Monday, July 28, 2014

Blog Tour & Review: The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich

Title: The Sweet Spot   
Author: Stephanie Evanovich     
Published: July 2014, William Morrow  
Format: ARC Paperback, 272 pages   
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours  

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 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?

My thoughts: Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to read Stephanie Evanovich's debut novel, Big Girl Panties when it was released in paperback and I really enjoyed it. I was quite happy to hear that the other main couple in the book, Amanda and Chase, would be getting their own book and have been eagerly awaiting the release of their story...and I wasn't disappointed.

This story is sort of a prequel to Big Girl Panties in that it gives us an established couple's journey to their happily-ever-after. If you've already read BGP, than you know all about Amanda and Chase and their quirks and idiosyncrasies, but don't be alarmed if you haven't read the other book - this book totally stands on its own.

I love the characters that Stephanie creates - their fun, sassy and completely flawed. Her female characters have spunk and Amanda certainly knows how to stand up for what she wants or doesn't want. She makes Chase go through a lot before she'll even go out on a first date with him, but he's determined and will wait her out because he wants his chance with her. Once they do get together, though, things aren't all roses...it's a bumpy ride, but aren't all things worth having worth the work it takes to get. There are quite a few sweet scenes that play out between Chase and Amanda, but my favorite, hands down, is the wedding - it just fits them to a tee and Stephanie infuses her classic wit even there!

This is a quick, fun read. It's got just the right amount of humor and wit, with plenty of one-line zingers, but is balanced with some sassy, steamy romance, too. I enjoyed reading about how Chase and Amanda came to be the great couple they were in Big Girl Panties and am curious to see what's next for Stephanie Evanovich. Fortunately, she's doing a book signing not too far from me tomorrow night, so I'm hoping to find out what, if anything, she's got in the works - I'll be sure to share all I learn in an upcoming post!



About the author: 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, performed with several improvisational troupes, and acted in a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she’s ever had: raising her two sons. 

Now a full-time writer, she’s also an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

Connect with Stephanie on Facebook or Twitter.


To see who else is participating in Stephanie Evanovich's The Sweet Spot tour, click here



5 comments:

  1. I'm glad you liked this one! I've heard nothing but good things about it and the premise sounds great. I'll definitely have to pick this one up!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I read the first book and look forward to reading this one. Hope you get to the signing.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This sounds like a really good one! I still haven't gotten a chance to read "Big Girl Panties." I need to change that!

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a fun combination of humor, sass, and romance! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great review! I still haven't read "Big Girl Panties" but I hope I can soon. This sounds really good!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for leaving a comment! I love interacting with other book lovers and appreciate any thoughts or feedback! If you read a book after seeing my review, please let me know. Come back and leave me a link to your review so I can read it. Thank you!!!

 

Always With a Book Copyright © 2010 Designed by Ipietoon Blogger Template Sponsored by Online Shop Vector by Artshare