Claire is a 20-something, single mom who 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.
©2012 Tara Sivec (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
I'm the romantic fiction junkie in our little foursome; both straight and lesbian, after listening to the novella Tattoos and TaTas I wanted to get all of Tara Sivec's Chocolate series. Okay so I'm happy now this was the only one we purchased this time. There were far too many vanilla sex scenes that mainly served to take up time and did very little to advance the story. Speaking of which, it took way too long for the obvious identity of the protagonists to be revealed in the book. Plus Gavin, the kid was out of control and like too many fictional kids he never got corrected by his parents; for some reason too many authors think this funny. I realize that it's easier to be write interesting fiction for three hours than it is for ten but after the novella this book was a huge disappointment. Despite this, there were enough really good moments in this one that I'd still make a positive recommendation for this book.
This was quite a funny book with several laugh out loud moments. it was lighthearted, perfect for a holiday or travel.
I would give a warning though that the language is very explicit with lots of swearing throughout.
The narrator's performance is good, however I personally found that she sounded significantly older than the age of the characters, which I found distracting.
The vagina jokes get old after a while.
Most interesting was Claire getting pregnant after a one night stand. The least interesting was that the kid gets annoying after a while.
Yes, I like her as a narrator. She helps the story line in many ways.
I was looking for a funny cute story and this was it but I won't be continuing the series.
Parts of this book are really, really funny. Overall I enjoyed it. Just know that the descriptions are definitely true, lots and lots of profanity and extremely descriptive language. For me the language took away from the enjoyment, so I won't be listening to the rest of the series. For some people that might enhance the story for you, then I say go for it. This plot doesn't have much to it, the dialogue is a big part of this book.
I always read the reviews and this book had fabulous reviews. However, the book was irritating, slow and just 'bleh'. The book attempted several times to be funny but ended up just irritating me. I dont fine foul mouth 4 year olds funny or the adults around said 4 year old basically encouraging that behavior. Story line was too slow and have a 0 romance level.
the kid! lol
More likable characters, better plot and different narrator
Excessive uses of the words, vagina, penis, fuck, shit etc. Too much immature sex talk. Perhaps it's the author's poor attempt to appeal to women that actually "got off" to Fifty Shades of Grey. I've never read this author so maybe it's just her style to write about sex and include as much dirty language as an immature conversation can fit. I'm, by far, not a prude, I'm all for naughty, but I thought it was getting annoying. The four year old's behavior wasn't cute or funny. There almost appeared to be a little psychosis going on. The narrator's voice was irritating and she never changed her tone for different characters.
Before I found the book extremely annoying I did laugh at a few of the lines.
I'm about three quarters of the way through and I'm debating whether I want to drudge through to the end :(
Swept Away By Romance
About the story...
This book requires a particular taste that's for sure. I thought it was deliciously dirty and found myself in bouts of laughter. Yeah, at times it was a bit much, but to be fair to the author she gives readers a warning. You need a warped sense of humor and not take offense to foul language, fortunately for me I met all the criteria. I wished the author had backed off the sex just a teeny bit and focused a little more on the story, but then again sex is what got them into the mess they were in. Although, after the intial shock wore off, Claire accepted all of it, didn't consider it a mess, more a blessing, and was a wonderful mother. She might not have said as much, but her actions and love for her son were quite evident. And, when Carter came into the picture he was a wonderful partner for her and a willing, loving father for Gavin!
Smexy fun aside, this is a wonderful read about the sacrifices we make when that unexpected surprise, that keeps on giving for 18+ years, comes into our lives. I'm definitely on board for the next book!
About the audiobook...
Romy Nordlinger did a fantastic job with the narration...top notch voicing. But, listener beware, you might want to stay within the confines of your home when you turn this one on. Not the type of read you want to be plugged into out in public because it will turn you on, and you'll find yourself being hauled off in straight jacket when you randomly burst out laughing! Wear a sign around your neck stating that you're listening to an audio book
The book is funny. I enjoyed the story and Laughed out loud. The narrator was enjoyable to a point. But I thought her voice was a little old for the character which annoyed me a little. Also she didn't really change her voice for carter to sound like a man so at times I would be confused for a little bit about who was talking. Hearing carter talk about his man parts in an older woman's unaltered voice was trying.
The story is what I expect from Tara. I spent most of the book laughing and fell in love with the characters.
When Gavin punched Carter in the junk!
Funny, and that's all I've got that's good.
The hardest part for me is that the narrator used the same voice for everyone. The POV would flip between Carter and Claire in the middle of a chapter and you'd have no idea who was speaking until at least a few lines in when you'd get context clues. I found that horribly annoying.
Maybe I wasn't in the moody for this read,. Couldn't get past 2 chapters due to narrator I liked Romy's narration in other books, just found book & narrator incompatible....
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