Georgina in her personal life is afraid. She lets people walk all over her and doesn’t stand up for herself or anyone else. At work as a PR fixer, she lets her altar ego of George take over to get the job done. And she does her job very well. Sebastian first meets Georgina in a coffee shop before meeting her professionally, so he sees the meek side to her and resists when she is introduced as the one to fix his failing magazine, Modern Man. As the weeks go by, they fight their attraction to each other as she fights to improve the magazine and he fights to keep his job. As Sebastian’s friend and coworker remarks, there’s a fine line between love and hate. They reach a truce over Georgina’s terminally ill dog Bruno, and strike up a tenuous friendship. But when they give in and let something more develop between them, their professional lives explode. Georgina also realizes Sebastian is dealing with an altar ego problem just as much as she is. Can their relationship survive everything?
What I liked: I liked so much about this. First: Bruno. Big dogs are my happy and he is a giant. I can relate so much to Georgina’s life with a large breed dog – the bed hog, the jealousy of attention from others, the destruction and need for exercise. That is my life too. The people were interesting, too. Sebastian isn’t the bad boy the media makes him out to be, but he thinks he has to live up to that image to be successful in NYC. He is already in the midst of an identity crisis when the book opens, trying to reconcile who he is professionally with who he is at heart, and wanting to be someone who would have made his mother proud. Georgina is also beginning her own journey of identity discovery. She doesn’t seem to realize that even though she separates her “Georgina” and “George” personalities in her head, they are both her all the time. She is tired of being everyone’s doormat and wants to change but doesn’t quite know how.
Georgina and Sebastian are good for each other, their different personalities complementing the other person. The supporting characters and friendships added a lot to the story as well.
What I didn’t like: I really wanted to read more about their work life. I was surprised when several weeks had passed and the magazine was turning around, because we saw very little of that in the book. Their initial brainstorming meeting was interesting and I wanted to read how some of those ideas played out.
Overall: Fun book, just enough drama to be interesting but not angsty, and extra points for Bruno.
cuts right through the middle of their office.
right over good girls like Georgina Keller.
boy of publishing” who’s made it clear she’s enemy #1.
that, she’ll have to start at the top—and no amount of rakish charm or
inconvenient attraction will distract her.
why wasn’t she sitting here with him? And why was I more relieved than smug
about that? “Meanwhile, Justin and I will be clamming in Montauk.”
seen you successfully flirt with any girls since I’ve known you.”
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