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Review – Troubles and Treats by Tara Sivec

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Book: Troubles and Treats

Author: Tara Sivec

Series: Chocolate Lovers 3

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Blurb:

Drew and Jenny have spent years being the envy of their friends with their out of control sex lives – well, not really. Mostly it makes their friends want to throw up in their mouths a little.

With two little kids and two busy lives, for the first time, Drew and Jenny aren’t on the same page in the bedroom. Drew will stop at nothing to get his previously amorous wife back in the sack, and Jenny will do anything for a full night of sleep.

Carter and Claire, and Jim and Liz are their usual (un)helpful selves and are full of advice for the discontented duo, wanting nothing more than to help restore order to the usually happy couple’s lives.

In the third and final installment of the Chocolate Lovers Series, will Drew and Jenny find the spark that’s been missing in their marriage, or will the trouble they’re having cause a stickier situation than the time Jenny poured honey all over Drew and he fused himself to a tree?

My Thoughts:

This series is the best and funniest series that I have ever read! I don’t think that I have ever laughed so hard. I enjoyed this one just as the other ones but when it all comes down to it the first book is my favorite by far! I know that this is the last in the Chocolate Lovers series but I do honestly hope that in a few years she does a spin off of the kids as they are in college or what not. I think it would be GREAT! 🙂

Now for those who have not read the other book please do because then you will understand a little more about Drew and Jenny. I think for anyone who just picks it up and reads will be completely lost and probably will not be able to appreciate the relationship as well as their personalities. They are a lot to take in if you don’t get worked up to it 😀 I did laugh quite a bit there were some spots that I just couldn’t stop laughing thinking to myself you cannot be that dumb; but then have to remind myself that it is Drew and Jenny we are talking about.

Jenny is always messing up metaphors and cracks me up but I think I would go just as crazy as Liz goes when she is forever messing them up for example:

“I’m not going to hold my breast for another invitation.”

I could never imagine what it would be like to be married to a man like Drew, I would probably go crazy, but Jenny is perfect for him. He is the most random person and does the weirdest things ever but had me cracking up the entire time I read I mean who else would have a husband who would do one of the strangest things I have ever read when Jenny thinks that there is something wrong with their cat and is going to call the vet:

“I had the phone in my hand all set to dial when Drew had finally decided to tell me that he pooped in the litter box a few times to see what it was like.”

At the same time that I was cracking up the story also is a bit realistic I mean anyone who has had babies knows that when you are done having babies the last thing you feel is sexy and attractive and ready to have great sex. Plus you have to wait which usually works out just fine. (or it did for me at least) And to be honest the last thing I had thought about was what my husband had to go through while I was in “recovery”. But after reading Drew’s description I couldn’t stop laughing; partially because well we have that sponge bob shower curtain in our boys bathroom it is a huge sponge bob face!

“In fact, gone are the days of having sex at all. I have resorted to jerking off alone in the bathroom after my wife’s asleep. It’s a sad, lonely existence when you have to take your cell phone into the shitter so you don’t wake your wife when you pull up the YouPorn app and crank one out. The worst part is the Sponge Bob Square Pants shower curtainin the bathroom. Do you know how difficult it is to keep an erection while Sponge Bob is staring at you with his big, googly eyes and you keep hearing the song “Jellyfishin’, Jellyfishin’, Jellyfishin” in your head?”

AND I LOVE that she used FUPA! 😀 we have used that for years in our house! as I was reading I was like I know that word! Whenever I use it around people they look at me like I am crazy because they don’t know what I am talking about. But that was thanks to my husband, him and the guys he worked with in the military were talking about FUPA’s. haha

There is so much that I loved about this book I could go on and on but wont do that… just know that there are so many funny parts you will laugh throughout the book. I mean who wouldn’t with Devil cats, Zombie invasions, and sexless sex swings, along with the ghost Drew swears is in their room. hahaha I am sure I am forgetting some other great moments, but if you really want to know more I say just go buy the book and get started on it! You will laugh! I will be adding these to my at home library!!

