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.
I can't tell you how THRILLED I am to have Christina George on the Back Porch today to tell us a little more about the third book in her Publicist Series, titled Climax.
Who is Nick Lavigne?by Christina George
When I first created Nick, I didn’t really plan to have him stick around. He was meant as a distraction for Kate and a chance for Mac to see that Kate wasn’t going to stick around and wait for him. Then something happened. Nick happened. And I realized who Nick really was.
Ok so I get that Nick is the “perfect guy” with his sweet personality and good looks, but Nick is so much more than that. Someone asked me who Nick was, meaning was he patterned after anyone in particular. Unlike Mac, I had no real model for Nick except that if you take the time to look around, Nick really is everywhere.
He’s the guy who is by your side, no matter what you need. He loves you even on your most unbeautiful days and isn’t afraid to hold your hand in public. He gets choked up watching It’s a Wonderful Life and always finds a way to make you laugh when the world brings you to tears. Last night I was walking through the park and saw this elderly couple holding hands, smiling and then, when she least expected it he turned to her and kissed her hard.
Nick loves you when you’re old and after gravity has done its will, he still thinks you’re as beautiful as you were when you got married.
Do you remember the movie Beauty and the Beast? When Belle all of a sudden realizes that this awkward, scary looking thing is really a kind, generous, loving man underneath. All she had to do was take the time to see him for who he really was, not who he appeared to be on the outside.
So often we get blindsided by the way someone looks and while I get that looks are important there is something much more powerful than that: the true heart.
In real life Nick doesn’t show up in a perfect romance novel package. He might be less-than-perfect, maybe he hasn’t been to the gym as often as he should (if at all) and maybe he’s not blindingly handsome but his heart is gold. If you are lucky enough to have a Nick in your life, hang onto him for all he’s worth and if you’re still looking for someone to share your life with, look a little deeper than just the package. You’ll be glad you did.
Nick was fun to write, it was even more interesting because at some point he needed to do what only a real quality human could do: walk away. Because not only does a “Nick” know your value, he also knows his own. He won’t stay where he’s not wanted and he won’t force himself into a situation where he does not belong.
As you read through the final book in the series, I hope you’ll enjoy how Nick progresses through this book. As I said Nick wasn’t meant to be a long-term thing but as I started writing him I realized he was, in a word: unforgettable.
I hope you enjoy Climax!
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.
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(Disclosure: I received a copy of Climax from the author and publisher via iRead Book Tours in preparation for this tour.)