The amazing Stephanie Evanovich returns with The Sweet Spot, the sizzling story of everyone’s favorite couple from her 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 punch-line. 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? – Goodreads
This is the story of Chase and Amanda, who have all the signs of not falling of love, but do. It’s a fiction story with a heavy dose of romance. And yes, I do love romance novels. I do not hide this. Chase is a famous, superstar baseball player that can get anyone he wants. Amanda is a sarcastic woman with a strong head on her shoulders who tries to work for everything she has; however, her parents are well known in her their own right and they do help her when needed. While they were tough on love in her childhood, throughout the novel they are shown to clearly love her.
And Chase. Chase loves her. Chase falls in love with her as soon as he sees her. He then proceeds to spend as much time as he can woo-ing her. It’s a bit weird and creepy. While he doesn’t do anything overly creepy. He is trying to get her to pay attention to him. Even though she says no, because he’s a playboy and therefore wants her for a one night stand.
“Please listen carefully, Amanda, because I intend to explain this only once. You take my breath away as much right now as when I first saw you.”–eARC 32%
“It’s about keeping you. I want you there because I never want to be without you”–eARC 34%
What’s weird is this works. She falls for him, and he falls for her. They push each other. They try to out smart each other. And in a weird, twisted way that says a lot about me, it is kind of sweet. She wants to go slow. They go slow. He could push and he doesn’t. There is always consent. Because of this Amanda goes through the relationship looking for a downfall, she does this in all of her relationships. She has curves, and her mom made it clear from a young age it wouldn’t hurt her to lose a bit. Because of this, she believes there has to be a downfall. Why would a baseball playing God, be with her. She knows there has to be one, and there is one, right? HA! Yes. There is one. Chase has a “problem” he enjoys slapping his significant other on the ass.
Yes, that is his downfall, and it makes Amanda uncomfortable. She pushes him too far with her smart mouth and finally he slaps her on the ass, in the sweet spot as you may call it.
“Without another word, Chase Walker raised his hand and changed the game again.”–eARC 38%
“Last night was hot and steamy and wild, she thought. And kinky. Amanda Cole was not kinky. She was gracious and refined.”–eARC 38%
“And her feminist school of thought was, if you let a guy hit her once, it’s like giving him permission to make you his punching bag. This felt different and it only added to the confusion.”–eARC 39%
He makes it clear that is all he is interested in. Just smacking her on the ass every once in awhile. He claims he doesn’t have a room dedicated to pain. That he likes it when she “misbehaves,” purposely usually.
It’s all consensual, they both talk it out, they both are happy with it. But something leaves a bad taste in my mouth to the point as of writing this, I do not know how to rate this. I liked it, I even re-read parts of it, but there are parts I have huge issues with and I feel that I should hate it. I highlighted passages that made me rage, but still, part of me, enjoyed it. Again, I re-read parts of it, and I tend to not have time to re-read parts of it. I continue to be torn, I found it to be a solid book, even if I had blatant problematic issues with it.