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More Than Rivals [Kindle Edition]

Mary Whitney
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Book Description


When is a chance meeting not by chance? Maybe when you hide who you are.

The night before Lily Robles announces she’s running for Congress, she meets a handsome stranger at a coffee shop. Their chemistry is strong, and not wanting to scare him off, she avoids telling him she’s a local politician. She doesn't want the night to end—until she realizes he’s one of her opponents in the primary.

Jack Bengston can’t place where he’s seen Lily’s pretty face. He's taken with her, and he's sure the feeling is mutual—until she leaves him hanging and without her number.

When Jack and Lily meet again as candidates, California State Senator John Bengston and Sonoma County Supervisor Ursula Robles, they find an awkward romantic encounter is no way to kick-off a campaign, but how do you stop an attraction once it starts? There are times when politicians want to put their identities aside.

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About the Author

Even before she graduated from law school, Mary knew she wasn't cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she's spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.

Product Details

  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Posit Publishing (November 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSGI50C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SEXY, SMART MUST READ ROMANCE March 12, 2013
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Truly enjoyed reading this political romance. When the main characters, Jack and Lily, meet for the first time, the attraction between them is undeniable. But they are faced with a dilemna as both are running for the same Congressional office in the Democratic primary making them opponents. A political nightmare!
They are rivals who have to make a decision. Should they deny their feelings for each other and walk away from what could be a good thing? Or should they give into what has drawn them together and see where fate might take them?
Read the story to see how the author unravels their decisions. She does a wonderful job of keeping you turning the page for more... Well done and Five stars!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Was Okay. June 12, 2013
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More Than Rivals by Mary Whitney was a quick, lighthearted read that I think for the most part readers will enjoy. The synopsis is what first drew me to this story. It sounded like a fun read. I found Whitney's characters likeable and witty at times, but overall I felt like the spark in the story was missing.

As I was reading through the interactions between Jack and Lily I found myself drawn out of the story. I saw the chemistry between them written out on the page, but I didn't really feel it. I did enjoy getting to know each individual character, and their stories, and while I didn't find myself swooning over the romance between Jack and Lily - they were well written characters.

Overall, I think More Than Rivals is a good story, but I guess I just wanted a little more steam. ;)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasteful and gratifying March 12, 2013
By Alexis
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I loved how the author was able to capture all the characters distinct voices and characteristics without being excessive. Her eloquence in story telling has always been what attracted me to her stories and More Than Rivals didn't disappoint. Romance tastefully written and very gratifying. By the end of Chapter one, I was fully invested with the characters and couldn't stop reading. A MUST READ!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt love story. March 12, 2013
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More Than Rivals was an excellent read.
I was drawn into the story from the beginning and I found I couldn't put it down.
The chemistry between Lily and Jack is instant. The attraction between them is so strong that even being political rivals it doesn't stop them from wanting each other.
The author Mary Whitney has a brilliant way with words, she draws you into their world and you can't help but love both Jack and Lily.
This was a beautiful love story and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting July 26, 2013
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Wow, a politics and romance combination, that's a first for me.

I got this for free. But it wasn't a disappointment, although most of the time I don't get how they run for congress, I think it's interesting concept of competition and tension.

I like Lily and Jack, they both acted as mature adults and really work out their relationship despite the circumstance they are in. This is a rare book who didn't make me cringe with the characters.

It was really interesting since I think this is a first time I encountered this concept. But I don't totally love it, since I think there's just lacking something but overall, I liked it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars for a positive, simple story December 16, 2013
By Dux
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One thing I've both found and enjoyed in the Mary Whitney stories I've read is that while the necessary plot device of Tension exists it never does so in an insulting ( to the reader) way. I never recall getting frustrated with the characters / author about ridiculous plot contrivances and ridiculously immature / unrealistic lack of communication betwixt the characters. I've felt it and read in so many reviews how the reader wants to throw their Kindle and shake the characters.

But not here. Instead we have adult, professional, smart, educated characters who behave in an adult, professional, smart and educated manner. Yea!

Lily and Jack are both Democrats running in a primary for a vacated northern California congressional seat. Jack's a career politician and attorney while Lily is a part-time RN, county Supervisor, mother to a young son, and a war widow. They both have impeccable backgrounds and are ethically and politically compatible, not to mention athletically compatible (lots of going for runs, training for a triathlon). They are attracted to one another but recognize the futility of the situation. Due to the nature of local campaigning they spend a lot of time in the same towns, at the same venues, and a genuine friendship results.

It's a quiet, simple story, nothing fancy, nothing too detailed or intricate. I'm sure the author is a relatively naive writer and I'd like to see her work on adding layers and details to her stories. In her Acknowledgements she says something about being part of a writers group so hopefully they're stronger writers and can encourage her development. Because I like her characters, her stories, her smart writing, I'd really like to see her become a more detailed creator. Bet she can.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok July 8, 2013
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Seemed contrite and unlikely to end so neatly. The end was incomplete leaving out repercussions of the relationship. Well written just lacking in practicality
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relationship Felt Realistic March 21, 2013
By Peach
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This is an enjoyable and romantic read set against a political backdrop. Lily and Jack first met at a coffee shop and they were instantly attracted to each other but Lily declined his advances and did not give him her contact information. Later, Jack realized that they were both running for Congress and were political rivals. I liked that they first became friends/jogging buddies, gradually realized their strong feelings for each other and then engaged in a "cautious" relationship. I also liked that they discussed and reasoned out their options in a pragmatic manner making the story realistic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the book. You started in fan fiction and I read you there to begin with.
Published 1 month ago by Joyce Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone loved this book and I know why.
Honestly one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. I loved the characters, loved the premise, loved the setting, loved everything.
Published 2 months ago by Rachel G.
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
A story that was upbeat and real.....I wish more were like this one.
I couldn't wait to read the happy ending.
Published 3 months ago by alicia
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but Pleasant Political Read
If you are a reader looking for danger, suspense and scandal . . . look elsewhere. This book is a sweet romance filled with witty banter, flirtation and real romance. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AvidReader923
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack
I truly enjoyed this book. I loved Jack and Lily. Such great characters with witty banter.

This is a great read!
Published 5 months ago by Lorie
3.0 out of 5 stars Rivals and not rivals!!!
The idea of political rivals falling in love is certainly a possiblity in politics today, especially if they are both young, attractive and intelligent. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elaine Bertolotti author of Florence and Me
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm....predictable and boring.
This book is just OK. Very predictable, slow and a little boring.
I have read more of Ms. Whitney's books but this is by farthest my least favorite.
Published 7 months ago by MA in Beijing
5.0 out of 5 stars A love story for all of us
Jack and Lily are both beautiful people, intelligent, in touch with the rest of the world, and political rivals. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joyce
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Entertaining and easy read.
Published 8 months ago by acp
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great story
You never knew almost until the end what would happen.
It was such a good plot.
I could have never thought that a book about American politicians could be his... Read more
Published 10 months ago by M
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Mary Whitney lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. She likes strong - but not bitter - coffee, cocktails, and heroines.

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