Wednesday, June 24, 2015
MY THOUGHTS: The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich
Sports Contemporary Romance
March 24, 2015
William Morrow Paperbacks
The amazing Stephanie Evanovich returns with The Sweet Spot, the sizzling story of everyone's favorite couple from her New York Times bestseller Big Girl Panties: hunky professional baseball player Chase Walker and his sassy wife Amanda.
When pro-baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it's love at first sight. While Amanda can't help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn't have a chance of getting to first--or any other--base with her. A successful entrepreneur who's built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn't need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn't interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.
But Chase isn't about to strike out. A man who isn't interested in playing the field, he's a monogamist who wants an independent woman like Amanda. His hopes rally when she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pre-game rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on--and into his number one fan.
Then a tabloid discovers the truth and turns their spanking good fun into a late-night punchline. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase's stardom force them to call it quits?
**About the Author**
Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York School of Film and Television and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she's an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
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Note: This review contains NO spoilers
The Sweet Spot is a fun and funny romance that also had it's fair share of drama to make this a delightful read. However, after reading the synopsis, I don't think the cover has any connection to the story at all...misleading! It didn't matter anyways, I was already intrigued and drawn in by the synopsis. At first glance, The Sweet Spot seems to be a prequel Big Girl Panties...as in the story behind Amanda and Chase's relationship. Well then, good thing I read this first before Big Girl Panties...I'll already know their history...with all their secrets and flaws.
Stephanie Evanovich has created well developed characters with strong and independent personalities. I totally enjoyed Chase and Amanda's playful antics and flirty banter. I also loved that Stephanie's female lead character isn't sexy thin. Yup, romance can come in all shapes and sizes. Totally love her for that! Then there is the development of the setting in which the story takes place...well intertwined and well described with their lives as a restaurant entrepreneur and a pro-baseball player. Their story got me laughing, tearing up, and holding my breath from beginning to end. But...it wasn't all "sugar and spice" with this love story...there's also the "naughty" side. Ever since the popularity of the Fifty Shades books, BDSM is a topic that is trending in many books. The Sweet Spot is no different. Although, on the lighter side of it, Chase and Amanda's relationship is filled with love, laughs, and then some.
The Sweet Spot is a romantic comedy that has its fair share of passion, mischief, and scandal that makes this a comical yet captivating read. But, I do have to say that the topic involving BDSM (although it isn't as hard core as other books) is not for everyone. Read this with an open mind...not judging here.