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  • 12/2020
  • B08RLTXMS2
  • 266 pages
  • $9.49
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  • 12/2020
  • 978-1951130534
  • 366 pages
  • $14.99
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For Position Only
Adele Royce, author

For Position Only, the sequel to Camera Ready, is an evocative tale of one man’s sin and redemption—woven into the fabric of the advertising business, where lies run rampant and the truth is manipulated.


Craig Keller is LA’s preeminent ad man: wealthy, powerful, and a notorious playboy. At least, that is what he’d like everyone to think. In reality Craig’s business is plummeting at the hands of blonde bombshell and spurned ex-girlfriend Hayden Towne. He is also haunted by the gruesome death of his brother, which occurred under suspicious circumstances.
Craig’s only chance to salvage his career is to propose a partnership with longtime rival Warren Mitchell, his former mentor, whose business Craig cavalierly took down in the past. Although Craig’s advertising prowess can catapult Warren’s business to the top of the market, Craig’s womanizing reputation comes with a price. Craig is specifically warned to avoid Jane Mercer, Craig’s ex-lover, and Warren’s agency partner.


Craig has privately carried a torch for Jane for years—despite her visceral hatred of him. Her presence is a painful reminder that he lost the one woman he always wanted because he treated her so badly. As the barriers between them slowly break down, Craig is now faced with the ultimate dilemma: if he dives into a relationship with Jane, his livelihood is in jeopardy. If he rejects her, he will miss out on his one true love.

Reviews
Royce continues her Truth, Lies, and Love in Advertising series with this character-rich third installment (after Camera Ready) that again explores romance in a cut-throat business. California advertising agency founder Craig Keller started Keller Whitman Group by taking his clients from former mentor Warren Mitchell, but finds himself on the receiving end of a similar scheme when his current fling, agency employee Hayden Towne, quits his agency to start her own by stealing his clients. To ensure his survival in the ad business, Craig proposes a merger of sorts with Warren’s firm, putting Craig into close contact with Jane Mercer, a former coworker and lover he cheated with while he was married. Though Jane feels contempt towards Craig due to his previous ill-treatment of her, she starts to thaw towards him as they begin working together. But Craig seems to have a problem with not sabotaging relationships and continues experiencing guilt over his brother’s untimely death years before.

Although Royce’s primary focus is on the inner workings and relationships at an advertising agency, simmering throughout are hints at Craig’s guilt over his brother DJ’s death–DJ fell overboard into a yacht’s propeller while Craig was passed out drunk. Royce expertly makes a connection between Craig’s chilling memories and his uncaring attitude towards others as Craig frequently flirts with disaster in both his personal and professional life.

As Craig must decide whether to abandon his sexist treatment to build a solid relationship with the woman he has been unable to forget, Royce draws on her public relations and advertising experience to create a believable narrative and make her characters convincing. She expertly paints a picture of cut-throat tactics where only the most cunning survive, and Craig’s gradual evolution from sexist narcissist into a person who, while not particularly admirable, is somewhat redeemed, demonstrates Royce’s skill as a writer. The suspense continues right through the tense New Years Eve climax, and a satisfying ending will please romance fans.

Takeaway: The sexist head of an ad agency must join forces with a former mentor in this engaging romance.

Great for fans of: Nicole Archer’s Road Tripped, Jack LeMenager’s Unto Others.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 12/2020
  • B08RLTXMS2
  • 266 pages
  • $9.49
Paperback Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1951130534
  • 366 pages
  • $14.99

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