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Harper Torch, Sept. 2004, 6.50

In Atlanta, a partner offers paralegal Alayna Jackson a promotion if she agrees to work for hot shot attorney Ben “Ice Man” Richards on the Software International case in Alaska. Alayna would prefer to say no as Ben has a reputation for eating associates for lunch. Still Alayna needs money to pay for her younger sister's college tuition at Howard as she promised her dying mother
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Alayna receives a stunner when her sister Martine informs her she is not going to school as she will marry her boyfriend Jamal Preston, who has no future plans beyond getting a job. As Alayna copes with her sister's devastating decision, she refuses to take crap from Ben. He quickly admires her spunk and tries to be there for her during her family crisis. As they work together, Ben and Alayna fall in love, but interracial relationships let alone marriage is not a way to move up the corporate ladder.

The story line provides an intriguing look at a legal firm sort of mindful of The Associates and makes a point about interracial couples.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   interracial loving! Who:    -   sister Family focus?    -   Yes Family, loving    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   lawyer creature Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's If she's not white she must be...    -   black


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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