Public Relations by Katie Heaney

Public Relations

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 begin...

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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:368 pages

Public Relations Reviews

  • Jen
    Feb 12, 2017

    I've been in a bit of an overall life slump and looking for something fun and different to read, so I picked this off Netgalley. The weird, confusing cover is doing this book NO favors at all -- no, this is not a gender-bending remake of the 80s movie

    -- inside is actually a cute and engaging piece of romantic chick lit. (I found it in the New Adult section, where the cover stands out like a sore thumb amidst all the naked, tattooed abs, but there's not a player or a virgin or a whiff

    I've been in a bit of an overall life slump and looking for something fun and different to read, so I picked this off Netgalley. The weird, confusing cover is doing this book NO favors at all -- no, this is not a gender-bending remake of the 80s movie

    -- inside is actually a cute and engaging piece of romantic chick lit. (I found it in the New Adult section, where the cover stands out like a sore thumb amidst all the naked, tattooed abs, but there's not a player or a virgin or a whiff of angst in sight -- it really reads to me like classic 90s chick lit.)

    Rose is a twenty-something in Manhattan, trying to move up the ranks at her PR firm. Rose's boss can't make a meeting about how to boost the flagging career of British singer-songwriter Archie Fox,** so Rose is told to sit in, take notes, and keep her mouth shut. But when a (male) colleague's horrible proposals start to tank the meeting, Rose blurts out her own idea: a fauxmance between Archie and an up-and-coming indie singer.

    Archie not only approves the fauxmance idea, he asks Rose to act as his handler during it, despite the fact that her firm thinks she's too junior for the job. And -- of course -- as Rose is masterminding every romantic detail of Archie's new relationship, she's falling hard for him herself.

    I've always had a weird fascination with celebrity fauxmances, but usually books about them have the pretending-to-be couple fall for each other, so I liked that this book gave things a new twist. I'm not usually the biggest fan of love-with-a-celebrity stories, but this one won me over.

    Rose was a really great main character and - as a former twenty-something who's lived the non-glamorous life in Manhattan - I thought the book really got all the small details right. I'll admit that this book did take a while to get going. Weirdly, my very favorite parst of the book were 1) learning how fauxmances work from behind the scenes and 2) all the PR stuff. I was fascinated by the way Rose tracked the success of the fauxmance on Twitter and Instagram.

    The romance was sweet and very, very, very slow-burn. If you read NA for the steamy romance, this is way more PG and may not be for you.

    But definitely check this one out if you're a fauxmance fan like me or just looking for a cute romance!

    **Okay, so

    has pointed out Archie's eerie similarity to Harry Styles. Whom I know next to nothing about. So that's seriously weird and may cause me to reconsider my opinion.

  • Emily
    Mar 11, 2017

    Sexy, sweet and funny. I'd watch the hell outta this movie, and I adored this book.

  • Rebecca
    Mar 06, 2017

    This book is exactly what you would expect from two authors who work for Buzzfeed.

    There were some good moments in the book but they don't happen until at least 70% into the book. Up until then the book is slow and the characters are boring. I enjoyed reading about Rose's relationship with her boss but her relationship with her best friend fell flat for me. Her relationship with Archie was fun to read but they don't actually get together until about 80% into the book.

    One of my complaints is tha

    This book is exactly what you would expect from two authors who work for Buzzfeed.

    There were some good moments in the book but they don't happen until at least 70% into the book. Up until then the book is slow and the characters are boring. I enjoyed reading about Rose's relationship with her boss but her relationship with her best friend fell flat for me. Her relationship with Archie was fun to read but they don't actually get together until about 80% into the book.

    One of my complaints is that Rose's second love interest is an attractive, 36 year old surgeon using Tinder to find a relationship. If that is how Tinder is actually used, then I have been grievously misinformed. The number of pop culture references were also a little much.

    Now onto my main criticism of the book: Archie is Harry Styles. Someone who isn't a fan of One Direction may miss this but it was something I couldn't look past. Allow me to list out some things that Archie and Harry have in common: 1.) British 2.) pop singer 3.) long hair usually pulled up into a bun 4.) two identical bird tattoos on chest 5.) heart tattoo on shoulder 6.) wears sparkly ankle boots 7.) wears a flamingo shirt 8.) dated an older woman at the beginning of his career. One or two I could've looked past but it began to become unbearable towards the end.

    If you are looking for some easy to read chick-lit (or fanfiction), then Public Relations may be for you but I wouldn't risk the time.

    And in case you didn't believe me:

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  • Chris  Carroll
    Apr 24, 2017

    This is a fun and quirky novel about the life and times of an upcoming PR rep. I enjoyed the interaction between her and her best friend – funny and so relateable. As well as the inter-office relationships. Very true to life. In fact, I have seen some of these issues myself! The authors did a great job setting up the unique and interesting characters, so in that aspect it was a pleasurable and in-depth discovery.

