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The Sweet Spot: A Novel by [Evanovich, Stephanie]
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A sizzling story of everyone’s favorite couple from amazing Stephanie Evanovich’s 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 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?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (8 July 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ34Y78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I have a confession to make.

I had a brain freeze. I was *possibly* tired and emotional when I accidentally requested a review copy of The Sweet Spot.

You see, I'd just seen something about a new Janet Evanovich book and was thinking of Stephanie Plum, when this book by Stephanie Evanovich popped up on NetGalley.

I mean… you can understand my confusion.

Anyhoo…

Amanda Cole, owner and manager of a successful restaurant (with the help of mummy and daddy – sorry, can’t help myself!) is bemused when handsome and charismatic baseball star Chase Walker enters her life.

Chase soon becomes beguiled by the woman who (unlike others) refuses to pander to the baseball superstar. Amanda however, is eventually won over by Chase’s kindness , (bizarre) devotion and lack of pretentiousness; and soon the pair are in love.

Naturally however, happily-ever-after comes at a price and it’s one which Amanda might not want to pay.

The pacing of the novel was a bit off for me. Days or weeks passed in some sentences with other sequences stretching out. It was a bit like series of scenes between story-telling-like narratives.

The dominance / submission thing came from left field. Suddenly The Sweet Spot became a completely different book. I really don’t care what people want to do (as long as it’s consensual), but I did find the whole thing a bit derivative. (The source being obvious.) On top of that, it didn’t really feel authentic.

I guess what irks me about the dom/sub thing in recent novels is that the man in question is always wealthy and charismatic. It really wouldn’t play if the guy was a poor meth-head who lived in a trailer park.

However, that aside I thought the plot had promise. A famous almost-perfect guy interested in a relatively normal girl – quite frankly - the fantasy of many.

1.5 stars from me.
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By Books & cats TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 June 2015
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Noy really what I was expecting of a SE book
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Some good moments
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143 of 148 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Losing yourself to keep your man? 17 January 2015
By Katydid - Published on Amazon.com
***** spoiler alert *****

I'm glad I got this at the library and didn't actually pay money for it. At first I really liked Amanda. She was smart, independent, confident and ran her own restaurant. Then she met Chase, a pro baseball player. When he began his relentless pursuit of her I got a "creepy" vibe off him. The more he pushed the more "stalker with an obsessive personality" he appeared.

Then one night she was "naughty" and said a cuss word. He grabbed her, flung her over his knee, and spanked her until she sobbed. She was shocked. To him, she "deserved" it, and he made it clear he spanked his women when they didn't act like ladies, he would do this anytime he wanted no matter what she said, and if she wanted to be with him, that was the deal. I guess this explains why he was never with one woman very long.

Any woman frightened or shocked by this would have run away fast and never looked back, blocked his phone number, and went on with their lives. Amanda chose to mold herself to what Chase wanted and drop her career to travel with him. She changed her personality and lost her confident demeanor.

I don't have a problem with kinky sex, if both people are into it and consent to it. Chase's behavior was abusive and disturbing. He was manipulative and domineering. I was very disappointed the author chose to show a woman losing herself to keep a man. I never finished the book.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bait and Switch 23 June 2015
By J. McGinnis - Published on Amazon.com
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The book starts out with a delightful, if predictable, romance, but then moves into the kind of idiocy that strives to convince people that domestic violence is consensual. Whenever a man tells a woman that he knows her better than she knows herself, alarm bells should start clanging in her head. Whenever a man tells a woman he intends to spank her whenever he deems it necessary, she should run. Needless to,say, I did not finish the book.
77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't enjoy reading about spineless heroines, abusive relationships and jerk male love interest 10 December 2014
By xendula - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What started off as a mediocre yet enjoyable fluffy romance, turned into domestic violence, initially non consensual. The female MC turns from a strong-willed, educated business woman into a shy girl I just want to shake to make her wake up. She was basically beaten by her BF, and is too shy to even address it in the morning, looking down and stumbling over her own words. At no point does the douche apologize, or feel bad. No, he laughs and smirks, which makes her feel even more insecure, yet she stays with him, gives up her carreer, her free will, and hangs her brain on a nail.

