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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060847891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060847890
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,041,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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Customer Reviews

Good plot and good characters as well.
Realistic subject matter with imperfect characters living in today's world.
Arnetta M. Givens
I really enjoyed how the characters loved/hated each other.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 4, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Washington DC African-American schoolteacher Erica Johnson believes in social and political activism. When her fourth grade students find causes for her to support, she literally wears their concerns with her "Books Not Bombs" t-shirt as she interrupts a Congressional hearing. Erica confronts conservative senator Mark Newman with her efforts to obtain the funding her children need.

He being a gorgeous war hero, Erica assumes Mark is candy material with political ambition. She is surprised when he proves intelligent and caring even as he still suffers from his combat related injuries and grieves his wife's death. He remains accessible as they debate the issues, but she admits to herself Mark is a real compassionate conservative while he acknowledges she is a loving liberal. As they fall in love, his more devious opponents plan to use their interracial relationship to destroy his political career while some of his supporters send her hate mail warning her to stay away from their hero.

Karyn Langhorne has written an exciting character driven political romance that focuses deeply on the guns vs. butter redistribution issue. The lead couple is a great pairing of two intelligent individuals who believes that their position is best for most of the country; each eloquently defends their side of the debate without "Cheneyizing" the other as demons. The interracial aspects of their respect and love bring out the worst in political activists yet the best in these beloved enemies. UNFINISHED BUSINESS is a winner with its mantra that all blood flows red.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Coleman on March 9, 2008
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What I liked best about this story was the 'journey' structure it had. In fact, I liked that it had structure, period. Using a road trip (the trip to Mark's hometown) as a way to frame a love story between two disparate people is a solid way to explore motivation, character and makes a stronger case for these two people to get together rather than 'they're hot for each other and can't fight it.'

I also liked that she was smart, funny and didn't have quite so many 'issues' that other black heroines have when confronted with dating a white guy. For her, it came down to ideologies and discovering that her real values weren't so far from his, after all. I thought his character was funny - charming, regular and not some controlling freak - and I thought his disability was a nice touch. (Sort of like Bronte crippling and blinding Rochester to make him more palatable at the end.)

Yes, I sort of wish that there were more love scenes - and the story ends rather abruptly. In fact, I would have probably edited a lot from the front end of the story to give more weight and time to the journey and a more satisfactory wrap up.

More than other IR romances I've read here, this one had more of a sense of 'falling in love' and that's primarily what I look for in these stories. For that, in addition to the neat structuring of the story, I thought she did a good job with this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan Smith on June 19, 2007
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This is the story of two people with superficial (and not so superficial) differences initially pulled together by sheer sexual attraction - reluctantly at first and then both in over their heads. Add in the Iraq war, political tensions and divergences, different races, seemingly opposite personality types and you have the makings of a damned good story. Erica is left wing, liberal-minded, anti-war and single, a dedicated teacher who loves her work and not afraid to put her money where her mouth is. Mark is white, conservative and a badly disabled former military hero; he is also a senator from a poor southern state who truly cares about people and works extraordinarily hard on behalf of his constituents. Surrounded by good friends and bossy advisors, the relationship between these two crackles with electricity. They love/hate each other with ferocity but ultimately, they realise that what separates them is actually what brings them together: two passionate, caring, loyal, kind-hearted people. As they discover that what makes them different is what makes them the same, we the reader get to enjoy some brilliant dialogue and wonderful erotic scenes. I absolutely loved this book and will be looking for others by the author. What a find!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Desiree on August 23, 2007
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I loved this book so much. To me it was a fresh,new story like nothing I've every really read. I loved the dynamic of Erica Johnson, a black activist/elementary school teacher whom wears protest t-shirts on a daily basis,and Mark Newman,a white senator/war hero. Their attraction is instant and the fact that they believe in so many different things; she being a Democrat and he being a Republican is the least of their worries. Through the weeks that they know each other they encounter many differences and people trying to either push them together or tear them apart.

I loved this relationship b/c althought Mark was infuriating @ times,he was vulnerable and his love of Erica felt like a tangible thing. He truly loved the person that she was protest shirts and all. Erica loved Mark just as much even when he had that little smirk on his face. This is a book that I'll probably read again. I love it so so much and I highly recommend it.
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