Review: Troubles and Treats by Tara Sivec


Troubles and Treats (Chocolate Lovers #3) by Tara Sivec
Contemporary / Humor  
Tara Sivec (November 29, 2012)

Rating: A-
Heat: Warm

Heroine: Jenny Parritt – Mother, Sleep-deprived
Hero: Drew Parritt – Father, Man Child
Setting: USA

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Troubles and Treats is Jenny and Drew's story and takes place a few years after Futures and Frosting. A few years that have been both kind and unkind to the Parritt’s. When the story opens, we find Drew and Jenny in a bit of a… dry spell, trying to navigate life after a second baby. And, considering these two sexaholics sex life has taken a serious swan dive, I’d say they’re having some issues. The fact that Drew is plagued by nightmares of Jenny's vagina having teeth, and trying to devour his penis, probably isn’t helping. Just saying.

Because Drew is basically a Big Kid or, really, a Man Child. And he is not handling life without sex well at all. He’s feeling moody and temperamental and prone to frequent crying jags. If the dry spell keeps continuing, he'll definitely have to invest in a waterproof case for his phone. Or take his self-love sessions out of the bathroom. Because the rice trick only works so many times. (Not that I would know…)

Meanwhile, poor Jenny is feeling completely overwhelmed. On top of having a three year old who can wield a Sharpie like a weapon and a newborn who doesn’t sleep through the night, she also has Drew. (Need I say more?) And, after an unfortunate sex swing slash baby rocker mishap, she realizes while Drew is missing sex—she’s missing sleep. And someone who is actually willing to help her out.

Which leads to a big ol’ mess of miscommunication (and friendly advice) that makes more (hilarious) trouble for Jenny and Drew. Like a ‘fake it till you make it’ scene that makes Meg Ryan, in When Harry Met Sally, look like an amateur. Or an incident where Drew and the boys inadvertently start a Zombie Apocalypse with a can of mace. But, all fun and games aside, there are relatable messages woven throughout too. Albeit, in a slightly skewed and exaggerated take on life, love, kids, and the joys of relationships.

Troubles and Treats gives us a glimpse at what life would be like if we all walked around with absolutely no filter. It will make you laugh yourself silly. Anyone near you will think you’re hysterical—maniacal—and have finally fallen off your rocker. I know my husband sure gave me a lot of crazy looks. Although, truthfully, it might not have helped that I was constantly reading parts of it out loud (and perhaps a bit out of context) to him as well. Oh, the faces he'd make! I was cackling like a wicked, cracked-up witch.

If you have a dirty, dirty mind and a filthy sense of humor—you will love Troubles and Treats. Miz Sivec is such a perv—a wonderful, hilarious and raunchy perv. (And I mean that in only the best of ways, because I’m pretty pervy myself!) And, while I don’t think it’s necessary to have read the previous two books, why the heck wouldn’t you want to? Seriously. Now go forth and laugh your ever-loving ass off!

Favorite Quote:

“I love you too, vagina. I miss you like a hooker misses her virginity. True story. Why have you done me wrong, Boo? Why is there such a distance between us? Remember when we used to hang out every day? Now I barely see you once a month. You’ve changed, vagina. I hate to say this, but you have. You’re a different person now, and it’s like I don’t even know you. I thought maybe you were hanging around with a different crowd of people and they influenced you against me. Maybe we’re just growing apart. I don’t want to lose you, vagina! I need you like I need air to breathe and football on Sundays. I just can’t quit you,vagina!”

- Drew, to Jenny’s Vagina


Thoughts While Reading:

24.0% - "Jenny just put Sally, from When Harry Met Sally, to shame! lol"
27.0% - "I will never look at Tupperware the same way again."
78.0% - "Oh sweet jeebus. Zombie Apocalypse brought on by industrial strength mace. LMAO"
92.0% - "Peeping ghosts. Lol. I think I'm delirious from laughing so much!"

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the giveaway! looking forward to reading your blog.


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