Review: The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich

Author: Stephanie Evanovich

Publisher: Avon Books

Released: December 27, 2016

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Sports, Chick Lit

 

The New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties is back with a funny, sweet, and sizzling novel about love, redemption, and second chances.

Heartthrob star quarterback Tyson Palmer has it all: a million-dollar arm, a winning season and the promise of a Superbowl ring. But more importantly, football’s biggest star is the ultimate comeback kid. After an addiction to painkillers nearly derailed his career, Tyson got sober and went from zero to hero in the eyes of the public.

But one person remains unconvinced: Dani Carr, a sports commentator with high ratings and following of her own.

Dani can’t forgive Tyson’s transgressions or forget a single passionate night with him back in college. To make things worse, Tyson doesn’t realize that the bombshell with huge ratings is the cute co-ed whose heart he once broke.

But can a sports journalist trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other? And what will happen when Tyson—riding high now that he’s revived his career—realizes he needs to make an even more important comeback with Dani? Can he use his million-dollar moves to get past her defenses—or will she sideline him for good?

 

It might have turned into a full-on scuffle, but both men were stopped by the shriek-like gasp coming from the one other person in the room. They turned to look at Holly, Tyson heaving and Logan getting up off the floor. She was still on her elliptical, but it was no longer in motion. Her headphones were still on but her green eyes were wide. Then her eyes narrowed as she glared from one man to the other and she slowly shook her head. Saying nothing, she got off the machine and began to reach for her purse, intent on leaving. But Tyson beat her to the door and was gone ahead of her.

 

When you are young, it is all about being popular and being popular makes you full of yourself—most of the time. For Tyson, it was his circle down the rabbit hole into drugs and addiction and the total lack of respect for himself and women. Evanovich really captures the dredges with this story, allowing readers to feel emotionally attached to the characters, enough to want to see them through their trials. It isn’t easy and it isn’t pretty, but there can be a savoir if one can admit that they need to be saved.

 

Tyson Palmer is a football player, one who has been through the ringer and can’t remember half of his young adult life due to his addiction with drugs and alcohol. Meeting beautiful blondes and sleeping with them—that was on the regular. When the owner of a national football team comes to barter with his future, Tyson doesn’t know if he’s legit. Tyson will get an all-expenses-paid road to recovery and all he has to do—is win a Superbowl. That should be a piece of cake right? Flanked by two fairly large goons decked out in black, what other option does he have other than to agree that would be possible, even if he was sober?

Dani Carr is the one blonde that finds her way back into Tyson’s life. How did that happen when she had the whole world to travel with her dreams of broadcasting? Was it fate or just a cruel joke that she was picked to cover that team? Seeing a sober Tyson after four years—and after keeping some pretty big secrets—guilt nags at Dani. Could Tyson really have turned his life around from the person he used to be? The one who used her for sex and left her alone in a motel room like trash? Feeling that it would be hopeless to even get to know this new Tyson, she tries to keep her distance, but then surprises her by calling her an old nickname. The only thought that crosses her mind when the realization hits is—can she run fast enough away from him before getting hurt for the second time?

 

Evanovich has a fantastic romantic comedy, filled with creativity, light humor and credibility. The characters are believable, filled with emotional turmoil and interesting to read about. Everyone has their own demons to deal with and get over—and that is exactly what Evanovich relays in this story. Even though tough times arise, the ability to get back up once rock bottom has been reached is strength. If you have the strength to do that, you can achieve the unattainable—and in this book—the unattainable is true forgiveness. If you are a reader of romantic comedies with light sports talk, you may be interested in picking this book up.

 

This book was purchased by Turning Another Page in a local bookstore and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich.

 

Stephanie Evanovich has been crafting stories since she could form sentences. Born and raised in New Jersey, the Garden State, her fertile imagination kept working overtime as she raised her family and rooted for their teams. Sons, sports and storytelling finally combined to create her New York Times bestselling debut novel, Big Girl Panties. Since then she’s written two more books: The Sweet Spot and The Total Package. A firm believer in the power of high-octane coffee and happy endings, you’ll find her at her desk working on the next story with her hyperactive pup, Griffin, doing her best to distract her. 

 

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