The Total Package: A Novel

The Total Package: A Novel

by Stephanie Evanovich

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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?

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062234872
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 3,814
File size: 669 KB

About the Author

Stephanie Evanovich began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

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The Total Package: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best of her three books, by far? Great character development, even if the ending was a fore gone conclusion. Kept my interest from page 1.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked what I read. Going to buy full version because this author doesn't disappoint.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Boy meets girl, boy gets famous and has scandal, boy meets girl again and again and again and maybe eventually it will work out! Tysons Palmer played football in college and Dani was his tutor to help him get through. He graduates and goes professional, but without a support system he is a track wreck waiting to happen and it happens. They cross paths a few times and finally end up working for the same team and have to interact often. Dani has a secret that will eventually have to come out and may alter their course forever.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. A bit predictable, but worth the read.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
A few years ago I read a debut novel by author Stephanie Evanovich, Big Girl Panties, and beyond loving the title, I really enjoyed the book about Logan Montgomery, a hot trainer who brings Holly, a young widow, out of her shell. I finished the book and wanted to read more about two secondary characters, baseball superstar Chase and his sassy wife Amanda. When The Sweet Spot was published the following year, I was so excited that we got to find out how Chase and Amanda got together, and I loved it even more than Big Girl Panties. Evanovich just published her third book, The Total Package, about a big shot quarterback, Tyson Palmer, who trashes his career. When Palmer hits bottom, the owner of the Austin Mavericks picks him up and makes him the cornerstone of his team, hoping to win the Super Bowl. Palmer digs in and works to make himself one of the league's best quarterbacks. When hot young wide receiver Marcus LaRue joins the Mavericks, he hopes that he and Palmer can be a dream team. LaRue's only request is that the team hire a young reporter, Dani Carr, to be his media person. He will only allow Carr to interview him, no one else. Carr leaves her young son behind in Philadelphia with her supportive family- Mom, Dad and brothers- to take advantage of this possible career-building opportunity. She concentrates on the work, and hopes that no one discovers her secret. Tyson is attracted to Carr but finds it hard to break through her shell. LaRue too is very secretive. He doesn't party like a rock star and he is never seen in the company of the many young ladies who seek his attention. And for some reason LaRue keeps pushing for Tyson and Dani to get together. The Total Package is Evanovich's best book yet. Her characters feel like people you would know, especially Dani's close-knit Italian family. They are the family we all want to have. It's nice to read a book where the characters are kind to each other and support each other, even when they make mistakes. I'm more of a baseball fan than football fan, but that didn't stop me from loving everything about this book. And I cried tears of joy when old friends Logan and Holly and Chase and Amanda made an appearance in the book. It was so much fun to see Chase and Amanda's wedding from a different perspective. Evanovich's writing is sharp in this book, and you will find yourself racing through it to finish it. Like her first two books, it is sexy (oh, those sex scenes!) and sassy and this one has such a sweetness to it it is heartwarming. Now I am hoping that the next book will tell us more about Marcus LaRue's story (and not just because Marcus and I share a surname). He may be Evanovich's most intriguing character yet and I want to find out more about where he came from and where he is going. The Total Package is a great book to give your best girlfriend and you may want to read the steamier scenes out loud to your significant other, you know for inspiration. It's like Fifty Shades of Grey, except much better written and with a lot more heart. I give it my highest recommendation.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Tyson Palmer and Dani Carr go way back. College was a place where they had a friendship, when she was his tutor. Until things changed, that is. His addiction and anger took their casual hook up to another level. Now, having to work together, in a way - feels impossible. Dani hates him and goes out of her way to avoid him. After all he has worked for, can he be patient with the one that counts? He wants to be known as the man he is today. Dani is hiding secrets from the past and being face to face with Tyson only makes this more real. Can she come clean and make everything better? Will it be only a matter of trust? Seems that both of them will have to meet the other halfway. In a true redemption book, this one has it all. We read all about it, so to speak. I found the characters to be real. The insight and banter made this book a great read. This is an author who always brings her "A" game. ***This ARC was given by Edelweiss and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
katfish184 More than 1 year ago
