Tuesday, February 2, 2016

{Book Review} Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1) by Tara Sivec

From Goodreads

Claire is a twenty-something, single mom that grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. 

When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. 

With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim to none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

Warning: contains explicit sex, profanity and enough sarcasm to choke a horse.

My Thoughts

4 "Hilarious Cure For The Angst" Stars

I read Fisher's Light by Tara Sivec early last year, and was blown away by the beautiful, unique story of love, loss and redemption. I've had her Chocolate Lovers series on my TBR for months and months, but only just got around to reading book one. I have no idea what I was waiting for, because this was one of the funniest books I've ever read! The characters and writing style reminded me a bit of Alice Clayton's books, which are some of my favorites. 

Don't go into this book expecting tons of depth, seriousness, and mature adults doing things by the book. You'll be disappointed if you do. The story is the opposite of that, and I couldn't be happier for it. 
My inner 12 year old was cackling at the perverted humor, the epic swearing, and the truly hilarious title chapters. My adult self admittedly flushed at the simmering sex scenes, and swooned over the way the hero interacted with his son. I want Claire for a best friend, and I feel the sudden urge to gorge myself on chocolate (though that would not be wise, since I don't eat sugar.). 

It has been a long time since I've laughed until I cried while reading, and Seduction and Snacks was exactly what I needed. I was doing this weird laugh/cry/snort thing throughout this story, laughing my ass off at nearly every page. The humor alone marks this as a must read for me.
I loved the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle jabs at traditional romance novels, like this bit here:

My breasts were heaving and my loins were quiverings.

I enjoyed all the characters; they all had great chemistry together and each had their own quirks and personality that created a well rounded group. They're not especially deep, but neither is the story, so it worked well for them.

I could be a dirty slut; I could be dirtier than a hooker at a gang-bang.
Okay, maybe not that dirty.

Claire was someone I connected with and wound up admiring. Looking past all her hilarious fumbles and filthy humor, she's really made something for herself and her son, while still retaining her sense of self, and she had an honesty about her I couldn't help but love.

Her son, speaking of which, was a riot. He reminded me so much of my youngest sister, and I loved when he had page time.

Carter was a sweet, funny and endearing hero, one who adored his son and had a great connection with Claire. His eagerness to learn and help was both charming and adorable. 
Their chemistry was off the charts, and the sex scenes were to die for.

The words "penis" and "vagina" are used more times than I can count, and a few times it bordered on ridiculous. And, you moron, you're speaking about your vulva, not your vagina. It worked for the most part, but it did aggravate me a few times. 
It's told in dual 1st person perspective, and the Claire/Carter switch off wasn't marked. Their voices were distinct, but I still found myself wishing we were told who's who right off the bat. 
There's a lack of commas in the book, along with a few other punctuation issues. Not enough to take away from the story, but enough for me to notice a theme.

"Jim, would you rather have your porn name be Hugh G. Rection Mike Unstinks?"
I laughed so hard I cried when I read this gem. I told you I had the humor of a 12 year old.

There is 0 angst in this story, despite the single mom/long lost father plot. It was light, fluffy, and sidesplitting funny. If you're looking for a humorous, sexy read that doesn't ask much of the reader, I highly recommend. I'll be delving into book two soon!

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*My own copy 

- The Bibliophile Babe


  1. Yay for a book with tons of humor, zero angst and an obsession with chocolate! Yes and please to this book Amanda!

  2. I have this one waiting for me in my kindle, need to get around to it! Glad you enjoyed it, I've heard great things about the series.

  3. I wouldn't have thought this was so funny, but that's a plus for me! thanks for sharing.

  4. Sounds like perfect entertainment after a tiresome day. Steam and humor. Great review, Amanda!

  5. Oh I am totally down for funny books like Alice Clayton!! I had never hear of these but totally adding them - Great review!

  6. This sounds hilarious! It also makes me want chocolate right the very now. :)

  7. Oh this sounds just like the fun rom com I need!!