Sunday, October 6, 2013

Blog Tour: Review of Love and Lists by Tara Sivec

Barnes & Noble ­­

Love and Lists is the first book in the Chocolate Lovers spinoff ­ Chocoholics: The foul­ mouthed 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 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 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 "to ­do" item...

Jennifer M. says:


Laughing so hard you snort. Then Laughing because you snorted. Then snorting because you're laughing.
Me: Hah. Poop.
You: *starts snaughling*

Do you want to pee your pants, laugh so hard you cry and snort, and double over?!? Do you want to lose yourself in a book that will have you in uncontrollable fits of laughter, your face hurting so much from smiling so hard, and full tears and snot drip down your face and your sides hurt?

If you are in the mood to laugh you’re a$$ off…you must read Love and Lists!!! OMG I just want to go to Tara Sivec’s house and beg her to be my best friend!!! I will hump her leg and bring her vodka!! Full face lick included! She is the best comedic writer I’ve come across and writes an AMAZEBALLS story; the combination is PURE PERFECTION!!!

We reunite with Gavin Ellis at 25…I mean, who didn’t love him at 4!?! Now…OMG I want to bring him home and beg him to move in with me. He is sweet, hilarious and in love with his penis!!! He is A PRIZE!!!

Gavin is in love with his best friend, and will do ANYTHING to get her to reciprocate. Too bad she doesn’t love him back!

“My poor penis wants to hump her leg and she just wants to be friends. I feel bad for my penis. He had a rough life. I love my penis and he’s totally getting the shaft. Ha! See what I did there?”

OH MY GAWD…I PEED IN MY PANTS!!! I swear, I felt like I needed a Depends!!!

Gavin and his best friend Tyler concoct a plan—creating a to-do list that will guarantee she falls in love with him.  Tyler originally names this list, “How to Make Charlotte Bang Me” but Gavin changes it to “How to Make Charlotte Love Me….” This list is the MOTHER of all lists! I don’t want to give anything away, but just a little hint…the first on the list…”Show her your penis.”

Can you have a heart attack from laughing so hard?

Of course all the characters from the Chocolate Lover’s series make numerous appearances and never fail to leave you wishing you were related to them!!!

Needless to say, EVERYTHING that can go wrong goes wrong and you are SCREAMING at your kindle through your laugh induced tears hoping Gavin wins the girl!!! Instead of coming out and sharing his feelings, Gavin goes to great lengths to find true love!

One of my favorite scenes includes a dinner at cheesecake factory where Gavin tried so hard to impress Charlotte and I swear I will never look at cheesecake the same!!!

“Now I’m thinking about smothering Charlotte’s body with cheesecake and then licking it off….”

I know, I know, it’s Gavin…but I can’t help it…I FELL IN LOVE AND I WANT TO BE THAT CHEESECAKE!!!!

Does he win the girl? Is his list a success?!? YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!! I was THRILLED when I read that this is book #1…meaning there will be MORE TO COME!!!!



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.

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