Assume the Positions (Cougar Challenge, Book 5)

Author: Mari Carr

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Release Date: November 27, 2009

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Rachel Bridges is more than a little frustrated.  She loves the friends she made while attending RomantiCon and enjoys connecting with them on the blog they created just to share their passion for younger men, but it’s also the source of her anxiety.  Monica issued a ridiculous dare, the Cougar Challenge, and each of them is supposed to hook up with a younger man, and while Rachel knows that several of the ladies have pulled it off successfully she doesn’t believe she can.  She’s even compiled a list of potential candidates – and there’s not an exciting one in the bunch.  The most exciting man she knows is one of her patients and he’s definitely way out of her league.

Police officer Ethan Russell is undergoing physical therapy under Rachel’s supervision – and while he’s not thrilled that a simple gunshot wound requires her services in the first place, seeing her for sessions is certainly not a hardship.  He’s aware of her fondness for list making, but is stunned and downright angry when he sees her list for the Cougar Challenge and notices that his name is not on there.  Ethan makes the decision for her with his edict “put my name on your list, the top of your list.  And then mark out every name under it.”


If Rachel thought she still stood a chance of backing out of the Cougar Challenge, Ethan’s equally as determined that she go through with it.  He’s even got a creative way of ensuring that she’s charged up and ready to play for their evening together by delivering a special package to her front door – in it is a brand new copy of the Kama Sutra and a list of instructions along with a piece of notebook paper numbered down the side from one to ten and a heading of ‘Kama Sutra Positions I Want to Try with Ethan.’  It’s enough to send her into a full fledge panic and have her consulting her friends for advice.  Fortunately all her efforts to deny Ethan are shot down in a matter of seconds and her reasoning that she’s too old for him?  Well, he’s not buying that one at all – Ethan told her to compile a list of positions she wants to try and any resistance will result in serious interrogation and possibly the use of handcuffs… he is a police officer after all.


Who would have guessed that stepping outside your comfort zone would bring about such sinfully decadent results?  Mari Carr’s ASSUME THE POSITIONS pits an older divorcee against a cocky younger man in a sensual battle that proves age is nothing more than a number.  I loved the playfulness between Ethan and Rachel and thought it was great that he doesn’t let her use their age difference as an excuse to keep them apart.  The addition of the Kama Sutra book peaked my interest and really upped the heat level but it didn’t detract from the connection between Ethan and Rachel that was there even before they embarked on a physical relationship. ASSUME THE POSITIONS is a fun sexually charged read with a thought provoking undertone. 


ASSUME THE POSITIONS is one of several titles that make up the COUGAR CHALLENGE series.  Ms. Carr’s been kind enough to list them all for readers on her website so make sure to drop by and take a look.


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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