Thursday, January 30, 2014

tour: Compromising Positions by Mary Whitney - review, excerpt & giveaway

Title: Compromising Positions
Author: Mary Whitney
Release Date: January 28, 2014

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 flirting with 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.

So 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.

Thoughts on Compromising Positions

I've never really been a fan of political stories in the past. I learned the basics in school but never really connected with it.

At least until Mary Whitney.

I love Mary Whitney's writing. She makes the world of politics come alive in a way that even a outsider like me can understand. Every story is a mix of intrigue and romance and Compromising Positions is no different.

Michael and Jessie are so much alike but at the same time they couldn't be more different. Any good story has a little bit of conflict and you can't get any more conflicted than Democrats and Republicans lately, but in all their heated debates and "discussions" Michael and Jessie never crossed the line into disrespect. Whether it was a political or an everyday issue you can related to everything that's going on and that really pulled me into the story. Most of us will never push a bill through Congress or have our lover on the opposite of the debate but the way that Michael and Jessie's issues and relationship are presented makes it all relateable to any relationship were two people have opposite views.

Mary Whitney created wonderful characters with purpose and feelings and she creates a world that lays everything out for you and yet never runs flat or dull. She is quickly becoming my favorite writer of political dramas and I can't wait to see what she brings us next. If you haven't read on of Mary Whitney's books yet you are missing out on wonderful characters in a high stakes world that keeps you holding your breath until the next page.

Excerpt from Compromising Positions

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."

about the author

Mary 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 in many parts of 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 by someone who knows how.”

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