Book Review – Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec

by Maryse on August 20, 2012 · 37 comments

in My Book Reviews

Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers)
I wish I could post a soundbite here, because listening to me giggle, chuckle and belly laugh as I read this, would be the perfect way for me to review it for you. Sometimes actions speak louder than words, and to hear my giggle-fest would speak volumes. Alas… I didn’t record myself. *sigh* So words it is…

A fantastic lighthearted, witty, sarcastic (but sweet) read, in full effect! But there’s romance, too, and even a touch of angst at times, enough for you to connect and “want what you’re supposed to want”, when reading a romance novel. Plus. HOTNESS! It’s the whole shebang minus the intense book-pain that I crave, but definitely needed a small break from. THIS was the perfect break, the perfect “reading-palette cleanser”, and a great change of pace to keep me on my toes. I grinned from ear-to-ear from start to finish, and laughed out loud so many times, that I just HAD to read some parts to my husband (for example, Carter’s first drunken-bar scene… *woof* “Did I just bark?”) LOL!!!! I was a goner, then.

“Um, tequila please?” I asked questioningly. enunciating each word as best as my drunken mouth would allow. So really it came out as “Ufff, shakira pea?”

A huge psychotic smile broke out on her face and she quickly stood up.

“So what can I get you?” she asked me bright, resting her hand on top of the bar and leaning into them.

Drew and I slowly turned to face one another. We both shrugged and I turned back to her, but not before noticing that Drew was busy tucking his shirt back into his jeans.

“T-e-q-u-i-l-a,” I said very slowly, wondering if the bartender was drunker than me.

Her smile got bigger if that’s even possible.

“Whiskey, coming right up!”

Tee hee!!!! Oh it’s just soooo much better than that. *blush* I guess you just had to be there. ;)

And apparently it was one of those “you had to be there” type reads (meaning you just have to read it to “get” what all the fuss is about). ‘Cause it would seem I wasn’t the only one struggling with “public displays of reader-enthusiasm” next to the “perplexed non-reader”:

Erin: I started this one yesterday (about 75% now) and my husband kicked me out of bed last night because I was laughing so hard. When I tried to read him a passage, he didn’t find it as hilarious as I did, but what does he know? He’s such a crabby-daddy

Kirsten: Erin- I had the same issue. Hehe.

Keighley: I promised myself- no more books this month, but I’m in need of a laugh so I bought this. On page 4 and already laughing too loud for public transportation- anyone who quotes so I married an axe murderer is a legend!

Maryse: Oh YES!! I read a bunch of parts to my husband too, and he was all… *raised eyebrow* I think if we didn’t irritate them so much with our incessant giggling, they might be more open to the comedy parts that we try to read them. I kept saying, it’s hilarious, you just gotta read the whole part to get it… Ah well. At least we’re having fun, right guys?

And why were we so enthralled with this story? Because it was just so outrageously coincidental and yet so real at the same time. You could visualize everything perfectly, facial expressions & reactions, snorts, eyebrows and all. You could feel out each character, know and connect to them, in all of their hilarious randomness. Erratic thought proesses, panic attacks and lusty emotions, crude reactions, total goofy flubs… the works! Just a riot.

And for those of you who enjoyed “Bear Otter and the Kid” as much as I did, and loved “Bear’s” hilarious thought process, this one has that similar feel:

Debra: This book is hysterical Carter’s brain to mouth issues (did I say that out loud?) reminding me a bit of Bear from BOATK.

Maryse’s Book Blog: YES!!!!! I was just saying that to Jackie. I thought OMG I’m so lucky ’cause I get to experience another “Bear-like” character. I LOVED that with him. Made me crush on him… he’s not a bad-boy but OMG he is just so cute that it’s sexy!

Crystal: I’m half way through it now and have threatened all my friends with bodily harm if they dont buy it asap LOL. FUNNIEST book ever!!! The cover and title doesnt do it justice though. I feel like I would have never even glanced at it had it not been recommended to me.

So what’s it about?

Claire, had her whole life planned out, but meets a super sweet cutie one night, at a frat party. They are PERFECT for each other, and they spend the evening being perfect together. And drinking. And drinking. And being even more perfect together.

