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Nothing like a rocky start between enemy coworkers stuck together on location to prove that love isn't just a ploy for ratings--it's a force of nature. Alia Dunn has finally gotten her big break. After years of working her way up at TV's top outdoor travel channel, she gets the green light from network executives to bring her dream project to life: produce a series about Ut Nothing like a rocky start between enemy coworkers stuck together on location to prove that love isn't just a ploy for ratings--it's a force of nature. Alia Dunn has finally gotten her big break. After years of working her way up at TV's top outdoor travel channel, she gets the green light from network executives to bring her dream project to life: produce a series about Utah's national parks. It's a touching tribute to her late apong, who sparked Alia's passion for travel and the outdoors as a kid. Alia is thrilled--until she meets her newest crew member, Drew Irons. The same Drew she had the most amazing first date with two weeks ago--who then ghosted her. The same Drew who has the most deliciously thick forearms and who loves second-guessing her every move on set in front of the entire crew. It's not long before the tension between them turns hotter than the Utah desert in the dead of summer, and their steamy encounters lead to major feelings. But when the series host goes rogue one too many times, jeopardizing the entire shoot, Alia realizes that she'll need to organize one hell of a coup to save her show--and she'll need Drew's help to do it. It's the riskiest move she's ever made. If she pulls it off, she'll end up with a hit series and her dream guy . . . but if it all goes wrong, she could lose both.


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Nothing like a rocky start between enemy coworkers stuck together on location to prove that love isn't just a ploy for ratings--it's a force of nature. Alia Dunn has finally gotten her big break. After years of working her way up at TV's top outdoor travel channel, she gets the green light from network executives to bring her dream project to life: produce a series about Ut Nothing like a rocky start between enemy coworkers stuck together on location to prove that love isn't just a ploy for ratings--it's a force of nature. Alia Dunn has finally gotten her big break. After years of working her way up at TV's top outdoor travel channel, she gets the green light from network executives to bring her dream project to life: produce a series about Utah's national parks. It's a touching tribute to her late apong, who sparked Alia's passion for travel and the outdoors as a kid. Alia is thrilled--until she meets her newest crew member, Drew Irons. The same Drew she had the most amazing first date with two weeks ago--who then ghosted her. The same Drew who has the most deliciously thick forearms and who loves second-guessing her every move on set in front of the entire crew. It's not long before the tension between them turns hotter than the Utah desert in the dead of summer, and their steamy encounters lead to major feelings. But when the series host goes rogue one too many times, jeopardizing the entire shoot, Alia realizes that she'll need to organize one hell of a coup to save her show--and she'll need Drew's help to do it. It's the riskiest move she's ever made. If she pulls it off, she'll end up with a hit series and her dream guy . . . but if it all goes wrong, she could lose both.

30 review for On Location

  1. 5 out of 5

    emma

    This story has a topical conceit: Our main character meets some hot guy on the subway. She tweets a picture of him, for some reason. They go on an amazing date. He ghosts her. She gets her dream job. He also works at said dream job. He undermines her repeatedly. Relatable. Fresh. Modern. Just one problem: That guy is NOT DESERVING OF ANY ATTENTION, LOVE, OR WARM CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. How am I supposed to like this character? Why would I root for these two to get together? This story has a topical conceit: Our main character meets some hot guy on the subway. She tweets a picture of him, for some reason. They go on an amazing date. He ghosts her. She gets her dream job. He also works at said dream job. He undermines her repeatedly. Relatable. Fresh. Modern. Just one problem: That guy is NOT DESERVING OF ANY ATTENTION, LOVE, OR WARM CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. How am I supposed to like this character? Why would I root for these two to get together? Even if a handful of these (plus the even more instances of misogyny and dumb guy-ness to come) can be chalked up to miscommunication, guess what? SEXISM-BASED BANTER AND DRAMA DO NOT WORK FOR ME. Bottom line: There was a grave miscalculation here. Could've been the book's. Could've been mine. Who's to say. --------------- pre-review if i had landed my dream job and a hot guy who'd ghosted me kept undermining me at work, i simply wouldn't catch feelings for him. respect to the protagonist but i'm different. review to come / 2ish stars --------------- tbr review feeling: thankful that Berkley sent me so many romance e-ARCs, which have single-handedly kept this project from ruin --------------- challenging myself to read as many review copies as possible this month because i'm addicted to projects! ARC 1: spaceman of bohemia ARC 2: in search of us ARC 3: aerialists ARC 4: the sound of drowning ARC 5: unleaving ARC 6: the other side of luck ARC 7: romanov ARC 8: the storm keeper's island ARC 9: gut check ARC 10: when force meets fate ARC 11: sisters in hate ARC 12: before i disappear ARC 13: big time ARC 14: stolen science ARC 15: have a little faith in me ARC 16: invitation to a bonfire ARC 17: the splendor ARC 18: how to be luminous ARC 19: the little women cookbook ARC 20: while we were dating ARC 21: the lost girls ARC 22: wait for it ARC 23: your life has been delayed ARC 24: a million things ARC 25: the royals next door ARC 26: the love hypothesis ARC 27: we light up the sky ARC 28: the printed letter bookshop ARC 29: on location

