Series: City Love #2
Author: Belinda Williams
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Release Date: May 28, 2015
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About The Pitch:She's in a long-term, committed relationship. With her business.
In three years Madeline Spencer has single-handedly grown her marketing agency, Grounded Marketing, into one of the country's fastest growing companies. But her success has been at the expense of her social life, and her girlfriends have had enough. They'll do whatever it takes, from speed dating to blind dates, to show her there's more to life than work.
Only Maddy is having a hard time forgetting about her business. She's about to pitch for her biggest client ever and the mysterious media mogul, Paul Neilsen, has volunteered to mentor her. Maddy might just be in with a shot of landing the account – if she can keep her mind on the job. Working with Paul is not at all what she'd imagined, and Maddy finds herself torn between her ever increasing workload and her feelings for Paul. She's discovering playing in the big league means making sacrifices ... and Maddy must decide what she can't live without.
Eh. My hopes were so high for this.
I’m always a sucker for a hero or heroine working in PR or marketing. So when I see that, I jump. I think I need to start being more selective, especially when I’m normally so fucking picky when selecting books to read. Those careers, and dance, are my exceptions.
It was a pretty cliche “woman trying to have it all” story where everything worked out a little too easily. Conflicts weren’t particularly conflicty. Struggles were overcome or worked out easily. Everyone got along all the time.
And the workplace dynamics really bothered me. For some reason, Madeline didn’t actually seem like that great of a leader with her team. We kept being told she was a strong businesswoman, but we were never really shown that. We weren’t really shown strength at all. Part of that was the plot – again, everything worked out easily. She had nothing to really fight hard for to demonstrate strength.
But it was also character development – when you did see her at work, she was kind of the opposite of a fierce #girlboss. She seemed insecure and unsure of herself.
There were other small plot and character “mismatches” like that, as well.
The book was cute and definitely not horrible, but there was little depth and some inconsistency.
About Belinda Williams:
Belinda is a marketing communications specialist and copywriter who allowed an addiction to romance and chick-lit to get the better of her.
She is the author of the contemporary romance series, City Love, published by Momentum (Pan Macmillan). Christa’s story, The Boyfriend Sessions, was released in 2014, while The Pitch (Maddy’s story) is due for release on 28 May, 2015. Scarlett’s story will follow in late 2015, and Cate’s in early 2016.
Belinda was named a top ten finalist in The Romance Writers of Australia Emerald award in both 2013 and 2014. Her debut novel, Radiant, a paranormal romantic suspense, is also available on Amazon.