4 stars


Tara Sivec’s Dream Cast for the Chocolate Lovers Series!!!

YAY!!!!! So she has posted her dream cast on her website so if you are wondering who she picked here it is…

  • Carter—> she was torn between two people

1) Ian Harding

Carter.  Oh dear, sweet Carter.  This is a tough one because there are two beautiful, blue-eyed hotties I have in mind.  First, Ian Harding from the TV show Pretty Little Liars.  There is just something about this man’s smile that does me in.  LOVE him!

2) Zach Effron

My 2nd choice would be (no one throw sharp objects at me) Zac Effron.  And no, I’m not talking about that jail-bait High School Musical shit.  I’m talking Charlie St. Cloud, hot as fuck Zac Effron.  And he’s legal now.  I checked.

  • Claire—> Rachel McAdams

Next up, Claire.  This is another tough one because Claire is so much like me.  And I am no Hollywood starlet!  But, I’m going with one of my all time favorites and someone I have a HUGE girl crush on, Rachel McAdams.

  • Liz—> Kristen Bell

Liz, my BFF in real life and someone who needs to be able to deliver snark like no other – Kristen Bell.  Aside from the fact that Veronica Mars was, is, and always will be my favorite show – I think Kristen Bell could rock the line, “Do you and the Ya Ya Brotherhood have a secret handshake too?”

  • Jim—> Topher Grace

And for Liz’s other half, Jim, I’m going with Topher Grace.  Jim is for the most part a quiet, easy-going guy who has no problem letting his wife wear the pants in the relationship.

  • Jenny—> Isla Fisher

Jenny – oh, dumb Jenny, how I love thee.  Considering I’ve seen the movie Wedding Crashers eleventy billion times and laugh hysterically every time the bedroom scene comes on where she says, “Baby, I’m going to make all your fantasies come true” and then shoves a sock in Vince Vaughns mouth and he’s freaking out because it’s NOT a fantasy of his…she HAS to be Jenny.
Isla Fisher

  • Drew—> Ashton Kutcher

And last, but not least – Drew.  This was another tough one.  Drew is cute, but he’s a giant man child.  He’s silly and a little bit dumb and never realizes people are laughing at him and not with him.  The only person I can picture is Kelso from That 70’s Show.
Drew, meet Ashton Kutcher.

  • Clair’s Dad –> Robert De Niro

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Troubles and Treats Teaser – Tara Sivec

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I shake myself out of my stupor of staring at Jackson’s naked chest and grab the hand he has held out for me. I had seen him move in a few weeks ago and we’ve shared a couple of neighborly waves whenever we’re outside at the same time, but I have never seen him up close.

“I’m Jenny. It’s nice to meet you. Thank you for doing something to shut her up. I was thinking about just going inside and locking her out until she calmed down,” I joke with a nervous laugh.

Shit, I don’t know this guy at all. What if he doesn’t get my joke and calls the police. Can I get arrested for saying I’m going to lock my three-year-old out of the house?

Luckily he laughs right along with me and gives me a heart-stopping smile. I’m totally not kidding. My heart stutters for a minute before picking back up.

I start to bend down to pick up some of the mess in the driveway when Jackson puts his hand on my arm to stop me.

“Hey, don’t worry about this. I’ll clean it up. Give me all of the bags and you go on ahead and get the kids inside.”

He smiles at me again and I kind of want to melt into a puddle of goo in the driveway with the pickle juice and tomato sauce.

When was the last time Drew smiled at me like that? Like he wanted to lick my face. And when was the last time he ever offered to help me with anything, aside from those weird dishes and laundry comments he made the other night?

I thank Jackson and leave him in the driveway while I usher the kids inside to put them both down for a nap.

Fifteen minutes later, I am still arguing in the living room with Veronica about taking a nap when there is a soft knock at the front door before it’s opened a crack.

“Jenny? Is it okay if I bring these bags in?” Jackson asks, peeking his head in the door.

