really listened, while Chandler realized that the only person limiting herself was her.
Business or Pleasure really should have been named Business and Pleasure, in my opinion, but I enjoyed it all the same.
Thank you for the advanced copy of BUSINESS OR PLEASURE by Rachel Lynn Solomon. All opinions are my own.
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date published : July 4, 2023
pages : 384
audiobook narrator: Hathaway Lee
audiobook length : 10 hours and 3 minutes
Chandler Cohen realizes there is nothing glamorous about being a ghostwriter when the author she wrote a book for fails to recognize her. Nothing screams success like being ignored. But her evening improves when she meets an attractive, charming stranger at a bar. The sparks are instant and the chemistry is undeniable. But the sexy stranger is really bad in bed. Like, the worst non-orgasm she’s ever experienced bad.
Clearly, it’s very awkward several days later when she finds herself sitting across the table from said stranger, with a large paycheck hanging in the balance.
Once known as the lovable nerd on a cult classic werewolf show, Finn Walsh’s career has looked better. Now a C-list actor, his full-time job involves appearing at fan conventions across the country. What better way to kick start his career than with a memoir? All is needs is a great ghostwriter.
Chandler can’t pass up this opportunity and resolves to remain as professional as possible. How hard can it be? As Chandler and Finn spend time together traveling from one convention to the next while working on his memoir, they start to become friends. When Chandler reveals that their night together wasn’t as mind-blowing as Finn thinks it was, she doesn’t think it will be a big deal. But Finn is shocked and distraught.
The two strike a deal: when they are not working on the memoir, Chandler will teach Finn how to satisfy a woman. As they grow closer, both in and out of the bedroom, they must figure out which is more important, business or pleasure—and is there a way for them to have both?
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