Title: Troubles and Treats (Chocolate Lovers #3)
Author: Tara Sivec
Rating: 4/5 stars
“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?” (description from Goodreads)
Now that I’ve finished book three of Tara Sivec’s Chocolate Lovers Series, I can see what all the hype was about. These three books were nothing short of entertaining.
Troubles and Treats takes a slightly different turn than Seduction & Snacks and Futures & Frosting did. While those two books were told from the point of view of Claire and Carter, Troubles & Treats is from Jenny’s and Drew’s points of view. I was a little thrown in the beginning, but I admit this is mainly due to not rereading the blurb before starting the book. If I had, I’d have seen they were the main character’s this time around. I soon go used to being in Drew’s head, and that was a welcomed change. He’s a hilarious character, and the fact that he’s coupled with Jenny makes him worthy of his own book. Jenny’s great too, in her own ways. I especially like how we get her side of the story when it comes to her using the wrong words when she’s talking.
Was this a good ending to the series? I’d say so. Sivec didn’t hold back in hilarious and outrageous moments in this book. Readers will have no worries when it comes to getting laughs. This book is filled with them. This book is also filled with a great story. Drew and Jenny are going through troubles in their marriage, and the author is able to bring this serious subject into the book without killing the comedic elements. She’s also able to not overdo the comedy when it comes to making sure the main storyline is easily followed.
One of my favorite pieces of this book is the addition of children to the group. Before we only had a young Gavin, but now there are more kids and even more hilarious dialogue. At times I don’t know how the author comes up with some of this stuff. It’s so out-there, but so good.
The Chocolate Lovers Series is over, but luckily I have one short story to read. I know I’ll be missing these characters and their crazy lives, so the short story Hearts & Llamas will be calling my name to help me revisit them.
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About the Author:
Tara Sivec is a wife, mom, chauffeur, cheerleading coach, soccer coach, babysitter, short-order cook, genius and albino squirrel hunter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids. In her spare time she likes read, write and cover things in chocolate. Most of her material comes from real life experiences with family and friends. Lucky for them, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (aka, drunk).
Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec where she can be serious, suspenseful and not at all funny.
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