Compromising Positions

Compromising Positions

by Jenna Bayley-Burke

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ISBN-13: 9781633757943
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/28/2016
Series: Invested in Love Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 319
Sales rank: 136,341
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jenna Bayley-Burke is known for her fun, sexy romance novels, baking banana bread and over-volunteering. She thinks she has the best jobs in the world—mother, wife and author. When she’s not lost in her latest story, she can be found pursuing whatever hobby her characters are enamored with—photography, yoga, shoes, gardening, crafts and cooking up a storm. Keep up with Jenna online at : www.jennabayleyburke.com
By day, Jenna Bayley-Burke is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound...but by night, while the family sleeps, she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dog, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get Silly Putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply Band-Aids, clean up puke...wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous.

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Compromising Positions

Invested in Love


By Jenna Bayley-Burke, Heidi Shoham

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Jenna Bayley-Burke
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-794-3


CHAPTER 1

This is what you get for opening your big mouth, David Strong said to himself as he pulled his baby-blue Corvette Stingray in front of Working It Out, the gym that occupied the street level of a high-rise in the trendy Pearl District of Northwest Portland. He'd actually scouted the spot for a Strong Gym three years ago, but the space was too small and the rent too high. Somehow, the location worked for the women's fitness center, even though it excluded half the population from the clientele.

He grabbed a bottle of water from his bag, got out of his car, and set the alarm. He'd been lucky enough to find a spot on the street so he'd be able to keep an eye on the car. Or at least the wheels — the front of the building was lined with windows, but Working It Out had etched all but the bottom foot of glass. Those frosted windows probably saved them a ton on lighting,

The corners of his mouth turned up as he held the door open for two beautiful redheads leaving the gym. Two redheads — had to be a good omen. Though he had a hard-and-fast rule about only dating blondes over five foot ten, he could appreciate the rarity.

Craig was going to really owe him for this one. If his best friend hadn't sounded so panic-stricken in the message, David might have thought it nothing but a joke. Help lead a couple's yoga class at a rival gym? He shook his head. He'd never been part of a couple and hadn't trained anyone in years. Only loyalty and curiosity had fueled him to show up.

David stepped into the empty lobby. He'd been here once before, at the grand opening two years ago. Craig's wife Daphne had barely acknowledged his presence even as he'd congratulated her. Daphne had worked as a yoga instructor at Strong before going out on her own. He had even offered her the start-up capital, but she'd refused. For some reason, the woman just hated him. It put some distance between him and Craig, but when Craig needed something he knew who to ask. And not just for money, though David had funded the last two years of their fertility treatments. David didn't let anyone down. He didn't disappoint. So, even though Craig's message had been short and completely void of details, he was here, in a lobby so stuffed with foliage it resembled a small rainforest. His gyms smelled like sweat and leather and chlorine. This place smelled like laundry day.

The studios flanking the lobby sported the same floor-to-ceiling windows as the exterior, complete with the thick, hazy stripe running horizontally across the glass. Past the reception area was a hallway with doors on either side. The locker room and office, he remembered. The rest of the space housed gym equipment. Equipment he'd sold Daphne at half the wholesale price. He'd barely gotten a thank you.

A few women pounded treadmills as they watched CNN and MTV. A leggy blonde pedaled a stationary bicycle and eyed him over her book. His radar blipped — blonde, fit, pretty, might be tall enough. Maybe this wouldn't be such a chore after all.

"You can't go back there," a peppy voice squeaked before he made it out of the lobby.

He spun on his heel and saw no one. Puzzled, he looked down. Emerging from the hallway was a tiny young woman, nearly half his height. At six-five, he was used to people being shorter than him, but not by this much. He doubted she was even five feet tall. He stared as she approached the desk and set down the huge bowl of fruit she carried. Maybe it wasn't so massive, it was just that she was so small.

Plucking an orange from the bowl, she looked up at him. Her heart-shaped face made her big eyes seem even larger. The icy-blue gaze was shocking beneath her dark brown ringlets and gave him the strangest sense he'd seen her somewhere before. He thought he heard her gasp before she stared down at the orange.

