Book Title: Shelf Life (The Publicist Book 2) by Christina George
Category: Adult fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Audible, unabridged audiobook
Length: 8 hours, 36 mins
Release Date: Jan 21, 2015
Narrator: Lisa Cordileone
Audiobook available: Internationally
Tour dates: April 13 to May 1st, 2015
Content Rating: PG-13 Mature* Scroll down for rating explanation
About the book:
Publishing: An industry of out-of-control of egos, unrealistic expectations, and books with the shelf life of milk. This is Kate’s world, but for how long?
When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, she thinks it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold on to but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. When her career and love affair hit their expiration dates, 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. Nicholas 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 best sellers publishing has seen in ages, and she's welcomed back with open arms. 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.
This is the second book in the Publicist series. I have read and listened to them both.
Lisa Cordileone is a great narrator. With her changes in voice tones, volumes changes, and over all reading style I was pulled right into the story. The characters emotions come through in her voice. I have found the cadence of her reading keeps me in steady tempo while working out.
Now, about the book. If you have read book 1 hold on to your seats, there is more greatness being shared in book 2. This is the second book in The Publicist series with at least one more book to come. Shelf Life really needs to be read after you have read the first book, so much of the story hinges on things that happen before. I found both books to be fast reads that pulled me in from the very beginning and leaving me wanting and needing so much more.
Kate is the main character. I love her. She is strong, independent, and has a huge heart. When she falls in love she falls fully. The problem? She has fallen in love with a married man and the man that loves her is a man she loves but is not in love with. She struggles with this. I did not always agree with her decisions, but she owned them and made them either work for her or she changed her mind, making the right decision after the fact.
There is really two stories in this book. The romance of Kate, Nick, and Mac and the inside world of publishing. As a book reviewer, I have a small part in the publishing/promoting world. I learned so much more from both The Publicist and Shelf Life. I enjoyed both parts of this book. Although the romance kept me entertained, the publishing world part kept me thinking and paying close attention.
I highly recommend this entire series and am anxiously awaiting the next part to this story.
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.
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