A Scandalous Affair

A Scandalous Affair

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by Donna Hill
     
 

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Washington, D.C., activist Samantha Montgomery faces the controversy of a lifetime when she agrees to help handsome civil rights attorney Chad Rushmore take on a landmark police-brutality case. Not only does their sudden, fiery attraction endanger the already troubled lawsuit, but it puts Samantha at heartbreaking odds with her attorney sister, Simone. With…  See more details below

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Washington, D.C., activist Samantha Montgomery faces the controversy of a lifetime when she agrees to help handsome civil rights attorney Chad Rushmore take on a landmark police-brutality case. Not only does their sudden, fiery attraction endanger the already troubled lawsuit, but it puts Samantha at heartbreaking odds with her attorney sister, Simone. With both family and a cause at stake, Samantha must walk a dangerous line between passion and loyalty, duty and desire…to discover the most fulfilling love of all.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bestselling author of A Private Affair, which became a made-for-TV movie, Hill will delight her hordes of fans with her newest work, the long-awaited sequel to her 1995 hit, Scandalous. Centered on the timely topic of racial profiling and police brutality against young black men, which has received the intense scrutiny of an outraged public and concerned lawmakers across the country, Hill's sexy and engaging new work features the high-profile Montgomery clan: Justin, a leading civil rights attorney who heads up his own D.C. firm; his wife, Vaughn, a respected U.S. congresswoman; his daughter, Samantha, a beautiful, brainy lawyer-trained civil rights activist; and Vaughn's equally beautiful and brainy daughter, Simone, a local politician. The stepsisters, a year apart in age, are closer than most blood sisters and very similar in spirit, Hill observes, except that Samantha doesn't quite have the carefree confidence with men Simone enjoys. Returning stateside after an extended absence, handsome attorney and family friend Chad Rushmore resumes his position at Justin's firm and asks the sisters' help in preparing a case that could redefine civil rights for the 21st century. Hill skillfully fleshes out the makings of a civil rights lawsuit against the pulsating backdrop of Simone and Chad's secret of one hot night together four years ago, Chad's growing passion for Samantha and his efforts to protect her against several death threats. With a speaking tour and well-targeted national advertising (Black Issues Book Review, Essence), the mediagenic Hill is bound to broaden her audience with this latest sizzler. (Dec.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426875786
Publisher:
Kimani Press
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
332,841
File size:
608 KB

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Associated Press—In a massive march staged to protest the alleged shooting death of African American Roderick Fields by four white police officers, more than 200 angry residents filled the streets last night in front of Washington, D.C.'s police headquarters at 300 Independence Avenue N.W. The protest was led by civil rights activist Samantha Montgomery, daughter of noted legal defense attorney Justin Montgomery and Congresswoman Vaughn Hamilton-Montgomery (D-Va.), working in unison with several local organizations and unions. Montgomery, who has been extremely vocal concerning police abuses, later said in a statement: "The police in this city have declared open warfare on the African American. This is the sixth gangland-style shooting death by police against 'alleged' suspects of the African American persuasion in eight months," Montgomery vehemently stated under the white heat of camera lights and photographers' flashbulbs. "It is painfully obvious that DWB, or driving while black, is a crime punishable by death in this city—and it will stop."

Roderick Fields, an eighteen-year-oldAfrican American, was gunned down in a hail of bullets during an alleged routine stop and search on Eighteenth Street N.W. around midnight on Monday. His two male companions were also hurt. One youth is listed in grave condition with a gunshot to the head, while the other is described as seriously critical with a bullet lodged in his spine.

In a hurriedly announced late-night press conference, a police spokesman identified the four officers involved in the alleged shooting as Detectives Alan Montana, Josh Hamlick, Lawrence Sta-vinsky and Vincent Dorsey. None of the officers have made statements to the media, but according to their lawyers, they were acting in self-defense.

Montgomery's stepsister, City Councilwoman Simone Montgomery, has been equally assertive in her cry for sweeping police reform and a federal probe into recent abuses during her ongoing campaign for the Assembly seat in her district. The councilwoman was unavailable for comment on this latest incident, according to her spokesman, Adam Parsons.

Although tensions were high, there were no injuries or arrests during last night's protest. A date for a hearing for the officers has not been set but a preliminary meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss procedures used in the fatal incident is slated for this week, according to a police statement. The mayor's office has not issued any comment on the march.

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Meet the Author

Essence bestselling author Donna Hill began her career in 1987 with short stories and her first novel was published in 1990. She now has more than seventy published titles to her credit, and three of her novels have been adapted for television. Donna has been featured in Essence, the New York Daily News, USA TODAY, Black Enterprise and other publications.
Donna lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.

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Scandalous Affair 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
GwenFS More than 1 year ago
The first book was the best. I was disappointed with who each sister ended up with. The ending was nothing there.. Lots of twists and turns with the various characters, but book needs a great ending.
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After reading Scandalous I was sorely disappointed in this book, I hated it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wasn't my favorite book by Donna Hill. I will try her books again though.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a number of Donna Hill's books. Since this book was a sequel I hurried up and read Scandalous making sure I knew what the deal was. I'm very glad I read Scandalous 1st because I might have been disappointed in this one had I not read the other one first. To say the least, 'A Scandalous Affair was' definitely worth the wait. I thought that Donna Hill put a lot of hard work and research into this one to make it come out as good as it did. I also thought it would work good as a made for TV Special. However, I must say that I loved Scandalous the best. There were so many twists and turns in the first one. This one, however, gave you a lot of prespectives of what's happening in the world today. I'm also glad Donna decided to continue the episode 'cause I loved the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of Donna Hill's books, and I've loved them all except for Soul to Soul. I didn't like that book at all cause it seemed like it was rushed and not a lot of thought was put into it like her other ones. But I'm sure with this book now 'A Scandalous Affair' it seems like it's going to be great. I put 5 stars only because I like Donna Hill, and I'm going on my gut instinct on this, I'll write another review about it and let you know the real deal on it when I get it.