Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway - Compromising Positions by Mary Whitney

Title:  Compromising Positions
Author:  Mary Whitney
Genre:  Adult Romance
Publish Date:  January 28, 2014
Review Source: Book Enthusiast Promotions


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 West Wing, Commander in Chief and now Scandal are some of my favorite TV shows. I love seeing politics in a drama setting. I don’t however watch CNN or really even pay much attention to the 24 hour news hype but there’s just something about real life mixing with the political day to day that makes for an amazing drama. Compromising Positions is that type of book. It’s political and heated but also has a wonderful personal element that gives you just such an amazing story.

Jessie Clark is a congresswoman but she’s also a Democrat, which for the points for this book is a terrible thing! LOL It’s not really, she just happens to be in Congress when the majority is Republican. She has her positions but being raised a “military brat” some of those positions aren’t completely in line with her party.

Michael is the poster child for the Republican Party. Wealthy, white, Catholic & a major political family since his dad is Governor. He is going through a terrible divorce with a woman he didn’t even really like much less love and it only lasted 4 years. He is getting terrible press over the whole thing because she’s out for so much money.

Jessie & Michael are perfect for each other. They are both freshman in congress, they both make their own money and have equal power within their parties. The big difference is the parties itself. It’s not going to be easy carrying on a relationship with one a Republican and one a Democrat. How will it work when they need to cast opposing votes? Will their relationship be able to with stand their many political differences? At first is seems like they function on the “agree to disagree” argument but what happens when it’s personal?

This story is wonderful! I really loved it. It has policies issues that are relevant for today but with characters that you want to love. No matter what your beliefs are you will at least partially side with each of them at some point. She doesn’t seem to be a full democrat in all instances and he’s got some personal beliefs that aren’t in line with his Republican party. Which, let’s face it, is why it’s so hard to deal with the issues of today. Most people find themselves on the fence with a lot of issues and there’s no clear answer. Mary Whitney does an amazing job personalizing political issues for both parties. 

Highly recommend!!!

As Larry began ticking off the day’s results, I got to stare at Jessie. She was dressed in an outfit that Stacy wouldn’t be caught dead in outside of the gym, and Jessie looked adorable and appropriate for the occasion. Her hair was up in a loose ponytail, and the dark tendrils were pretty against her light skin. She looked young and cozy in her bulky sweatshirt. It was just the look that made a guy want to snuggle with a girl. I had an urge to pull her to my side and tuck her under my arm. Knowing I couldn’t do that, I simply asked, “Can I see your bracket?”

“Sure,” she said, seeming a little uncertain as to why I would ask. She handed the folded paper to me.

After a quick scan of her picks, I shook my head. “Sad. You’ve fallen into the common trap of someone devoted to the overrated Pac-10.”

“Hey!” she said, reaching back for her bracket. “Who am I supposed to pick? Some tired Big 10 school that only makes the tournament because it was good in 1963?”

“Watch it. Some of my teams resemble that remark.” I chuckled. “I’m just saying you’ve got all these Pac-10 schools marching toward the final four, and statistically, that’s not going to happen.”

“What are you talking about?” She scooted closer on the sofa to look over my shoulder.

I was more than a little proud of myself for getting her over to my side so quickly. I smiled and turned, so I was even closer to her. “Look here. You’ve got Arizona and UCLA in the final four, and three other Pac-10 teams with them in the elite eight. Do you honestly think that’s possible?”

“Oh, come on. I bet your bracket is irrational and loaded with Midwest teams.”

“No.” I twisted my mouth, knowing I was about to make a joke. “I swear mine is fair and balanced.”

“You did not seriously just say that?” She laughed but then her smile disappeared. “Wait. Do you actually watch Fox News?”

“Sure I do, and I bet you watch MSNBC.”

“Sometimes,” she said, with a shrug. “I usually watch CNN, but the hosts on MSNBC are at least rational beings compared to the ones on Fox.”

“Oh, come on. Some of them are just liberal loudmouths.”

“True, but at least they think about things compared to those crazies on Fox and Friends.”

“Now, watch what you say about my friends,” I said, waving my finger at her with a smile.

“Are you really friends with them?” she asked, her eyes aghast.

“Not really. I do watch Fox, but I mostly watch CNN. I only said I was ‘fair and balanced’ to get a rise out of you, and it worked.”

“Maybe.” Her giggle was adorable and she nodded toward her bracket. “Now you show me yours.”

“Whoa,” Larry said, stopping in his tracks as he entered the room. That same mischievous smile crossed his face. “Jessie, I can’t believe you’d ask that. You hardly know him.”

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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