The Sweet Spot by Stephanie EvanovichPublished: July 8, 2014Publisher: William MorrowPages: 272For honest review from publisher via TLC Book ToursThe 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 punch-line. 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?
This is a companion novel to Big Girl Panties. I loved the story of Logan and Holly, but when I found out there was a book about the secondary characters Chase and Amanda I knew that I was in for this ride. I loved them so much in BGP, because they added a little extra fun in some scenes. Plus, I already knew a bit about their little secret. So happy to have read how they got together as a couple.
Let it be known that I read a few reviews of this before diving into my copy and was worried I wouldn't enjoy it as much as BGP, because a few people didn't give it the glowing reviews I was expecting. I suspect that some of them hadn't read BGP to get a feel for the authors' writing style or the glimpse of the characters. Am I ever glad that I still read this for myself so that I could make up my own mind about it.
In a nutshell we have a very independent woman who owns and runs a restaurant - she's a little sassy, stubborn and beautiful. And then we have the golden boy baseball player who everyone in America loves. He falls instantly in love with Amanda, but she won't let herself be pulled in by his status, his dreamy looks or his charm... at first.
As Chase slowly tries to prove that he isn't looking for a one night stand and that he is truly interested in her, she slowly begins to wonder if he is the real deal. Amanda is determined that everyone has a fatal flaw and you have to find it in order to know if you can live with it or if it's a deal breaker and Chase has a very interesting a secret. After relenting and agreeing to a date, they begin quite a fun little courtship - lots of laughs, lots of steamy fun under the covers and smooth sailing. Then Chase finally shows her his secret, without so much as telling her about it, he just shows her and lets her decide whether she can accept this side of him or if she's ready to walk away.
I think deep down, Chase just met his match and let the hidden goddess out from behind Amanda's own layers. They are quite the sexual pair and as much as I've never really read books about this kind of dominant and submissive lifestyle, I like that it was a 'play by their own rules' kind of game. You kind of see how Amanda changes and begins to really understand his needs as well as her own that were hidden.
There is quite a bit of drama involved when secrets get out, scandals are leaked to the press and wedding bells seem to be put on hold. Obviously this couple makes it into BGP and are together, but it's quite the ride to get them there.You'll just have to read this summer read for yourself to see everything that they go through. Also, you'll get to read the wonderful writing style of Stephanie Evanovich - it's witty, charming and just plain fun. I have a feeling that people will want more from this book, but I have a feeling that if this one was written first you would see a little different development in the characters. I am okay with how things turned out as I already pretty much assumed it would focus on the hanky panky side of their story as that is the thing they are known for in BGP.
About the Author
Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl who attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, performed with several improvisational troupes, and acted in 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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