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I think this was so far my favorite book of the author! Powerful feminism, women empowerment vibes with #metoomovement , mansplaining and inequality at work place perfectly combine with sexy, hot chemistry of two coworkers! When Alia Dunn gets rejected after she pitched her series to her network producers, she just left the workplace, hitting the subway. Luckily her day gets better by meeting subway gentleman Drew, having quiet quality time with him at a bar and a passionate kiss she shares. A I think this was so far my favorite book of the author! Powerful feminism, women empowerment vibes with #metoomovement , mansplaining and inequality at work place perfectly combine with sexy, hot chemistry of two coworkers! When Alia Dunn gets rejected after she pitched her series to her network producers, she just left the workplace, hitting the subway. Luckily her day gets better by meeting subway gentleman Drew, having quiet quality time with him at a bar and a passionate kiss she shares. After two weeks passed she shared a magical night with this charming man, the super gentleman seems like ghosted her ! So she tries to focus on good news because the executives of outdoor travel channel she’s been working for finally gives her a chance to prove herself! She gets green light about her dream project: series about Utah’s national parks. It will also give her a chance to revisit the places she’s seen with her grandmother when she was a child. She was inspired her with the project. It’s meaningful for her to honor her memory with the special places she chose as shooting locations. But unexpected two things happen: firstly the executives force her to work with narcissistic, drug addict, unreliable D-list star Blaine as the show’s host whose main purpose to turn entire crew’s lives into hell. The second problem is her new PA Andrew: he’s talented, experienced and professional but he is also the same guy she had a dreamy night and ignored to call her back! He gives some excuses about dropping his phone and loosing her number. But he acts like it’s not a big deal. Things start a little tense and disappointed Alia doesn’t let him patronize her. But as long as they work together, they naturally become a great team, learning to respect each other. The undeniably attraction is always a threat to ruin their reputations. Alina always suffers from trust issues. Can she risk her heart and her job by being unable to resist the charms of deliciously thick arms and charismatic smile of her coworker? Well...finding romance is quite a feat when you are ON LOCATION! Overall: easy to read and enjoy! I loved tropical beauties of natural parks, inspirational messages the author gives and the comparability of the MCs are amazing! Impressive, tempting, thought provoking, riveting romance I truly enjoyed! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    OMG I love this book! Surprised the hell out of me too. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is the first time I’ve read this author and I went in thinking I was going to get the typical story. But this book surprised the hell out of me with a different spin completely. There are many reasons for this spin. Most due to the different topics the author tackles. Workplace sexism, harassment, inappropriate work behavior, plus more. But we also get to enjoy fun and humorous moments, deep connection and hot romance, OMG I love this book! Surprised the hell out of me too. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is the first time I’ve read this author and I went in thinking I was going to get the typical story. But this book surprised the hell out of me with a different spin completely. There are many reasons for this spin. Most due to the different topics the author tackles. Workplace sexism, harassment, inappropriate work behavior, plus more. But we also get to enjoy fun and humorous moments, deep connection and hot romance, Plus the enjoyment for the love of travel. The story for me was a delight. Smith nails this contemporary romance which begs for a second reading and a warm cozy spot to devour this story! * copy received for review consideration * Full review - https://amidlifewife.com/on-location-...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Young

    A vivid, romantic adventure about identity, equality and the poignant connection between people and places. Sexy, smart and pure escapist—I want to live in a Sarah Smith novel!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    3.5 stars - I continue to enjoy how easy, breezy and readable Sarah Smith's work is, but I also continue to wish there weren't big miscommunications as the third act twist. It really dings down contemporary romances that are otherwise very enjoyable to read. Still, I loved the travel show angle for this one, as well as the ultimate message about workplace misconduct and the relationship with Alia & Drew CW: workplace sexual harassment 3.5 stars - I continue to enjoy how easy, breezy and readable Sarah Smith's work is, but I also continue to wish there weren't big miscommunications as the third act twist. It really dings down contemporary romances that are otherwise very enjoyable to read. Still, I loved the travel show angle for this one, as well as the ultimate message about workplace misconduct and the relationship with Alia & Drew CW: workplace sexual harassment

