Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Shelf Life by Christina George

Title:  Shelf Life
Series:  The Publicist #2
Author:  Christina George
Published:  August 22/13 by CreateSpace
Length:  274pgs
Format:  paperback
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

It’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.

My Review:

Wow! Just wow! What a story. George had me hooked from the beginning to the very end. I could barely put it down while reading it and now can’t stop thinking about this remarkable story. I loved how multifaceted the tale was. George took in every aspect of her characters’ lives and included it, showing just how all-encompassing certain things can be. The emotionally charged scenes brought George’s writing to a whole new level. Combine this with the priceless premise of the story and George’s witty writing and you have a novel that will whisk you away from your reality for a while and straight into hers. The way that this author brings publishing into the forefront of her story was fantastic. She really made me think about things in a different light, all the while laughing and crying alongside the characters.

George has filled this novel with a fantastic cast of well-developed characters that can’t be beat. These characters aren’t your prim and proper individuals. They live their lives the way that suits them, facing the consequences and reaping the rewards. Things definitely don’t always come easily, but getting to know the characters as they overcome was quite inspiring. I definitely didn’t agree with everything that these individuals did, but at the same time I could understand where they were coming from. Even more important than that, they were easy to connect to and to fall in love with.

George has created a spectacular follow-up to The Publicist. It’s even more entertaining than the first. This is a must read for lovers of romance with something more.

About the author:

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.

Connect with Christina: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads

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1 comment:

  1. Jonel wow, just wow thank you so much for this review. I really set out to create a cast of characters who were real. I"m a huge fan of romance novels but I love people who aren't perfect but you love them in spite of their imperfections. I'm really so grateful for the exposure, thank you so much!!