Love and Lists is the first book in the Chocolate Lovers spinoff Chocoholics: The foulmouthed offspring tell their stories.
Twenty five yearold 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 todo 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 SexEd 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 "todo" item...
Tara Sivec is a wife, mom, chauffeur, cheerleading coach, soccer coach, babysitter, shortorder 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.
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
OMG GAVIN IS ALL GROWN UP!!!! (and having sex.... aaaah!!!)
ok.. let me tell you that it took me just a bit to get in the swing of things with wrapping my head around are fave little crazy boy, Gavin, into an adult, and making a "List" on "How to Make Charlotte Bang Me!!!" omg omg omg...lol
once that shiver/shudder moment had passed, I of course fell into Tara's incredibly witty writing with our fave characters being involved all along the way! oh how we all missed them right??
Claire and Carter and some incredibly no no chocolates that Gavin's best friend Tyler made that sent him to the hospital in a very hillarious chapter!! Seriously my fave part of the book!
The banter between best friends Claire and Liz was beyond the best conversations I have read from them! With having such verbal and candid parents like Claire, Carter, Jim and Liz, it is amazing to me how well adjusted Gavin and Charlotte are..lol and with the incredibly funny influences of Aunt Jenny and Uncle Drew and their sincere help in their confusing and shocking Sex education classes... well.. it truly is a miracle!!
Do yourselves a favor and immediately run and one click to get Tara's next installment of this crazy group of people!!
Joanne - 5 Crowns
Received arc in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved it. Tara did not disappoint. I hadn't realized how much I missed the crazy family she created. I need my family to do some serious changing :). Go buy this book!!!!!
Kelly - 5 Crowns
Love and Lists is another laugh out loud comedy romp with a side order of bat shit crazy. Tara Sivec reigns triumphant once again in this all-new spin-off series. Just Brilliant! - Kelly, Perusing Princesses Blog
Sometimes it’s just nice to put down the angst fueled rip-your-heart-to-shreds fictitious novels and take a big fat running leap into the world of wicked unadulterated fun. Tara gives us that. She gives us real belly laugh-out-loud moments with a touch of finesse and a language all her own...
This is the story of Gavin Ellis and Charlotte Gilmore, the offspring of our two favorite couples from the Chocolate Lovers series; Claire and Carter, and Liz and Jim. Only three years separate them yet these two kids have spent almost everyday together growing up in two very unconventional households. Now 25 and 22, Gavin seems to have a slight problem - he’s been in love with Charlotte since he can remember and has never had the courage to tell her of his true feelings, that is until now...
With the help of his carefree hedonistic friend, Tyler Branson, (watch out Drew, this boy may have a shot at stealing your crown), they devise a list for Gavin to follow in the hope that it will prove to Charlotte, once and for all, that they are destined to be together, forever.
This very important list is going to change his life irrevocably, so it’s aptly titled:
How to Make Charlotte Bang Me
With the all important bullet points such as:
‘Show her your penis’ and ‘Take her to the cheesecake factory.’
This is the ultimate list of all lists. Evident proof that Gavin is so consumed with getting the girl, he takes terrible advice from Tyler, Jenny and his Uncle Drew, that can only spell one thing (or three): ‘Destined for Disaster!’
...And there is the makings of this hilarious scene by scene play as each item is painstakingly ticked off the list.
The banter between each character is priceless! Claire and Liz are still on top form, as are Jenny and Drew. Without planting spoilers, there is a very very funny scene with Carter and a little mishap with Grandpa and a blue pill. You will be working out the settings on your phone to make Siri your bitch (trust me, I’ve tried), and a word of advice boys... ‘lay off the chapstick’! But most importantly of all... you will never look at ‘My Little Pony’ the same way again!! :D
1) You were just given a boat. What would you name it?
Slippery When Wet
2) Just like "Everybody Wang Chung tonight!", what action would your name be if it were a verb?
The Running Man. Always the Running Man.
3)If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? (Example: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, we all die.)
Eat pasta, drink vodka and never get married. Wait, no. For tomorrow, we all have sex.
4) You wouldn't be caught dead where?
In Clown School.
5) If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
Scarlett O'Hara. Because frankly, I don't give a damn.
6) Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers? What just pisses you off in general?
I have horrible road rage. I want to put a bull horn on my car so I can scream at people when they pull out in front of me and go 10 mph under the speed limit.
7) What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I don't like chocolate.
8) Name 5 favorite movies.
Gone With the Wind
9) What are your favorite hobbies?
Reading, sleeping, baking.
10) What question have you been burning to answer that no one has asked you? (And please answer it!)
How can you stand being so awesome? Wait, no. People always ask me that.
How do you pronounce your name? Shit. People ask me that all the time too. But I'll still answer it. It's NOT Tare-uh. It's TAR-UH. Get it right, bitches or I'll cut you! Just kidding. I never correct anyone when they say my name wrong. I just imagine all the ways I can dismember you in my head.
11) Are there any rejections or assholes from the past that make you think " how do you like me now?" Now that you're a huge success? What did they say and did that make you more determined to prove them wrong? (Feel free to change or omit names to protect the guilty.)
The list is long but distinguished. They know who they are. I'll wave to them and blow them kisses from my private jet. When I get one.
12) If you were stranded on a deserted island and could have only one man, one book and one kind of food (other than your husband and chocolate) what would you choose?
Can I pick a chick instead? They aren't as annoying and whiney. I would pick Seduction and Snacks, with Nina Dobrev and pasta. Lots of pasta.
13) (lucky #13) We were wondering since the last time we read about him he was such a little kiddo... and near and dear to our hearts as one... Was it weird for you to write about Gavin in the context of this book as an adult, and adult situations?
It was horrible!!! Gavin is modeled after my son. Who just walked up to me and said "THIS IS THE WORST DAY EVER" because I wouldn't let him dig a hole in the front yard with a shovel. Anyway, my first draft had absolutely no sex in it. I wrote it when the kids were still home on summer break. I added the sex scenes in after they went back to school and stopped annoying me so much.