Queen of Tarts review of
The Total Package
by Stephanie Evanovich
Ok…. honestly? The Evanovich part of Stephanie’s name caught my attention first. (I like Janet Evanovich lol) But Stephanie Evanovich has her own voice and her writing sucked me into her storytelling. I was planning on reading a bit then going to bed-but I looked up on the final page and realized it was 1am!
The Total Package is a story of second chances. Second chances at fulfilling dreams and second chances at romance. Tyson has a promising football career but nearly loses it all with an addiction to painkillers and an abundance of poor choices. Dani adored him but her timing could have been better when she took him up on his flirting. Their one night stand was just before he hit rock bottom.
I was rooting for Tyson and enjoyed seeing him fight for his future and get his life back on track. I admit, I crushed on him. 😉 The secondary characters who are influential in Tyson finding his way back made me look at Stephanie’s other books and add them to my “read asap” list!
And Dani? I loved that she bounced back from the repercussions of acting on her crush for Tyson. She made a good home and followed her dream of getting into sports broadcasting. And then their paths cross again. I was hoping (like Dani) that Tyson would remember her and swoon at her feet! But life’s rarely that easy. I was kept flipping pages until late into the night rooting for Dani and Tyson to realize what a good team they’d make.
A few of my fav lines.
♥ “You’re a hard sell, Dani Carr. And I would never question your principles. But if you think I don’t see you watching me, you’re dead wrong. Maybe you’d like to discuss my shortcomings over dinner?’
♥ “You know what else I want?” Tyson asked her.
” To take you home.”
This story was at times sad, sweet and ultimately a beautiful story of second chances. I.m hooked and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more Stephanie Evanovich! Until then I’m adding her backlist to my TBR pile. 😀
The Queen of Tarts
♦ eARC provided for review for my honest opinion.
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