Perdita (Perdie) Stone is a senior associate at a major Charleston law firm. She’s in North Dakota deposing a company CEO her firm is suing on behalf of a client and she’s up against hotshot Ivy League attorney Carter Leplan. Perdie outfoxes him, forcing them into a major settlement. After she agrees to share a ride to the airport with Carter, they find themselves snowed in and forced to also share the one available hotel room. Things get out of hand but Perdie decides not to worry since he’s west coast and she’s not. Thinking the meeting her boss sets up with her upon her return is to congratulate her and announce she’s being made a partner, Perdie is completely unprepared to find Carter in the meeting being introduced as the firm’s new partner.
Having seen this scenario played out so many times in real life, I thought I knew the probable path this story would take but spiced a bit because of what happened between Carter and Perdie in North Dakota. Unfortunately, nothing about Perdie was recognizable, at least for me, as everything she did felt improbable, immature and unprofessional.
This is definitely one of those situations where it’s me not being the right audience for this story. As someone who worked hard to rise above gender discrimination in male dominated fields, my own experience didn’t come close to Perdie’s behavior, or anyone else’s in my world (including lots of lawyers). I couldn’t get beyond the sexual interludes in the office, at company events and other extremely risky locales, along with excessive drinking and pot smoking. Not judging…they just didn’t fit (did I forget to mention that Perdie is 39 years old?). I never bonded with or respected her, even when she earned my sympathy. There are good bones to the story and it could have been something special, which is why I rounded up. It just wasn’t for me since there are quite a few positive reviews from an audience that seems more befitting. I’d check those out before you decide.
- Release Date: April 26, 2022
- Page Numbers: 311
- Publisher: Carina Press
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(Thanks to the author for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)