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.
There is so much in this amazing finish that I understand why it was divided into parts.
Kate and Mac have both left their former publishing house, M&D, but throughout this book other employees turn up.
Kate uses her severance pay plus money Allan left her as well as his final manuscript to open her own publishing house. Since she named it Lavigne House after Allan, Nick is obviously still a part of the equation, even if he refuses to take any profits due him. Kate still finds herself performing super hero deeds that were necessary to her life as a publicist. Almost unavoidably, Mac becomes the editor at Kate's new business.
So the potential for the triangle of messy love lives continues to exist.
Kate literally bumps into Nick as she is rushing off to an author emergency.
I admit I loved the parts of the books with all the drama of author events.
Nick is in New York opening new stores for his own business, based in California.
He also is sharing an apartment with his much younger sister, Vivienne, whom Kate has never met in person.
Another female flies in to complicate his life further, but that comes a bit later.
Kate is trying her best to be honest with those in her inner circle, meaning Mac and Grace, Lulu, Andrew, and Nick, if he will allow her to be his friend. Her honesty tends to lead to some fiery confrontations. Her cicle will grow to include Viv, after a rocky start, and Kate's own "Dr. Ruth."
Besides publishing books, Kate is building a legacy of good works in Allan Levigne's name.
Mac takes every opportunity to satisfy his own cravings, need and desires. Even when he tries to "do the right thing" for his family, his sons and a now ill ex-wife, the bottom line is his self less acts are really selfish underneath. I do believe his heart is torn. He does love both Kate and Carolyn. He may be in his fifties, but maturity has not overtaken him.
Nick has never gotten over Kate. He feels that distance is the only cure for his love.
That doesn't seem to be working out for him. Even when a pushy female decides to convince him she is his girlfriend, and even manages to walk down the matrimonial aisle with him, Kate still owns Nick's heart.
Mac doesn't help his own cause any when he keeps taking weeks long trips with carolyn and their sons.
When Mac told Kate about the honeymoon trip to Paris that he never took with his wife, he had no idea how that would come back to haunt him.
Kate finally realizes how much of a doormat she has become, between the way she lets authors and men trample over her. I would add even Grace stomps on Kate now and again.
You will have to read Climax to find out who ends up with whom.
I was delighted, at the end of the book, wherre author Christina George shares that we'll visit these characters again.
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.