Public Relations by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini
Standalone New Adult, Chick-Lit Romance
Public Relations by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini was a different read for me. The cover and lack of naked chest appealed to me and I was interested in reading about PR for musicians, because my son is always looking for an agent. It was an interesting read. I liked it. I wanted so much to love it, but it was a little too young, and not enough romance for me. I would classify it more as chick-lit for 20 year olds.
I was very surprised to find, when writing this review, that I didn’t highlight one quote. I am tempted to go back and search for one, but honestly, there wasn’t one quote that stood out enough to highlight it, and a quick search backed that up. That’s not necessarily bad, it’s just different. There were no one-liners either romantic or funny, but there was still a good story.
Rose is a young, smart PR rep in the music industry. When her boss couldn’t make it to a meeting with one of the biggest stars they repped, she was asked to sit in. The client was a young British star, Archie Fox, who was aging out of his young, pop-star crowd. A friend pointed out to me that the guy is basically Harry Styles down to the description of his tattoos (which means nothing to me, I just know he’s in One Direction). The other executives are giving some bad suggestions on how to make him cool again, and though she wasn’t supposed to speak, young Rose couldn’t help herself, and suggested a fauxmance with one of the coolest up-and-coming YouTube sensations, Raya.
Archie and his people liked the idea (or is it Rose he liked?) so much that they insisted Rose be in charge of the PR for him. Since the book was told in only Rose’s point of view, we can see her fighting her crush on Archie the whole time, but she is a hard working professional who is very career-driven, and the story reflects that. It was much more about the PR business and about Archie’s fake romance with Raya, as well as Rose’s dating attempts, than it was about the romance between Archie and Rose.
Sloooooow burn. But when the romance kicked in in the last 30% I really began to enjoy it more. Don’t get me wrong, I actually liked reading about the behind-the-scenes PR work, but I am a romance girl, and I was happy when I finally got that.
- Lots and lots of pop culture.
- Very smartly written.
- Love the best friend relationship.
- Fun flirty banter.
- Not enough romance.
- A little more YA than I expected.
- I would have loved to have had a little of his perspective.
- Though this doesn’t factor into my rating, the regular price of this e-book is higher than many NYT bestselling author’s books and it’s one author’s debut and the other has two books. When the e-book costs more than the paperback, it just doesn’t make sense to me.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating 3 Stars, 3.5 Heat