"Craig's not here yet," she said in her cheery voice. She peeled the orange, skillfully removing the rind in one twirling piece. "You can wait for him here in the lobby or in the office, but the workout areas are ladies only."

His stomach growled, reminding him he hadn't eaten since lunch. He'd been headed out to grab something to eat when he'd gotten Craig's message.

"Actually, Craig's not coming. What makes you think I'm looking for him?" He peered down at her, trying to place where they'd met.

An orange segment stalled in front of her pouty, full mouth. "What do you mean, Craig's not coming?"

The scent of orange peel hit his nose, making his stomach growl again. "Would you mind if I had something?" he asked, motioning for the bowl.

"Go ahead." She smiled wide.

He grabbed a stem of grapes. Was she giggling? David's brows pulled together. "What's so funny?"

"Nothing." Her curls danced when she shook her head. "What were you saying about Craig?"

He plucked a handful of grapes from the stem and popped them in his mouth. He stared at her while he ate. She knew who he was, and she looked familiar. Maybe she'd worked at one of his gyms before coming here.

"He doesn't want to leave his wife. She's not feeling well. I'm supposed to ask for Sophie." She might be the blonde on the bike. Daphne was tall and blond. Her sister would probably be the same. Good thing this sprite had stopped him. Hitting on Daphne's baby sister would really piss her off.

"Sophie?" she mumbled around her orange.

"Yes, she's the owner's sister."


* * *

"Daphne's the co-owner." Sophie's heart pounded in her chest. At this rate, she'd have a heart attack before she got to the bottom of this nightmare. A minute ago, she'd been minding her own business, studying for the class she was about to teach, thinking it wouldn't be so bad, really.

It was mostly stretching. She could do that in her sleep, and often did for the sunrise yoga class she taught. Stretching, a few strengthening moves, and a couple of minutes demonstrating difficult sexual positions. All laid out in a series of note cards back on her desk. Very technical, and probably very tame, they'd be no problem if she'd already had sex in any of these positions. But since she hadn't experienced any position at all, it was a little out of her comfort zone.

When she'd studied the notes, she'd imagined the man in front of her matching every move she'd detail for the students tonight. And now she stood before the star of every one of her late-night, adult fantasies. Who needed a cardio workout when David Strong could walk into a room and send you right over your target heart rate?

"Really?" David's eyebrow arched over a cocoa-brown eye. "And what do you do here?"

"Why are you here exactly?" She plugged the rest of her orange into her mouth to keep it from going permanently dry. The man had a body that made her want to learn how to carve marble. He was as big as a tree and as broad as a house. Even through his charcoal T-shirt she could see the definition in his wide chest. His biceps bulged beneath the hem of his sleeves. He was a package of lean muscle and brooding good looks that made her insides melt.

"I'm here because Craig asked me to fill in for him." His voice echoed inside her head. Her heart leaped around her rib cage. No way. She'd been mortified at the idea of demonstrating sexual positions with Craig, but with David? No way. She couldn't do it. She'd die of embarrassment. Contorting herself into such suggestive positions with the man whose body she fantasized about every night. She could never. Never.

"Fill in for him?" Breathe in tranquility, exhale tension. Breathe in —

"There is some co-ed class that he and Daphne teach together. Sophie's filling in for Daphne, and I'm supposed to fill in for Craig. If you could tell her I'm here, that would be great." He popped a handful of grapes into his mouth, his gaze never leaving the bowl of fruit.

Sophie looked across the reception desk. She hadn't bothered to ask if there were any messages after her Pilates group. There were never any messages. She ripped three pink notes off the desk.

Craig. Please call.

Craig. Use diagrams, he won't be coming.

Craig. Found a replacement, David Strong.

She plopped down in the receptionist chair and rolled back toward a potted palm. Her stomach reeled.

