Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Review: Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon


Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publication Date: July 4th 2023 by Berkley Books
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher 
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

My Thoughts:
Chandler Cohen had dreams of writing fiction when the practicalities of making a living prompted her to switch focus to journalism instead, but the dream has never died. However, after being laid off she had to change her career focus again and started ghost writing celebrity memoirs. Her latest job working with a shallow influencer has her questioning her path. This is how she ends up having a drink that leads to an awkward one-night stand. She thinks she’ll never see him again only to find out he’s her newest celebrity client.

Finnegan Walsh, stars in a supernatural TV series, The Nocturnals, that formed a cult following. It kind of reminded me of the love for Buffy (huge fan here!) series, centering on werewolves. Finnegan is shocked to learn that the one-night stand was less than stellar for Chandler, and he’d like a chance to improve which leads to Chandler and Finn embarking on lessons while they work together, road-tripping on Finn’s fan-tour across the states.

I did feel the reason Chandler held back in their relationship, thinking Finn wasn’t serious about her only that he was in it for the lessons only, was weak. Her insecurities about their status could’ve been cleared up with a conversation. Thankfully, this wasn’t a drawn out, drama filled situation.

Their lessons are extremely steamy, but their connection becomes more than physical as the tour goes on. As they spend time delving into Finn’s life, Finn wants to know about Chandler as well, and they swap stories forming a deeper and deeper connection.

Finn and Chandler were complex characters, imperfect, but likable. There were some heavier subjects dealt with here like coping with OCD, complicated parental relationships, and antisemitism. There was nice Jewish representation, as well. Business or Pleasure is the third book I’ve thoroughly enjoyed by Rachel Lynn Solomon and it’s the hottest book to date!

4 Stars

Book Description:

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 sexual 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. But 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.


  1. That title alone would get me to read it. The premise sounds very interesting though. I love the idea of the ghost memoir writer. That is so different.

    Glad this turned out to be a solid read.

  2. I debated back and forth on reading this one as I have enjoyed the author. I'm just more into other genres at the moment. I can be a moody reading for all my planning.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. Yes, same here. I've been into mystery and thrillers more than romances, but I enjoyed her last two adult romances so I took it on.

  3. I think this one sounds like fun. (And I was a huge fan of Buffy, too. And also Supernatural. I miss both of those shows.)

    1. Yes! I miss Buffy! The show that Finn was in reminds me of it and its following. It was fun and pretty spicy!

  4. I loved RLS's YAs, and her first adult book was solid for me, but the last one wasn't as great. With this one focusing on sex, I don't think it's for me, but I am glad it was a great one for you. And, yes, Buffy forever!

    1. Yes, I would've been okay without the focus on sex. I loved the last two adult books by her, and enjoyed this one, but not as much as the two previous. Still, a solid, moving romance. Omg! Buffy! I still miss it. :)

  5. I loved this book! This is the only book by this author that I have read and I definitely need to read more very soon.

  6. Despite all the raves I see for RLS, I've yet to read anything by her. I'm never a fan of conflict or misunderstanding that could be solved with a 5 minute conversation, but it sounds like it didn't drag on too long. I like the sound of how RLS wove in some more serious themes, too.