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REVIEW Terminal Ambition by Kate McGuinness KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY

Book Description

March 24, 2012
Maggie Mahoney wants justice for women at her law firm.
The firm chairman wants to be Attorney General.
Only one can win.

Sweeny, Owens & Boyle sits at the top of Wall Street law firms. Brilliant and beautiful, Maggie Mahoney became a partner and the trophy wife of its managing attorney. Her husband's death renders Maggie an outsider with the firm's male establishment and creates a power vacuum. 

Obsessed with his dream of becoming the next Attorney General, firm chairman, Andy Anderson, chooses a surprising replacement: Jack Slattery, a reputed sexist. Jack's background hardly qualifies him for such a prominent position. Maggie suspects Jack has something on Andy, but what is it? 

Andy's ambition drives him to desperate measures. With proof of misconduct in hand, Maggie demands justice, but it comes at a high price.

If ambition rules, can justice prevail?

About the Author
Kate McGuinness joined a major international law firm following graduation from law school. In seven years, she became one of only a handful of female partners. After spending ten years as a partner, she was recruited by a Fortune 500 company to serve as its General Counsel.

Today she is a full-time writer who advocates for women's rights. Her work has appeared in Jezebel, Women's Media Center, Fem2pt0, Ms. JD, The Girls Guide to Law School and Role/Reboot. She tweets about these issues as @womnsrightswrtr. Her website,, includes her blog as well as women's rights resources and volunteer opportunities. She lives in a utopian community in the Midwest with her husband, dogs and innumerable squirrels.
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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Two XX Press (March 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984990178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984990177

SOURCE: Author
Maggie Mahoney is not your typical trophy wife since she has a law degree and is married to a the managing partner but when he drops dead, she finds herself on the outs in the firm.  When a rival and known womanizer (cue Brittney Spears) is named as the new manager, Maggie knows that even in her grief she can't sit back and watch.  She fights her way through the old boys network and works to expose Jack Slattery as he tries to get rid of the female leaders through harassment and discrimination.  Parts of this story could be ripped right from recent headlines about men in power and from what I have heard from friends in corporate leadership positions, there is a lot of truth about the abuse that women still endure to this day.

This isn't my usual type of book, but I was hooked by the first chapter.  Each chapter was even more compelling, even though parts of it horrified me.  Jack is just the type of evil villain that your mother probably warned you about.  Maggie is someone that our daughters should emulate and strive towards.   I am so glad that the explosion of young adult books are bringing subjects like this to the forefront and teaching girls not to stand by or down to abuse.  I have to admit parts of this book were difficult to read and I hope that the objectification of women will soon be a thing of the past.  After reading Bond Girl by Erin Duffy (review here) which is a thinly veiled memoir of life in the pretty much male dominated world of finance, you can believe that a story like this could happen in a law firm.  

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  3. I've read Terminal Ambition and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. From the unbelievable first chapter, all the way to the end. It's an amazing book and I can't wait until Ms. McGuinness gives us the sequel.

  4. Maggie Mahoney sounds like a great characger, and I love that the author is so committed to women's rights.

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  6. I signed up for Kate's email. Women's stories speak to me from the heart and as a nurse, I'm an especially good listener for the history reveals what's going on with the body, mind and spirit.


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