As she looked up at David, the fear that swamped her was drowned by a much warmer sensation. Why not?

She was a professional, after all. And she'd been in positions with him far more challenging than the ones they'd be demonstrating in class, even if only in her dreams.

She knew more on the subject than she ever thought possible. Every move of each of the classes was diagramed on the note cards Daphne had left. She just had to get through it one by one without thinking that this was the closest she had ever come to actually having sex.

He met her stare and grabbed an apple from the bowl. She laughed, harder this time. So predictable.

"What now?" He crunched into the Red Delicious.

"Nothing." She tried to stifle her giggles and peeled a banana off the bunch.

"I know! The wedding." He looked pleased with himself, as if he'd solved the mystery of life. "You wouldn't dance with me."

"That's me." She peeled the banana halfway down and smiled at its phallic resemblance.

His eyes clouded over. He looked her up and down once more. When his eyes cleared, he cocked his head to the side. "Are you Sophie?"

"Two for two, ace." She bit the top off the banana. Was there a sexy way to eat a banana? She shook her head. She didn't care. Daphne had complained so often about Craig's womanizing best friend that Sophie felt she knew him. Enough to know she wanted him to remain a fantasy. He was way too much for her limited experience to handle. The class would just flesh out her dreams a bit.

"I was expecting someone like Daphne." He devoured the rest of the apple. "Though, the attitude should have been a clue."

Sophie shrugged. Let him think she hated him as much as Daphne did. It was much safer than him knowing the truth. She finished the last of the fruit and tossed the peel in the wicker garbage basket. She lifted the basket so he could toss in his apple core.

He eyed her again. "I didn't eat dinner. Are you going to laugh again if I eat another piece?"

"Depends on what you pick."

His eyebrows lifted farther up his forehead. Never taking his gaze off her, he grabbed another apple, almost daring her to comment.

She smiled. Too easy. She rose from the chair and walked back to the office. She felt the heat of him behind her. Right behind her. She stopped, laughing as the front of him bumped into the back of her. It was fun to tease him.

"Too easy," she said, aloud this time. Playing with him was too much fun to resist. She turned into the office she shared with Daphne. Two desks faced each other in the middle of the small room. She perched on top of hers.

"What's too easy?"

"Nothing." She flipped through her cards. "What did Craig tell you about the class?"

"Not a thing." He stood in the doorway, not quite entering the office. "He left a message on my voicemail. He wanted to stay with Daphne, but she was insisting he come to this class, so he needed a replacement. So what is it? Partnered stretching? I'm not the most flexible person."

Sophie turned, hiding her face as she choked on her laughter. She should tell him. It wasn't his fault he'd been set up for a most embarrassing situation. The temptation was great to see his face when he figured out what they'd be doing. But he could also run screaming and leave her humiliated in front of the class. Better to prepare him and give him the option to run now, in private.

She picked up a binder and flipped through the pages until she came to the flyer. Turning the binder to him, she pointed. "This is the class."

CHAPTER 2

SENSATIONAL SEX!

Committed partners explore the similarities between yoga and the Kama Sutra . Learn how to stretch and strengthen your body for better sex in just five weeks.

"Okay," David said slowly, handing the binder back to her. Just what had Craig gotten him into? His mind spun back to the voicemail message. The only thing he could recall was "Ask for Sophie. I trust you." Damn. Craig trusted him not to use the class to make game with Daphne's sister, the little sprite sitting on the desk. No problem. She was nowhere near his type. He'd probably break her in two.

"I'll understand if you're not comfortable enough with your sexuality to participate in the class." Sophie traced her fingers up and down the black sweats covering her thighs. The heavy fabric hung loosely around her, making her seem even smaller beneath it. "I can use diagrams if you want to back out."

She was giving him an out. Or was it a challenge? "What makes you think I wouldn't be comfortable?"

"The fruit," she answered quickly. Too quickly. Was she psychoanalyzing him because he was hungry?

"What are you talking about?" He watched her ample chest rise and fall as she took a deep breath. She wasn't very proportional.