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. “What?” ” 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.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 STARS! I wasn't overly fond of the skip in time towards the beginning of this book, I would have preferred to "live" the hard road with him, but none-the-less, I felt intrigued to see what was going to happen in the long run. Tyson is sitting at the bottom of a wasted career when we first meet him, but after a lot of hard work , he's back at the top of his game as the quarterback of the Austin Mavericks. When a blast from his past crosses his path again, will it throw him off course or will it make him stronger to relive it all again? Dani Carr is there to handle the PR for another player, but try as she might, she doesn't seem to be able to avoid run ins with Tyson. She has a secret that she isn't ready to tell him yet, but she can't resist being near him time and time again.
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Tyson Palmer, once a star quarterback, has hit rock bottom. Addicted to pain killers and alcohol it seems he is no longer the darling of the football world or anyone else for that matter. Having gone back to his alma mater he’s all alone, drowning his sorrows at the Bunker, when he’s approached by a vaguely familiar woman. Daniella Carrino, Tyson’s one time English tutor, has been in love with him from the moment she laid eyes on him. She’s a virgin, and had always resisted his advances, but not this time. I’ve been a long time fan of Stephanie Evanovich. This book, The Total Package, is basically a romance story. It doesn’t have the slap stickiness or the humor of the Stephanie Plum series. No wisecracking Grandma or hilarious sidekick here. What it does have is a flawed hero and a persevering heroine combined with hot bodies and football. A fun read for those times when you want something a bit less serious and perhaps a little more stimulating.
Aemelia More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Total Package and will be checking out Stephanie Evanovich's other books. I am a fan of sports romances, and I liked how the story flowed. Her characters were multidimensional and interesting, I felt as if Dani was someone I could have met and been friends with. There was enough realism that made her seem touchable. The romance between Dani and Tyson was a slow-burn that worked perfectly for the story. There was no rushing into bed as neither of them were ready to just jump into a relationship. The only thing that I found lacking in the story was that other than with Marcus, there was no teammate camaraderie between Tyson and the other Maverick players, which I found kind of odd. I understand not wanting to clutter the story up with too many characters, but I would have liked to have seen how he was with his teammates.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
This is actually the first book I have read from this particular author although the name has been on my radar for some time. I think I was possibly sucked in by the football star because I am a bit of an NFL fan. Tyson is your archetypal QB let’s face it they are usually hot so a great basis for a romance. But instead of riding his rise to fame and glory he hits rock bottom on a self inflicted addiction binge. Can this superstar turn his life around, regain the popularity and trust of the fans or is he on a long lonely road to ruin? I quite liked Tyson and admired his reactions and enjoyed his role in the story. I’m not so keen on Dani .. the girl he has a history with. I think she is just a manipulating minx who sees an opportunity if Tyson finds fame. The romance didn’t really work with me. There were some parts of the book which hung together well and kept the motion flowing but in other sections it felt as though I had missed a chunk. It was entirely possible to fast-forward and then enjoy the ending. Maybe I was missing something in the middle or perhaps my focus was too much on the redemption factor and not the way it was reached. Perhaps if I had read the previous books it would have set me up although this is meant to be a stand alone. So to sum up, a pleasant book which had potential. I enjoyed it on some levels but it won’t necessarily call me back for a re-read. Thanks to the author and Tasty Book Tours for the opportunity to read in exchange for my honest opinion.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Tyson starts out as a huge jerk, but deep down, he is still the good guy Dani once knew. He's lost everything and can't even stand to look at himself in the mirror. After receiving a second chance from an unexpected place, he turns his life around and gets back in the game. Dani's life was completely changed after her last encounter with Tyler, and she has physically changed as well as she tries to make her way in the sports broadcasting field. But her identity isn't the only thing that she keeps from Tyler, she has another secret that could end their renewed relationship before it has a chance to flourish. As fate brings them together, they will have to both figure out is they can forgive each other and find a way to move forward together. I loved this sweet romance about second chances and redemption. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A different kind of sports romance, with unique plot line, intriguing characters, realities of the other side of the glamourous life of professional sports. What makes this story's romance different than most, is that after the first chapter, the hero and heroine, don't meet again for several years, and until a third of the story has gone by. Because Tyson's drug and alcohol abuse, he has to go into an intensive, secluded rehab, to get his head cleared, sober up, and then get back into a shape, to be able to return to the limelight. The author has a detail oriented style of writing, but those details are often in the physical or material matters, not so much in the emotions and feelings. So even though there are details of Tyson's stay in the rehab, and of the training to get back on the field, the story doesn't dwell on the drama and angst of the situation Tyson is in. It rather shows how he finds an inner peace, how he is determined, to succeed once again, to find a way to have a life and a future. During the years gone by, Dani has also gone through a transformation, but