  6. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This book was full of soft moments and searing heat, On Location transports you a space in the middle of breathtaking natural wonders where you, too, will fall in love. Sarah Smith delivers a funny, poignant, novel where happily ever after is only the beginning of the adventure. This is the travel love story we all deserve and made me want to pack my bags!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    The book starts as we meet Alia, who works as a producer for an outdoorsy, Discovery-type network, and is riding the subway back home after pitching her first show, a documentary-type series about Utah national parks, to a room of very condescending male executives who clearly didn’t give a shit about her ideas. So when a very hot guy gives his seat up to an old lady (just to stand next to her, turns out) she jumps at the chance to get her spirits back up and makes the first move. They share an i The book starts as we meet Alia, who works as a producer for an outdoorsy, Discovery-type network, and is riding the subway back home after pitching her first show, a documentary-type series about Utah national parks, to a room of very condescending male executives who clearly didn’t give a shit about her ideas. So when a very hot guy gives his seat up to an old lady (just to stand next to her, turns out) she jumps at the chance to get her spirits back up and makes the first move. They share an incredible first date and sparks fly, but, after a few days of radio silence, it becomes clear that she’s been ghosted. So the next week, it comes as a double boost to her spirits that her pitch has been approved after all, and she’s about to be a showrunner for the very first time. The catch: the host is supposed to be this asshole, washed up reality TV star, and, oh, yeah, hot Drew from the subway who never called her is now a part of her crew, and they’ll have to spend weeks traveling across Utah together. The first 65-70% of this book is lovely. Alia is very petty towards Drew in the beggining of the shoot, which, who wouldn’t be? And it’s fun seeing them being drawn together even though she’s supposed to be proving herself as a showrunner and he’s supposed to be a jerk, which he’s really not. That said, I felt like Drew could have used a little more personality, and Blaine (the asshole host) could have been more fleshed out as a character; his actions felt too inconsistent and unpredictable. I get that he was supposed to be that way, but it felt a lot like a caricature to me and not like a real person. The conflict was also a textbook miscomunication scenario that left me rolling my eyes, especially because Alia’s confidence in her and Drew’s relationship seemed to go from 8 to 80 and back to 8 every five pages. I couldn’t keep up with whether she knew they were into each other or was driving herself nuts thinking he wasn’t interested. This was a 3,5 stars read for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    hamna

    i’m very tired of books very obviously still in their first draft phase getting published. because there’s absolutely no way this was a written, finalized, edited, proof read bundle of pages: nothing made sense, nothing worked together, the plot was flimsy, shallow and almost comically predictable. you know how sometimes you know not even an ounce of thought went inside a book? that. i tried. so bad. to like this book. the cover is so pretty and i can always make myself biased towards romance bo i’m very tired of books very obviously still in their first draft phase getting published. because there’s absolutely no way this was a written, finalized, edited, proof read bundle of pages: nothing made sense, nothing worked together, the plot was flimsy, shallow and almost comically predictable. you know how sometimes you know not even an ounce of thought went inside a book? that. i tried. so bad. to like this book. the cover is so pretty and i can always make myself biased towards romance books, but god. not a single thing was working out here. (1.5 stars but only because i’m being extra nice).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angela Reads Romance

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When the primary conflict of a romance is miscommunication, it’s gonna get a lower rating from me. And when the two MCs continue to fight and miscommunicate over and over again, it makes me think, “Maybe y’all should just call it quits? Cause if there’s all this miscommunication now? It’s only gonna get worse.” And isn’t that the whole point of romance? To make us believe in a love that is gonna last? I liked the idea of this story. I love that our heroine was a show runner bad ass, don’t take cr When the primary conflict of a romance is miscommunication, it’s gonna get a lower rating from me. And when the two MCs continue to fight and miscommunicate over and over again, it makes me think, “Maybe y’all should just call it quits? Cause if there’s all this miscommunication now? It’s only gonna get worse.” And isn’t that the whole point of romance? To make us believe in a love that is gonna last? I liked the idea of this story. I love that our heroine was a show runner bad ass, don’t take crap from anyone. boss. I liked how our hero respected and championed her. The drama around the set was over the top, but I understood the purpose of it in driving the story along. Just didn’t love love it. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, review is my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    A Book Shrew

