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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Love and Lists by Tara Sivec

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So many of you know I am in LOVE with Tara Sivec's Chocolate Lovers: Sweet Stories About Love, Friendship, and Inappropriate Behavior , as it is hands down the most hilarious series you will ever read in your life....YOUR LIFE! Well, you're in for a treat, because now, Gavin, the foul-mouthed 4 year old that we fell in love with in Seduction and Snacks, is all grown up and has a book of his own.  

Book Cover COOKIE!
Love and Lists (Chocoholics) is the first book in the Chocolate Lovers spinoff - Chocoholics: The foul-mouthed offspring tell their stories.

Twenty-five-year-old Gavin Ellis has always had the love and support of his family ever since he was a little boy and couldn't stop talking about his penis. He's also always had their unsolicited advice and uncanny knack of embarrassing him at all costs. Now that he's an adult and trying to convince the love of his life to love him back, things haven't changed very much from when he was younger.

When Gavin's best friend Tyler suggests he make a to-do list of items that will ensure he wins the girl, Gavin is one-hundred-percent on board: after a few six packs.

After puking in the shrubs, a bad experience with Viagra, a Sex-Ed course gone wrong, and a slew of other mishaps courtesy of his family and friends, Gavin is pretty sure this list will be the death of him.

Sometimes, trying to make someone love you with a list isn't always the best idea. Especially when "Show her your penis" is the first "to-do" item...

Sweet Reads Review:

I could seriously just say 10 stars and if you don't like these books we can never be friends again, but that would be too easy. It's been a year or so since I have read The Chocolate Lovers Series and reading Love and Lists just reminded me how damn funny this crazy family/friend group is.  I'd love to spend a day in the mind of Tara Sivec because honestly, I thought I was foul-mouthed and crazy awesome...I think she may be my long lost sister. 

Back to the story, so Love and Lists picks up when Gavin is 25.  He now works for the family business...on the kinky side of the store! He is the product developer for Seduction and Snacks, which sounds like and awesome job; designing sex toys, but it has it's draw backs.
"You try being in a bar flirting with a chick and see the look on her face when you tell her you touch rubber penises all day. They all think I'm gay. Or a creeper Like I'm going to just whip a dildo out of my back pocket and chase her around the room with it. That only happened once, and I was really drunk I swear."
However, his best friend, Tyler, thinks it's the most amazing job in the whole universe. He thinks Gavin should just answer the phone "Dicks for chicks, how can I help you?" But then again, he also came up with the list: 'How to Make Charlotte Bang Me Love Me. And Turn into a Giant Pussy.' It all started when Gavin admitted he has been in love with his best friend, Charlotte, all his life. He's ultimately freaked out about telling Charlotte this because they grew up together and he's worried about ruining their friendship after so many years. So now, Tyler comes up with this list of things Gavin needs to do for Charlotte to fall in love with him...#5, 'Show her your penis'!!!

After puking in the bushes, having a crazy fake girlfriend fail at making him look like a sex God, taking "vitamins" from his grandfather that end up being two Viagra (hello super boner), a train wreck of a date at The Cheesecake Factory (I seriously was crying I was laughing so hard at this point), and realizing his friend is a Bronie (WEIRD!)...I was thinking JUST TELL HER!!

I'm reading along feeling completely sorry for Gavin and his failed attempts wondering how in the hell Charlotte hasn't caught on and BOOM...we get Charlotte's POV! Seeeeee...Tara is a damn genius! Right from the start I love Charlotte....she is a hot mess just like Gavin...and SHOCKER she's trying to do the same damn thing...find a way for Gavin to fall in love with her! Oh and did I mention, she has a boyfriend...well kinda. Going through her list we are faced with being "Spidermanned", knives and tires, numb vaginas, and gagging on mustard. OH MY!

There are so many hilarious moments in Love and Lists I could go on forever, but then I would just be quoting the whole damn book. Gavin is everything I could have hoped for! His mother and Liz throw in some serious comic relief and Drew and Jenny are plain hilarious...sometimes there are just no words.
Love and Lists (Chocoholics) is beautifully inappropriate and guaranteed to make you cry or pee your pants, either way, I won't judge because I did it myself. I HIGHLY recommend this book. And if you haven't read Chocolate Lovers: Sweet Stories About Love, Friendship, and Inappropriate Behavior (I don't know why we would still be friends if you haven't) GET THEM NOW!!

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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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