He wasn’t too tall, wasn’t too short, he was just right. And just… beautiful. I wanted to punch my own face for calling a guy beautiful but it was true.

And of course, things get steamy! He “takes” her (all of her), and he wakes up the next morning… alone. *sad face* :(

‘Cause… she left. Why? I dunno. They think crazy thoughts in these books sometimes… (just like we do) and act all crazy-like (just like we can). So off she went, thinking that was the thing to do after a drunken hook-up. No names, no phone numbers, nothing.

‘Cept… there is *something*. ‘Cause, a few weeks later, she realizes she’s pregnant, and her whole life changes on the spot.

I knew without a doubt Mr. Beer Pong was the father. I just had to find him. Who the hell gave a guy her virginity and never bothered to ask him what his name was?

Oh yeah, that would be me.

Where is Mr. Perfect when she needs to tell him something monumental? Oh right. He barely exists, but for a drunken memory (and even that is so hazy she wonders if she imagined it).

Oh right. She didn’t imagine it because she’s pregnant.

And both of them pine for each other for … quite a while. Search for each other (but that’s kind of hard to do when you can barely remember the night you had together). Plus you know. Might I remind you, not even a first name. ;)

And then one day….

That’s it. I’m zipping it!!! The rest is wayyyy too fun, not to experience on your own.

And it would appear our whole Facebook reading group concurs! So if my enthusiastic review doesn’t convince you ;) maybe these guys can!

Rachel: ♥ this book!

Christine: This book was such a great in between the steamy HOT books book. Sweet, funny, romantic. Looking forward to the sequel!

Alana: Funniest book ever!!!

Francine: soooooo funny! I found myself lauging out loud more times than i could count! sexy, sweet and hilarious! enjoy!

Veronica: I’m reading this now too. Easily the funniest book I’ve ever read. Loving it!

Alicia: great book … never had a book make me laugh so much.

Megan: I finished this book 2 nights ago and I LOVED IT! HYSTERICAL!

Angie: Maryse I just finished it and LOVED it….. so freaking HILARIOUS………….

Barbara: Funny sweet lovable !!! Can’t wait for the sequel !!!!

Pamela: Impatiently waiting on the next one. I loved it!

Tiffany: I am currently reading this too! I don’t think I have laughed so hard from a book before!! I love it!!!

Danielle: I am reading this right now and i don’t think I’ve gone more than two minutes without laughing out loud. It’s the best kind of book. :)

Milagro: Loved this book! Laughed hard that I was kicked out of bed for keeping the husband awake.

Trish: I ♥ this book so much and Tara Sivec rocks!!!!!

Shelley: Nearly peed my pants reading this one! And I was dared to post a Drew t shirt quote on my Status too!

Lisa: Told ya!! This book is hilarious!! I’m so glad you decided to read it. This one is literally laugh out loud funny. I’m looking forward to book two :-)

Jennifer: I laughed so hard I cried. Awesome book!!!

Kristin: Can’t wait to see your review! Hope you love it as much as I did…one of my absolute favorites this year!!!

4.5 stars!!!

P.S. My I’m going to quote one of my favorite scenes, but don’t look down if you haven’t read it! Not that it’s a spoiler, really, but this book is best enjoyed in full motion. BUT OMG it is just tooooo funny not to celebrate, here. (Carter’s introduction to George. Tee hee!!!!) :)

“I slept with your wife,” I stated, crossing my arms in front of me and staring him down.

All three of them gaped at me with equal looks of confusion on their faces.

“You swept wif my Nana? Did she read you a bedtime story? Papa says she snores.”

George took a step towards me and I actually gulped. Regardless of how old his balls were, I was sure he could kick my ass. Or kill me and make it look like an accident.

“Dad,” Claire said in warning.

Dad? Oh, f&ck. I really am an a$%h*le. I have Tourette’s of the mouth. Claire never once mentioned his name when she talked about him. This was the man who punched someone in the face for calling him grandpa. And now I just told him he had old balls. He was going to straight up murder me.

