#BookReview: The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich

Reviewer: Samantha

the total packageSummary:

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?


I downloaded this book from Audible to enjoy listening to while on walks with my dog. I chose this one because I have not read much from Stephanie Evanovich and also because I am a big football fan, and since one of the main characters plays in the NFL and the other is a sports commentator, I thought this would be a good ft. I wasn’t totally correct there. The beginning started off pretty slow for me and the pacing seemed to drag at points. I would find my mind wandering often while listening and then have to rewind the audio to make sure I wasn’t missing any key points to the story. I didn’t quite understand the connection Tyson and Dani had – from the beginning to when they met again. They never seemed quite compatible and Dani was a little mundane to me. Tyson was an interesting character but toward the end was almost portrayed as just the perfect man, which I didn’t love.

There are plenty of sweet plot points along the way and I did enjoy the secondary characters, though the manipulative football coach was a little overboard for me. The ending was nice and I did enjoy listening to the narration. While not a favorite of mine, light romance fans might enjoy this one. For me, it was just okay.

3 stars

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