Review – Ghosting: A Love Story by Tash Skilton

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title Ghosting: A Love Story

Author Tash Skilton

Description from Amazon


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 Crudite’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?. . .

Release Date May 26, 2020

Initial Thoughts

I’ll be totally honest, this book sounded cute but the major appeal was that it started with a “G”. I’m almost finished with my 2020 Alphabet Challenge (to see my full progress, check out my Instagram here). I thought the premise sounded like a modern twist on You’ve Got Mail and I liked that idea.

Some Things I Liked

  • Nerd culture. I loved that this story featured characters that like something they classify as nerdy or dorky. Years ago, liking certain fandoms was not mainstream and people didn’t used to talk about that kind of stuff on first dates. I thought it was fun to see the idea of fandoms and passion for a story brought into the limelight as a desirable quality.
  • NYC at its finest. I loved the walking tour and the vivid details of the city. Maybe it’s quarantine that’s making me miss it – but reading this story really made me miss working in NYC.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • Some of the plot points were heavier than I wanted in a rom-com. Miles’s ex and the pregnancy and then his poor decision making were just some of the items that I didn’t really feel like were light and fun for a rom-com. Similarly, I thought Zoey was a little impulsive and wacky (not always in a funny way) when it came to Jude. I thought some of the decisions the main characters made were a little strange, thus changing the mood of the story.

Series Value

I would continue to read this series if the next books focused on other characters. I don’t think there’s much more to do with Zoey and Miles but the side characters in this story had some potential. Is this a drop everything and pick up the next book kind of series? No, not for me at least. But, if there is more to this world, I’d keep reading because the premise is interesting and the dialogue is fun.

Final Thoughts

I liked this book. I think it was a modern spin on a classic story. It was heavier than I was expecting in certain areas but overall, it was enjoyable.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Well Met by Jen DeLuca – if you like enemies to lovers and down-to-earth quirky characters, try this series by Jen DeLuca. The second book is coming out in September.
  • What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter – if you liked the You’ve Got Mail vibes, try this YA rom-com.
  • The Move by Whitney Dineen – if you liked the “starting over in a new town” vibes that Ghosting had, try this book by Whitney Dineen.

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