"Instant gratification." Her gotcha grin highlighted her dimples.

He sat down in an office chair. Funny, with him sitting in a chair and her on the desk, they were almost eye-to-eye. It was those eyes that had made him ask her to dance at Craig and Daphne's wedding. They'd pulled at him all during the ceremony, pierced right through him. She must have been standing on a box or in some very high heels, because he didn't remember her being this short.

"You've lost me." He shook his head and looked down at her feet. They were bare, except for a coat of crimson polish and a silver toe ring on her right foot. Even her feet were miniature. They had to be smaller than the palms of his hands.

"Grapes are the ultimate in instant gratification. Fast, easy sweetness. No mess afterward. Apples are next. Just a core to discard."

He tilted his head to the side. She had to be joking. "So, you think what fruit I like to eat tells about me sexually."

"Yes." Her voice rang in triumph. She flipped through the cards she held.

Refusing to be goaded, he scooted closer, trapping her against the desk. When he heard her gasp, he smiled. "Or maybe you want me to think about what oranges and bananas say about you sexually." Two could play at this little game.

She drew in a ragged breath. "That I take my time to get what I want? Go ahead and think about that."

Her feet found the chair between his legs, and she pushed him back, hard, propelling him into the opposite wall. She jumped down and was out the door before he could even get to his feet.


* * *

Sophie rushed down the hallway to her empty yoga studio. Her room. Her turf. She'd feel brave enough here. She'd been doing so well, and then he'd gone and called her bluff. Bastard.

She pressed a hand against her belly to calm the fluttery feeling. It stood to reason that he might know something about her. He was Craig's best friend. Maybe he knew how inexperienced she was. She'd had to tell Craig and Daphne she was a virgin when she'd offered to be their surrogate.

Five years of trying with no results to conceive had left Daphne depleted. Sophie had done what came naturally and agreed to be a surrogate, beginning the rigorous physical exams and meeting with a psychologist to make sure she'd be a good candidate. The date had been set, and she had been ready. And then, thankfully, Daphne had developed the most wretched case of morning sickness.

She'd left her job as a forensic accountant and joined ranks with her sister. Playing nurse and putting other people's needs before her own came easily. She sold the house their parents had left her and used the money to pay off the business loan, making herself a full partner in Working It Out. She took over classes when Daphne was too sick or moody to instruct.

For a long moment, she stared at nothing, pushing her uncertainty and nervousness to the back of her mind. David hadn't even known what she looked like, so Craig probably never told him she'd yet to make her sexual debut. She groaned in frustration, opened the closet, and dragged out the yoga mats.

"You want some help?" a deep voice rumbled from the doorway. Followed. She'd been followed. Just when she needed a moment to think.

She shot him a glare but wound up smiling. He was so handsome, impossibly handsome, really. Some of the women registered for the class tonight were regulars in her other yoga sessions. They'd want to know all about him tomorrow.


(Continues...)

