Friday, February 06, 2015

CLIMAX, by Christina George

Please join me in welcoming author Christina George (once again) to Hello, My Name Is Alice!

Guest Post by Christina George

Dr. Ruth Ann Wilson made her debut in book three. She’s outspoken, outrageous and likely one of the most unorthodox therapists you’ve ever seen but the feedback around her has been incredible. Everything from, “I wish my therapist was more like Ruth Ann!” to, “Can I get Ruth Ann’s number?” So I thought I would share some more Ruth Ann insight into relationships:

How Do You Know When He’s Not the One?

I get this question a lot in my practice, I mean a lot, and the truth is, you always know and if you have to ask then he probably isn’t.

I know that sounds a bit too simplistic but the fact of the matter is, we always know. Deep down inside we know and we fail to trust that. Why? Well, I think that there are a lot of reasons. First and foremost, we live in a culture that does not encourage us to trust our gut anymore. There’s a pill for that, right? We post personal things on Facebook like first dates and breakups and we rely on the amount of likes to give us some directional advice. I had a client who posted on Facebook that she was leaving her boyfriend and when someone wrote that she thought the boyfriend in question was the best thing that had ever happened to this gal, my client started questioning her original move to end the relationship.

We've stopped trusting ourselves, our gut, intuition, whatever you want to call it. We spend most of our time turning our power over to someone else whether it’s social media or asking a group of friends what you should do. Here’s my advice: never put your decision making in the hands of people who don’t have to live with the consequences.

My Review

Here are my thoughts of The Publicist (Book One) and Shelf Life (Book Two). And Climax (Book 3) is indeed THE climax. It is so good! Just like book two, you can read this as a standalone as the author provides enough background to the characters. I, however, would recommend reading both book one and two, so that you do not miss out on the fun stuff.

Book three is intense. I got teary-eyed (cried for a bit in the bus) while reading it on a 4-hour journey back home, laughed out loud (my sister gave me a funny look), and lots of the going-ons got me pondering.

I am quite surprised by the turn of events, but that is also what I had secretly wanted for Kate. When each situation unfolds, it is a huge mess. I can totally relate to that. In the midst of all the drama, I could also see how Kate handles the situation and she never allow work to suffer.

I love the way Vivienne Lavigne, Nick's sister, makes an important contribution to the story. A few interesting characters such as Andrew Trapp (rock star-turned-author who becomes one of Kate's confidante), Grace (Kate's best friend) and the quirky Dr. Ruth Ann Wilson (the polyester donning therapist), all add wonderful flavor to the already wonderful story.

The truth is out there and we ignore it, hide from it, run from it, but it's always there, just waiting for us to wake up and pay attention. It follows you through life like a shadow. The many thing is that it takes more energy to hide from it than it does just to face it. And most of us never face it in time. But once you finally wake up and face it, it's hard to go back to sleep and pretend it doesn't happen.

So, what happens in the end to the dynamic couple that is Mac and Kate? How about Nick? There are enough twists and turns in the plot. Let's just say I am VERY happy with the ending. I am a sucker for happy endings. I am sad that the story of Kate, Mac and Nick has come to an end, but I am definitely happy that Christina George has created them and gave them so much life in The Publicist series. I highly recommend this to book lovers who are curious about the publishing industry, and of course, a complicated love story thrown in for good measure.

Book Synopses: 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.

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

Where to buy the book: Amazon

Many thanks to Laura Fabiani from iRead Book Tours for sending me a complimentary copy of this book. Please visit the other blogs for the iRead book tour for Climax for more reviews and giveaways.

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