“Miss?” a tall handsome police officer leaned into her, “you were great, you really knew what to say to calm her down.”
“Thank you,” Kate said in almost a whisper.
“May I ask who are you? Her friend, sister, lover?”
“None of the above.” Kate’s mouth turned into a slight smile. “I’m the publicist.”
(from The Publicist)
The Publicist is the first of at least two books about Kate Mitchell, a publicist for a New York City publishing house. Kate is 34 and unmarried, too busy with her career to seek out romantic relationships. She is used to dealing with authors who have crazy demands or are just downright crazy, but in the span of several weeks, her life becomes even more chaotic.
Kate’s worked at Morris & Dean Publishing for five years, so she can easily navigate authors who threaten suicide when a huge interview is canceled, a book signing that almost doesn’t happen because not enough books were ordered, and a has-been celebrity whose drinking problems jeopardize a television appearance. However, when top editor MacDermott Ellis begins to show interest in her, it’s only a matter of time before she stops protesting and succumbs to his charms. Although he’s married, Kate believes he isn’t the heartless womanizer her best friend thinks he is. She’s even more confused when the nephew of her dearest author friend arrives for a Christmas visit, and they hit it off.
Readers not only follow Kate’s romantic troubles but also her friendship with an elderly Morris & Dean author, who never delivered on the second book of his two-book deal, and her professional life, in which Kate and Mac work together on an upcoming sequel to one of Morris & Dean’s most successful bestsellers.
Kate is good at what she does; she has the power to make or break an author’s career with a single phone call. If only she had that same calm control in her personal life. I liked Kate from the very beginning, and while I didn’t always agree with her choices, I was able to understand how she could overlook the reality of Mac’s situation and let her feelings guide her. George does a great job developing both Kate and Mac and the chemistry between them.
I wanted to read The Publicist because it’s an insider’s look at publishing. George is a publicist in the industry and, therefore, writes under a pen name, which makes the story more authentic…and makes you wonder if any of the authors with whom Kate works are based on real people. She writes about big egos, changes within in the publishing industry, and various work-related stresses, but she does so with humor and an obvious affection for the job.
Even though the book was predictable, I couldn’t help but enjoy it. My only complaint is that the major plot threads are not resolved by the end. I knew there would be a second book, but I expected there to be at least some sort of closure in this first installment and then maybe a little something revealed at the end to lead into the sequel. I was left wanting more, so I definitely plan to read the second book in search of some resolution. Nevertheless, The Publicist is a book that will appeal to book lovers wanting to know what happens behind the scenes of a book promotion.
Disclosure: I received The Publicist (Book One) from the author for review.
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