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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (333 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Vervain

Falling in love is the last thing on his busy agenda…but compromising positions can lead just about anywhere.

David Strong knows how to do a lot of things—run an international fitness company, finesse stock portfolios and stay out of emotional entanglements. That is, until he gets tangled up with Sophie Delfino and her Sensational Sex workout. He’s supposed to help her demonstrate Kama Sutra positions for her couples’ yoga class. The rigorous postures require more than just physical control. And his co-instructor unexpectedly tests his control to the limit.

Sophie’s been fantasizing about David since her teens, but she never dreamed she’d actually be expected to run through her intimate desires—with an audience! The class is very professional, tame even—or it would be, if she’d been in any of the positions before. But she hasn’t—except in her wildest fantasies about David. Sophie knows she wants David in every way, and she’s flexible enough to use whatever she has to get him.

David can’t afford any unexpected distractions. Besides the sensual positions he has to endure without embarrassing himself in public, there’s an embezzler stealing from his company. And then there’s Sophie—who is well on her way to stealing his well-guarded heart.

David Strong, owner of Strong Gyms, is only too happy to help when his long-time friend, Craig, asks for a favor. Thinking he’s just going to teach a regular class, he’s taken by surprise when he finds out it's a yoga class demonstrating Kama Sutra positions. To make matters worse, his partner for the class is Sophie, Craig’s sister-in-law. The petite, curvy woman is just the type that Davis has avoided.

Sophie has secretly lusted after David Strong for years. Doing the yoga class with him is going to be difficult, but she’s determined to see it through. By the end of the first class, Sophie wants David so bad she aches; unfortunately, he’s good at telling her “no.” Being a virgin, she has no clue how to pursue him, but she vows to have him in her bed before the series of classes is over.

The characters were pretty well-developed, except that Sophie doesn’t appear to have a last name. That lapse aside, this was an astounding story. While it took me a few pages to get into it, from that moment on I was riveted. The sexual tension between Sophie and David will leave you biting your nails in frustration and wanting to yell at them to get on with it already, but once the two finally get together the sparks between the two fly off the pages. The secondary characters, Craig and Daphne, as well as David’s father and step-mother, Lance and Tessa, were all well-developed and well-rounded. The lengths that David’s and Sophie’s family will go to ensure their happiness will amaze you.

With sensual love scenes, flirty repartee, and a man and woman clearly meant to be together, you get everything you could ever want in a romance novel. Overall, I have to say that Compromising Positions is a must read for 2009!