“Sh*t. I didn’t sleep with your wife. Total mistake.”

He stopped walking towards me and if I had a brain I would have kept my mouth shut from that point on. Obviously I was drunk the day they were handing those things out.

“I got confused. I meant to say I slept with your daughter.”

I heard Liz groan and saw Claire’s mouth fall open.

“But it’s not what you think,” I continued quickly. “I mean we were both really, really drunk and I didn’t even know who she was until a minute ago.”

Oh my God, stop. STOP!

One of his eyebrows cocked and I swear I heard him crack his knuckles.

“She smells like chocolate and I don’t like to be spanked,” I blurted in a panic.

Cue full on belly-laugh from me, from this point on! 

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica Hodnett August 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I think my only problem with the book was the abrupt ending. I wish it would’ve had an epilogue :(

Jeanette Swenson August 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I laughed all the way thru this book! I also read parts to my husband and friends and am recommending this book to all my friends. Loved it

Cece August 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Jessica – The sequel “Futures and Frostings” comes out in Oct!!!!

Christy August 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Most hilarious book ever! Loved it! So happy there is going to be a sequel!!

Alexsandra August 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I loved it! It was such a fun read. It had me laughing out loud at some times that my husband would look at me like I am crazy. I did recommend the book to my friends. Im looking foward to the sequel. :)

Kristine August 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Too many laugh out loud moments to count, love it!! Can’t wait for the sequel!

sandy August 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

LOVED this book, so good after some of the intense books i read:),, so much laughter my stomach hurt:)

Carie August 20, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I LOVED this!! I’ve never laughed so much reading a book!!! Can’t wait for the sequel!!

Regan August 21, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Total agreement. This one was beyond funny. Was a nice change of pace form all the angst & turmoil reads :)

Keighley August 21, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Laughed all the way through but found th story so sweet to. I want a kid like Gavin! cannot wait for teh next one

Jen Lewis August 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

OMG Soooo freakin’ funny!!!! “Barney Boner” part — I nearly lost my bladder!!!! Cue husband staring at me like a have 3 heads cuz I couldn’t breathe from laughing so hard… I want to make everyone I know read this book – it’s just too funny not to share.

And yeah, Gavin makes me not so afraid to have kids… If I can have one like him that would be awesome!!!

Can’t wait for the sequel!

Angela August 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Just finished this! At first I was skeptical about the whole “I hate kids” attitude, it kind of made me not like her at first and question why everyone liked this book so much, but then when Gavin entered the picture it was clear she loved him more than anything and I got over it. Very funny cute read…and I love Gavin!!!! He reminds me a lot of my daughter who is also 4.5, a parrot that repeats all the bad stuff people say at the most inopportune time, and says the most inappropriate things sometimes and all I can do is laugh! For example, yesterday she said to me “If Daddy’s boobs get any bigger is he going to have to borrow your bra?” We were out to ice cream with both our families…who all got a good chuckle out of it…him not so much!!

Maryse August 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

LOL Angela!!! That made me laugh out loud for real!

Kelli August 22, 2012 at 7:55 PM

hahahahaha! funniest book ever! cannot wait to read more in this series. The author is hilarious!
Loved the bar scene and the internal dialog of both charactors. Kid was a crack up! laughed out loud all night…poor hubby;)

Kelli August 22, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Hey wait, I just looked through your website…thought this was a big series:( was I wrong. now I am just mad…I thought I was gonna get another fall down while reading it is so funny book! boo

Mel August 24, 2012 at 2:14 AM

I was in the parking lot of my son’s school trying to get in just a couple more pages in :) when i got to the scene above when Carter meets George for the first time… and laughing so hard, my son asked my why I was crying! Tears of laughter! This was a 5 star book for me!

Maryse August 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

One of my absolute favorite scenes!! I had to quote it I loved it so bad!

Elizabeth August 24, 2012 at 8:27 PM

This has to be the funniest book ever! I laughed so hard I was in tears. My husband now thinks there is something seriously wrong with me.

Julie August 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Thank you for the recommendation. I don’t reread books that often, but I can’t wait to read this again. I smiled from start to finish and only stopped to laugh aloud.