    Y'all should have told me this was basically an R-rated Hallmark romance. I'd never have requested the ARC in the first place. Full review at A Book Shrew In a nutshell, Alia meets a guy on the subway, hits it off with him, then is ghosted by him next day. When she goes back to work, her pitch to produce her own travel show is finally approved. She hires her own crew and unknowingly hires the guy who ghosted her and has to work with him for six weeks. This could have been so much fun but was exec Y'all should have told me this was basically an R-rated Hallmark romance. I'd never have requested the ARC in the first place. Full review at A Book Shrew In a nutshell, Alia meets a guy on the subway, hits it off with him, then is ghosted by him next day. When she goes back to work, her pitch to produce her own travel show is finally approved. She hires her own crew and unknowingly hires the guy who ghosted her and has to work with him for six weeks. This could have been so much fun but was executed so poorly. It clearly must mean something similar to the author as it does to Alia, but I just cannot get excited about a rather boring and repetitive travel show being filmed in Utah. Let's start with the romance, which did absolutely nothing for me. Drew and Alia are so dull as a couple, and for what reason am I supposed to want them together? Their banter is always to do with work or dirty references that barely tried. Honestly, they were as dry as the desert they were filming in. Prime example, a dinner date they have. Nothing but pages of mind-numbing banter and supplemented by jokes are anything but funny. Not to mention Drew came across as such a manbaby and half their conversations are Drew undermining Alia as the boss, then apologizing the next day. Meanwhile, she's over there lusting after meaty, veiny forearms. M'am, that is not attractive and really just had me wishing for a sickly gothic boy instead. The steamy scenes were also odd while being inside Alia's head because of how they were written. That, and the fact that she screams a lot throughout each experience. Like, your poor neighbours. I'm also annoyed that every opportunity to make something steamy happen felt forced or implausible. Never in my life did I think I would be disappointed by the there's-only-one-sleeping-bag trope usage, but I am. There is so much cheesy dialogue that feels like it's holding my hand. There is a lot of exposition and so much of what just happened was repeated back. The characters are ridiculous. Like I said, every other chapter Alia or Drew says or does something that upsets the other, and then a page later a day(s) has passed and we get both character apologizing for what was literally not worth it in the beginning. It happened at least four times. The miscommunication between them was so aggravating because it was the entire book. And there's no ... honesty in the writing. No authenticity to the dialogue or these characters. Everything feels very stilted or copied and pasted from yes, a hallmark movie that is "you've seen one you've seen them all." Half of the stuff, I say who cares. The other half, I say speed this up. I can appreciate the attempts to make this a #MeToo movement romance. But again, every time one gets branded like that it flops. There is nothing to compel me to care, even though I fully support calling out sexism, misogyny and inequality in the work place. Every conversation about it was either so farfetched to prove a point or so bland and preachy that I just rolled my eyes and skimmed past it. The problematic host used to help demonstrate some of the issues wasn't enjoyable. I mean, I know he wasn't meant to be, but I lost a lot of respect for the characters for pandering to this guy who literally could not give a shit about anything they did. His antics didn't work even for comedic relief, if that was their intent. Drugs and mental health are not a laughing matter, and this character alone took a star off because of how annoying he was and for how poorly the entire situation was handled. This was my first read from Sarah Smith. I have copy of her first Berkley novel, but I'm donating it. If this is the quality I get from her third book, then I shudder to think what the first is like.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    There is one thing I liked crew whole romance is throw in the trash.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shealea

    Sarah Smith really came to prove the haters wrong and released the best book she's ever written to date. Full review to follow, but as the #1 hate-reader of her books, I am genuinely distraught by this development. FAKER LANG SAKALAM!!! Sarah Smith really came to prove the haters wrong and released the best book she's ever written to date. Full review to follow, but as the #1 hate-reader of her books, I am genuinely distraught by this development. FAKER LANG SAKALAM!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (thehireader)

