Compromising Positions by Mary Whitney
Released: January 28, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Mary Whitney
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: We weren’t supposed to be friends. We weren’t even supposed to like each other.
I’m Michael Grath. I’ll admit I was elected to Congress on my Republican family history. I was out to make a name for myself, until I met Jessie Clark, a spitfire Democrat.
She’d be my nemesis, if I could just stop thinking about her. We’ve got nothing and everything in common, and one big issue that divides us. All of this is going to land us in more than one compromising position.
And like I said, we weren’t supposed to be friends, we weren’t even supposed to like each other, and we certainly weren’t supposed to fall in love.
The only child from a military family, Jessica Clark is now a feisty Democratic representative in her first term in D.C. In an effort to not be judged and not appear younger than she is, she often wears a work uniform of a suit, heels, bun, and fake glasses. She works hard to fully characterize her views and those of her constituents. Outside of the office, she is a normal thirty something who lives in the basement apartment of her best friend/chief of staff’s house, likes sports, reading, and rock climbing.
Michael Grath come from an influential and political bloodline and now makes his freshman debut as a republican Illinois representative. While initial appearances would make you believe he was born with a silver spoon and is entitled, a little deeper view shows that’s not him at all. He has been a teacher at an inner city school, is a classically trained musician, and still likes to be a guy’s guy.
This is a smart and sassy read with fantastic, interesting characters. The relationship begins with friendship and yet they have instant chemistry. Then you get to go through the journey with them as the connection continues to grow organically. I like that Whitney didn’t shy away from volatile political views and even uses them as plot points in the arc. The dialogue between all the characters is witty and natural further displaying their charming rapport. The lack of external people or pressures sets this largely apart from other books; their issues are correlated mostly to their viewpoint, political position, and finding ways to navigate their oppositions. While many romances contain a large amount of fantasy to make the details of the story work, this one could easily be based on reality.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.