Karla S August 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

So I read Seduction and Snacks after my sister suggested it and after sitting at my desk at work and litterally laughing hysterically (OK I should have been working but it’s a hard book to put down), I have all the girls in my office reading the book! Should make for an interesting Christmas grab bag this year! LOL

Rachel R August 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Loved this book! I dont think I would have read this book had I not seen your reccomendation on here! So THANK YOU!!

Jannelle September 4, 2012 at 3:34 PM

OMG THIS BOOK IS LAUGH OUT LOUD HILARIOUS!!!! My 2 yr old had a blast listening to me laugh like I was being tickled to death and then at some points though I was crazy but who cares lol I can’t wait for book 2 I hope it’s just as funny I do however wanna find more books like this lol any suggestions?!

Jennifer R September 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

This is, without question, the funniest book I have EVER read! I do think it should come with a warning or disclaimer that adult incontinence pads should be worn in the process of reading it because I almost peed myself multiple times from laughing so hard! I usually read romance or paranormal titles, but a friend recommended this to me and I am so thankful. My family literally quarantined me to my bedroom while I was reading this so I wouldn’t disturb them anymore with my out loud laughter!

Natalie September 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

OMG, no book has ever made me laugh out loud as much as this one, and I mean full on tears running down my face, snorting laughter! I loved every second of it, I was sad when it was over! It was such a nice break from all the angsty book I’ve been reading! I need to tell every woman I know to go and read this book!

kathy September 22, 2012 at 8:32 PM

This book … Completely awesome. I swear I have never laughed so hard. I think Drew is the adult version of Gavin. So happy to see a sequel . Yipeee!!!!

Kim September 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

OMG I loved the part when Carter first meets Gavin and Claire’s Dad, George, I laughed so hard. I don’t like to be spanked- teeheee!!!

Maryse September 26, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I KNOW!!!!! And his “woof!” Ohhhh that was perfect!

JoAnn September 28, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Absolutely freaking loved this book! I want to go out and party with them.

Anamaria October 21, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Just finished the first book and about to start the second. What a great read! My boyfriend actually left the room because he said my laughing was driving him insane hahah.. But i couldnt help it. I had to stop at some parts just to catch my breathe from laughing so hard ! :)

Maryse October 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Haha!!! Being “kicked out” seems to be the usual for these books. :P

Alessandro December 27, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Hello, do you know if there is a version for my kindle?

Kim L January 28, 2013 at 11:53 PM

I love this series. I don’t think I’ve read a book that has made me laugh out loud so many times. Even though Wallbanger and Playing for Keeps did come close. :-) Gavin wow the things that came out of his mouth :-o . Clarie and Carter are so cute, also with the addition of their friends they all make the story. Loved it.

Amy January 28, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Do you have any books like this that you would recommend? This is a fav of my friends and I, and we have not found a match for it!

Meri March 16, 2013 at 3:39 AM

One of funniest books I’ve ever read and re read and re read. And yea I was on top of my husbands head with certain chapters that were funny to me, so much that he said “Do you want to read all of the book to me” “But what can I do when ALL is funny???” To me this was like romantic, laughing out loud Murphy’s law.

Nickie April 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Anyone have anything similar to this series to recommend please? I had one of my guy friends read this and he loves the whole series…laughing from the beginning ’til end. Now he’s having a Snacks withdrawal. Please help :(

Anika June 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Read it over Christmas holidays and had my whole family thinking I was losing my mind. In the end I had to just say if you’re not going to read it you won’t understand because they never thoguht it was as funny as I did.
Both my little sisters do not read at all and I have suggested this book to them. So far only one has read it and LOVED it too and couldn’t put it down. The other one will take a bit more convincing. :)

Just like everyone else I’m wondering if anyone has more suggestions for some great reads that will make me laugh?? x

Trish Woods July 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

By far the funniest books I have EVER read in my life!!! I hysterically laughed for days and they still bring a smile to my face just thinking about them!! Does anyone have suggestions for more books of this type? Pretty hard to top these books..

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