The Author Visits received a copy of The Publicist in exchange for an honest review.
The Publicist is the first installment in Christina George’s three-part romantic series.
Kate Mitchell is a publicist in the world of publishing. Working for Morris and Dean keeps Kate incredibly busy. Always fishing her authors out of a sea of trouble, Kate is more often than not, trying to keep her own head above water. She is good at what she does but trying to keep her authors from committing public suicide (literally and figuratively,) is more than a full-time job.
Enter Mac Ellis. A star editor at Morris and Dean, he not only has a reputation for picking best-sellers but also for his insatiable appetite for women despite his marital status. Mac has set his sights on Kate and the remainder of the Publicist dissects the relationship between Mac and Kate.
But there is a twist. Enter Nick Lavigne, the handsome nephew of elusive best-selling author and Kate’s good friend, Allan Lavinge. Nick is the complete opposite of Mac. Where Mac uses his unhappy marriage as the catalyst to behave badly and is selfish about his needs, Nick is considerate and genuine in his concern for Kate. Nick adds another dimension to Kate’s story.
What I liked about The Publicist:
1. Cast of characters:
Grace Adler is the kind of best friend every girl needs. Grace understands Kate, maybe better than Kate understands herself. She doesn’t mince her words and is always truthful, never sugar-coating her opinion which frankly speaking, is a breath of fresh air where Kate is concerned.
Allan Lavigne is one of Kate’s truest confidantes. Proclaimed to be one of the great writers of his time, Allan has given up writing in exchange for a quiet existence in his smallish Manhattan apartment. Their friendship is genuine in the fickle world of publishing. Allan loves Kate and the two share a father-daughter type bond, one filled with genuine affection and mutual respect.
Honorable mention: Lulu Proctor, the hard-working and loyal assistant to Kate.
George’s writing is straight-forward, clean and without frills while well-paced and steady. George can definitely write.
3. Insight into the publishing industry:
Kate is adept at navigating the world of publicity for a slew of crazy authors thrown her way by Morris and Dean. I enjoyed reading about those escapades and Kate’s handling of her clients and the clean-up that went with the fiascos. Gotta love the crazy world of authors and publishing!
4. This isn’t a Fifty Shades kind of love story:
Bravo! That is a major selling point with me as a review. I am so over erotica. What I love about The Publicist is what George leaves to the imagination of the reader. There is no doubt that Mac Ellis knows his way around a woman’s body and I am cool with not having every touch and caress documented in graphic detail on the page. It takes a deft kind of writer to build up want and need between two characters through implicit suggestion rather than the explicit and George does a stellar job.
The Publicist has an interesting storyline. With a love story set against the backdrop of publishing in my most favorite city in the world, Manhattan, I was definitely intrigued, especially because I am an aspiring writer and am always interested in the mechanics of how publishing works while also being an avid romance reader.
What I didn’t like about the Publicist:
1. Info. dump about the publishing industry:
This worked for and against George. There were scenes in the book that served no purpose. I didn’t really need to know about imprints and when sales meetings were held at Morris and Dean. There was backstory on the history of Morris and Dean and Edward Sherman, the head of the publishing house that provided no insight into what I felt was missing, which is history on where Kate came from, her roots, how she became who she was more from a character development stand-point than an infomercial point of view.
At times, the detailed explanations of Kate’s work-life as a publicist were overkill and often highlighted the short-comings of Kate’s character development and this is where I would have liked to see Kate’s definitiveness where it came to the matters of her heart.
2. Kate’s character development:
Kate Mitchell is our protagonist and when it comes to her work, she is an ace publicist. The story reveals her uncanny ability to handle the most over-the-top situations with her authors. But when it comes to Kate as Kate, I am left scratching my head. Why? I don’t think I understand Kate’s motivations. It seems she falls a little too easily for Mac. She doesn’t strike me as a woman who is that wanton. I felt Grace was far more steadfast as a character as opposed to Kate who I felt was too needy. I wasn’t sure how someone like Kate could be so easily seduced by someone like Mac. It was a little disheartening. She didn’t even make him work to attain her. Instead, Kate let him kiss her and that was it, Kate was a goner. This is almost counter-intuitive to the Kate who is both driven and perceptive. Again, I was left scratching my head where Kate’s character was concerned.
Nothing redeeming about Mac. He is an egotistical, self-absorbed, philandering fool and makes for the perfect kind of character I love to hate. In this case, his selfishness was transparent and I just couldn’t find it in me to like Mac for any reason what so ever.
Despite not liking certain aspects of the book, I do give the author credit because her writing does have a great deal of potential. The good news here is that the foundation of good story telling is ever-present. I am definitely invested as a reader and interested in seeing how the story of Kate, Mac and Nick works out.
My rating: 3.5 Stars
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