2015 Book #26 – The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich

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Title: The Sweet Spot
Author: Stephanie Evanovich
Date finished: 4/1/15
Genre: Ummm.. romance
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Pages in book: 262
Stand alone or series: Related to another book by this author, Big Girl Panties

Blurb from the cover:

A sizzling story of everyone’s favorite couple from amazing Stephanie Evanovich’s New York Timesbestseller 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 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?

My rating: 1.25 stars out of a scale of 5
My review: This book was supposed to count for my April reading challenge but since I ended up skimming most of the last half of the book, I will be counting it towards my goal for the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2015 checklist under the “a book by an author you’ve never read before” check box.
I was not at all a fan of this book. To be honest, as soon as I read the “hero” describe the heroine as being “a vanilla,” I was like, Oh this is THAT kind of book (This was probably about 100 pages in). Up to that point I had been enjoying the story fairly well, but after I saw the term “vanilla” I ended up skimming most of the rest of the book. To be honest, I never got on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon. I just couldn’t understand why it would be physically stimulating to be hurt by a man. I mean if that floats your boat, more power to you, go have fun. It just doesn’t personally float my boat (AT ALL) and I know that so I usually try to avoid those kind of books. I obviously didn’t read the description of the story well enough. I wish that there was like a symbol that books have to put on the cover if there is kinky sex, so people who don’t want to read about kinky sex know to avoid that book.
That being said there were a lot of things other than the 50 Shades reminiscent scenes that I didn’t like about this book. The heroine started out as a strong business woman but by the end she was like a mess. Who just disappears on their fiancee for three freaking weeks?? That is so unbelievably selfish and awful. At least text him and tell him you’re ok you just need some space but to completely check out for like three weeks?? F that. No. That is a weak, selfish, cruel thing to do to someone you supposedly love. And also Chase was WAY too possessive. His burst of anger in the car when Amanda is talking about a previous boyfriend? That is unhealthy. Sudden bursts of anger than come out of nowhere, or even worse from some deep-seated possessiveness, that is someone who has anger/control issues. And she gives up her restaurant to run “their household” and she has to blackmail him at the end to keep him from selling the house? And the whole point of the spanking is to make her cry? Why would you want to be with someone who likes to hit you until you cry? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE
So obviously, suffice it to say I didn’t like this book.

The bottom line:  I would probably only recommend this to someone who liked 50 Shades of Grey. Otherwise, definitely no.

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