What would you do if you met someone who defied all of your stereotypes?
Outspoken and abrasive, law student Isabel enjoys arguing with just about everyone, including her friends. It's 2010, and her strained relationship with her mother, less-than-stellar job prospects and frustrations with the conformist political culture of Washington, DC have left her resentful and unfulfilled. Only her sisters and a few good friends are able to keep her semi-grounded.
When she meets a new fellow student who dares to challenge her, she is intrigued but skeptical. While Isabel is risk-averse where her feelings are concerned, she is also becoming increasingly curious. She's afraid to get close, because being vulnerable always lead to being hurt, doesn't it?
About the Author
Maria is a Gemini whose head has always been in the clouds. From a young age, her mother scolded her for not paying attention; when she was bored, she would make up stories in her head. Her greatest fear is boredom. She has been writing since she was about thirteen years old. A lover of languages, she speaks French, Spanish, Catalan and some Portuguese; and has lived in the U.K., France and Spain.
She has been caught air-guitaring in public. She loves to laugh, and is the "go-to" person if a friend needs someone to laugh at his lame jokes. In true Gemini fashion, she indulges both her logical personality as an attorney as well as her creative fiction-writing personality. She loved law school and even misses it, which led her friends to conclude that she is certifiable.
A native of the Washington, DC area, she is a political junkie who has respect for all views and who admires the political involvement of Americans. She loves nothing more than a solid political discussion where all views are represented.
When not writing or lawyering, she can be found doing a myriad of activities including reading, traveling, volunteering, and basically anything else that is not housework.
Maria lives right outside of Washington, DC.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a cute fun read I got a few chuckles out of it. Law does interest me to some degree but the legal cases and wording had me crossing my eyes a time or two. Both Isabel and Tarek are very intelligent and that shows in the authors writing. At some point the author must have had to deal with law she is very knowledge in this area. For me it has a little too much filler at times the author lost me but she did bring me back. I did like the older women and younger guy relationship, as well as Isabel sassy ways but at times I thought she was a little too pushy. She is sharp and has no trouble showing that. I think she is a loner and is why she is so sharp with people she just wants to be left alone. When she meets Tarek and he matches her word for word she feels like she finally found someone who she can relate to and maybe have more. I would have liked to have seen a little more romance and a little less of the law story. I did have trouble relating to the characters to a point but they do grow on you. All in all it was a fun read that I did enjoy. I am looking forward to seeing where the author takes the story in the next book. It is a story that didn’t grab me but it didn’t let me down either.
This story is about Isabel who is in her third year of her law degree. She knows many languages and has a full-time job as a translator so is doing her courses part-time in evening classes. Isabel is very intelligent and has a knack for remembering law cases. At school, she meets Tarek who is also very intelligent and knows the law well. He's also handsome so that and his law knowledge makes Isabel attracted to him. The first half of this story consisted of legal cases and precedents which I didn't find to be an interesting story. Clearly the author knew a lot about the law which we saw from all the arguments and case facts presented. Isabel was not likable in the least. She thought she was better and smarter than everybody else and didn't socialize much. She actually went out of her way to make sure nobody liked her so they wouldn't talk to her. Tarek was interesting and very smart but I didn't see how he was attracted to her since she was so mean to everybody. While this story wasn't for me, if you are interested in U.S. law cases and politics, you will like this book. Please note, I won this book in a giveaway.