    4.5/5 stars You know what’s better than the only one bed trope? The only one sleeping bag trope. Yep, it’s a new favorite of mine now, thanks to ON LOCATION.⁣ ⁣ I really enjoyed ON LOCATION and think that it’s Sarah Echavarre Smith’s best work to date (keeping in mind that I’ve loved all of her books!). It probably would have been a five-star read for me but for the fact that a lot of the conflict stemmed from a lack of communication. That being said, I do think it made more sense in the context of 4.5/5 stars You know what’s better than the only one bed trope? The only one sleeping bag trope. Yep, it’s a new favorite of mine now, thanks to ON LOCATION.⁣ ⁣ I really enjoyed ON LOCATION and think that it’s Sarah Echavarre Smith’s best work to date (keeping in mind that I’ve loved all of her books!). It probably would have been a five-star read for me but for the fact that a lot of the conflict stemmed from a lack of communication. That being said, I do think it made more sense in the context of ON LOCATION than in other stories I’ve read given Alia’s trust issues and the very specific way that she’d been burned before, and so the misunderstanding didn’t feel as contrived as it could have, nor did it bother me as much as it has in other stories. I’m just not a fan of the use of miscommunication as conflict.⁣ ⁣ What I am a fan of, however, is tension—lots of it—and ON LOCATION delivered! Alia and Drew had unbelievable chemistry from the moment they met. And speaking of their meeting, their meet cute was adorable and perfect; one of my favorite meet cutes I’ve ever read.⁣ ⁣ Like all of Smith’s books, ON LOCATION is infused with warmth, culture, and the importance of family. Alia’s memories of her apong were so special and made the fictional show feel that much more real and important.⁣ ⁣ I’ve been a fan of Smith’s work from her debut, FAKER, and am always so excited when she releases something new. The world is so much brighter with her characters in it and I’m forever indebted to her for bringing hapa girls into mainstream romance.⁣ I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This has not impacted or influenced my review or my opinions. For more reviews, check out my Instagram and my Blog!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Alia works at a travel channel and has some very personal ideas for projects she wants to work on. She pitches a travel show about National Parks in Utah (I want to watch that) she originally gets her idea rejected. So being told she should be bold she does some bold things on the train ride back home. Which include taking a picture that goes viral and asking a handsome stranger out on a date. They hit it off but the next day and next week he never calls and her idea actually gets picked up. So Alia works at a travel channel and has some very personal ideas for projects she wants to work on. She pitches a travel show about National Parks in Utah (I want to watch that) she originally gets her idea rejected. So being told she should be bold she does some bold things on the train ride back home. Which include taking a picture that goes viral and asking a handsome stranger out on a date. They hit it off but the next day and next week he never calls and her idea actually gets picked up. So she moves on setting up for her job on location. So many things go wrong due to decisions she wasn't allowed to make on her own, cause misogyny and patriarchy. The host they have is a reality star nightmare but the freelance field coordinator she was referred to is familiar, hmmm.  This is a rival co-worker, slow burn. And of course there is a third act heartbreak - why do I love the 3rd act heartbreak so much. Am I a masochist? Probably. Why yes yes I am. BTW thank you for the PSA - we should visit our national parks! They are beautiful. When my kids are a few years older I want to go check off the ones in our big book and map - road tripping to some of them. These in Utah are definitely on the list! Thank you berkleyromance and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brook Obsessed

    An enemies to lovers romance with adventure, an adorable meet cute, and lots of work related misunderstandings. My favorite part of this book is the setting in Utah and the forced proximity circumstances in the tent. Full of wanderlust and friendship, this is a steamy read that made my hiking and traveling heart so happy! Alia pitches her idea for a travel show to the executives and surprisingly they give her a chance. Even though Alia hit road blocks every step of the way, she’s able to work aro An enemies to lovers romance with adventure, an adorable meet cute, and lots of work related misunderstandings. My favorite part of this book is the setting in Utah and the forced proximity circumstances in the tent. Full of wanderlust and friendship, this is a steamy read that made my hiking and traveling heart so happy! Alia pitches her idea for a travel show to the executives and surprisingly they give her a chance. Even though Alia hit road blocks every step of the way, she’s able to work around every failed attempt with the help of Drew and her friends. She tries to remain just friends with Drew and stay professional, but his charming personality is just too irresistible. In all honesty, I saw some mediocre reviews for this one and went in expecting very little from the plot. I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the unity between the crew, Alia’s take no crap attitude, and the added steam! I really enjoyed where the story went and never got bored. Even though the miscommunication was typical for a romance, I enjoyed the character development and emphasis on female empowerment. A breezy and fun read with lots of adventure!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Reading Mama