    But being a midlife wife, the story lands very far into the YA (young adult) categor

    This is a fun and quirky novel about the life and times of an upcoming PR rep. I enjoyed the interaction between her and her best friend – funny and so relateable. As well as the inter-office relationships. Very true to life. In fact, I have seen some of these issues myself! The authors did a great job setting up the unique and interesting characters, so in that aspect it was a pleasurable and in-depth discovery.

    But being a midlife wife, the story lands very far into the YA (young adult) category. A lot of music references and conversations that is decidedly YA. Multiple references of social media stalking (shhhh – it’s part of the job), tracking information, interacting with the younger crowd. Very much a millennial read.

    This was fine for me. I understood it because I work in this arena. However, for someone of my age group or someone who is not involved online, this could be difficult factor to relate to how it works in the story.

    The authors were also leading up to a potential love match in a very subtle way. The first half of the book was really mainly about the life and times of the PR rep. It wasn’t until you were quite far into the story that you understood “a crush” was occurring. And then you didn’t know if it was reciprocated or not. But stringing us along is not necessarily a bad thing.

    The last quarter and the ending to me was the best part of the whole story. It made up for a lot of the way the book was written and the obscurity of the up-and-coming potential romance. Plus, they set up a possible second book??

    The authors did do a great job in creating interesting and unique characters that you want as your BFF’s. They all had a wonderful role in the book that made it engaging and hard to put down. Plus, the book is written in first person which makes it a very personal story with a unique perspective. The writers included a lot of humor and feeling into the story that make this a stand out that you won’t soon forget.

    Overall, this book was very well written with great characters and a witty plot. We all had that rock star crush at one time or another in our lives. This book is today’s version, targeted to the current culture of the big city 20-somethings. Perfect for that lazy weekend or beach read!

  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
    May 09, 2017

    I love fake relationship stories, especially the ones that involve at least one celebrity.

    took a whole new take on the faux-mance trope.

    In this case, we have English pop star Archie Fox and PR extraordinaire Rose Reed. It was a breath of fresh air.

    I love fake relationship stories, especially the ones that involve at least one celebrity.

    took a whole new take on the faux-mance trope.

    In this case, we have English pop star Archie Fox and PR extraordinaire Rose Reed. It was a breath of fresh air.

    The stunt? A fake relationship between Archie and up and coming singer Raya. Her life is now filled with constant social media listening, tips to a trusted paparazzi, and plans for her client's future dates. All the while taking a dip in the dating pool.

    Handling the job isn't hard for Rose, but ignoring her feelings for the man who was too charming for his own good? Now that's a different story.

    Obviously someone plans the fake relationships in fictional and real celebrity faux-mances, but we rarely see what it's like for them. As someone who works in a similar arena as Rose, I really enjoyed reading about what goes on behind the scenes.

    For me, he seemed like a cardboard cut-out version of Harry Styles. Don't get me wrong. I love the man and was a fan of One Direction, but I don't know. He's an English pop star with a penchant for silk shirts, ripped skinny jeans, and boots. And there was a part where his tattoos were described. There was a mention of a pair of birds across his chest. Archie's character seemed two-dimensional. Or

    (I still love you, Harry!)

    Because of that, some of the parts felt dragging. I also think that because of that, there wasn't enough time to expose the readers to the blooming romance between Rose and Archie. I loved each interaction between the two, but there wasn't enough to establish a real connection between them.

    From what I've read, it was more about Rose's life as a 20-something trying to balance life inside and outside work—a career in PR she genuinely enjoys and is good at and an awkward and sometimes painful attempt at finding love in Tinder.

    is a novel

    It's unique, relatable, and very millennial. I think Harry Styles fans, slow burn lovers, and Young and New Adult readers will enjoy this light and fresh novel.

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  • Allison (The Allure of Books)
    May 19, 2017

    This would make THE BEST movie!

  • Stacee
    Jun 17, 2017

    I loved this synopsis and even though the cover is sort of off putting, I couldn't wait to get into this story.

    I really liked these characters. Rose is smart and savvy and honestly, a good person. She's polite and for the most part has a great inner monologue. Of course Archie was adorable and blatantly based on Harry Styles. The two of them had chemistry and excellent banter. I wish the authors would have relied on that to carry the story.

    For me, the downside to this story was the pages and p

    I loved this synopsis and even though the cover is sort of off putting, I couldn't wait to get into this story.

    I really liked these characters. Rose is smart and savvy and honestly, a good person. She's polite and for the most part has a great inner monologue. Of course Archie was adorable and blatantly based on Harry Styles. The two of them had chemistry and excellent banter. I wish the authors would have relied on that to carry the story.

    For me, the downside to this story was the pages and pages and paaaaaaaages of text without dialogue. It was a lot of telling instead of showing and I found myself skipping passages here and there because I was bored. I did enjoy seeing the other side of the machine, so to speak and it did have a satisfying ending.

    Overall, it was a quick and fairly enjoyable read.

    **Huge thanks to Grand Central Publishing for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Meg
    Jun 20, 2017

    The most predictable, delightful book I've read all year!

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