Climax - The Publicist #3 (book review & giveaway)

iRead Book Tour Logo Medium Climax was written by Christina George.  It is the third book in The Publicist series.  This post was organized by iRead Book Tours.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

Climax__the Publicist_Part_1_2 Bundled Set Cover (2)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.


My review:

Oh... what to say about this book without giving it all away???  Christina George knows how to tell a tale that keeps you flip flip flipping pages.  My emotions were just riding her roller coaster.  I said it my review of Shelf Life that that book ended in a spot that the story could have been "done"... but this book just blew it all out of the water.  But I'm not telling you if Kate ends up with Mac... or with Nick... or alone.  Nope.  Not telling.

This book broke my heart in so many different ways.  It broke for Kate multiple times.  It ached for Mac.  I think it may have actually shattered for Nick.  The pieces of my heart were repeatedly mended back together just to be in a wreck again for a totally different reason.  Oh my heart.  It was just all so twisted and tangled.  The fact that Christina George can write in a way that literally had my heart aching, that squeeze you feel in your chest when you're just SAD... she makes emotional magic with her words.

I don't want you thinking you shouldn't read Climax because it's oh so sad.  I absolutely loved it. I just became so attached to Kate through the series that I felt like I had such an investment in her relationships with Mac and Nick.  I like her with Mac.  I liked her with Nick.  I understood at times why she couldn't be with Nick... and I understood at times her choices about not being with Mac.  Just thinking about her emotional turmoil has me right back in the story.  I do have to say... bravo on Kate for taking her friend Andrew's advice and going to see a therapist.  And thank you Christina George for deciding her therapist should be such a hoot.  (And really... there is no other way to describe her than to say she's a hoot.)  I think it was brilliant the way the use of the therapist helped the development of the story move along (Kate needed that annoying push badly!)

Kate continues with her publishing path.  I was SO into reading about her taking Vivienne (Nick's sister) to BEA (Book Expo America) at the Javitz Center since I actually went last year (and I'm still thinking about whether or not to go this year).  I loved that this book was a little different in that it focused more on the journey of 1 author (Vivienne) instead of multiple authors.  I would love it if Christina George decided to actually WRITE Vivienne's book (and Allan's books too).   And, while I thought this was the last book in the series... I was THRILLED that in the author's letter at the end of the book she tells us that she is going to continue with stories of the other characters (like Vivienne)!!!  Yeah!!!!

About the author:

Christina GeorgeChristina 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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