Title: Seduction and Snacks
Author: Tara Sivec
Publication Date: June 11, 2012
Summary (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.
Everyone and their mother is raving about Futures and Frosting, the sequel to Seduction and Snacks, going on about how awesome and hilarious these books are. So I decided to pick up both books and see for myself what all the fuss was about.
The verdict? It’s good—but I wouldn’t call it great. There were definitely some moments where I laughed until my sides hurt and I could barely breathe, but after a while all those one liners kind of got old and I just felt the author was eventually trying too hard to make the reader piss their pants laughing.
My biggest gripe is that all the characters kind of sounded the same when it came to their humour. Okay, all the characters except for Drew because his humour was on the immature level—which I totally thought was great. Go figure.
The story in itself was great. I liked the idea of a one night stand turning into motherhood and randomly finding the one night hook up again after five years. The book’s plot definitely had promise, I just wish it hadn’t been told like it was a wanna be comedian writing it. And then I find out it was originally fan fiction and, yeah, it all started to make sense to me. *big dramatic sigh*
Can I just talk about Gavin for a minute? Someone told me that they thought this little guy was way over the top and no kid would really behave as badly as he does all the time. I actually laughed my ass off at that comment harder than any of the book because if I didn’t know better I would say that Sivec was using one of my friend’s son as her muse. They are so identical (in age and everything) that it was almost spooky reading about Gavin’s actions and the things he said because all I could picture was my friend’s kid. For me, Gavin was the highlight of the book.
And I could totally identify with Claire at the start of the book where she stated she never wanted kids. Everything she said was exactly how I felt until—surprise!—that little stick turned pink…several times. And I’m still not too fond of other people’s children (sorry family and friends!)
All in all, Seduction and Snacks was an okay read for me. Do I think it’s as fabulous as people are saying? Eh, not so much. Will I read the sequel? For sure.