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.
What would I do without audio books?!!
I knew this book would have profanity. And I can enjoy some edgy humor as much as the next person, but this book tries too hard and uses explicit language as a crutch on the limping path to humor. I think it could have been funny if it had been dialed back a bit, without EVERY single line sounding snarky and vulgar. If you are looking for a break from the typical cheesy romance novel you might like this, but be aware you’ll have to enjoy or look past the crude writing to get there.
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
Overall, it's really more like a 2.5.
This story is hilarious. Be warned that much of the humor centers on vagina talk in many, many, many forms in almost all situations from both the male and female characters, and in reference to theirs and others; there is no end. And the f-bomb is dropped constantly. But the story’s joviality began to wear thin for me eventually. Everything in life is not funny or joke-worthy. So I wish there was more of a balance between humor and seriousness and that everything coming together didn’t happen so easily. An example of the former is when Gavin, a 4-yr-old, consistently said very inappropriate things; that quickly went from funny, the first few times, to concerning when it was presented as his natural way of reacting and behaving continuously with little-to-no consequences. And the attempts at humor were, many times, juvenile, frat-boy or college-party-girl type of funnies, so it didn’t always work for me but might for someone else. An example is how so many of the topics and issues in the story were boiled down to and connected with the act of intercourse, as though it was the lens through which almost everything in these characters’ lives was viewed. It was disconcerting and tiring after so much of it. This occurred while watching “Finding Nemo” and discussing concern over the issue of loss in kids’ movies, but it turned into how to have sex with a mermaid. Really?! And the 4-yr-old’s funny episodes focused on him saying sexual things or connecting with it somehow (i.e. asking to see his mom’s breasts and other statements about breasts, asking if he has a vagina, spreading diaper rash cream all over and trying to do the same thing with sex lube, playing with his mom’s vibrator while thinking it’s a toy). Enough is enough, but the other didn’t seem to even try to find a balance away from juvenile humor. Other things I struggled with in this story included my view that some of what Carter—the H in the story—said did not ring authentic for the vast majority of 20-something, heterosexual, “all-American” males. And the narrator did a poor job with Carter’s voice. Very often I was confused and didn’t realize she was speaking as Carter b/c the narrator used more of a feminine voice, especially when voicing Carter’s inner dialogue. Similarly, I thought the narrator’s voice didn’t match well to the story’s h, Claire, whose age ranges from 19-24, or so, in the story, is a very frequent “social” drinker and party girl of sorts, and jokester. The narrator sounded much older. Still on the narration, the narrator did a mediocre job with the voice of Gavin, the 4-yr-old male, and varied in her characterization of him as though she was aware of her struggle to do him justice too. I liked that both Claire and Carter’s views were given throughout the story and, often, on the same issue. So I got both sides. And the sex scenes, about 3 altogether, not including dreams, were okay. The scenes were detailed but not explicit and without “earthy” terms.
As an aside, a word to the narrator, learn how to pronounce Kanye, as in the author’s important reference to Kanye West when talking about rap music. I almost called the book quits after the narrator failed to pronounce his name correctly, which completely and utterly destroyed the author’s point. I hate when narrators’ mispronounce critical words in story. It also brings into question whether the narrator is the right choice for such a story with many youthful and culturally diverse references.
I was happy when it was over and have no plans to seek out this author again. It just became too much; no balance.
I literally LOL for most of this book I mean seriously from the beginning to the end. The people in this book was just, heck I don’t even know how to express how crazy they are. Gavin OMG he is the funniest 4 year old ever. This was a Great read and just what I needed at the time.
Middle of the road
It was just funny.
For the most part
You Will laugh incredulously.
Decent, at times it felt it was a bit too much, almost, like the author was forcing the funny and absurd.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
From the two hundred audiobooks I own this has been the one that I've enjoyed the most. The best way to describe it is American Pie meets Fifty First Dates. Wow I just loved this hilarious, sexy and romantic story. I will look for every other book by Tara Sivec.
Narration: Romy Nordlinger is not a good narrator. She does not even try to make different voices for the characters. That is specially problematic on this story because it is written in alternating point of views between the heroine Claire and the hero Carter. But at least she's funny.
I initially read this book through kindle. One, I couldn't put it down ... and two, I would laugh out loud so often I would continually wake up my roommates from the racket. It was a wonderful story, truly funny and sweet. When it came on sale in Audible, I didn't hesitate to buy both books in the series at the time. I've tried to get past it but I just cannot. I haven't laughed once, I tend to cringe more often than not. I don't understand the 5 star performance reviews. I know the issue is not the story. I would love to hear the story with a different narrator.
I wouldn't give this book the my worst enemy, desperate for something to listen to while working out.
I couldn't get into the story, the narrator was so wrong for this story.
Her voice is more suited for an older character, not the twenty year old, virginal college student. I couldn't get past that. Then when the perspective changes from the female protagonist to the male there was no change in voice inflection. I was confused until I read reviews that the story was written from both perspectives. I stopped listening at that point.
Can't answer that...couldn't get into the book.
Please change the narrator.
Sorry, but I couldn't take it anymore. I may be older than the intended audience by a generation. There was one reader for two characters (male and female) and I kept getting confused as to who was talking. Also, when one character says to her BFF's father "I am so happy if I was a dog I would be humping your leg!" that was it for me. Really? Do people say that? Disgusting. 4 year old character uses 'S' word, frickin', loads of other bad language. Characters constantly talking about crude sex, not loving sex, just casual, disconnected sex. I didn't care enough about the characters to keep listening and there was no growth or forward movement. I really kind of want my money back.
Let the characters grow up and talk about something else, or at least talk about sex with a little more maturity -- they sounded like 15 year old boys.
She was really fine, if they would have had a man do the man's version, it would have been much less confusing.
Disgust and disappointment. There were a couple of laugh out loud moments but it wasn't worth wading through their immaturity.
Can I get a refund?
Books are to me what exercising is to those enthusiast. My pleasure is sitting down with a good book,its like" Calgon it takes me away"
Very bored people
She could have had a bit more inflection in her voice for each character.
Not able to comment this just wasn't for me
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