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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Enchanting The Lady by Kathryne Kennedy

This is a delightful tale, and for me a different take on the world of Magic and aristocracy. At first, I wasn't keen on the book, but it grew on me. To keep a title, one must be able to pass a magic test. It's a cool idea. It's like title based on merit. On the other hand, what happens if someone plays foul and the victim is unaware of it? This is Felicity's story. Enjoy this story about love, magic, secrets, dastardly deeds, and smart dragons. You won't be disappointed at all.

About the book:
Little-noticed Felicity Seymour is a woman with a problem: she can't take control of her parents' lands until she can prove her magical abilities, of which she's never had the slightest hint. When she meets a handsome were-lion baronet, Terence Blackwell, she's surprised at his interest; what she doesn't know is that Terence smells the taint of relic-magic on her, the same magic that killed his brother. Resolving to learn her secrets, Terence courts the worried wallflower and is as surprised as anyone when he falls head over heels. Soon after they marry in secret, Felicity discovers that people she's trusted all her life are conspiring to steal her magic, her title and her land. Now she's got to stop them with the help of her new husband—but how much does she really know about her mysterious mate? The latest from Kennedy (Beneath the Thirteen Moons) is simply delightful, set in a fantasy-touched Victorian England that's imaginative, historically vigorous and ripe for further adventures. Felicity is a pleasantly unassuming heroine and is well matched in Terence, while the identity of the villain will keep readers guessing until the very end. (Jan.)
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Unbillable Hours: A True Story by Ian Graham

Unbillable Hours: A True Story [Kindle Edition]

Ian Graham
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I enjoyed reading this book immensely. I'm usually an avid romance reader, but I'm branching out. If you hurry, you can get this book for free at amazon kindle right now.

About the book:

The story—part memoir, part hard-hitting expose—of a first-year law associate negotiating the arduous path through a system designed to break those who enter it before it makes them.

Landing a job at a prestigious L.A. law firm, complete with a six figure income, signaled the beginning of the good life for Ian Graham. But the harsh reality of life as an associate quickly became evident. The work was grueling and boring, the days were impossibly long, and Graham’s main goal was to rack up billable hours. But when he took an unpaid pro bono case to escape the drudgery, Graham found the meaning in his work that he’d been looking for. As he worked to free Mario Rocha, a gifted young Latino who had been wrongly convicted at 16 and sentenced to life without parole, the shocking contrast between the quest for money and power and Mario’s desperate struggle for freedom led Graham to look long and hard at his future as a corporate lawyer.

Clear-eyed and moving, written with the drama and speed of a John Grisham novel and the personal appeal of Scott Turow’s account of his law school years, Unbillable Hours is an arresting personal story with implications for all of us.