    On Location by Sarah Smith is the third book by Smith that I have read. I have read Faker, Simmer Down, and now this one. On Location tells the story of Lia and Drew- Lia is a producer for a television station, and she gets the chance to shoot her own series. Drew is the field coordinator that she hires; she thinks they have never met before but when Drew shows up on the first day of filming, she realizes she does know him. They had an epic first night and meeting several weeks prior, but then D On Location by Sarah Smith is the third book by Smith that I have read. I have read Faker, Simmer Down, and now this one. On Location tells the story of Lia and Drew- Lia is a producer for a television station, and she gets the chance to shoot her own series. Drew is the field coordinator that she hires; she thinks they have never met before but when Drew shows up on the first day of filming, she realizes she does know him. They had an epic first night and meeting several weeks prior, but then Drew totally ghosted her. This makes for an awkward first day of filming. As they keep filming, Drew and Lia will discover if those same sparks from that first night many weeks before are still there. Overall, I enjoyed this book. The steam was on point and came at just the right time- quick enough that I didn't have to wait until the end for the two characters to hold hands but not so quick that it wasn't believable. The aspect of the behind the scenes of a television show being filmed was cool, and most of the characters were likable, except Blaine, which is what I'm sure Smith was going for- as he was utterly insufferable. It was fast paced and entertaining. A couple of things I did not like was how hot/cold Drew could be and the miscommunication between the characters. Lia was pretty assuming for someone who was pretty direct and blunt otherwise, and that is always a pet peeve of mine in books. Because of these things I am giving it 4/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher, Berkley Romance, for giving me the chance to read a digital ARC of this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    2 stars i’m not going to review this one, i’m just trying to add the books i’ve read for my goodreads challenge.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    - This is the third book of Sarah’s that I have read and I have not loved any of them. They are cute but nothing special. But maybe that’s just me. - The meet cute is adorable in this book. Alia and Drew meet on the Subway but, after just one date, he ghosts her. Of course he is going to show up and work on her TV though. - The scenery. I mean, 95% of this book is set the Utah National Parks. It did kind of make me want to visit.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Alia Dunn is not going to let the opportunity of a lifetime pass her up. She gets a fabulous job producing a new series. Falling into bed with crew member Drew Irons is not in her plans. This is especially so since the pair met previously and she was ghosted by him. Drew is the last man that Alia wants to think about. However, he is too gorgeous for his own good. Her attraction to him is palpable and it proves clear that he mirrors her feelings. But, Alia knows she has something to prove, especia Alia Dunn is not going to let the opportunity of a lifetime pass her up. She gets a fabulous job producing a new series. Falling into bed with crew member Drew Irons is not in her plans. This is especially so since the pair met previously and she was ghosted by him. Drew is the last man that Alia wants to think about. However, he is too gorgeous for his own good. Her attraction to him is palpable and it proves clear that he mirrors her feelings. But, Alia knows she has something to prove, especially with some difficult crew members and other difficulties that happen on the set. Needing Drew on a professional level soon morphs into needing him on a physical level. How long can they hold out, all while leading the series they are working on to success? On Location is an enjoyable read with very likable characters. The passion grows with intensity. Meanwhile, drama on the set doesn't seem to let up, thus creating conflicts with Alia and Drew. Sarah Smith is a new author to me, but I really like her style. Reality television has always been popular so to see it fictionalized in a romance book setting was quite a delight. Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lacie

    This was such a great book, and I read it at the absolute perfect time. I've been wanting to return to Zion and explore more of the surrounding areas, and I'm planning a trip there next month. Cue: On Location. I got so many great tips from it on where to go and what to see! Plus, it was such a fun book! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the romance, and I loved the behind-the-scenes glimpse of filming. Perfect escape. This was such a great book, and I read it at the absolute perfect time. I've been wanting to return to Zion and explore more of the surrounding areas, and I'm planning a trip there next month. Cue: On Location. I got so many great tips from it on where to go and what to see! Plus, it was such a fun book! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the romance, and I loved the behind-the-scenes glimpse of filming. Perfect escape.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Doherty

    Whoooweee can she write delicious romance! One of my favorite contemporary rom-com authors, offering witty banter and honest dialogue, along with themes of cultural identity, equality, and thriving through connection and moving beyond emotional turmoil . And of course spicy imagery, which she continues to elevate with original premises and honed talent. Galley borrowed from the publisher.

  22. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    A highly entertaining forced proximity workplace romance set on location in Utah as television producer Alia is trying to film her first show all while dealing with a pain in the butt star and fighting her feelings for fellow swoony co-worker Drew. I really enjoyed this one. The setting in different national parks was original and fun and the plot dealing with toxic workplace relationships, sexual harassment and sexism in the entertainment industry were all highly relatable. Great on audio and d A highly entertaining forced proximity workplace romance set on location in Utah as television producer Alia is trying to film her first show all while dealing with a pain in the butt star and fighting her feelings for fellow swoony co-worker Drew. I really enjoyed this one. The setting in different national parks was original and fun and the plot dealing with toxic workplace relationships, sexual harassment and sexism in the entertainment industry were all highly relatable. Great on audio and definitely recommended for fans of other reality tv romances like The charm offensive, One to watch or Love and other disasters. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advance review copy!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bre Schlitzer

