Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich: Book Review & Giveaway

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share THE SWEET SPOT by Stephanie Evanovich, a contemporary sports romance.

The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich
Released 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.

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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 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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THE SWEET SPOT is a full-sized prequel to Stephanie Evanovich's Big Girl Panties. It can be read as a standalone. Although, I have yet to read Big Girl Panties (it's on my TBR list), I had no problems jumping in and following the story. 
At its heart, this story is about what happens when your Mr. Rights finally arrives and he not the way you imagined. How far would you be willing to go to hold on to what feels like true love?

Well of course, the first thing that caught my eye about THE SWEET SPOT was the cover. I think that I assumed too much about the sweetness angle based on the cover. Don't get me wrong. It's there. The way that Chase wooed Amanda had me grinning. The boy was good. Really good.

What I couldn't picture from the cover was Chase's spicy little kink - spanking. It took Amanda by surprise too. LOL! Going from great "vanilla sex" (Chase's term) to "Surprise! I'd like to have great vanilla sex with spanking sprinkles, please," would be hard for a lot of people to accept. Amanda approaches it with curiosity and humor. However, the road to romance was not without its bumps.

Evanovich had me pleasantly worried for a while. I was really pulling for their happily-ever-after. I had to keep reminding myself that Chase and Amanda are married in Big Girl Panties and this is a romance novel - so of course it would eventually work out. Whew!

In spite of the blurb, I didn't see this story's arc unfolding in quite the way it did. And that is a good thing. I'd recommend this book to readers who are fans of sports, spanking, or contemporary romances.
NOTES: This is not a BDSM book. The sex is hot, but won't burn your eyes.

This post is part of The Sweet Spot book tour hosted by Tasty Book Tours. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Prize: Five Print Copies of THE SWEET SPOT
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