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Ghosting: A Love Story

Ghosting: A Love Story

Ghosting: A Love Story

3.5/5 (28 ratings)
10 hours
May 26, 2020


Leave it to the experts—to break all the rules

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?....

May 26, 2020

About the author

Tash Skilton is the pen name of Sarvenaz Tash (author of The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love and Virtually Yours) and Sarah Skilton (author of Fame Adjacent and Club Deception), who met on Twitter and parlayed their online friendship into an IRL one. They've written ten books (and counting) between them, varying in genres from middle grade fantasy to young adult rom-com to adult murder mystery. Their first joint novel, Ghosting: A Love Story, was published in seven countries and available in six different languages. Sarvenaz lives in New York while Sarah lives in Los Angeles.  

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  • (5/5)
    Nice light read. It took a little while to get into the story but by about the fifth chapter it really picked up.
  • (4/5)
    Zoey and Miles work for different dating match services. Their jobs are to coach a person to a match (like Will Smith in the movie Hitch). They work out of the same coffee shop, but neither knows what the other does for work. They also don't like each other. Miles is coming off a bad breakup and Zoey hates New York City.As others have noted, the book is a bit slow but I enjoyed it nonetheless. There's a lot of references to pop culture (I had to look up some mentions) and the characters are mostly fun and interesting. Evelynn needs her own book. Zoey and Miles are a good match though it's a very slow burn romance. I liked the alternate POVs a lot as it gave both sides of their attraction. Fun read.
  • (4/5)
    I picked this up because of the cute premise of two different people ghost writing client profiles while working for two different online dating sites. Miles and Zoey connect better than two of their clients online and then of course, accidentally become nemeses in real life. Staking out the prime coffee shop table for days' work becomes an Olympic event for the two of them. It was a cute story, a fun spin on things like You've Got Mail, Cyrano de Bergerac and fandom.
  • (3/5)
    Fun to read. Kind of a When Harry Met Sally/ Shop Around the Corner/You've Got Mail in today's world. (Funny to think that You've Got Mail was an update, at one time.) Pandemic read.
  • (1/5)
    I was sent this book from the publisher/publicity team. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.Did you love the movie Hitch? As soon as this one started that is the vibe that I got: a modern day Hitch around online dating! I was hooked. Sadly, this ended up taking a turn for the worse after the quirky and fun beginning. There is little to no romance within the first half of this though. It was a little slow and boring as you hear how both Zoey and Miles are helping others get their dating profiles together. I wanted more interactions with the two of them. Those were the moments that I looked forward too and found myself interested in the story. There were just not enough of them to keep my interest.Sadly, this was a DNF from me.
  • (4/5)
    I'm obsessed, if you can't tell, with Shop Around the Corner/you've got mail takes.

    I don't know why. I kind of hate the "don't know who other person is," ability for lying and deeply disturbing vulnerability.

    And yet...something about the concurrent timeline of in-person animosity and online flirtation is my absolute cat-nip. Like you kind of find the other person so irritating they are attractive? Cool. I like... Totally get that.

    This one started out a little clunky. I enjoyed the characters, secondary, primary,all. I enjoyed the setting as well. As someone who loves the place where I live, I understand but Miles's and Zoey's ties to their geography. As someone who likes experiencing new things but really needs to feel brave in doing so, I understood Zoey's tendency to stay close to her apartment in her new city. Anyway, I really liked both characters. Miles's relationships really helped establish him as someone other than the New York City snobby hipster, and Zoey's showed her grounding existed more to a person or people than a place.

    And this book made me laugh. At least, it was totally amusing and enjoyable. And instead of being one of the worst moments, the reveal was a best moment.

    It's a slow burn, but well paced, although I might've liked a little more post-misunderstanding. And, as I said the beginning felt clunky. Either I got used to it or it became less awkward as the book moved on.

    I would give this a 3.5, rounding up bc I can see revisiting and because it was a super charming diversion.