“Love and Lists 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…” (description from Goodreads)
I’m a big fan of Tara Sivec’s Chocolate Lovers series. I thoroughly enjoyed them and was a little sad when they were done. Luckily, Sivec had plans for the future of those characters. Love and Lists is the start of a new, spin-off/continuation series, called Chocoholics. I couldn’t have been more pleased with this book.
I really enjoyed Sivec’s choice of characters for this. Gavin was just a young child when the first series took place, but now the reader gets to see him as an adult as one of the narrators of Love and Lists. The other narrator in the book, Charlotte, is lesser known from the other books, but the author was able to develop her character well, and it feels as if I knew her just as much as Gavin. All the old favorites are here, as well. They’re just a little older, but just as immature.
I don’t want to get into the plot too much. But the description of the book gives a good preview of the hilarious scenes found within this book’s pages. What I will say is that I felt that this book was a little more put together than the Chocolate Lovers books. I feel that this is a sign that Sivec has honed her writing skills even more and has only improved since the first book.
Love and Lists is filled with the comedy and life-lessons readers will come to have expected from this author. I only hope that Sivec will continue to write these characters for years to come, as I’m not ready to leave them behind just yet.
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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