THE SWEET SPOT by Stephanie Evanovich
Releasing in Print, July 8, 2014
Last summer readers were captivated by Stephanie Evanovich’s highly-anticipated New York Times bestselling debut novel, Big Girl Panties. This summer, Evanovich is back with THE SWEET SPOT, the sizzling story of two of readers’ favorite characters from Big Girl Panties: Chase Walker, the hunky professional baseball player, and his beautiful, curvy, and exceptionally sassy wife Amanda.
Amanda is a successful, levelheaded woman who built her restaurant from scratch. She’s certainly not looking for a prince charming to sweep her off her feet. So when Chase, baseball’s golden boy, begins to pursue her, she barely gives him the time of day. Her heart-shaped face and big blue eyes stop him dead in his tracks and her lush, plus-size curves don’t hurt either. And while Amanda’s used to celebrities and politicians dining at the Cold Creek Grille, she just can’t stop staring at Chase—he’s hotness personified.
At heart, Chase is a monogamist who likes strong women, despite his playboy image. Amanda is exactly the type he’s been looking to settle down with, but she won’t say yes easily. From daily visits to the restaurant to extravagant flower arrangements, Chase will stop at nothing to persuade her to go out with him—and he finally succeeds!
For Amanda their romance is all too good to be true, and something has got to give. Can Chase really be this perfect? And then she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase Walker has a spicy little kink. While readers of Big Girl Panties will remember it quite well, Chase’s fans have no idea that off the field, he likes to indulge in a little passionate spanking from time to time.
To her surprise, Amanda discovers a naughty side she never knew she had. But then, thanks to a tabloid, their secret comes to light and becomes the nation’s favorite water-cooler gossip. Will Amanda give up a little bit of her single-girl freedom for true love with a twist? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom spell doom for this sexy couple?
THE SWEET SPOT is an incredibly sexy and charming story filled with wit, fun, and extra-spicy romance. This is the perfect follow-up to Big Girl Panties and undoubtedly a great choice for summer reading.
3-stars for ‘The Sweet Spot’
It’s been a long time since I read an entertaining chick lit. A little dirt but not too racy. I love the romance genre but sometimes with too much sex in the mix with little dialogue, zero chemistry between characters, and jam packed drama, that usually ends up in my Not-To-Be-Read-Ever-Again Shelf. So, a little detour to chick lit town is the vacation I deserve, and Stephanie Evanovich’s The Sweet Spot is my ticket to a well-deserve break!
In ‘The Sweet Spot’, you will meet Chase Walker, famous baseball player with everything going on for him, and Amanda Cole, a successful restaurateur of Cold Creek in New York City. It was instant attraction for Chase but not for Amanda. Sure, she admires the god-like features of Mr. Chase Walker but his superstar status is a deal breaker for her.
What bothers me though is how ‘perfect’ Chase is. The typical fictional hero usually has commitment issues, but not Chase Walker. It was love at first sight for him. And although I admire the way he shows his love for Amanda, there is something in his character that made me feel like yawning. I didn’t feel anything for him. Not even a spark.
Even if I’m not fanning over Chase Walker, Amanda Cole is the reason I kept on reading. She is absolutely lovable, funny, witty, and strong-willed! I can understand why Chase would fall for her. I love how she does not give a damn about anyone’s social status. I love how she feels comfortable in her own skin, and body. Stephanie Evanovich conveys a message of empowerment and self-confidence for all women through Amanda. And I love the fact that Chase Walker loves her just the way she is! He is not intimidated by her success, he even encourages her to pursue whatever her heart desires. This actually reminds me of Lisa Kleypas novel, “Suddenly You”.
If you are looking for a break from the New Adult romance genre, I highly suggest you read ‘The Sweet Spot’. A fun, romantic-comedy novel with a strong female character that you’ll love and enjoy.
Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts 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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