[eARC Review] The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich

Friday, August 15, 2014

Title: The Sweet Spot
Author: Stephanie Evanovich
Series: Standalone
Genre: Adult Romance
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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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?


For me, liking a book means that I remember what happens in the plot weeks after I have read it. And so when I go to write a review of a book that I read a few weeks ago and don't remember much about the plot means that I probably didn't like it as much as others, and unfortunately The Sweet Spot is one of those books.

Although I don't remember this book is detail, I do remember certain things I did and did not like. For example I remember I did like the overall conflict of the book and how real it felt and I honestly felt like it could happen to anyone. But sadly that was pretty much all I liked about this book.

Characters are a large apart of my enjoyment of a book and with this one I felt no connectio whatsoever to any of them. I felt like they were very 2 dimentional and therefore I had no emotiona stake is wjhat they were doing or what was happening to them. I also a big fan of characters showing us who they are what what is happening to them, but in this instance there was way too much telling for me to stay interested.

The romance. Because this is a romance novel I expected some great romantic scenes and maybe some sexy times, but what I did not expect was the intsa-love (which I hate in YA and even more in adult) and the S & M action that came out of nowhere. And when I saw nowhere I mean I thought I was reading a cute romantic novel and then half way through it became all about ropes and spanking and all of that and i felt like I was reading a COMPLETELY different book! And to be honest, I felt like that part of the book was the weakest part. I didn't believe any of it and it felt very fake, like the author didn't do any actual research in the topic and just wanted to have it her book. I have read these types of scenes before and I know that there more details you have, usually the better it is for the reader. In this case I felt like the author glossed over so much and that made me question the scenes in general.

So overall this book was not what i expected and i felt a little confused at to what kind of romance this book was. The romance was too fast and the sex scenes were lackluster at best. I just wanted so much more than what I got.

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