Spotlight, Audio Review & Giveaway : The Publicist (The Publicist #1) by Christina George

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Welcome to the world of publishing. The ego has landed.

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 sell, 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. Then there’s Allan Lavigne, once a revered author--now as forgotten as last year's bestsellers and his nephew Nick: Tall, gorgeous, sweet, single and ready to sweep Kate off her feet. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions.

As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, 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.

The story only an insider could tell.

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The Publicist by Christina George is technically a contemporary romance based in the world of authors and publishing. It's focused around the life of publicist Kate Mitchell and all the craziness she goes through in her line of work (i.e. quirky authors, money hungry publishers, sexy editors, book sales drama and fan events). Now throw into the mix, a host of side kick characters in the form of friends, lovers and colleagues along with the love interest/sexy editor MacDermott Ellis. For fans of contemporary romance, there's a bit of a twist on the classic CR theme, MacDermott Ellis AKA Mac is also married even though both main characters want to start a relationship/affair.

I will state this now, this book just wasn't for me. I'm a book blogger, friend of many authors and romance lover. Unfortunately the book (for me) had questionable romance and showed authors as rock star/diva like creatures and the main character was suffering just being in their presence. I did not enjoy reading that take on the industry I enjoy although I know it's true in some cases, some it is not.

I'll leave the synopsis there as to not spoil too much and just give you my review (i.e. my opinion, lol). Anywho, I was given the audiobook to review for my honest opinion and unfortunately I think this may have impacted my experience with the book a bit. I'll get to why I think that in a bit. 

So normally here I tell you what I loved but honestly, the bad outweighs the good *sigh*. The Publicist is heavy on world building, drama queens and light on romance, to wrap it up for you; I had a hard time connecting to anyone or anything in this book. 

So what were my issues? First, as stated earlier, being a book blogger, I'm not totally unfamiliar with the publishing world and I personally love it, otherwise, I wouldn't do this. I do it for the love of reading, for the love of authors (many are friends) and because I’m a glutton for punishment. Unfortunately for me, the main character Kate, that the story is told through, doesn't love it. For me when I read a book, I feel I should be able to connect as a reader in some way with the main character and have them take me through the story they are trying to tell but sadly I just couldn't. I guess my main beef from the get-go was that Kate showed the authors in a very negative light, they all came off in her eyes as bratty rock stars or divas and she was the "put out" nanny. I just didn't buy what she was selling.

Second, the romance *more heavy signing and not in a good way* I couldn't feel any passion, at all. I mean if two people are going to have an affair and you want me as the reader/listener to buy into this romance, I should feel an overwhelming passion between the two that makes the moral dilemma (he's married and won't leave his wife) that the author wants me to buy, worth it but I didn't feel anything but my eyes rolling in the back of my head. Then she throws in some mancandy (oh wait, I think it’s called creating a “love triangle”) by the name of Nick, to mix things up but I didn't think he was any better of a choice. Honestly, I didn't care for the romance, the characters or the story.

As for the audiobook, hmmmmmmm, well it was a bit blasé. The actor/reader was very unemotional in her telling? It was more of a reading than an acting job, its the best I can explain it. That's why I was saying that maybe the audiobook skewed my review because I found myself being super bored while listening. If I had ceiling tiles, I would have been able to count all the holes and given you a number.....I was that bored.

You might have a different opinion. If you do, please post your comments, I'd love to hear your take on the story.

Author Info

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.

Twitter: @publicistgal


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