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Compromising Positions by [Whitney, Mary]
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About the Author

Mary Whitney blames Laura Ingalls Wilder and Margaret Mitchell for her obsession with romance novels. At an early age, Mary fell in love with the Little House series and its dreamy hero, Almanzo Wilder, who only wanted Laura to be Laura. Like many women, Mary later graduated to the ultimate, tall and dark bad boy, Rhett Butler, who loved Scarlett despite her flaws. Mary has lived around the U.S., and after a first career in the non-profit world and politics, she's settled in Northern California with her husband and daughters. She spends her days writing characters she hopes somehow capture the romance of Rhett and Scarlett and Almanzo and Laura. She's a firm believer in what Rhett says to Scarlett: "You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Posit Publishing (23 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I1JT5X0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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If you want a enjoyable read for a relaxing Sunday then this is for you.
Set in the world of American politics Jessie, an up and coming democrat and Michael an established republican are attracted. Michael is going through a difficult divorce and is apprehensive about starting a new relationship.
Jessie and Michael are two realistic and likeable characters.
This well written romance flows well with many ups and downs that kept my interest.
Good read
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By cj on 29 April 2014
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This was an enjoyable read!! The characters Michael and Jessie, were attracted to each other from the start, but were in a difficult position due to their careers and the positions they were in, so it was a slow burn but sweet romance.
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Loved the story and the way the author makes the characters more complex than the usual one dimensional characters in other love stories. The storyline is very political, but its ok and it works that the author doesn’t hold any punches on hot issues.

The main guy, Michael Grath is a Republican [gasp, he's very moderate and you can't really blame him his rich parents raised him that way] and he is also a recently elected congressman. The story starts off with him meeting the main girl, Jessie Clark a hard core Democrat an also a recently elected congresswoman. The way they meet is so funny, Michael and a Republican man he was speaking to mistake her for a waitress [oh no they didn't], it works out in a really amusing way.

Well time passes, Michael still thinks of Jessie and vice-versa. Eventually they form a friendship and then later begin a relationship. Points for the author, they don't jump into bed in the first 3 chapters, however, I will say that they don't share a kiss until half way through the book and they never have a real date [or at least not one that the readers are privied to] and that is why this book lost points with me.

Its definitely worth the read, you have a strong male character and an equally strong female character.
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As a brit, my entire knowledge base for US politics is based on The West Wing (and even then I was watching Rob Lowe most of the time) so I feel like I've learned a whole lot more about US politics by reading this.

Jessie is a newly elected Congresswoman and Michael a newly elected congressman, but for opposing parties. To make matters worse, Michael is in the middle of an ugly divorce, he's Catholic and from a wealthy family so all of that along with his Republican politics means he can't be seen to be dating.

This was a slow burn romance that seemed very realistic, from their initial uncertainties over acting on their attraction, the their concerns over their opposing political ideologies. It was narrated in alternate fp from both of them, with a couple of additional povs from others thrown in along the way to help the story along.

I enjoyed this, it was different and intelligent but the long political arguments bogged down the flow of the story and made it slow going at times. I can see why it was there, but I think less detailed debate and more clues about the chemistry between the two of them would have held my interest for longer. I wasn't convinced until 40% that they even had a spark and even then they were so damn sensible all the time. I didn't really get a power/influence vibe from either of them which is a pity because as the On the Record series has proven, a powerful, alpha Senator makes an irresistible subject for a story.

This is a complete story and worth a read if you're interested in the inner workings of US politics but while it had it's sweet moments, I've read more convincing romances than this.
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Compromising Positions is a nice romance, without much angst or drama. There are a bit of ups and downs that make the story flow and the reader interested, but it won’t have you gasp in fear or pull out your hair in desperation. Although, at one point in the story I really wanted to scream at both of them for being so stubborn! :)

I really liked Michael and Jessie, both separately and as a couple. Michael is, well, he’s just HOT. I guess he’s the only politician I’ve ever found hot and that says a lot! :) Even though he has it all and is the all-American man, I love how he’s willing to jeopardize everything for love. I loved this sweet, romantic side of him that comes out when he meets Jessie.

Jessie is a great heroine. She’s a tough woman who’s worked hard to get to where she is, especially in a men’s world. I particularly liked the way she stood by her decisions and beliefs even when she was torn between Michael and her career. I loved that she didn’t let her feelings for Michael cloud her judgment and change her mind.

A special mention for the side characters, Trish and Larry because they were simply awesome!

If I can find a flaw, I didn’t like it that we didn’t get to see what happened when their secret was revealed to the world. The fast-forward didn’t work too well for me, because it left me wanting for more.
Apart from this, I enjoyed reading this political romance and I would recommend it even to readers who know nothing about politics because Mary has a way of explaining things, without making it feel like a “Politics 101″ book. :)
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