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.
Not sure if I will finish the series, or even the book. I keep waiting for it to improve, but I'm 3/4 of the way through with the first book and I'm disliking it more than when I started. I mistakenly purchased the entire series instead of my usual one book at a time. The humor seems a bit forced. It is not necessary to add the word "vagina" to just about every thought, but for some reason, it was done, and overdone. I like sarcasm and snarky humor, but again, it was way overdone. The overused vulgarity and profanity was just crass and unnecessary, and didn't add to the conversation at all.
The narrator sounded much older than the 20-something character and didn't match.
Starts off sounding like a well written plot but all the poorly used obscenities quickly grind on one's nerves making you prefer the sound of fingernails raking a chalkboard. Sadly, the maturity level of the characters decrease at the same rate the author uses cuss words making me think the story was written by a fourteen year old, who not knowing any better turns every bad word and sexual experience into a cliche. Each time the child cussed, I wanted someone from Social Services to show up and rescue the kid. Equally annoying is the poor performance where little variation in tone between character's made it difficult to know who was talking. But really, there is little that could be done to save the poorly written story.
Something by Kate Perry or Diana Gabaldon.
Xe Sands, Andi Arndt, Kristine Potter
Most of them. Scrape the story, it was a waste of my time. It was too easy to dislike all of them, even the kid.
Can I get a refund?
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
This was a difficult review to write. I have mixed feelings on the book. It's not that the book is bad or the narrator was boring, it's more fluff than anything. I like the characters, and I think there's chemistry between the group, but the book feels very juvenile. There's at least one penis joke or mention of penis or vagina every minute or so it feels. I don't mind the raunchiness, but there's more ways to describe things and organs than repeated used of penis and vagina, some vulgar and some not.
This is the first book in a trilogy, but it holds its own as a completely stand alone novel. With that being said, I don't know if we'll continue with the rest of the series. This was sweet, but it's also a little empty. The humor was good, but it's raunchy, so if that's not your thing, stay away.
From a plot standpoint, the chemistry between Claire and Carter is spot on, and Gavin is great comic relief, There's some good embarrassing situations for Claire throughout the book and they work well for the most part, but if you're looking for some deeper romantic plot, this isn't it. It's fun and shallow and great for laughs. It's short and sweet which is great because it doesn't get the chance to stall and drag the plot along.
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.
Mother. Teacher. Wife. Blogger. Reader.
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 enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
Someone who wanted to hear about sex in every paragraph of the story.
I couldn't get past constantly hearing about sex and not much else. A stronger focus on developing and presenting an interesting story would be a real improvement.
I couldn't get past the content to really evaluate the performance adequately. I'm sorry the narrator was stuck with this title.
Yuck! I should've read a bunch of reviews and listened to the Sample.
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