A sizzling story of everyone's favorite couple from amazing Stephanie Evanovich's New York Times best seller 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 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?
©2014 Stephanie Evanovich (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
I think the summary should have included the fact this story is about a dom/sub relationship. I have no interest in this kind of book. I listed to about 1/2 the book hoping the story would change, then couldn't stomach anymore.
Initially, I had high hopes for this book. The first couple of pages hinted at humour, feistiness and characters I could get into. And then...I don't know what happened...at about 30% in - I had to stop. When a book actually distracts you - makes your thoughts slide into a hundred different things that have NOTHING to do with the book - then clearly that book is not for you. I believe that to be the case for me - this book started to bore me and thus I couldn't finish. Maybe I will go back to it - I'm not going to return it - but should I finish it - I will update my review.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
I read this before the first book in this series, Big Girl Panties. I am glad I did because if I had read Big Girl Panties first, I would not have read this book. Even though Amanda and Chase were the only likeable characters in Big Girl Panties, I was so frustrated with that book I never would have picked this one up.
Throughout most of The Sweet Spot, Amanda and Chase are an enjoyable couple to get to know. I had a couple of issues with Amanda. First, she is originally developed as a strong-willed, independent, ambitious and successful woman. As she falls for Chase, all of those strengths seem to disappear. I understand that being in a relationship with such a famous person might necessitate changes in her career and personal time priorities, but her change was far more dramatic than that. I also think that the author used the couple's mild "kink" as the excuse for this dramatic personality change. Which seemed terribly judgmental, narrow-minded and unrealistic to me. Finally, I thought her handling of the crisis was entirely out of character of the woman she is in the first half of this book.
In spite of this, I still enjoyed the book. Parts of it were quite humorous and as inconsistently written and as disappointing as Amanda was, by the end of the book, Chase was a well developed and consistently portrayed character.
The narration was very good.
The book was smartly written, funny, with a hint of kink that was not over done. The hero is in love at first sight, even with snarky comments coming his way. I loved the book because he went for the curvy girl and made her believe and want more. The book left me wanting more from Stephanie Evanovich.
Probably not. The narrator was a major contributor to the disappointment I had with this book.
All of the 50 shades of gray type elements.
This book grabbed my interest but took a dark turn somewhere in the middle, becoming a train wreck I unfortunately couldn't look away from. I continued to listen, hoping the heroine would get some self respect (and therapy) and stop the manipulation and game-playing, but she never did. Instead, the author continued to display a sick, manipulative relationship that confused love with obsession, and tenderness with dominance in some sort of immature game. But in the end it somehow works out because they're filthy rich and famous? I wish I had shut it off hours ago.
This book, as stated in other reviews, starts out cute. It's a simple story, but I imagined a good, mindless listening experience. The cute push/pull of the early relationship is well done and enjoyable. Then the story turned to a denied, but real, dom/sub thing and lost me. Silly antics of torment that end in pain and tears is nowhere near the top of my entertainment list.
I finished the book, after many stops and starts, but determined to get it over with. It finally ended, I'm glad and I'll read reviews more closely from now on.
A comment on the narrator. Ms. Schorr has a baby-ish voice, coy and pouty all at the same time. I felt the character needed a stronger persona. It really doesn't matter, I didn't like the book. A fact that would probably not be changed by a different reader.
40 year old, fairly new to the Audio Book crowd, that love Corky, Contempory Romance Novels and a few nail biters. I dream of writing too..
The beginning of the story was cute, but gradually began to brainwash or attempt to brainwash that stupid possessiveness AKA the "Stepford Wife" syndrome is attractive and desirable.
Not to believe that because this idiotic alpha stereo type that worked for one writer, would work for her. A particular character named after a crayola, was a one shot that was uncomfortable at times but eventually worked. Chase was a phony that kept trying to sell a lie he knew as far fetched. Amanda was not believable to succumb to this stupidity
NO, well let's say yes... run to mirror and remind myself that I love myself. Grow a brain and a backbone to stay away form jerk wards disguised as the boy next door.
Not bad, but not good
Some nice anticipation that culminates in a short, choppy fashion. The ending is abrupt and doesn't delivery the fairytale at all. Fingers crossed, we'll get to know Rupert and Catherine Cole in the next book. Chase and Amanda are just too predictable now.
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