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Personal Matter

Personal Matter

4.7 15
by Karyn Langhorne

Crossing the line ...

Alayna Jackson's dream is to be a lawyer — and not even being the only African-American paralegal in a high-power, lily-white law firm will hold her down. Sure it's not the perfect job, but if it helps her reach her goal — and gets her younger sister through college at the same time, Alayna will work for the devil himself


Crossing the line ...

Alayna Jackson's dream is to be a lawyer — and not even being the only African-American paralegal in a high-power, lily-white law firm will hold her down. Sure it's not the perfect job, but if it helps her reach her goal — and gets her younger sister through college at the same time, Alayna will work for the devil himself — namely Ben "Ice Man" Richards, the firm's arrogant, brilliant, insufferable, and unpredictable rising star.As long as Richards curbs his famous rudeness and treats her with respect, Alayna should be able to cope. But there's more to Ice Man than meets the eye, a fire smoldering beneath his hard, cool surface. And when personal disaster threatens, Alayna finds herself unlocking the doors of her private life to the last man she ever dreamed she'd let enter. And once inside, he may just alter Alayna's world and her outlook in glorious, frightening ways.

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Langhorne pens a wonderful debut novel that flows smoothly, is original and has supurb character development and several meaty subplots.”
Romantic TimesBOOKclub
"Langhorne pens a wonderful debut novel that flows smoothly, is original and has supurb character development and several meaty subplots."

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HarperCollins Publishers
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4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Karyn Langhorne is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law professor. No longer practicing law, she is now the host of the weekly talk show The Book Squad on WMET 1160 in the District of Columbia. When she’s not interviewing other authors, she writes. Her publications include articles on writing for Writers Digest and a weekly American Idol column (during show season) for a popular website, as well as several books of nonfiction, a dozen screenplays, and an off-Broadway play. She lives in the Washington, D.C., suburbs with her husband and two daughters.

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Personal Matter 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not exactly what I expected. This is the first novel I've read by Ms. Langhorne. I purchased this novel because of the interesting book description and the great reviews it received. I was very disappointed! I personally couldn't get pass the bad attitudes and then the mention of the hero having B.O., YUCK! Totally lost me on that one. I have nothing against interracial relationships, but I couldn't imagine a fine sister taking up with a guy like 'Ice' with his sarcastic and cynical personality, although Ms. Alayna gave as good as she got with the witty dialogue. The relationship between the two of them just didn't work for me, their was no deep passion, no sizzlin' heat. The debut novel had an interesting plot and some interesting characters, but the romance between 'Ice' and Alayna just fizzled between the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great subject and continues to be an issue all over the world. This book is well written and makes the listerner think about how they view the world. Great job and this book should be a must read in high school as well as book clubs.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book has Sequel written all it!!!! 'SOMETHING NEW'-- now 'A PERSONAL MATTER' in theaters soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story hooked onto me and didn't let go until I hit the last page. This one is a constant page turner from the start. There were a couple of parts in the book that slightly lost me but it wasn't enough for me to put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the most believable the best well written story (since 'color of love' by sandra kitt)!!! a dynamic read!!! i strongly urge you to read this one. watch out JJ MURRAY you have some true competition. this book do follow the everyday reality of joys and sadness, heartbreaks and humor, feelings and emotions. this book got it all and then some. i read alot of books of this subject matter. SANDRA KITT got me started then followed by JJMURRAY now five thumbs up for KARYN LANGHORNE! needless to say everyone else should read these authors and go back to the drawing board and start over. THIS BOOK IS DAMN GOOD!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Personal Matter takes us into the lives of Alayna, a hardworking Paralegal who lost her Mom at a very young age, and takes on the responsibility of a younger sister named Martine. The story begins where Martine is on the verge of graduating High School and going to college. So her Sister thinks. But Maritine finds that she has other plans which include getting her boyfriend to marry her. Alayna still short of the funds to get her to college is offered at her job to work with one of the toughest Lawyers in town nicknamed 'Ice Man' And as an incentive, a very large bonus. Should she dare take the risk of working for a man everyone hates and yet she finds instead of ice, a burning desire? This was a great read and the passion between them is hot. I enjoyed this book and have fallen for 'Ice' myself. I hope this Author decides to do a follow up and let us see them a year from now. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day and a half working an extremely demanding job. I practically closed my office door and read all day then went home to finish this book. This book was humorous and real. Alyana and Ben were the perfect match for each other. I couldn't imagine anyone else for the sarcastic and cynical character that was Alyana than Ben who was just as bad. In the end they came through for each other when personal matters appeared to destroy what little faith in the world they had left. One was not overpowered by erotica, but there was enough passion here to keep one reading. Very, very entertaining. I would like to read this authors other works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely well written and captured my attention from the very first page. I couldn't put the book down. I found myself hoping that the hero and heroine would work out all their problems and live happily ever after. Great diagolue regarding issues facing interracial couples and stereotypes that both blacks and whites have. This book will not disappoint!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was incredible. I mean right from the beginning you knew the stress that the star character, Alayna, had to deal with. But also you knew that star character, Ben, had his own dealings too. I mean this relationship was just open and honest, especially because Alayna knew how to speak her mind to anyone. Not only was the novel smart and witty, and was funny as all hell. I found myself laughing out loud. I recommend this novel to anyone trying to find them a good, no, excellent read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. It was written so realistic and not real syrupy. I like the fact that Alayna wasnt afraid to speak her mind. It was also gratifying to read a story that depicted the fact that African American's sometimes have difficulty with race and tend to put White's in stereotypical roles. I would love to read a sequel of this book. Maybe explore the relationship between Martine and Jamal. This was an excellent book and I commend Ms Langhorne for getting right the first time out!!! I would definitely refer this book to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away. Incredibly well written, it involves you with the characters right from the first because they are both smart and attractive, yet full of very real attitude and personality issues, and they have real-world problems and challenges that just make them that more charismatic. The conflict between the 2 main characters is fabulous and echoed by little side conflicts that make up part of life. So many things about this story struck me -- how Alayna and Ben, despite a contract not to get personal, get involved in each others' lives at deeper and deeper levels in terms of intimacy and commitment, before getting to sex. Even though the sex scenes did not start until four-fifths of the way through, make no mistake this is a sexy book. You can call this an interracial romance, but take race away and the writing and characters still stand up strong. It's a plus that Langhorne uses race brilliantly to advance the story. I enjoyed this book so much, I stayed up late to finish it, I am dopey-eyed today, and brought it with me to re-read enjoyable snippets. Being a huge Regency and thriller fan, I read very little contemporary romance, and this is the first romance I have read with an interracial theme. What an incredible debut -- I can't wait for Langhorne's next book. Hope Harper sets her up with a web-site so she can get encouraging feedback.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and I liked the main character Alayna. She was dependable, smart, sassy, no-holds-barred woman. What an unlikely male lead but they worked well together. I definitely enjoyed this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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 and assistances for lunch. Still Alayna needs money to pay for her younger sister¿s college tuition at Howard as she promised her dying mother......................... Alayna receives a stunner when her sibling 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 any garbage 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........................... This is an entertaining legal romance that moves on several subplots that ultimately tie together through the heroine. The story line provides an intriguing look at a legal firm sort of mindful of The Associates and makes a poignant point on interracial couples. Though the Martine piece is cleaned up to nicely as she has choices to make, fans will appreciate this fine contemporary tale because of the delightful lead couple, flaws and more to deal with as a pairing........................ Harriet Klausner