Review – Love Sold Separately by Ellen Meister

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

Title Love Sold Separately

Author Ellen Meister

Release Date August 25, 2020

Description from Amazon

Starting out single in the big city as an actor in her twenties, Dana Barry was sure she was on her way to success. But now, newly unemployed, her life is a mess…that is, until she hears The Shopping Channel is auditioning. Relying on her keen eye for detail, sheer bravado and knack for knowing what makes people tick, she lands the host job. While navigating tricky office politics, Dana is caught in the drama when the star host who hired her is found dead. She knows the prime suspect, a male colleague, is innocent—they were sharing some “alone time” together on the rooftop when they both heard the gunshot. Complicating things for Dana is the electric chemistry she feels with the handsome detective in charge. She is so close to having it all if, just this once, she doesn’t screw up. But trouble seems to come easier to Dana, and, she finds, it’s often a lot more fun.

Initial Thoughts

I love a good rom-com / murder mystery combo. I knew I had to apply for this book when I saw it on NetGalley!

Some Things I Liked

  • Dana’s observational skills. I thought Dana was a great character. I’d love to read more about her.
  • Realism. I thought this book was filled with realistic characters and actions. Rom-coms are often filled with fluff and are far-fetched. I liked that Love Sold Separately took a more realistic approach.
  • Quick read. I liked that I read this book in one sitting. The story was engaging and the mystery kept me on my toes.
  • Plot twists. I must say, I loved the final plot twist regarding the murder. I never saw that coming.

Series Value

This book feels complete but, that being said, I can also easily see more mysteries that Dana and Ari solve together. I would definitely read more in this series.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this book. I thought some of the subplots were cheesy and underdeveloped but overall, it was a fun read and I loved the twists regarding the mystery elements.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B by Portia MacIntosh – if you enjoyed the wit, romance, and ideas of starting over in a new place, try this rom-com by Portia MacIntosh.
  • Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters – if you liked the themes of re-discovering yourself, try this book by Victoria Walters.

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