This is a book review for Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec, available here:
5* hilarious stars
I loved this book. I laughed until I gave myself a coughing fit and still couldn’t stop reading. It deserves every one of the five stars I’ve given it, which (if you’ve read my other reviews) you’ll know is rare.
It wasn’t perfect. I struggled with the voice a bit for the first couple of chapters where we meet Claire who has no interest in ever having children. Once I was over that, though, it was plain and funny sailing.
After a drunken one night stand, Claire discovers that she’s pregnant but she doesn’t even know the father’s name. She tries several times to find him but to no avail and in the end she decides to raise Gavin on her own.
Gavin’s character is, hands down, one of the funniest things I have read in a really long time. He just comes out with the most outrageous and inappropriate things with genius comic timing. The book is worth reading, just for his one-liners and misplaced protectiveness of his mother.
Fast forward four years and new guys arrive in town. As coincidence would have it, one of them is Carter – Gavin’s father. Despite having spent almost five years searching for the girl of his dreams, he does not know her name or what she looks like, only that she smells of chocolate. He doesn’t recognise Claire as being that woman.
She is therefore in a quandary – how can she tell him he’s the father of her child when he doesn’t even recognise her? She’s torn on a moral level as well. She wants to know that he’s a good, decent and kind man before she allows him to play any part in Gavin’s life.
Stir into the mix their growing feelings for each other, and it’s a recipe for a great story.
The resulting tale is a fantastic blend of poignantly touching moments and laugh out loud cringing. I liked the characters and the way that things frequently went wrong. It wasn’t one of those books where everything is just too perfect.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting something light and funny to read on a rainy day. The first chapter is off-putting, but stick with it.