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The Sweet Spot

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  6,967 ratings  ·  812 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by William Morrow
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Ai yai yai – where do I even begin?

Let’s begin with the fact that my local library is like a drug pusher offering free samples to a heroin addict. Not only do they have a bazillion books on the shelves and a “share” policy with tons of other libraries in the ‘burbs, but they also promote a “new and notable” section which is a first come/first served basis on all the hot new hits . . . and I can’t stop myself from checking something ou
Bree T
Jul 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Wanda Lollar
Aug 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read less than half the book. When our hero started abusing our heroine in the name of kinky sex, I was totally turned off. I hate authors who write women characters that are pathetic, needy morons. Our moron heroine let this smug, narcissistic hero totally dominate and abuse her. Is this because 50 shades of grey made so much money, this author thinks she will cash in on the trend? Whatever, it was too unpleasant to keep reading so it went back to the library.

A great example of the saying "too many books, so little time". I made it halfway and just couldn't take these two idiots any longer. This book started out with the promise of a fun romance. The name "Evanovich" and the tag "humorous romance" pulled me in. This is not a humorous romance and compares nothing to Janet. At first I liked Amanda, a successful, well educated and respected business woman who has an admirer, a hot happening pro baseball player named Chase. Amanda believes all men have f ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc, arc, dnf
I had to stop reading at the 32% mark; I didn't finish the book.

I noticed pretty early on that The Sweet Spot was like 100% telling and 0% showing. The sequence of events is just laid out with no emotion, no "moments", no personality—nothing real. It's literally like:

Amanda meets Chase. He's so charming. He comes by every day for a week. He sits in this specific spot and orders this meal. He's so friendly. The staff love him. Amanda finally agrees to date him. He's really charming, but surel
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think that the description for this book is a little misleading. When I picked it up I was imagining a cute little romance book - hardworking girl meets handsome baseball superstar, falls in love and then has to learn to cope with his fame and busy schedule. Done before a million times and you know the couple will get a happy ending but not every book has to be a classic to be readable, right?

Initially "The Sweet Spot" seems to deliver that. Amanda Cole is a busy restaurant owner with well off
Anna Mattocks
Jun 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate writing bad reviews but this book really made me angry. When I saw The Sweet Spot on the shelf of the library and read the inside cover and loved that the hero was a pro baseball player. I love baseball so I thought I'd check it out. Bad move.
The first few chapters were nice while Chase pursues Amanda. He is sweet and kind and seemed like a dream guy. Then from out of the blue, she gets mad at him and he end up throwing her over his knee and spanks her. The next morning she is
Sherreka Burton
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
**I received this book as the result of an early copy sweepstakes from William Morrow Books. My review is in no way bias because I'm a winner, in life and the contest lol*

So, this book started off really cute to me: I can appreciate a dude going out of his way to woo a woman, and Chase just went all out for Amanda. I enjoyed the cuteness between them. Then, they get into relationship and my good opinion kind of went a little south. First of all, the whole alpha male thing is fine, as long as the
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: done-dusted
Book provided by Netgalley for an honest review

I will fully confess that I put in a request to read this book because of the last name of the author... yes I thought I was going to read a Janet Evanovich book

The Sweet Spot sounds good on paper - a famous sexy sporting start meets an independent sassy woman and sparks ensue...

The dialogue was fast paced and snappy and I enjoyed Chase's slightly OTT pursuit of Amanda. I was sufficiently connected with the characters to want to see how the book wou
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book as much as Big Girl Panties, but The Sweet Spot has one major flaw: the spanking part and all the annoying talk about dominance. While BGP was an amusing romantic comedy with an interesting premise (can the model dating personal trainer get over himself and love a girl who is far from model looks), this book's premise is more about can the nice and proper girl date the guy who is into dominance stuff? Not exactly on my wavelength. The book reads like a nice roma ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had not read stories by Stephanie Evanovich before, but she is coming to my local library this month so I thought I would take the time to check out The Sweet Spot. I figured if I liked it I would then purchase a new copy and ask her to sign. I did enjoy the first few chapters and knew this would be a sweet sexy romantic story reflecting difficulties and joys in a relationship between a famous baseball star and a strong restaurant owner. I was SO surprised to see the path the author decided to ...more
I recognize that there are some pretty problematic themes going on in this book, but I still enjoyed it all the same. Why? Because I recognize them for what they are. I know when trash is trash, and yet I still enjoy wallowing in the dirt for the day.

But it's interesting, because I think the mainstream nature of the author (the niece of Janet Evanovich? c'mon...the name alone was going to grant her an audience) and the pretty misleading, benign cover puts this book in a realm of readers that it
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read this book in a diff order but still good
Karielle at Books à la Mode
"Chase," [Amanda] began steadily, but her voice cracked as soon as she said his name, "you seemed like you really knew what you were doing there."
"I do," he stated, very matter of fact, seemingly engrossed in [his paper], but with the corners of his mouth starting to turn up.
"Like you've done that sort of thing before."
"I have." He grinned, turning the page and scanning it.
"And that if we keep seeing each other, it's something you'll want to do again?"
"I will." He nodded, still grinning.
His two-
Nicole Overmoyer
Jun 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t really know what to say about Stephanie Evanovich’s THE SWEET SPOT.

I suppose I’ll start with the cover. It was misleading. There’s a woman smiling behind a feather. It’s very pleasing to the eye and very benign. Suffice it to say, even though I read the promo blurb that made me enter the giveaway – ableit awhile before I got the book, I was startled to discover it was a book essentially about sexualized spanking.