    Only one sleeping bag, eh?? 👀😂 as a sucker for a good romance and an avid hiker I absolutely loved this mix of romance in national parks! Miscommunication drives me crazy in real life so that part of this book wasn’t great but as all good romances go they made up quickly!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    I absolutely LOVED this story. The meet cute. The backdrop. The important issues. And, of course, the love story. Sarah Smith has weaved a a story about honoring your past, while standing up for your future in an absolutely beautiful way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    On Location has a premise that is right in my wheelhouse. I love travel tv and national parks. The parks in Utah are some of my favorites. Combining all that sounded amazing! The book had some fabulous parts and some not so stellar ones as well. The sense of place is strong in this book, and the author does a wonderful job of describing the beauty of Utah and the national parks featured. Utah truly does have some of the most awe inspiring sights in the world and I loved seeing it highlighted here On Location has a premise that is right in my wheelhouse. I love travel tv and national parks. The parks in Utah are some of my favorites. Combining all that sounded amazing! The book had some fabulous parts and some not so stellar ones as well. The sense of place is strong in this book, and the author does a wonderful job of describing the beauty of Utah and the national parks featured. Utah truly does have some of the most awe inspiring sights in the world and I loved seeing it highlighted here. The show production and crew were both so fun. I loved the mix of characters that came together to make the series. I also really appreciated the look at how difficult it is for a woman in a lead role in production. The weakest part of the book was the romance between Alia and Drew. They both read like 18 year olds who have no concept of communicating like adults. Poor communication is my biggest pet peeve in romance novels. This issue was a huge deal throughout the entire book, from their first meeting, to the big break-up, and all along the way. It really took away from my enjoyment of the book. I thought Alia and Drew were cute as a couple but I really needed them to get it together and act like adults. I would say this is a 2.5 star book for me, rounded up, because of how much I loved the premise and the setting. If you are in the mood for a cute, low-angst read about a very awesome location with romance leads that communicate worse than my 3 year old, give it a shot!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christie Savage (travel.through.pages)

    Happy pub day to this lovely romance by @authorsarahs! This was such a quick and fun read, I could not put it down. This book makes me want to grab my camera and go exploring. Not only that, it tackles some important issues as well that I really enjoy seeing in these type of books. This is a story of love, gender equality, self identity, and so much more. On Location is out today, so do yourself a favor and run to your local bookstore and pick yourself up a copy. Thank you to @netgalley and @berkley Happy pub day to this lovely romance by @authorsarahs! This was such a quick and fun read, I could not put it down. This book makes me want to grab my camera and go exploring. Not only that, it tackles some important issues as well that I really enjoy seeing in these type of books. This is a story of love, gender equality, self identity, and so much more. On Location is out today, so do yourself a favor and run to your local bookstore and pick yourself up a copy. Thank you to @netgalley and @berkleyromance for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This book was set up perfectly as something I would love. So first I’ll say what I loved: •The very first scene on the subway and meet cute. •The Utah and National Park setting. You could definitely tell that the author is passionate about the setting. •The behind the scenes TV production info was so much fun. •I really loved Drew and all of the crew members. They made the book for me. Here’s the not as good. For some reason I just did not feel a connection to Alia or the story in general. I fel This book was set up perfectly as something I would love. So first I’ll say what I loved: •The very first scene on the subway and meet cute. •The Utah and National Park setting. You could definitely tell that the author is passionate about the setting. •The behind the scenes TV production info was so much fun. •I really loved Drew and all of the crew members. They made the book for me. Here’s the not as good. For some reason I just did not feel a connection to Alia or the story in general. I felt like work going back to it. I will say I liked the last 1/3 of the book better so that went fast. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews for this book from people I trust, so maybe I was just in a mood 🤷🏼‍♀️

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna (The Bursting Bookshelf)

    I really, really enjoyed Sarah Smith’s sophomore novel, Simmer Down – it nailed the enemies to lovers trope and made me crave lumpia. I was super excited to have the opportunity to read her third book, On Location. Unfortunately, this book just did not work for me. My main issues with On Location were around the leading lady, Alia. I couldn’t get around her unprofessionalism and overall lack of situational awareness. She was over the top arrogant and really never redeemed herself. I also couldn’t I really, really enjoyed Sarah Smith’s sophomore novel, Simmer Down – it nailed the enemies to lovers trope and made me crave lumpia. I was super excited to have the opportunity to read her third book, On Location. Unfortunately, this book just did not work for me. My main issues with On Location were around the leading lady, Alia. I couldn’t get around her unprofessionalism and overall lack of situational awareness. She was over the top arrogant and really never redeemed herself. I also couldn’t buy into her romance with Drew. Their will they won’t they dynamic fell flat and I really didn’t feel any chemistry between them. I also found the overall story to be slow and the side characters were super on dimensional. I wish they had been developed a lot more / had their own subplots.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Haleyyy

