BOOK REVIEW - Token by Beverley Kendall
Author: Beverley Kendall
Publication Date: January 3, 2023
Publisher: Graydon House
Two years ago, Kennedy Mitchell was plucked from the reception desk and placed in the corporate boardroom in the name of diversity. Rather than play along, she and her best friend founded Token, a boutique PR agency that helps “diversity-challenged” companies and celebrities. With corporate America diversifying workplaces and famous people getting into reputation-damaging controversies, Token is in high demand.
Kennedy quickly discovers there’s a lot of on-the-job learning and some messes are not so easily fixed. When Kennedy’s ex shows up needing help repairing his company’s reputation, things get even more complicated. She knows his character is being wrongly maligned, but she’s reluctant to get involved—professionally and emotionally. But soon, she finds herself drawn into a PR scandal of her own.
“A smart, sexy rom-com that had me chuckling from the first page. I loved it.”—BRENDA JACKSON, New York Times bestselling author
“Token is a rom-com perfect for our times. I can’t wait to see it on the big screen!”—KAIA ALDERSON, author of Sisters in Arms
I received an advance review copy for free and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Beverley Kendall, NetGalley, and Graydon House. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.
Like many other reviewers, I was also drawn to this book because of it’s cover. My interest was further piqued when I read the synopsis. I’m a Gen X’er and I feel like I have come of age professional along side of the focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion. I have always been drawn to people who are different from me. Cultural differences have been fascinating to me. I love learning about differences as well as similarities. People truly are people on the inside. I’ve digressed a bit. My point is that I empathize with Kennedy’s character, not because I’ve been in that position but because I’ve done my best to support my colleagues who have been put in this situation.
Kennedy is by far my favorite character, and I love that instead of being marginalized. She chose to empower herself to consult with her company. She is brilliantly written, and I’d love to be part of her inner circle. I also enjoyed the chemistry she shares with Nate, and they make a cute couple. This book included heavy topics (discrimination and interracial relationships) and their complexities with dignity and respect. I hope to read more books like this as I think it’s important to understand our society. Finally, I love how important friends and family are to Kennedy.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a strong female lead who is the master at getting everyone (herself included) out of binds using an impressive PR campaign. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
BEVERLEY KENDALL published her first novel in 2010, a historical romance with Kensington. She