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On Location by Sarah Echavarre Smith

Alia Dunn has just gotten her big break with the travel channel she works for. She is Utah bound, to explore some of the most beautiful sites at their various national parks. It is a pitch that is dear to her heart, as her grandmother took her to all the same places as a child on a once in a lifetime vacation. To top it all off, she has met an amazing guy on the subway of all places. They seem to make a real connection, and make plans to meet over the weekend, but amazing guy ends up ghosting her.

When Alia gets her crew together for her shoot in Utah, she gets a few surprises. The host turns out to be a pretty boy trouble maker who can’t ever get to work on time, and is often too stoned to manage any of the work, Surprise number two comes in the form of Drew Irons, the amazing guy who never followed through with her.

There were so many great aspects to this book. The small group of characters on the crew are really well developed, and add great personalities. Many very real issues, such as sexual harassment and getting ahead in a male oriented career are discussed throughout In a thoughtful manner, and I love that the romance is between a female superior and a male subordinate without any kind of explaining or posturing being necessary, The amount of work and thought that goes into filming a documentary series was incredibly interesting as well. I thought that this kind of background to a romance novel was very new and different, and found myself having difficulty putting it down.

I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but I’ve since added all her back works to my TBR list, and am looking forward to reading more from her!

Thanks to Berkley Publishing for providing me this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

If you’d like to listen to my review, you can hear it on the 3 Book Girls podcast (episode 262). I’d love it if you checked it out!

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