    I really wanted to like this book, and thought I would. But I had to force myself to finish it. It is always hard to read a book where you don't like the characters. Alia was super quick to jump to conclusions constantly and a horrible communicator. And Drew annoyed me constantly. Also, the whole work with the host thing was so over the top constantly, I couldn't enjoy the book. I liked that it talked about national parks! But that's about it 😬 I really wanted to like this book, and thought I would. But I had to force myself to finish it. It is always hard to read a book where you don't like the characters. Alia was super quick to jump to conclusions constantly and a horrible communicator. And Drew annoyed me constantly. Also, the whole work with the host thing was so over the top constantly, I couldn't enjoy the book. I liked that it talked about national parks! But that's about it 😬

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don’t know how to rate this. At first I’d give it a solid 3 — enjoyable, but nothing Earth-shattering, but the last conflict with Drew left a horrible taste in my mouth that it completely ruined the book. This is the second time I read a Sarah Smith book that started off strong, but ended so ugh. Faker was cringe, but I had higher expectations with this one considering the higher ratings (though with fewer readers than Faker). I’ll start off with the good: this book made me want to visit the na I don’t know how to rate this. At first I’d give it a solid 3 — enjoyable, but nothing Earth-shattering, but the last conflict with Drew left a horrible taste in my mouth that it completely ruined the book. This is the second time I read a Sarah Smith book that started off strong, but ended so ugh. Faker was cringe, but I had higher expectations with this one considering the higher ratings (though with fewer readers than Faker). I’ll start off with the good: this book made me want to visit the national parks in Utah, so I’ll do that one day. Also, I liked Alia as a whole. I like how she can hold her own at her job, and it wasn’t without years of struggle and people-pleasing. She really had to work hard to stand her ground. I also like how she had a support network of coworkers, and I actually preferred the work scenes over the romance with Drew. Which brings me to Alia’s personal life: she’s not as put-together. She’s kinda like Emmie in Faker, but Alia at least shows toughness as opposed to Emmie just saying that she’s tough, but I digress. Alia’s past relationship could have been introduced better, as opposed to just being revealed in one of her scenes with Drew. And because of that shitty relationship, she has problems trusting men, especially men she works with. And the communication issues abound. Here comes the bad: as someone who has problems communicating IRL, I shouldn’t be too judgmental when the miscommunication trope comes about, but miscommunication and misunderstandings happen between Alia and Drew one too many times that they get tedious. Sure, they apologize to one another repeatedly (though I felt Alia at times had nothing to apologize for), but if you keep making the same mistakes, are you really sorry? 🤷🏻‍♀️ And sorry not sorry, Drew is just ick. I rolled my eyes about Alia’s viral photo of him giving up his seat to the old lady, because wow, doing the bare minimum of being a decent person is so laudable for men 🙄. And the way he tiptoes around that trashfire Blaine (who I wouldn’t be surprised if he is based on TFG), especially when he lashed out at Alia for standing up to him, wtf was that??? Of course, he physically defends her and Rylan from time to time, so that apparently makes him okay 🙄🙄. But what really got me was how he engaged in Blaine’s toxic behavior, and Alia heard all the nasty stuff he said. While a part of me was thinking, “This is just an act,” based on what he said about playing up to someone’s ego to get what you really want, it was still disgusting to read, especially with what he knew about Alia’s past. And lo and behold, it IS an act to get Blaine to admit he sexually harassed Rylan! And because he uploaded that video for social media to see, he especially gets lauded for it, because we all know men get special treatment for doing the right thing. Suppose if Alia or Rylan did that? You know people will try to question that footage 😒🙄 Personally, a real HEA for Alia is to stay the fuck away from Drew. Funny note regarding the sex scenes: they would have been hotter if it weren’t for certain word choices. Far be it from me to poke fun at someone’s idiosyncrasies, but drooling or howling while sexually aroused, or grinding yourself against the guy you’re face-sitting on “like the world is ending” aren’t particularly sexy. 😏🤭 And a nitpick regarding the cover: cute, but the guy in Alia’s camera should have a beard. Drew didn’t shave until the end, and even then he had five o’clock shadow. Definitely not reading any more of Smith’s romances. Would probably look at spoilers for her upcoming women’s fiction “Three More Months.”

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