Happy Pub Day to No Funny Business by Amanda Aksel

Tuesdays are new book release day in the book world, which makes the second day of the week one of the most exciting ones for book nerds like me! Today, I wanted to take a moment to highlight the book I’m currently reading, which came out today, July 12th–No Funny Business by Amanda Aksel!

Full transparency here–I received an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley and signed up to participate in a blog blitz. Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for the digital arc.

The original goal was to post my review today, but life (and chronic pain) got the better of me. I’m only about 43% into this book and don’t feel comfortable sharing my full review until I actually finish it. Update: My review is now available here!

Until I finish this book and get my review out into the world, I wanted to wish this book a happy book birthday and drop the synopsis so you can check it out!


Olivia Vincent dreams of stand-up comedy stardom. Bustling around a busy Manhattan office by day and hustling from club to club by night, she can’t catch a break. Work is falling through the cracks, and after ditching a major client to make a performance, Olivia gets the boot.

Determined to pursue her dreams, she snags an audition in Los Angeles for a coveted spot on late-night TV. But the only way to get there is to join seasoned stand-up Nick Leto on a cross-country road tour. She agrees on one condition–no funny business.

Icky comedy condos, tiny smoking nightclubs, and Nick’s incessant classic rock radio are a far cry from life on the Upper East Side. Reality sets in, and Olivia wonders if she can hack it in showbiz or if she’s just a hack. As Nick helps Olivia improve her act along the way, sparks begin to fly and ignite what they thought was an impossible flame. Maybe being stuck with Nick in a Jeep isn’t so bad. As long as it doesn’t get in the way of Olivia’s actual funny business.

Bookshop.org synopsis

So far, I’m enjoying the premise and our protagonist’s way of looking at the world. I don’t think I’ve read a book about a stand-up comic before, so it’s been a lot of fun to see through Olivia’s eyes. The jury is still out on our love interest, but I am loving the banter between the two of them, which is predictably hilarious.

This a fast-paced read that I’m pretty sure I’ll wind up racing right through over the next few days. Is this one on your list, book friends?


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