Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec

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.

Claire was a virgin until the night she met Carter at a college party. She never caught his name, but she'll always have a precious reminder of her first sexual experience, Gavin, her now four year old son. Claire was always adamant that she would never have a child, and some days she needs to convince herself not to sell Gavin to the carnival. Being a single mum has never been easy, but with her father and close friends, Claire has forgotten how she searched for the father of her baby, while she was pregnant, she'll always regret leaving the morning after, but little did she know that her night of drunken sex, would lead to a life of single parenthood. So image her surprise when Carter walks back into her life... With no recollection of who she is.

Carter has just escaped a two year relationship, and his position at the plant has been transferred. What he needs is a new start. His relationship was never going to bloom with the constant thoughts of the one night stand he had five years ago. All Carter can remember is that she smelt like chocolate, her favourite movie, and that she was a virgin. With his fresh start planted firmly in his mind, why does one of the waitresses at the local bar in town, look  so familiar? 

As Claire and Carter's friendship grows, she's scared to tell him, to remind him about that night, how there has never been anyone but him, and the little guy with his eyes, that talks non stop and swears like a trucker. 

But when Carter puts the pieces together and remembers, will he want the instant family, or will he be the one to walk away this time?

Seduction and Snacks had mostly all glowing reviews, and I can certainly see why. It's a fictional, yet unreserved account of being a single mother, selling sex toys for a friend, and teaching your little boy the ways of the world. It was honest and begin brilliantly, designed to shock, gasp and laugh out loud. But it missed the mark with me.

It was hilarious in the beginning, but once you move past the first few chapters, the constant penis and vagina references becomes annoying. There are a team if drunken village idiots raising this poor child. You have an intelligent young woman, such as Claire's best friend Liz, who uses her doctorate in business, to sell sex toys. Yes, because there is nothing like studying and paying for a university degree, all for the highly decorated career of vibrator sales assistant.

Claire begins as a virgin, and falls pregnant the first time she has sex, drunken sex, but sex nonetheless. I appreciated that neither Claire or Carter are portrayed as being promiscuous on a regular basis, which seems to be the template of new adult novels nowadays. Gavin, the four year old was horribly cute, but as equally disturbing. I know, I know, it's fiction, but I'm not sure a mother simply yelling 'GAVIN', will explain to a four year old what he's doing that's not acceptable. I'm just picking now, mainly due to the overuse of immature jokes and every page using the word vagina, or some form of vagina. 

I wanted to fall in love with Seduction and Snacks, I wanted to be entertained at least, but sadly, anatomy humor just isn't my thing.

Seduction and Snacks
(Chocolate Lovers: Book One)
Written By Tara Sivec
Published 11 / 06 / 2012
260 Pages

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