Can one woman change an age-old institution like publishing? Probably not, but Kate Mitchell sure wants to try. As a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house, Kate finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t sell, and author egos that are often, well, as big as the island of Manhattan.
Enter the star editor, MacDermott Ellis: Tall, handsome, charismatic, married, and ready to save the day. Then there's Allan Lavigne, once a revered author - now as forgotten as last year's best sellers and his nephew Nick: Tall, gorgeous, sweet, single, and ready to sweep Kate off her feet. Kate wants to do the right thing but her hormones seem to be driving her decisions.
As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, over-the-top author expectations, and the careful dance of “I’m sorry, your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week,” she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more romance and sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.
Welcome to the world of publishing. The ego has landed.
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Great start to a great series
The Publicist ranks among the top of the audiobooks I have listened to so far. I listen to a lot of audiobooks during my commute to work and often find that, while a story might be really good, I get distracted easily if the narrator is not good. That was NOT the case with this audiobook. I found the narrator to be easy to listen to and I did not find myself distracted because of a bad narrator. That alone puts The Publicist towards the top of my list. Not to mention I love the story (and the rest of the series, which I have read), which also really helps bump this audiobook up to the top of my list.
Lisa Cordileone was an excellent narrator. She has a voice that I found to be easy to listen to and I was not distracted by her saying words in a way I find unusual nor did she have an unusual accent (of course, this is all relative to what I am used to...others might find her accent distracting). Overall, I enjoyed listening to her and found her to be one of the better narrators I have had the pleasure of listening to.
I really enjoyed this entire series and find The Publicist to be a great beginning. The love story is great and I really like to main character, Kate. I found her to be a very strong character who a lot of woman can relate to. The love story is so sweet (read/listen to the entire series) and I just overall really really enjoyed this series and The Publicist in particular. I highly recommend listening to this audiobook!!
I received a copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.
- Kristin Andrews
The Publicist is a typical “chick-lit” book, but seems to be better written than many. The story itself is a standard tale of Kate, the plucky heroine versus the greedy business world. Thrown into the mix is Mac, the handsome co-worker who happens to be married. Part of the time is spent with the “will they won’t they game.” Kate fights the attraction, but predictably falls for Mac. I found most of their interactions rather boring. There is another character introduced to confuse Kate and to create a jump off point for the sequel.
The business part of the story is much more interesting, filled with interesting characters and twists and turns. There are attempts at sabotage within Kate’s agency and authors who are not who they appear to be. All in all, I enjoyed the book and may be tempted to listen to the second book in the series.
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
- Debbie Kilduff