Wednesday, May 24, 2017

REVIEW: "Public Relations" by Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolinito (Chick Lit, Romance)

by Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolinito

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Chick Lit
Publication Date: May 9th 2017

Standalone: Yes

Description from Publisher:
Young PR star Rose Reed is thrown into the big leagues when her boss leaves town the day of the firm's meeting with Archie Fox, a young, hot, internationally famous British singer-songwriter. The meeting is going badly until Rose suggests a staged romance with up-and-coming, young indie star Raya. He'll do it, but only if Rose becomes his publicist.

As the faux-mance begins to rehabilitate Archie's faltering career, Rose finds his herself having unexpected, inconvenient and definitely unprofessional feelings for the crooner. But do late night texts and impromptu burrito binges mean he feels the same? In the end, Rose will have to decide whether to let her fantasy crush go, or to risk her reputation to be with the charming, handsome, scoundrel-y but sweet pop star she's grown to love.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

I thought that this was cute and sweet, with a bit of sexy. Less a romance and more of a chick lit. I liked the PR angle a lot, and would have enjoyed a more in-depth look at that, especially involving Archie. The Raya aspect was interesting and felt mostly realistic.

I wanted more Archie though, for multiple reasons, including the fact that he seemed like a great character and because he was Rose's love interest. The guy Rose goes on a fee dates with, Neil, and how far things went with him felt unnecessary. I wanted more cute and sexy moments where the chemistry between Archie and Rose was undeniable.

I feel that this really needed the couple to be together sooner than 80% in. And/or this would have benefited from having dual POV where we knew how Archie felt. Until the dinner Archie cooks, there was nothing overtly flirty or romantic enough between them to do much to showcase their chemistry.

Overall, this seemed a bit slow and like we were in Rose's head too much for while.

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

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