The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich
Release Date - July 8, 2014
Chase and Amanda, the couple focused on in The Sweet Spot, apparently gained their popularity in Stephanie Evanovich's Big Girl Panties, a book I never read. Therefore, the couple were completely new to me, as was the author.
At the start of The Sweet Spot, Amanda owns a popular restaurant and is a little taken aback when Chase, a star ball player, chooses her restaurant. He quickly becomes fixated with Amanda and keeps returning until she agrees to go out on a date with him. As Amanda soon learns, Chase doesn't like being disappointed. His disappointment comes with a cost, one that shocks Amanda to the core at first. A scandal eventually hits and Amanda must decide if being involved with a celebrity is worth the media attention.
The Sweet Spot is not what I expected. I loved the romance between Amanda and Chase at first, but eventually as Chase's true nature comes to light, I really didn't like him. His caveman-like attitudes and enjoyment of doling out full-blown thrown her over his knees spankings annoyed me. His urgency to have Amanda drop everything, including her business, and join him on the road. I really, really didn't like him. By default, I didn't like Amanda for putting up with him and not kicking him to the curb. From that point on, I wanted the original couple back. The smart, sassy Amanda, and the overly romantic Chase who was doing all he could to prove his romantic nature.
Bottom line, while I'm no prude, I really couldn't take the change in Chase that went from Mr. Romance to Mr. Going to Spank You Whenever I Deem You've Been Naughty. That blew the whole story for me.