I do remember reading the blurb and thinking it wasn’t something I usually r
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
1/2 star

This is by far one of the worse book I have ever read. It was love at first sight for the guy (Chase Walker) and Amanda Cole was playing hard to get for the first few months - just to go on a date with this Walker dude who is a pro baseball player. These 2 characters are the most self absorbed, whinny people ever written!!!! I rolled my eyes so many times and thought to myself why am I listening to this garbage. Chase's secret is that he likes to spank ladies bottom and Amanda just sort
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just wanted a fluffy, no brainer, read. Why is that so difficult lately? First off I was not paying attention and thought that this was a Stephanie Plum novel or something of that sort. Nope. Not the same author. Grrrrr. Then I'm assaulted by the heroine of the story who simply put makes me feel bad to be female. Come on now, couldn't we make this a little more BDSM and not some male chauvinistic thing. The author seemed scared to actually take this subject on which to me means don't write a b ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Literally the worst book I have ever read in my life. Don't waste your time. ...more
This is loaded with spoilers, so consider yourself warned.

2.5 stars

I was so taken with The Sweet Spot, by Stephanie Evanovich, when the book began. Chase was entirely charming, genuine and patient and exceptionally persistent given his life as a major league baseball player. Amanda was a strong, independent, witty woman who knew what she wanted and had a great, realistic perspective. I thoroughly delighted in Chase’s wooing. I suspected that the plot was going to take the turn it did—Chase liked
Marcy Aman
Sep 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Cecily Kyle
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cutthroat
OMG I loved this story! I was doing my meal prep for the week while listening to this book and I was laughing so many times in my kitchen!
I liked it from start to ending, (view spoiler) I really enjoy Stephanie Evanovich's style of writing, and have liked everything that she has written thus far that I have been able to get my hands on.
Also, Great Cover!
Great Read!

Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Oofta. This was hard to complete. I didn’t love it. It could have been from the person reading the book, but I also did not enjoy the abusive nature. I definitely understand bdsm, but some of the manipulation was just kind of like what the heck. I think we are getting into the culture where this type of stuff is okay, and im all for that, but some of the things that were said
Dee Ownbey
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This book started out really good and ended decent but I had a hard time with the middle. A little disappointed because I loved another book of hers.
Stephanie Barnes
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans, Mature Adults
Recommended to Stephanie by: Cleo
I purchased the book & met the author at a book fair in Belmar, N.J.

I saw a review that an author I am acquainted with had left. So after speaking with her, I decided to put down what I was reading & read " The Sweet Spot."

I was born & raised in Asbury Park N.J. & still live in N.J. The author is from Asbury & the book takes place in N.Y./N.J. areas. Already I felt a connection. I enjoy books that take place in N.J., I can relate to where the author is writing about. It makes me smile & gives m
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Stephanie Evanovich’s first book, Big Girl Panties, we met Chase and Amanda Walker. So, if you’ve read that book then you know what their relationship status is. But in this book, Stephanie shows us how they met and how their relationship evolved. As with the first book, the author infuses the perfect amount of humor and wit throughout the book making it a fun, laugh out loud read.

Amanda is an independent, modern woman. She doesn’t need a man to hold her hand through life. With hard work and
Tricia Hutson
Oct 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Wth is this? really. I'm asking.

I could only get through about 52% of this. I kept thinking it would improve. I was able to effectively skim the rest of the book from there. It is truly dreadful.
"The Sweet Spot" doesn't know what it wants to be and often leaves the reader hanging trying to guess what the hell the author is alluding to or where this damn story is even going.
The characters take an insane Jekyll and Hyde 360 in their personalities. Don't get me wrong I'm all for personal gro
Feb 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Well, that was unexpected. And disturbing.
I was coming off a trio of disappointing, difficult or emotionally heavy books and was looking for a light, easy read to lift my reader spirit. I'd heard Evanovich is entertaining.
*UPDATE: I HAD THE WRONG EVANOVICH!! I grabbed this on the recommendation of Janet Evanovich, who authors the Stephanie Plum series.
Error #1. Author confusion.
The title and cover -a cute pastry dessert- seemed like a sure indicator of a sweet read.
Error #2. Don't judge a bo
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from the publishers out of the blue, with the hopes that I would leave a review. I read the description of the book and I thought it sounded like a fun summer read and got started on it right away. I initially liked the characters, our leading lady was a strong independent women and our leading man a hot baseball player. I made it about half way through the book and just could not get back into it. I started to read some reviews to see if other readers had the same problem as me, ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book even more than the author's first, Big Girl Panties, which I loved. I am a married, educated, working mother and I was not at all offended by the physical sex play the couple in this story enjoys. I do not understand the outrage of some reviewers. More significantly, Ms. Evanovich does not deserve the backlash about domestic abuse or misogyny. The author has written a contemporary romance with two adorably, sweet characters. The love scenes are written as wholly consensual. M ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to be chosen to read this new summer romance novel. I couldn't wait to read it but as I got into it I realized that it was actually the second book in a series. I could easily follow it and I liked the characters. I also enjoyed the spunk of Amanda. She was a really strong, self sufficient girl. I didn't even mind the darker side and the possible play on another popular series about dominance,(though this was better written by far).

However I was a little disappointed to learn there
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Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York School of Film and Television 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 ...more

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