People can do whatever they want in their bedrooms, I just can't stand reading about weak doormat heroines nor domestic violence. It makes my stomach turn to think that teenage girls may read this and think abusive relationships equal love. It's seldom a book makes me so angry.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars that was unexpected - and not entirely in a good way. Boy meets girl 10 July 2015
By Sanny - Published on Amazon.com
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**mini spoiler**
Well, that was unexpected - and not entirely in a good way. Boy meets girl. Girl's not sure she wants him. Girl decides to go out with boy. Happy dates. Then WTH? Intimate night becomes a spanking session (for which she is not prepared and doesn't consent). Ok, so now we're into the non-consensual spanking thing. Morning after shame. Abused girlfriend? As others have observed, if it had been a trailer park meth head, the author might have considered the man raising his hand to his girlfriend a bit differently, no? Instead, it's Adonis of the Ballfield, so it's ok. The non-consensual spanking becomes "erotic fiction," with the hero having a bit of "kink." No wonder our sports figures have started thinking this is acceptable behavior.

In any event, because this is a "romance," they all live happily ever after. Sure they do.

Dear Author, there's nothing wrong with erotic spanking. But introducing it this way gives the wrong message.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heroine Goes from Successful business owner to mindless twit 4 August 2015
By Mama Hen - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a strange book. The author takes a smart, cautious, educated, sophisticated business owner and turns her into a simpering, floundering nothing. She tries to give Amanda a path of self-discovery but it just doesn't work. Amanda is a restauranteur who thinks Earth Wind and Fire is the epitome of romance but then the author decides to help her through her anger and fear by landing her with an aging hippy who takes her to a drum circle. Amanda has the full support of her parents in everything she does, turns to them for advice and help but her hang-ups all stem from her mother's pragmatic attitude and her father's compliments and an apparent horse allergy. Amanda doesn't think she can land a perfect man like Chase because she's not a waif-like model who simpers. Yet she plays with him until he reaches the end of his rope and then gives in to a date. She loves her sturdy build (according to one random sentence in the book) but the minute Chase gets her naked she says "you think I'm fat, don't you." I get that she is supposed to represent those women who undermine themselves but it was just all a bit too much.

On domestic violence - this book does not contain DV. It does contain spanking. The first time the spanking was not discussed and came as a surprise to the woman. However, Amanda never told Chase to stop and he spanked her to fulfill is sexual need - the need to discipline by spanking. Amanda was confused by the spanking not because she felt abuses but because she was at a loss about what it meant, why she enjoyed it and was embarrassed by the entire episode. Amanda struggles with the "kink," researches it, and tries to understand why Chase needs it and why she likes it. She does what she can to earn more spanking and is constantly turned on by the idea. To call this domestic violence is a disservice to woman who are berated, beaten and raped by their partners.

On feminism - Amanda is fortunate to have the option to afford to not work once she is engaged. Chase gives tells her she can continue to work, he likes what she does. He would love to have her run his social empire - party planning, home engineering, etc but is willing to pay others to do so if that's what she wants. She realizes she wants to do it and is willing to give up her business to do so. Is this the choice I would make? No. But it isn't anti-woman to do so. She had the freedom to make the choice and that is feminism. What sets back feminism is that HIS job is never on the line. He doesn't consider giving up baseball to run a restaurant empire with her. Why is it never discussed? Oh yeah - because playing baseball for millions is way more important than running a business.

On Amanda - apparently being confused about who you are and what you like in bed means you give up your life to bend to the will of another. She is wishy washy and lost and I don't get the feeling that she will ever be any other way. The author tries to redeem her at the end with the "trick" she plays on Chase to get him back but even that seemed idiotic.

On Chase - hated him. He's supposed to be perfect but the whole "I wouldn't like you at all if you had a potty mouth" thing is ridiculous. But all of his kind, patient understanding of who Amanda is doesn't make up for the weirdness of the Mandy-cane tattoo, the need to tell her how to behave in public, and the hysterics when she tells him she left because of his agent. The only redeeming thing is that he seemed to hold himself to the same standards.