ARC Review | Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke

ARC Review | Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-BurkeCompromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 28th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 248
Format: eARC
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When fitness empire CEO David Strong agrees to help teach a yoga class for couples based on poses in The Kama Sutra, he’s put in one compromising position after another. Especially since the instructor is his best friend’s little sister-in-law, doesn’t have a lot of experience with men, and is totally off-limits. She’s everything David’s never wanted. So he can’t understand why he suddenly needs her so much.

Sophie DelFino has fantasized about David for over a decade, but he has a type, and she’s far from it. He’s also got all sorts of rules and reasons why they shouldn’t be together. Good thing Sophie is all about bending the rules.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mature Content

The premise is so interesting! Sophie Delfino and David Strong are forced into partnering to teach a sensual yoga class when Sophie’s sister, Daphne, and David’s best friend, Chris, who are married to each other, couldn’t. 

Sophie’s been fantasizing about David for the last ten years, starting when she first saw his photo when Daphne showed her a photo of David and Chris. Now she gets to see him up close and personal for a Kama Sutra-inspired couples’ yoga class.

David has a type––tall, blonde, and as uninterested in commitment as he is. Sophie’s obviously everything his type is not. But she’s interesting, funny, and has the most beautiful eyes he’s ever seen. Sophie wants to sleep with him, but he knows she’s not a one-night kind of girl. Especially since she’s a virgin. But Sophie is pretty persuasive, and when she wants something, she’ll do her best to get it. 

I love Sophie! She’s an interesting girl; tiny yet confident and headstrong. When she’s not being crazy with her yo-yo attitude, she’s kind, thoughtful and charming. To be honest though, it was kind of weird she’s so enthusiastic about sex when she’s never watched porn before. She’s read about it, what with the Kama Sutra and other books to help her teach the class. But I dunno, maybe that’s just me.

And David. Hmm. What can I say about David? When the book first started, I pictured David as a fuccboi––he sleeps around, prefers one night stands over long-term commitments, and is more interested in legs and breasts than anything else. But it was interesting to see who he really is and why he’s who he is. It was also sweet to see him open up to Sophie and the possibility of something more with her. He loves control, and he’s thoughtful, although he misguidedly does things out of his care and concern for Sophie.

While I loved the slow build going on between the two, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at their first time together. Sophie’s a virgin and David’s a huge guy, yet their first time went on without a hitch. More than without a hitch; she pretty much hit the big O in a snap. David is 6’5. 6’5. I’m guessing he has big feet. And you know what they say about big feet.

Reading the lessons was interesting, to say the least. They didn’t focus on just the positions; it’s a bit of a foreplay, with touching and yoga exercises to help their flexibility. I might have 

I found the last few parts involving David’s dad and stepmother unnecessary. There’s a lot of scheming, and a lot of scheming behind the scheming involved. The story would have worked well even without it. And it felt like it was added as an afterthought, since it was already in the 80-90% mark.

This story is told in third person POV, but still focuses on either characters’ perspectives. So even though we don’t get to get inside their head, we still get a glimpse of what they’re thinking or how they’re seeing it. 

Still, over all, I enjoyed reading this book. There were a lot of sweet moments, and I loved seeing them fall for each other. I was definitely grinning the whole way through the epilogue. 

If you’re a fan of a slow burn friends-to-FWB-to-lovers with a hint of a forbidden romance, you might enjoy Compromising Positions

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