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ready_to_read More than 1 year ago
I've never heard of author Jenna Bayley-Burke but was given a free copy of her novel Compromising Positions and decided to give it a try. I don't know where this author has been or why she's not promoted by her publishing house, but she certainly deserves to be! This was a very good book, and I was absorbed from the very first page. Her characters were very believable and the entire story tugged at your heart-strings. She presented the story with beautiful writing and emotional depth. Cudos to Ms. Bayley-Burke! An exceptionally fine piece of writing. I loved it and hope that you write again. I'll be looking for more. Great job!
barnesnobelgirl More than 1 year ago
This was a cute, contemporary romance read. I really liked the idea and setting of this story. I thought it was funny that Sophie was able to tease David and that they both enjoyed their "compromising positions" in her adult yoga class. I liked that Sophie was small and not David's normal type but he quickly realized he did really like her but he was afraid of pushing the boundaries. It's a perfect summer read.
MrsTrip More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this one the characters were realistic and funny .i enjoyed the twist of the girl being the pursuer while the poor guy kept trying to be a gentleman .i hate spoiler reviews so won't say any more about the storyline but this book was humorous and touching, all in one a great read .i will be purchasing more from this author
hazel1123 on LibraryThing 16 days ago
This was a very enjoyable read. The characters were very believable - neither perfect nor terribly flawed. The book had a interesting plot - it was romance and there was some other stuff going on. I was interested in the outcome - even knowing that romance always has a happy outcome the rest was not as clear. I rarely rate romance novels this highly simply because they often aren't memorable. This was different and worthy of a higher rating.
harperhaven on LibraryThing 16 days ago
Contemporary romance. Eh..it was ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very entertaining.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Sophie has some very compromising positions to work on. She will be working on them in public. She also requires help with these special postions. David becomes the partner she never expected. From there heat begins to rise to new levels. She has dreamed of this man for years. This would have been all fun and games until there was this little pesque issue with someone trying to steal David's company. David and Sophie are opposite of each other. She was fun loving and open. David was a workaholic and a bit closed off. Doing a favor for a friends brings his life to new doors. These new doors opened provides the much need jolt of life to his life. Sweet, simple, entertaining with a few turns and a bout of intrigue.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Compromising Positions is a sweet sexy tale of opposites attracting. Sean is a carefree, bachelor that isn't looking to settle down. He is asked to fill in for his best friend in a Kama Sutra Yoga class for couples. He reluctantly agrees and is paired Sophie, a co-owner. She is a tiny, energetic sprite of a woman, and Sean is really attracted to her. He resists the urge but soon realizes Sophie is irresistible. They begin to hook up and soon Sean and Sophie are learning what it means to be in a relationship. This is a sexy, fun book about two independent characters. I liked how their relationship developed, the dialogue was snappy, and supporting characters well written. If you like a contemporary romance this is the book for you!
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
comprised and leared to liked it This is a sweet story about love and how we fall or who we do not fall in love with. David Strong has rules about the women he spends time with and omg, there are many rules. For David, he doesn’t do relationships nor love or attachments. 35 years David has been able to keep his life running smoothly but suddenly when he fills in for a friend’s yoga class , he meets Sphie and everything changes. She who doesn’t do his rules, who does relationships, who does commitments—she who brings massive change to David’s well-ordered yet sad life. David was a player and Ms Sophie brought out the man, not the player. David didn’t know what to make of Sophie when in the past all he did was work but Sophie was about love and chance. David didn’t know what to make of her but he was going to try. Every bit of this story was full of love , of chance--- I loved how David realized that Sophie was all forhim. The ups and downs, the struggle was worth it in the end for David and for Sophie.. My Rating: 4. 4 stars ***** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
TheBookFairyReviews More than 1 year ago
