Anxious about her new job responsibilities, Catherine struggles with the dynamic of her new relationship with Jake and knowingly gives him a back seat to her career. However, as the story progresses Jake’s sexy, surfer-boy appeal and easy-going nature steer Catherine in another direction. Although romance is central to the plot, after Catherine finds candidate Tillman in a “compromising position” with lobbyist Patricia Grant, a woman she doesn’t trust and workplace “arch nemesis," the story treads into suspense territory. Intermittent chapters alternating omniscient perspectives between Catherine, Jake, and at times Patricia, Russell and other key characters add layers of depth and angst that fans or romantic suspense will enjoy.
Set against the backdrop of Florida beaches and politics, this story is a page-turner; however, it’s a slow burn with moderate heat, filled with plot twists and tension-building scenes. Fans of romantic suspense and contemporary beach reads alike will find this enjoyable. Wigginton has created a story where two very different characters with very different lives come together in a beautifully written happy-ever-after.
Takeaway: Fans of contemporary romance and romantic suspense will love this story of opposites falling in love.
Great for fans of: Jenny Hale’s The Beach House, Cecelia Scott’s Cocoa Beach Boardwalk.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A-
A Compromising Position by Diane Merrill Wiggington
A very enjoyable read by one of my favorite authors. Romance, mystery, and adventure in a moving story. A realistic situation involving a political campaign, hard work, and long hours. A lifelong goal was decided upon since childhood with help from her grandmother. Now she has to face a decision that will change her whole life. Gripping.
Compromising Position, by Diane Merrill Wigginton, author of award winning romance and psychological thrillers, is gracing the world with yet another romance novel coming out soon. In this story, Catherine, a rising star as a political promoter, finds herself not only challenged to get her candidate to cross the finish line as the winner, but behind her back, others, jealous of her position, are secretly working to sabotage her very success. Meanwhile, a man, Jake Ryan, appears on the scene. Ryan is the diametric opposite of Catherine. While she is a workaholic, plans her days down to the smallest detail, runs by the clock, and is consumed by her career, Jake, an Aussi, is a surfer, casual and flippant about most everything, and that very insouciant approach to life and the fact that their paths keep crossing…well, no spoilers. This is a classic romance with all the bells and whistles, and once again, Wigginton shows her skill at creating another world to capture the reader.
Review by International Writers Inspiring Change
REVIEW OF “A COMPROMISING POSITION”
by Diane Merrill Wigginton
Focused and almost obsessively organized, attractive Catherine Lawrence has her future clearly mapped out in the political arena. She didn’t bargain for vengeful co-workers and a distracting Australian neighbor whose ambition in life seems to be surfing the biggest wave he can find. But in the end, Catherine’s greatest challenge is internal; what does success really look like, and has she the strength to grasp it?
I enjoyed reading “A Compromising Position”. This story immerses one in the struggle between career and romantic passion with its easily relatable heroine and engaging plot. Spoiler - there’s a sweet double twist at the end! I’d give it a 5-star rating.