Series Round-Up: Chocolate Lovers Series #1-2 by Tara Sivec

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To sum it up, these are two of the funniest books I’ve ever read, like seriously. I can’t remember the last time I’ve literally laughed out loud so many times because of a book. What I liked best about these books is the balance in the plot because it really has the perfect combination of humour, romance, steam and kinky-ness, family love, and even a cute and loud-mouthed toddler.

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Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1) by Tara Sivec

BOOK BLURB:

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 REVIEW:

Overall Rating: 5/5 — Definite laugh out loud must-read!!!

HOLY SH*TBALLS OF SNAGGLEWHIP AND BONANZA CHALLYWAG!!! This book deserves a 10 out of 10 rating for all the laugh-out-loud moments it gave me. Man, I really don’t know why I held out on reading this book. I really didn’t know what I was missing out on, especially after being drowned in a lot of heavily angsty books. This is probably the funniest book I’ve ever read, along the lines of Wallbanger and The Bet.

The premise of the whole story was quite simple. There’s really no complicated and troubled past of both characters that would hinder them from being open to each other, etc etc etc. But even without that certain earth-shattering twist of events, this book still managed to keep me on my toes and leave me wanting for so much more from ALL of the characters. I didn’t even reach 5% of this book when I started laughing out loud already. And it pretty much kept going on and on after that. SERIOUSLY, more authors should take some cues from Tara Sivec by injecting more humour into their stories instead of drowning their readers in very gut-wrenching scenarios all the damn time.

If I could quote the whole book, I would. The humor in this one was just so unique and infectious that I truly wished that these crazy loonies existed in real life and that I was their friend. I have to say though that I prefer Carter’s POVs so much more. He’s just the right mix of super swoon-worthy guy with an awkward sense of humor. Dorky and hot, yeah I’d tap that. I swear I laughed for a full 10 minutes thanks to his barking moment when he got super drunk in front of Claire.

I hope I don’t start barking
The brunette shook her head in irritation. “If I do a shot, will you please stop talking about Jade’s disgusting vagina and never, ever use the word meat product in a sentence?”
“Woof!”
Three sets of eyes all turned to look at me.
“Did I just bark out loud?”

See what I mean? I just died of laughter every single time he blurted out something so ridiculous. I mean do they (Claire and Carter) even have to wonder why Gavin is such a weirdo also? Their DNA is obviously composed of all things crude, loony, crazy, and weird. But back to Carter, did I already mention how perfect he is? And I thanked all the gods in Greek mythology when he finally put two and two together and figured out who Claire was and how he was related to Gavin. I’m actually quite surprised that he didn’t propose right then and there, but I guess that’s what the second book is for.

Claire was also the most perfectly imperfect mother, friend, and lover. I completely adored her internal monologue about what it’s really like to have children—not that I can relate to it because I can’t—but I know that having children doesn’t really equate to rainbows and unicorns all the time. You really can’t help but admire her for how she took care of Gavin amidst all her struggles, especially with being a single mom.

I can’t really end this review without giving special mentions to the rest of the gang and of course, our dear Gavin. Liz, Jim, Drew, and Jenny provided equal amounts of crude and weird sense of humor that made the story funnier, more than it already is. They also were the perfect support for both Claire, Carter, and Gavin as they tried to reconnect and re-establish their relationship with one another. And Gavin, Gavin, Gavin. If you’re looking forward to an adorable kid, well you’re not getting that with him. But I guess you can’t blame him because he only picks up from all the crazy loony adults surrounding him anyway. Even at a young age, he already can go head to head with the adults when it comes to witty banter, snarky attitude, and raunchy sense of humor.

And to end this review, here are some of my favorite quotes from the characters:

Claire: “Be good, you got it?” I asked as we walked up onto the sidewalk. “Don’t run, don’t yell, don’t touch anything and stop saying bad words or you’re going home to take a nap.” 
Gavin: “Naps can suck it.”
Claire: I will not sell him to gypsies. I will not sell him to gypsies. 

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Carter (while watching Finding Nemo): “Holy shit, did they just kill off that fish’s wife?” I blurted in shock.
Gavin: “Yep. That big, mean fish ated her.”
He said it so calmly – like it was no big deal that a sweet, loving cartoon fish just got murdered. What the fuck was wrong with this movie? This couldn’t be appropriate for kids. I didn’t think it was appropriate for me. 

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Drew: “Dude, he put ass cream on his face. You do know I’m going to have to start calling your son Ass Face now, right?”
Gavin: “Shut up, dicky.”
Drew: “You shut up. You’re the one with the ass face.”

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Carter: “Don’t forget, he’s also going to tell everyone just how huge my wiener is. At least I hope is. Maybe I should remind him about the awesomeness that is my wiener.”
Claire raised her eyebrows at me and I realized that didn’t come out right at all.
“That sounded a lot skeazier than I meant it too.”

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Like I said, if I could quote every single funny shit in this book, I definitely would. Not to mention the countless times that the word “wiener” was used as well. DEFINITELY A MUST-READ FOR EVERYONE! If you don’t get a good laugh out of this one, I’m not sure what kind of human being you are.

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Futures and Frosting (Chocolate Lovers #2) by Tara Sivec

BOOK BLURB:

Carter, Claire and Gavin have formed the perfect little family. Their friends are getting married and everyone is growing up, maturing and ready to face the future. Or are they?

From bachelorette party hell, porn addictions, dinner roll baseball and botched wedding proposals to finding out everyone’s extended family is chock full of crazy, Carter and Claire begin to question the strength of the ties that bind them. Unfortunately, these ties have nothing to do with fuzzy handcuffs and everything to do with the mounting differences between them.

Will their friends make a mess of things with their inappropriate comments and need to know everything, or will they convince the couple that happily-ever-after sometimes really can start with beer pong?

MY REVIEW:

Overall Rating: 4/5 — Still a definite must-read but lacks in some aspects compared to the first. 

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I was quite underwhelmed with this sequel. I guess I was too head over heels in-love with Seduction and Snacks that my expectations were just off the charts with this second book. Sad to say, this second instalment felt more like a novella that was quite prolonged and filled with some unnecessary extra scenarios.

Before you get me wrong, I still loved LOVED this book. The dynamics among the characters, which I completely adored in the first book, was still alive and kicking in this one. I still felt being robbed from life because I didn’t have the same set of friends in real life—yep, that’s how much I love their little group of weirdos. What I also loved about this second book is the fact that they touched more on the relationship aspect of their lives: Liz and Jim getting married, Claire and Carter’s next big step as well as their new little bundle of joy. My one big gripe, and I’m sorry for saying this again, was the fact that the whole engagement fiasco was a bit overdrawn and extended. However, when I finally reached one of the big turning points in their lives, my tears just kept on flowing especially with Claire and Carter’s special moment inside the bathroom with all the pregnancy tests. And then of course, there was that heart-wrenchingly beautiful proposal that had me bawling with tears of joy. SO yep, I did have some reservations with this sequel but I still enjoyed it nevertheless 🙂

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