BOOK REVIEW: Seductions and Snacks by Tara Sivec

Seductions and SnacksSEDUCTION AND SNACKS (Chocolate Lovers #1)
by Tara Sivec
Publisher: Self Published (UK) / (USA)
Publication Date: 11th June 2012 (UK) / (US)
Format: Ebook (261 pages)
Source: OWN COPY

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 (Goodreads)

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Seductions and Snacks is one of those reads that is easy to zip through when you are looking for a book that is funny and sexy. The plot is right out of a Rom Com, but with enough sass to prevent it from becoming too cheesy. However, that isn’t to say that it is perfect.

The plot is centred on the fact that after a one night stand nearly five years ago, Claire, the female lead finds her baby daddy when he moves to her small town for a job. They only have vague recollections of what the other person looked or, in Carters case smelled like. (He ends up with an unhealthy obsession with the chocolate smell that clung to Claire.)

After a number of close encounters and the growing attraction, they both get together. These type of books have a set path and this book does follow them pretty closely, though Sivec does manage to give it a novel spin on the circumstances surrounding the two of them getting together. There is an almost twist of fate to how Claire and Carter get together, but where the book seems to fail for me is the speed at which the relationship progresses when they realise who they are. They know very little about each other and really only share their one night stand and the fact that they are Gavin’s parents. Yet, they move in together after what seems to be a couple of dates. No matter how much I wanted to buy into this I couldn’t.
Luckily, the characters in the books more than make up for what I saw as a flaw with the book. Not only are Claire and Carter really entertaining characters in the book, the supporting cast prove just as interesting.

Claire is very different from most of the female characters I have read. She has a really sharp wit and often puts her foot in it with some of the comments that she comes out with. I could relate to her with the fact that she just manages to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Even though life has thrown her a huge curveball in the form of her son, she pulls herself together to provide a good life for Gavin. The fact that the book opens with her clear dislike for children, you see that this is merely bravado and that she really does love her son.

Since she was a single mother, she has built a support network in the form of her college room-mate Liz, Liz’s partner and her father. Though at times she feels sad at what she has had to give up in order to raise Gavin, she is the type of character who doesn’t wallow in self-pity for long.

As for Carter, well apart from his weird chocolate obsession, I couldn’t really get a good read on him. True, when he does find out that he is a father he does step up to the plate, even standing up to Claire’s formidable father. Yet, I couldn’t connect with him as a character. I found that I was more interested in his best friend, Drew, than I was with Carter.

VERDICT:
Sivec does show a true gift with her writing. She manages to make you laugh one minute and then well up the next, but for me the speed at the which they both decided to move in together detracted my enjoyment of the book. What I did love about this book was the balance between humour and the more serious side to the circumstances both Liz and Carter found themselves in.

This is an excellent beach or poolside read and is fun to read. I can’t wait to read about the other couples in the books. It is a fresh approach to the contemporary romance and for me it can only get better.

RATING
3 star

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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
1 Seductions and Snacks
2 Futures and Frosting
3 Troubles and Treats

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