more on the physical side, superficial looks, than growing up as a person. Her college girl crush, has turned into nearly a career obsession towards Tyson, as she is battling the attraction she has for him, against the anger she would love to hold on to. And then, Dani ends up making choices in her career and personal life, that she later question. The secrets are kept surprisingly long, and seems to be accumulating. The choices that Dani keeps making left me perplexed several times, since it was easy to forget how young, she still was, despite everything that has occurred during the story. Dani and Tyson have a connection, the attraction that keeps pulling them towards each other. Events keeps proving them, that they might not be perfect for each other, but that pull is there, and stronger each time. If only they could be honest with each other, then all the misunderstandings would be cleared as well. The plot is alluring, I read this at once, after starting it. Dani comes across as little immature, but the characters are fascinating and engaging. Serious issues, like substance abuse, and recovery, are handled well. I liked the story. I did want to get more emotionally involved with the characters and events. I wish the story would have revealed a little more on that front with Tyson and Dani, dug a little deeper. A sports hero who battles his demons, and get's a second chance, not only on the ball field, but in life, love and future as well. ~ Four Spoons
bookworm1954DB More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is a quick and easy read and I like that. The characters are well developed and I felt they were relatable. This book had my interest from the very first chapter and that says a lot about this book. It is well written and has a nice flow to the storyline. The lead female character was strong and yet had a soft side to her. I liked Dani, a lot. Tyson was a bad boy turned good and the chemistry between them was undeniable. I was rooting for them throughout the book. The secondary characters are likable and yet not boring in the least. This was a really good read and I highly recommend this sexy, not steamy, book. I like that it was not vulgar in its sexuality and was what I call a clean romance with a touch of sexy. This is the first book that I have read by this author but it will not be my last. I usually don't go for sports stories, but this was really more about love and chemistry, than it was about sports and I liked that about it. Great book!
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
A washed up, drug addict football player meets a smart, cute woman who thinks she can change the players way, what could go wrong? EVERYTHING!!! I could see the train wreck happening. The way that Ella thought she could fix Tyson was a great thought but anyone could see that there was no way it would work. Fast forward many years and Tyson is recovering, Ella is now Dani and working towards her dream job. Life is on the right track for both of them. I had many hopes that they would both find their happy ever after, I wasn’t sure that could happen with them being together. They both were working hard to keep the past in the past although Dani knew their night together would come out at some point. What I really enjoyed is how true to themselves they stayed. They did not point fingers or blame each other. They understood that they both acted as adults and the results of that are on them both. The Total Package is a quick and easy book to read. I enjoyed reading it and recommend checking out Stephanie Evanovich’s newest book.
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
This is a story about overcoming addiction and second chances. Tyson Palmer was a college football star that goes on to the NFL. His star quickly falls when he becomes addicted to pain killers and alcohol, and is involved in a sex scandal. He goes back to his college on homecoming weekend (although he wasn't invited, and basically gets shunned) and runs into the girl that was his tutor when he was a student there, Ella. Ella believes that Tyson can turn his life around, but he things are too far gone to repair and doesn't want her help. Tyson was lucky enough to have help and support from an unlikely source on his journey to overcome his addictions, become an even better football player, and a better person as a result. I felt that the issue of addiction was portrayed realistically along with the challenges that arise when trying to overcome it. The story was believable and drew the reader into the story and made you root for Tyson. Eventually Tyson and Ella cross paths again in a way that I'm sure he never anticipated. I really enjoyed this book and think it would be a great beach read! An early copy of this book was provided by HarperCollins for a fair and honest review.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
This is a story about second chances. Tyson’s professional football career is just about to hit rock bottom. Coming back to his Alma mater, he is faced with ridicule and disgust. Except for Ella, she offers to love, support and friendship. He takes her then leaves her in the dust only to have his party life style nearly destroy all his chances at furthering his career. Tyson is given a singular chance to turn his life around, rehab, a professional trainer and a contract that could pull him out of the downward spiral. He decides to make these drastic changes and thrives…all expect for a spitfire’s journalist that haunts him. When a new team mate demands said journalist, Dani (aka Ella) joins their team, Tyson finds himself drawn toward the woman that has thrown a curve ball into stellar return performance. Dani always dreamed about the day she would reunite with Tyson…but it doesn’t go as planned. He doesn’t even recognizer her and worse, her misadvised comment ends up labeling Tyson. Of course, it’s the opposite of… I had your baby and I still love you. Can she break the down the barrier and share her biggest secret? I enjoyed The Total