Loving and relationships are hard, specially if you haven't had the best examples of it from your father, who has been married 3 times. David has created rule's to ensure that he never has to suffer the pain of love loss and divorce. Not having relationships is the first rule. Tall women and blonds is the next well, not rule but preference. Until one beautiful dark haired blues eyed sprite came in to his life. Sophie, has not had time to be social. Taking care of her parents and school were all she had time for. Well that and her fantasy~ David Strong. She has had a crush on him for over 10 years, one that her sister did not approve of. Now she has a chance of making it come true, teaching a class on the Kama Sutra Yoga. Jenna has given us a great book about healing, growth love passion and some interesting positions to try out. So not only did we get a romance that will have your heart in your throat rooting for Sophie to get her fantasy HEA, but we got a quick class on how bring spice back into your life ;) David and Sophie's cat and mouse game is refreshing and beautiful to read. Two people that are perfect for each other, well he didn't realize it with out a little push from Sophie, and yeah it was fun watching him squirm. I mean a man that can guess your chocolate and has no issues with the Kama Sutra, well yeah Perfection!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Who lit the match that sparked the fire which led to Temptation? Compromising Positions makes it hard to decide. Ms. Burke's seductive game of foreplay is an amusing battle of boundaries, personalities and irresistible characters. Sophie is a pint sized dynamo with enough attitude to intimidate even the biggest heartbreaker. David is large is easy on the eyes but toxic to the heart. Being thrown together in a surprising twist, leads to explosive fireworks neither want to resist. Will mixing business with pleasure prove their undoing or saving grace? Compromising Positions is a live wire. Full of fun moments, sexy scenarios and great writing. Taking a walk on the wild side, has never felt so good.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I loved the journey Sophie and David took to find their happily ever after. I loved that she challenged him every step of the way and he would rise to the occasion. He was very thoughtful and protective of her despite not knowing her real well. She forced him to break his rules and I loved her saying, "I am not most women.". She really gave him something to think about. Their sexual banter/frustration was highly entertaining. But when they gave in, hello sparks. I was saddened by David's reasons for not wanting anything permanent because he had such a huge caring heart. But at the end, it was beautifully touching and very emotional. The epilogue is definitely sweet and totally adorable. I may reread that part one more time real quick. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Such a fun read!! I have never read anything by Jenna Bayley-Burke before this book & I'm so happy to have found her. I loved the story..... a combination yoga & and Kama Sutra class. My husband might even go to a class like that ;) I loved Sophie- she was feisty & tough! And David was kind, smart, hot, & very patient. I liked how the story moved- not too much drama & their relationship never felt forced or hurried. If you are looking for a hot sexy read- check out Compromising Positions I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke....What a great read with sizzling romance. This book was fun with great characters and a wonderful storyline. I loved seeing the story unfold between David and Sophie. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Never judge a book by it's cover!!! This was by far one of the best books I've read this year. David and Sophie. It's messy, emotional and complicated. You can read the blurb, but again don't let lead you away from this book. Yes, it's fun as David gets roped into helping Sophie with her couples yoga classes using cues from the old Tantric sex books. Sophie is half owner of the yoga studio with her sister Daphne, now on bed rest for a much wanted pregnancy. Sophie is petite, funny and doesn't take herself too seriously a good deal of the time. Always been self sacrificial. When you read the backstory you see why. Sophie gives up her career and some financial stability to do this. Craig and David have been friends since childhood, also partner in Strongs Gym and Craig is a diet freak. He develops healthy foods, Sophie cooks them (test cook) and so on. Craig is married to Daphne and is overbearing when it comes to her pregnancy. He asks David a favor to cover these classes with Sophie so he can stay home with Daphne. David is CEO of Strong Gyms and his baggage is a set of luggage and probably a couple of steamer trunks. He's also dealing with his father, on wife number 5 I think and Sophie who was a forensic accountant discovers some missing money after David asks her to look at his financials. David is overbearing, makes decisions for her and buys her big ticket items without talking with her, Sophie is tired of people running her life. She gave up her life as she knew it to help her sister. All she wants is a say in the decisions. Add to this that David swears he will never marry, never ever have children but he and Sophie start a relationship that blooms and is a joy to see. David is actually happy which is a new feeling for him. This isn't just about sex, it's about two people. Huge awakening for him. There are several twists and turns in the book, that affect both of them and the final ones split them apart. David is miserable and begins some self examination, realizing that Sophie is more happy with a bag of oranges he buys her than a new car. Sophie has some serious thinking to do about where she wants her life to go. That doesn't include him. This book had so many layers. It's so well written and for me, judging by the cover and blurb I anticipated a typical romance that we see and so overdone. I loved both Sophie and David, she was funny and brought out the best in him. This book was anything but! The character development was off the charts. The MC's backstories were detailed and incredible. The plot line superb. I'd give this book 10 stars if it were possible. What a great read. Great work Jenna!! It's a must read. **arc from NetGalley and Entangled** in exchange for an honest review.