6 May 2015

Review #208: Shelf Life (The Publicist #2) by Christina George withy giveaway

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“There are two circumstances that lead to arrogance: one is when you're wrong and you can't face it; the other is when you're right and nobody else can face it.”

----Criss Jami, an American author

Christina George, an American author, has woven the next adventure in Kate's life which leaves her jobless and heart-broken, in her book, Shelf Life which is the second book in The Publicist series.


t’s an industry of out-of-control egos, unrealistic expectations, and unfulfilled promises.

This is publishing and it’s Kate’s world, but maybe not for long.

When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. With the shelf life of her career and her love affair quickly expiring, Kate sets off on a new adventure…

Starting over in California is easy but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nick Lavigne is eager to help her forget but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis.

As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she's welcomed back with open arms.

But at the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she'd been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart.

Behind the book, there’s always more to the story. Welcome to Publishing, the ego has landed.

In the first book, we see that Kate ends up falling for the dashing and irresistible and married editor from her publishing house, Mac, thereby breaking Allan's nephew, Nick's heart. But this time, the challenges get trickier as one of her authors get arrested due to child-prostitution, following which Kate's job as a publicist comes to a full-stop and Mac unintentionally makes her the victim in this whole author-getting-arrested-drama , as a result, Kate ends the forbidden relationship between them. On the other hand, Nick saves Kate from the pain, grief and embarrassment, what happens next is for you to find out.

The book gets more raunchier and sexy this time, as the passion runs high and deep with an expiry date. The burning chemistry between mac and Kate is still there in the first part of the book, which kept me hooked onto the story. And in the next part of the book, we get to see a lot of love-making scenes between Nick and Kate, which are equally hot and passionate.

The writing is equally fine just like the previous book. The narration is kept edgy and evocative. And the narration shifts from Kate to Mac, thus in that way, we get to contemplate we the feelings of both these characters from their own POV.

The characters, Kate and Mac, have grown up more than the previous book and they can handle any challenges thrown on to their track. I agreed with Kate's decision of breaking p with Mac, since it was Mac's faulty to put her on such a position and I was thankful that Kate handled the situation with her brain instead of using her heart. I was crying at the end of the book because of Nick, since I wanted to read more about him since I liked his positive presence in the book.

The scandals behind the doors of a publishing industry are vividly portrayed by the author. Although, I don't know if something like this happens in and around a publishing house, but I can say that the author have closely kept her story stick to the reality. Once again the author have layered the plot with some deep burning desire, passion and emotions, which kept the story rolling in an thrilling way. In short, this book was one hell of an emotional roller-coaster ride that goes in-and-around a top-shot publishing company.

Verdict: This book is recommended to all the contemporary romance readers.

Courtesy: I received the book for a blog tour. 

Author Info:

I’ve worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what The Publicist 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, hell it’s more fun to guess, right? I continue to work in publicity and help authors because at the end of the day I do love books, I love publishing, and I love authors. I hope you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as I enjoyed creating it.
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  1. Thank you for this review, I really appreciate it. I'm glad you liked the book. Also you aren't the only one who is Team Nick - I got a lot of readers who said "Oh, dear Nick!" Thank you again, I really am so glad you enjoyed the book and appreciate your feedback!

  2. I am so glad that the sequel seems to be very good!

  3. I like the promising climax of a romance book.


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