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Ghosting: A Love Story

Ghosting: A Love Story

by Tash Skilton

Narrated by Catherine Ho, Johnny Heller, Jaine Ye, Neil Shah

Unabridged — 10 hours, 30 minutes

Tash Skilton

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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?....

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Publishers Weekly


Skilton, the pseudonym of collaborators Sarvenaz Tash (Virtually Yours) and Sarah Skilton (Fame Adjacent), puts a multicultural millennial spin on You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romance. Recently heartbroken Miles Ibrahim and broke L.A. transplant Zoey Abot meet-cute while fighting for the best table at the East Village cafe from which they both happen to be freelancing as ghostwriters for rival online dating companies, sending flirtatious messages on behalf of app-shy clients. Their clients match, but it’s Miles and Zoey who fall in love, even as they both believe their connection is with the other’s client. Unaware of each other’s online alter egos, they also grow closer IRL. But what starts as a clever take on ’90s rom-com tropes falls into the trap of the inevitable third-act miscommunication, resulting in a frustrating conclusion to an otherwise enjoyable romance. Still, Skilton delivers solid laughs—Zoey’s former boss, a Carrie Fisher–esque actor, and her emotional support ferret especially steal the show—and a cute central couple. Rom-com fans will find this one well worth their time. Agent: Victoria Marini, Irene Goodman Literary. (June)

From the Publisher

Skilton, the pseudonym of collaborators Sarvenaz Tash and Sarah Skilton, puts a multicultural millennial spin on You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romance…Skilton delivers solid laughs—Zoey’s former boss, a Carrie Fisher–esque actor, and her emotional support ferret especially steal the show—and a cute central couple. Rom-com fans will find this one well worth their time.”
Publishers Weekly

“Part Sleepless in Seattle, part Roxanne and part ‘Friends.’ It’s a perfect, ’90s-esque enemies-to-lovers rom-com, but for the new millennium…quick, snappy and smart.”
“A sweet and funny spin on dating in the fast lane.”
—Shelf Awareness

Kirkus Reviews

Cyrano de Bergerac meets classic rom-com banter in this contemporary romp about the highs and lows of modern dating.

Miles Ibrahim is possibly at the lowest point in his life: His engagement is over, his ex-fiancee announced a surprise pregnancy, he’s forced to crash on a friend’s couch, and his freelancing gig of playing ghostwriter for online dating profiles is in jeopardy. To add insult to injury, Miles now has competition for the free day-old biscotti and large window seat at one of his favorite cafes in New York. Miles’ cafe interloper is Zoey Abot, recent transplant from California. Though both Miles and Zoey get off on the wrong foot, they have way more in common than they realize. They’re affected by the loss of trust from loved ones. They are firmly in the camp of “starving artist” as they scrounge and scrimp to afford rent and food in the Big Apple. They’re also both secretly wooing one another as dating profile ghostwriters for other people. Both Miles and Zoey are complex and lively characters who sizzle and spark when together, and getting to know their adorable family members is an added, heartwarming bonus. Miles’ parents are a Muslim and Jewish couple, and they adore their son to bits. Meanwhile, Zoey is still dealing with abandonment issues from her parents, who met in the Philippines while doing disaster relief; thankfully, she has a lovely best friend who is also her grandma. At times, the romantic pacing gets bogged down in the details of Miles' and Zoey’s larger social circles, like Zoey’s definitely racist boss, Clifford, and the persnickety boyfriend of Miles’ best friend. For those feeling the lack of romantic comedies on the screen, this book will undoubtedly scratch that itch with its excellent banter, secret personas, and slow-burn attraction between a hero and heroine vying for a table big enough to put down their laptops.

An energetic romance that would make Nora Ephron proud.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940173335616
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 12/16/2021
Edition description: Unabridged

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