The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich….Blog Tour & Review

The Total Package coverAbout The Total Package

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (March 15, 2016)

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, footballís 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?

Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park and the New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties and The Sweet Spot.


My Review:

The Total Package is the first work of author Stephanie Evanovich that I’ve read and I gotta say, I loved it! So much so that I went onto Amazon and picked up her other two titles listed above.

This was a great story with a wonderful flow and characters I truly enjoyed.  Tyson is a hot mess in the beginning and works his sexy tush off to get better.  Better at his job.  Better at his health. Better at his entire being. It wasn’t an easy road and he took all the challenges with a sense of humility I really enjoyed.  Dani has also reinvented herself since her college years and is enjoying the rewards of her hard work…until she has to see Tyson again.  You see, their past was a bit of a touchy subject with them.  Those darn college years.  Tyson, because he always felt terrible about how things ended between them and for being a strung out jerk and Dani because, even though that last night left her with an incredible gift, Tyson had still been a donkey’s arse and she wouldn’t be forgetting it anytime soon.  The problem is, once they are back into each other’s daily lives, Tyson proves he’s changed and Dani’s resistance wears down.  That old spark is back with a vengeance and they both know they should take this second change as the gift it was.  But would their past threaten to ruin things just as it begins?

With so much to love about this book, it’s hard to know where to start. These two characters go through hell and back.  Emotions run high and feelings run deep.  I loved both Dani and Tyson from the start and was cheering on from the sidelines for them to get a happy ever after.  Together.  The push and pull and road to redemption for Tyson was a rough one but very needed.  He has no trouble rising to the challenge and, in a book world with a lot of jerks in it, he was a refreshing and positive character to read.  Dani was equally amazing at seeing her feelings for what they were, and keeping Tyson at arm’s length until he really proved he had changed.  Permanently.  For the good.  I was also a nervous wreck for them as there was a pretty big secret that needed to be revealed.  Luckily, Ms. Evanovich wrote one hell of an amazing ending that had me laughing and crying happy tears!

I also have to mention the secondary characters were equally awesome and a joy to read.  Oh, and living in the Philly suburbs, I loved where Dani grew up!

Thank you, Ms. Evanovich, for a fabulous read!


Four-and-a-Half Loves

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Stephanie EvanovichAbout Stephanie Evanovich

Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl who attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, performed with several improvisational troupes, and acted in a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had: raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, sheís an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

Find out more about Stephanie at her website and connect with her†on†Facebook.


  1. kathy valentine says:

    my mom loved this writer, i might have to check her out too! great review jilly!

  2. Read it! Enjoyed it and recommend it! Thanks, Jilly!

  3. I’ve heard so many great things about this author – her books seem like a ton of fun to read!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  4. This sounds so good! Like the perfect romantic comedy, but in book form!

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