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke, is a fun and sexy novel. It is a fast-paced read, replete with an engaging plot, well-defined characters, and a very seductive romance. This book was originally published in 2009, and has since been revamped. I enjoyed the story and the cover perfectly depicts the male hero in the book. Petite beauty Sophie Delfino wears many hats, and she works extremely hard to be successful with everything she is involved in. She took care of her ailing parents instead of placing them in a convalescent facility, she gave up her job as a forensic accountant to partner and take over her sister's fitness center, and she even offered to be a surrogate when her sister and brother-in-law were having infertility problems. Sophie's life has always belonged to someone else and as a result, her social and sex life have suffered. When David Strong, her teenage crush, waltzes back into her life, she does everything in her power to make him hers. David is the CEO of his family's very successful fitness empire. In addition, he has diversified the firm's portfolio into real estate and a healthy eating mail-order service. He is wealthy, smart, and buff. Relationships are not his thing, but a good roll in the sack is. He ends up helping Sophie teach a bunch of her workout classes, where Kama Sutra positions are combined with yoga. The sensual positions they demonstrate evolves into hot sex in the bedroom. This novel is another winner for Ms. Burke. I loved the plot because it is so different from anything else I have ever read. The characters are easy to get to know, the story-lines are intriguing, and the sexy times between Sophie and David are loaded with heat. The secondary characters play a major role in this novel, and truly add a lot of interest to this very original story. The epilogue is extraordinary, and it is one that I will reflect on for a long time to come. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Sophie and David have been recruited by her sister and his best friend to teach a sensual yoga class since her sister's pregnancy is keeping the couple from teaching the class themselves. Sophie has been interested in David for 10 years, even though her sister has told her all of the stories of his commitment-phobic ways. David has a type and Sophie definitely isn't it. When he discovers that someone is taking money from his company, he turns to Sophie for help. After the first couple classes, there's no denying that there's something between them. I liked Sophie and David together. There were times that I didn't like Sophie. With all of the things that she had dealt with, I expected her to be stronger but there were times that she was walked over by her sister and brother-in-law. I loved the dual POV and the epilogue. This was my first book by this author but I will definitely read her work again. *This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*
HildaD23 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this story. It is powerful and consumes the reader, with a few twists that I didn’t predict. My four star rating is due to a few questions that were started in the storyline but not finished for me otherwise this would have been a five star. The characters are well developed, the story moves at a good pace, and is written so well. You find yourself engulfed by the world of Sophie and David. The realism in this book was amazing, with the meddling and needy family members, Sophie’s need to take care of others, the feeling that engulfs you when you know that he’s the one but keeps fighting it. Sophie is the most giving human being, passionate about her family and willing to go to great lengths to make other’s lives matter. Sophie becomes co-owner of sister’s gym to bail her out of a money crisis. Then covers the day to day activities of the gym for her while she is on bed rest during pregnancy. This is just another event in the line of taking care of others. But she is finally getting the chance to live out her fantasy. David has been an obsession of Sophie’s for years. When he shows up to help with a couples class, she is excited and decides to try to grab his attention, even if it’s for one night. But will it all backfire on her or will she fall deeper? David is complex, insightful, and has demons that are rooted in his childhood. Knowing that Sophie is the one he can’t touch because she is his best friend’s sister-in-law, only makes the time together harder. But she knows his rules but he doesn’t know her secrets. Will he break his friends trust or will he take Sophie on a journey to break her heart? I would recommend this book for anyone that loves a good read that is light-hearted, funny, whitty, sassy, and can make your temperature rise.
DebraMenard155 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.I really enjoyed reading this book even though this author is new to me,I will be looking forward to more books from her in the near future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, well rounded. Great to see a female character stand up for herself and not get bulldozed by a pretty guys. I wish it could have gone on for another 200 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is well written, sexy, funny, sad & happy- all good!
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Mooslynn More than 1 year ago
I so want to take Yoga now! If only I could find the man of my dreams to take such a class with. If only I could find a situation that would require me to be in comprimising positions with said man in said class. Brings being healthy and fit into a whole new light. Who needs to be skinny to buy new clothes? You just need to be flexible and from this book, yoga seems to be the key.
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