Author: Christina George
Narrator: Lisa Cordileone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Behind every book, there’s always more to the story.
Can one woman change an age-old institution like publishing? Probably not, but Kate Mitchell sure wants to try. As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t always sell (at all) and author egos that are often, well, as big as the island of Manhattan.
Enter the star Editor, MacDermott Ellis. Tall, handsome, charismatic, married, and ready to save the day. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions. Then there’s Allan Lavigne, once a revered author, now as forgotten as yesterday’s news; and his nephew Nick, who wants to sweep Kate away from New York for another coast, California.
As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, the over-the-top author expectations, and the careful dance of “I’m sorry, your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week”, she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.
I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.
I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance but I like to listen to audiobooks in my car so I thought I’d give this one a shot. It starts out funny so I was optimistic.
I liked Christina George’s writing style and the way it was presented by the narrator, Lisa Cordileone. There were some situations that Kate found herself in as a publicist that were funny and other times in which she did a great job of “fixing” a situation.
Kate’s character is a bit wishy washy. While she is an amazing publicist, she has no clue what she wants in her personal life. The relationships with two men at the same time turned me off (call me old fashioned). I did like the relationship she had with Allan, a famous author who wrote a book years ago but hasn’t published anything since.
Even though Mac is married and has cheated on his wife for years, I couldn’t make myself dislike him. He’s caring and charming and a man in love.
This is one of those books that upset me when it ended because it just ended with nothing resolved. It’s a good thing I was in my car or I may have thrown my phone across the room.
The Publicist is a good read for those who enjoy contemporary romance. I’d be sure to have the second book an hand, though, to avoid frustration.
Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.