Saturday, February 7, 2015

#109 : Climax by Chirstina George : A Review


AUTHOR: Christina George
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT: Paperback
SERIES / STANDALONE: The Publicist #3
REVIEW BY: Shree Janani
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book tours.
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 fiancĂ©. 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.
Finally, the series comes to an end. After having read the previous instalments in the series, I badly wanted a closure and a proper end for Kate’s dilly-dally relationship between Mac and Nick. Finally the writer has justified Kate’s choice of men – by bringing in the sister of a man whose heart she broke and by bringing in the ailing wife of a man whom she stole.
The first two books focussed mainly on Kate’s and Mac’s character. The writer finally has done justice to Nick’s character in this instalment. The other character that made a lot of sense in this book for me would be that of Dr.Ruth Ann’s. The writer made the most sensible decision to bring in a psychiatrist’s character to sort of Kate. I would have actually preferred Kate’s best friend playing the “sorting out” part. Sadly, the writer just portrays her as person who simply makes Kate think. Nevertheless, I was content that Kate made a choice finally.
Kate’s character totally irked me. She went back and forth between Mac and Nick. One moment she is this strong person who is with Mac and next moment she falls for Nick again.  I felt that this whole “dilly-dally” thread could have been cut short by a good 30 pages in the final edition. The write obviously would have aimed for a closure while writing this installment, why not do it a bit earlier?!
The kick ass moment of this book would be Kate finally stops bending backward to accommodate a writer. This move demonstrates a good character progression. The writer has managed to bring out all possible shades of a character that could be written within the three books - A commendable feat of character progression.
The writing like her previous books was simple, clean and laced with whacky humor. I particularly liked the thread of story where Dr.Ruth actually teaches Kate to love herself.
This book teaches a very important lesson – “Love thyself”
VERDICT: The perfect closure finally and a great life lesson learnt.
RATING: 4 on 5
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.

Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse



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