Package. I really enjoyed the way Tyson reinvents himself, surrounds himself with positive people and learns to heal those old wounds. Don’t get me wrong, the story isn’t overly deep or emotional but overall a nice easy read. I received this ARC copy of The Total Package from William Morrow in exchange for a honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Dani Carr has had a thing for star quarterback Tyson Palmer since she first laid eyes on him, but those feelings were never really returned, instead all she got was the opportunity to tutor him and a permanent spot in the friend zone. Spending everyday with him and knowing he didn't feel the same way was excruciating on her heart, but she never let it show, and just tried to do all she could to help him keep his grades up. After he begins a downward spiral with the help of drugs, Dani thinks she maybe the one person able to save him, but that idea is short lived after he sends her away with a broken heart. After college she made her move to the big leagues, and made a name for herself by calling the games from the sidelines as a reporter, full well knowing that at some point she may run into the quarterback that broke her heart all those years ago. She has long since tried to bury her feelings for him and put on a brave face, but the minute she sets foot on the Mavericks field and his eyes land on her everything she once felt for him all comes rushing back... Tyson Palmer has always been the center of attention, in college being the star quarterback came with it's privileges, including plenty of booze and willing women. After indulging a little too much Tyson finds himself spiraling out of control and losing his starting spot on the team. People soon cast him aside and his dreams of playing in the NFL are slowly starting to slip away, no team wants a has been with a drug and alcohol problem. That is until the Austin Mavericks owner decides to step in and offer Tyson the chance of a lifetime, he offers Tyson the help he needs to get clean, and then offers him a job. Tyson doesn't have anything else to lose so he accepts the offer, and soon finds himself once again front and center in the spotlight, and playing the game he loves. With everything in his life moving in the right direction, he begins to look forward to his future, and the idea of eventually finding himself a wife, and having a family of his own. Which starts to bring back memories of beautiful girl he met in college whose always had a special place in his heart, he'd give anything to see her smiling face again... This is beautifully written story captured my attention almost immediately and had me flying right through the pages in search of what I hoped to be a well deserved happily ever after for two well crafted characters who captured my heart right from the start. Ms. Evanovich has totally won me over with this story and found herself a well earned spot on my favorite authors list. This story had all the makings of a perfect romance story, it was packed with heart, emotion, and lots of toe curling romance... and a handsome football star that is sure to score a special place in your heart!! Highly recommend you give this one a try, it is sure to warm your heart, and satisfy all of your reading cravings...and then some!! ARC requested through Edelweiss, and kindly provided by William Morrow Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
The Total Package is a stand alone novel by Stephanie Evanovich. This is a funny, romantic second chance love story that can easily be read in one sitting. Tyson Palmer always dreamed of becoming a star football player and living his life in the limelight. What he didn't count on was the life turing him into a drug addict and alcoholic. Soon he finds his life on a downhill sprial, losing his contract with his team and unemployed. Luckily he found a team willing to take a chance on him and to help him get clean. Dani was Tyson's tutor in college and had secretly been in love with him. After Tyson abondons here after a steamy night together she decides to rebuild herself and focuses on a career in sports broadcastings. When an offer brings her face to face with Tyson years later he doesn't even recognize Dani. She is no longer the girl with just a pretty smile but a drop dead gorgeous woman who changed her looks and her name. These two have their ups and downs along the way but when secrets are revealed it will teast their binds as they head towards their HEA. I received an eARC compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: “I’m a weed-smoking, pill-popping alcoholic. No crack or smack. I had to draw the line somewhere.” “Sometimes I don’t know what was harder, straightening out my head or my heart.” “One look at her in this outfit and the most memorable gift her father got this Christmas would’ve been a stroke. She pulled at the tags under her arm and caught sight of the designer – Tart Collections. Never was a garment so aptly named.” “Her dreams and reality had finally merged, and she was still reeling (although maybe that was thanks to her first, well several, orgasms that had nothing to do with batteries). Now Dani fully understood what all the fuss was about.” “Sweetheart. I would sit with Satan and present a united front if it helped you. That’s just what mothers do.” “For way too long now, I’ve kept my distance from people. Not because I didn’t think they were worthy, but because I didn’t think I was.” My Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect but I enjoyed this endearing story of second chances and redemption. The writing was emotive, insightful, and entertaining and the plot was generally well paced although the characters did go back and forth in their timelines as they recalled their memories and histories. Toss in a bit of intrigue, clever humor, and some steamy sensual scenes and you have an interesting read on your hands. This was my first Stephanie Evanovich read but it certainly will not be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother - so bad