“Oh, yes! Sorry, I forgot to come back out and get them,” I tell him as Veronica jumps down off of the couch and runs over to him.

“Are you a shit turd?” she asks him in an innocent voice.

“Oh my God, Veronica! You don’t say that!” I scold her, feeling my face get extremely red with embarrassment as the Greece God in front of me just stands there, still shirtless, laughing his ass off.

“I’m sorry,” I tell Jackson as I take the grocery bags from his hand.

“It’s fine. Sometimes I can be a shit turd so at least she was accurate,” he says with a smile. “Oh, I swept up the mess and put it in your garbage can in the garage and then hosed down the driveway. I hope that’s okay.”

I stand there with the bags in my arms just staring at him.

I know he said he would take care of the mess, but I just figured he would be a typical guy and shove it out of the way with his foot and then go home. I should ask him if he can teach Drew some lessons.

He looks away suddenly and pulls a t-shirt out of the back pocket of his jeans and slips it on over his head, apologizing to me as he does it like he was offending me or something. I want to scream at him and tell him it’s more offensive that he put the shirt back on, but then I realize I’m standing here holding a bag full of tampons, panty liners, douche, and vinegar, and the bag is see through and he just freaking carried it in for me.

“The vinegar is for french fries. My husband likes vinegar on his fries, and he likes it on cucumbers when I make cucumber salad, and I also put it in my homemade Italian dressing, and it totally doesn’t go with the other stuff in the bag because you know, it’s already scented flower fresh. I don’t like my ‘down there’ to smell like french fries or dressing, ha ha!”

Oh my God, why am I shitting out of my mouth?

Jackson just laughs and for once it feels like someone is laughing with me and not at me, and I should just get on a bus and go right to hell because I’m ogling someone that isn’t my husband.

“I’m sorry. I’m just really tired. I haven’t slept since my son was born.”


Chocolate Lovers Series / Chocoholics Series by Tara Sivec

I can NOT express enough how H-I-L-A-R-I-U-S Mrs. Tara Sivec’s writing is! I LOVED the first book and CAN NOT wait for the next one to come out!

Tara did post pictures of her dream cast… you can see them HERE.

1) Seduction and Snacks (Claire & Carter)

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.

2) Futures and Frosting (Claire & Carter)

Carter, Claire and Gavin have formed the perfect little family. Their friends are getting married and everyone is growing up, maturing and ready to face the future. Or are they?
From bachelorette party hell, porn addictions, dinner roll baseball and botched wedding proposals to finding out everyone’s extended family is chock full of crazy, Carter and Claire begin to question the strength of the ties that bind them. Unfortunately, these ties have nothing to do with fuzzy handcuffs and everything to do with the mounting differences between them.

3) Troubles and Treats  (Drew & Jenny)

Drew and Jenny have spent years being the envy of their friends with their out of control sex lives – well, not really. Mostly it makes their friends want to throw up in their mouths a little.
With two little kids and two busy lives, for the first time, Drew and Jenny aren’t on the same page in the bedroom. Drew will stop at nothing to get his previously amorous wife back in the sack, and Jenny will do anything for a full night of sleep.
Carter and Claire, and Jim and Liz are their usual (un)helpful selves and are full of advice for the discontented duo, wanting nothing more than to help restore order to the usually happy couple’s lives.
In the third and final installment of the Chocolate Lovers Series, will Drew and Jenny find the spark that’s been missing in their marriage, or will the trouble they’re having cause a stickier situation than the time Jenny poured honey all over Drew and he fused himself to a tree?

3.5) Hearts & Llamas 

A Valentine’s Day short story from the Chocolate Lover’s gang

Tara is doing a spinoff… I would make another post for this series BUT it does take place after this one and is with the “offspring” from the books above! Read the books above before starting ones below…

1) Love and Lists (Gavin)

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There are some funny things she has posted on her goodreads blog page like:

Drew and Jenny’s Mad Lib

 

 

Reviews:

Seduction and Snacks

Futures and Frostings

Troubles and Treats