The Sweet Spot
By: Stephanie Evanovich
Releasing in Print, July 8th, 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.


If you take a peek at my side bar, you'll see that Ms. Evanovich's first book Big Girl Panties is listed as one of my all time favorites(I even blogged about it).

So I was thrilled to read an e-ARC(generously provided by the publisher from Edelweiss) of The Sweet Spot as part of this Tasty Book Tour.

I was easily drawn into this book. I love the writing style, humor, chemistry and characters. I found this to be romantic - Chase's totally smitten with Amanda even if she can't quite believe it at first.  


I was annoyed that Amanda(at least until Amanda shifted her thinking) felt both her and Chase were flawed/imperfect because of the spanking etc. And I felt sometimes that subject matter was dealt with awkwardly and a bit inconsistently(although maybe it's my own light knowledge of the subject matter). When I read BGP, I felt that Chase's and Amanda's appearances there (and the subsequent spanking dom/sub etc behavior) felt out of place and thrown in. In The Sweet Spot (for the most part) it works.

All in all, I did LOVE The Sweet Spot. And look forward to more books by Ms. Evanovich.





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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