Passion and Ponies (Chocoholics, #2) by Tara Sivec
Ava Gilmore has the perfect life. She’s surrounded by people who love her, she’s having sex on a regular basis and her Coach bag collection just grew by three. The problem? She’s expected to follow in her family’s footsteps at Seduction and Snacks, working with sex toys and baked goods.
Ava loves vibrators and cupcakes as much as the next person, she’d just rather play with them than sell them. With her shopping addiction reaching an all time high and her credit card bills piling up, Ava decides to put her obsession to good use and start a fashion blog. But she has one other problem - the guy she’s having sex with has a My Little Pony addiction.
While dealing with her family’s disappointment and confusion over her choices, she finds support in the unlikeliest of places – Tyler Branson. Tyler has slowly wormed his way into her bed, her a$$ and her heart and he refuses to leave.
Tyler has his own family problems to deal with and for the first time ever, Ava finds herself feeling bad for the annoying, immature guy and chanting “Friendship is magic!” during the sex she’d swore to stop having with him.
Ava needs to get her life in order once and for all before she finds herself doing something she never wanted to do – fall in love with a Brony
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"Off the wall crazy fun with a sweet underlying message; friendship is magic!" - Kelly, Perusing Princesses
Ava and Tyler’s story is definitely the most unconventional and funniest yet! I can’t tell you how many times my Husband nudged me in bed each time I laughed out loud while he was trying to sleep, only then to turn over and read along with me to see what all the fuss was about – I think it’s safe to say, Tara Sivec may have found a new fan in my Husband too.
Ava isn’t the most likeable character in this Chocoholics series, yet she doesn’t make excuses for her behaviour. She is spoilt. She is a bitch. But she admits it, all of it! However, her behaviour doesn’t come without its reasons because the fact of the matter is, she is unhappy.
Ava is a fashion guru. Her new blog is creating a quite a buzz, receiving hits in abundance; her newfound passion is to run it on a full-time bases but her family have other ideas. Liz and Claire have worked hard to make a success of Seduction and Snacks and it is Liz’s dream that Ava plays a vital role in the business, too. Working as Gavin’s assistant is easy, but it’s not what dreams are made of!
On top of that, she is sleeping with Tyler Branson, Gavin’s best friend. Talk about ‘scraping the barrel.’ He may be an annoying pain in the ass and totally immature but he’s great in bed, even if he does whinny like a horse in his sleep.
When Tyler becomes upset over a serious family matter and moves in with Gavin and Charlotte, Ava realises that there may actually be a softer side to the crazy boy who was just a welcome reprieve. And when she falls out with Liz over the business and her blog and moves in with them too, it’s impossible not to reconnect to Tyler in a whole new way as they spend more time together. He may be a Brony and Ava may have some serious competition when it comes to his first-love, Rainbow Bright, but sometimes embracing the weird, can be a doorway into something more, something better. Acceptance.
"She smiles at me and like a fucking chick, my heart skips a beat. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen Ava smile unless she was plotting something evil and calculating. This smile is soft and lights up her entire face.
Yep, it’s happened, folks. I’ve grown a vagina."
Okay, some scenes are borderline ridiculous but who cares! This series is among my absolute favourites because I just know I am in for a fun time. Apart from all the crazy (and yes, there is a lot of crazy), there are some real tender and poignant moments in this story too. Tyler surprised me the most. I liked him in Love and Lists (Chocoholics, #1) because he gave Drew a run for his money, but I loved him in this book. He may come across as immature, but actually, he’s got a good head on his shoulders and his heart really is in the right place. He is loyal to a fault, feels deeply and is very misunderstood. He accepts that everyone has a right to believe in something, even if makes you a little bit different. He has never wavered from his beliefs, his values… ultimately making him very brave too.
If you want to get away from the angst and pick up a comedy that has a little bit of everything, then you cannot go wrong with this series! If you haven’t read ‘The Chocolate Lovers’ series then start there and work your way through. Just don’t read it in public!
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