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Praise for Jenny Gardiner's books:

"reading Jenny Gardiner is like sinking your teeth into a big frosted chocolate cupcake...you just want more." -- Meg Cabot, author of the Princess Diaries, Queen of Babble, & the Heather Wells Mysteries, on SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER

"Jenny Gardiner has done it again - this fun, fast-paced book is a great
summer read." - Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me, on SLIM TO NONE

"With her sharp wit and hilarious descriptions, Ms. Gardiner has a delightful voice that left me wanting more." -- Vee, Night Owl Romance, on SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER

About the Author

Hi! I'm the author of the #1 Kindle bestselling novel SLIM TO NONE; the award-winning novel SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER; the memoir WINGING IT: A MEMOIR OF CARING FOR A VENGEFUL PARROT WHO'S DETERMINED TO KILL ME (Simon Spotlight/March 2010); ANYWHERE BUT HERE; ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE; and WHERE THE HEART IS; as well as the upcoming essay collection NAKED MAN ON MAIN STREET. I also have a short story in Wade Rouse's fabulous anthology of humorous dog stories, I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP that features such authors as Jen Lancaster, Rita Mae Brown, Sarah Pekkanen, and more.I've had pieces appear in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post and on NPR's Day to Day. I joke that I honed my fiction writing skills while working as a publicist for a US Senator. Other jobs I've held have included: an orthodontic assistant (learning quite readily that I wasn't cut out for a career in polyester), a waitress (probably my highest-paying job), a TV reporter, a pre-obituary writer, and a photographer (claim to fame: being hired to shoot Prince Charles--with a camera, silly!). I live in Virginia with my husband, three kids, two dogs, one cat, one rabbit and a gregarious parrot. In my free time I study Italian, dream of traveling to exotic locales, and feel very guilty for rarely attempting to clean the house. Visit me at my website, jennygardiner.net; my blog, jennygardiner.net/blog/ ; my facebook fan page facebook.com/jennygardinerbooks , or twitter twitter.com/jennygardiner

Product Details

  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jenny Gardiner Books (October 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005T4TZZ8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2011
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I'm sorry but I couldn't buy that this supposedly strong female lead would tolerate her boss calling her "babe", have her put her hand on his thigh or that she would even accept a position knowing that a sexual harassment suit is probably right around the corner. This made it impossible for me to connect with the heroine.

I really tried to finish this book to justify the $3.00 spent but I really couldn't. If I can at least spare someone else, it will not have been all in vain...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sue Reviews on April 9, 2012
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This book is all about sex and was just not my thing. The main character has a lecherous boss that is always pawing her and everything else in a skirt. She supposedly falls in love with her boss (who also reports to the lecher). To me there relationship was all about the physical. After a while I started flipping through these pages trying to get back to the plot. There was barely a page in the book without profanity, sex, or harassment. This just wasn't my type of book and I didn't find it romantic at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ebc_from_ct on November 17, 2012
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I've now read a couple of books by Erin Delany/Jenny Gardener -- Slim to None and Accidentally on Purpose -- and thought that they were good fun chic lit (although Slim to None was so poorly formatted, it was quite difficult to read). Amazon Kindle people, when are you going to start addressing quality control issues with your kindle books?!?

But, back to the book at hand, Compromising Positions has the potential to be so much fun! Two likable characters with an instant attraction to each other (who get on with the romance early in the book, which is a fun twist) work in the office of an archetypal senator in Washington D.C. -- a perfect setting for all sorts of funny mishaps, observations of our political process, ditching it all for a saner life- the possibilites for a good story are endless! However, I'll never know what happens because I could only make it through 28% of the book. It is that awful. I'm pretty sure that an editor never got near this book, which is a shame. Mercedes and Mike, the couple that works for the sleazy senator, just can't settle on a style. These college educated professionals alternate between talking like wannabe street thugs ('gonna' is big with the author) and waxing poetic like a Shakespearean scholar. But what is most unsettling is the author's penchant for the nasty terms for all things sexual when describing the couple's lovemaking. The couple never use these terms themselves (in fact, you can imagine them taking a small break from their sexual olympics to yell at the author, "Hey, do you kiss your mom with that filthy mouth?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheiglagh on April 13, 2012
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Giving a bird's eyeview of working inside the Washington beltway, "Compromising Positions" brings the readers to the inner sanctum of Washington D.C and the streets of New York. The book follows Mike Garrity and Mercedes Fortunato, two unexpected lovers who had their own baggage from the past to get over with before they get their HEA.

A cute and funny romance with suspense thrown in, "Compromising Positions" is well written and I cannot really fault the editing. But somehow, though technically it was perfect (no glaring typos, misspellings, etc) and the words flow with a beautiful rhythm, I found the storyline dragging at times.

Mike and Mercedes were engaging enough. In fact, the supporting characters were also fleshed out nicely. But, somehow, only thing I can feel is "nice". It could not elicit any other feelings which I was expecting given the nature of the subplot of suspense.

So, I took away one star to show my disappointment.
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Here I am again feeling the need to shout from the rooftops my love of all things Jenny Gardiner. Compromising Positions was one of the "people that bought this also liked..." recommendations. And this person didn't like but LOVED this recommendation!

Compromising Positions did not let me down in all things important ... humor, romance, a little hint of intrigue and a smile at the end. You won't get spoilers from me but I will say of all Jenny Gardiner books, this gave me romance and at least one scene that has stayed with me for months. A visual reader, books become movies in my mind and this was a great one!

I was rooting for Mercedes all along and wanted her to have passion and excitement in her life even with her career aspirations. Having a dream of what you want out of your professional life and knowing you may have to take a minor detour to get where you want to be is never a good feeling.Mercedes seems to embrace the challenge. Having an adversary like Mr. Garrity isn't a bad situation to fall into either.

Take two witty, focused, intelligent and of course, attractive adults, add a little professional drive, a scumbag boss, an oddball family, and a potential political scandal and you have a great fun read.
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It's not even that the story is bad. The plot actually has a lot of potential. But it is written in a really unsophisticated manner. The author feels the need to write out every thought in the characters' heads, and it gets really redundant. Also, the cliche Italian names for the main character's friends in New York made it really hard to take her seriously.
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