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Book Review: Ghosting: A Love Story by Tash Skilton (ARC)

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Kensington Books, for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Ghosting: A Love Story

Author: Tash Skilton (Sarvenaz Tash and Sarah Skilton)

Expected publication: May 26th 2020

Pre-order: Amazon, Book Depository


Online Dating Ghostwriting Rules to Live by

Dumped by his fiancée, not only is Miles couch-surfing across New York City, but downsizing has forced him to set up shop at a café. Also, he no longer believes in love. Not a good look in his line of work . . .

Do not present a “perfect” image. No one will trust it. Nor should they.

Zoey’s eccentric L.A. boss sent her packing to New York to “grow.” But beneath her chill Cali demeanor, Zoey’s terrified to venture beyond the café across the street . . .

Think of your quirks–such as cosplaying B-movies from the 1980s–as a “Future Honesty.” Save these as a reward only for those who prove worthy.

The only thing Miles and Zoey share is their daily battle for Café Crudité’s last day-old biscotti. They don’t know they’re both ghostwriting “authentic” client profiles for rival online dating services. Nope, they have absolutely nothing in common. . . . Until they meet anonymously online, texting on the clock . . .

Never remind the client you’re their Cyrano. Once you’ve attracted a good match, let the client take over ASAP.

Soon, with their clients headed for dating disaster, both Miles and Zoey’s jobs are at stake. And once they find out their lines have crossed, will their love connection be the real thing–or vanish into the ether?

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Rating: 3 / 5 

When I was requesting my books from NetGalley this one caught my eye. Although you can’t judge a book by it’s cover (in this situation, literally), it’s the first thing that catches your eye and makes you want to read more about it. The premise was so interesting and I taught it would be an interesting and quirky contemporary read. And it sure was interesting and quirky but not exactly what I was hoping for.

We follow Miles and Zoey, ghostwiters for two ‘enemy’ dating websites, as they try to get two of their clients together, but they fall in love with each other instead (it’s just neither of them knows their match is a ghostwriter instead). It’s such a ridiculous story but I usually like those.

However, I did have a lot of problems with this book. First of all, I was just not that into it. I usually read pretty fast, especially light books like this one is, but it was so hard to make myself keep reading this one. There just wasn’t anything spectacular about it and I found it to even be a bit boring. I had a huge problem with our main character, Zoey. She annoyed me a lot and I got this vibe like she’s trying to be not like the other girls type. I hated reading her chapters as much as I loved reading Miles’. I liked his character and he was so funny, reminding me a bit of Ross from Friends (maybe because he doesn’t have that much luck in love either).

I like the Jude and Bree (the dating site couple) and wish there was a bit more of their relationship in the book. They seemed to click irl even though they didn’t actually communicate in other ways personally.

Miles and Zoey’s relationship wasn’t really it for me. It was a little bit rushed and they instantly became from enemies to lovers. It was very unrealistic and I wish the authors did a bit of a better job focusing on our main couple’s relationship.

I liked the description of New York and it’s popular destinations, small cafes and all the interesting parts about it. I didn’t get the whole this with Leanne and Clifford and I found myself skipping almost all of their emails.

I wish I liked this book a bit more but it is what it is. It’s not like it’s terrible, the plot is still pretty unique but I was a little let down. Don’t let my review discourage you from reading this yourself, we all have different interest and you might like it even though I don’t.


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