Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Soloman: My Review

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Business or Pleasure
by Rachel Lynn Soloman

Category: Contemporary Romance
Tags: Relationship Coach, Writer, Actor, Mental Health, Forced Proximity, Office Romance
Published July 2023
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Rating: ★★★½
Boyfriend Rating: 💍💍💍

Business or Pleasure Summary:

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 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.

Business or Pleasure: My Review

I love Rachel Lynn Soloman books and I adore books about writers PLUS I love books that play on the relationship coach trope so it was a given that I wanted to read this book.

I can only think of a few romance books where it’s the male lead who needs the instructional help in the bedroom so this book became one of my most anticipated romance books of 2023.

In Business or Pleasure, we meet Chandler who had aspirations of being a journalist then a writer but who is stuck “ghostwriting” for others.

She’s also adrift after being let down by her friend/crush and is constantly worrying about her older parents.

When presented with the opportunity to ghostwrite the book of a C-list actor who happens to be her one-night stand fail, she surprisingly signs on because she needs the money.

What follows is her offering to “teach” Finn how to be better in bed while they travel around the country on the Con circuit while he meets and greets fans and they learn more about each other while she writes his memoir.

As I mentioned, the relationship coach angle of this book is what totally hooked me for this romance and it is what shines the most.

I loved Chandler’s confidence in the bedroom which made her a perfect tutor for Finn.

Reading her advice made me think of Emily Nagoski’s book, Come As You Are, and sure enough, Rachel noted at the end that she did indeed read this book in preparation for writing this book.

I’d recommend this book for women who need the confidence to share their needs in the bedroom and for men who aren’t sure they are cutting it for their partners and could use some helpful suggestions.

But while I loved the relationship coach aspect, I never got really invested in either character.

Finn is such a nice guy and his OCD was intriguing, but you never really see it on the page to understand its significance for his memoir.

Chandler’s struggles to take a risk with her career were understandable and yet they didn’t really grab me.

I love Soloman’s writing and I do recommend this book to anyone who loves the relationship coach trope but it just didn’t knock my socks off overall.

*Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.

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