Title: Climax by Christina George, Book 3 in The Publicist series
Category: Adult fiction
Genre: Contemporary romance
Published: Dec 15, 2014 (bundle edition)
Available in: Print and e-book (mobi for Kindle)
Tour dates: Jan 12 to Feb 6, 2015
Content Rating: PG-13 Mature
ABOUT THE BOOK
Kate Mitchell has never forgiven herself for breaking Nick Lavigne’s heart. Now he’s back and he’s moved on, and it’s affecting Kate’s life more than she’s willing to admit.
Kate Mitchell has everything. She's the head of a crazy successful publishing house, engaged to the traffic-stopping sexy Mac Ellis and she's about to sign one of the biggest authors of her career.
And that's when everything falls apart.
Everything is perfect…until it’s not.
In a city of 8 million people Kate manages to run into someone she never expected to see again.
Nick is handsome, impossibly kind, every girl’s dream, and Kate’s former fiancé. He’s also the brother of the rising star author she’s trying to sign. Now that Nick’s back in town and has moved on he insists he’s over Kate, but part of him still can’t get past how amazing they were, and his sister won’t let anyone forget how brutally it ended.
When Mac is dealt a life-changing blow, it forces Kate to question every single choice she’s made.
Follow Kate as she embarks on a journey of life and love, navigating through the decisions that will change it all forever.
Well, I will miss Kate.
You see, I've read and reviewed the first two installments in this series: The Publicist and Shelf Life as well as the audiobook version of The Publicist. I also did an interview with Christina George!
And I know now which 'team' folks should've been on, #TeamMac or #TeamNick, but I'm not telling! I'm not trying to be mean, but this way you get to find out for yourselves!
In the first two books, Kate changed from being a publicist working for a publisher to being the head of her own publishing house, named after her friend, the author Allan Lavigne, who was Nick's uncle.
In Climax, Kate becomes aware of a fantastic new book, written by an author who prefers to remain as private as possible. Unbeknownst to most people at the time, said writer is Nick's little sister and she has a huge chip on her shoulder about Kate after she broke her engagement to Nick. But they manage to work things out professionally - and I really would have expected that of Kate. After all, she talked a writer off a rooftop earlier in the series. She's got serious negotiating chops, this woman.
One huge game changer in this particular book is the fact that Mac's ex-wife finds out she has cancer. Besides spending a number of days arranging for his ex's medical care and being with their sons, Mac winds up taking her and the boys to Paris (for some miracle treatment). Kate has a tough time swallowing this one because she and Mac were supposed to go there. I think she is invited along, but talk about how AWKWARD that would be!
Kate matures in more ways than one in Climax. She stops being a people-pleasing publicist (it sounds kind of like a job requirement) to being someone more in control, and that is a pleasure to see. One really great scene was where she confronted an spoiled cookbook author who had gotten drunk, assaulted someone and got herself arrested. This woman expected Kate to come down to jail and bail her out. Well, Kate showed up, and she cancelled the author's contract! (I think I may have fist-pumped at this point.)
On it's own, Climax is a great modern tale of love and life in the publishing world. Taken as a whole, the Publicist series shows Kate's tremendous growth as a character and a woman. It's wonderful to watch and experience and makes her a grand professional role model for young women. (Kate's personal life takes a while to come around, but I think she's on the right track by the end of the book.)
One teeny-tiny bit of confusion. I had gotten the idea that this was a trilogy, but my copy of the book came with "Climax - Part I". So maybe I won't be missing Kate for long? That would be alright by me.
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.
Click the iRead Book Tours button to go to the tour page, which shows the reviews of Climax as well as the first two books in the series, The Publicist and Shelf Life, guest posts, interviews and giveaways!
(Disclosure: I received a copy of Climax by Christina George from the author and publishers via iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.)