Love and Lists is the first book in the Chocolate Lovers spinoff Chocoholics:
The foulmouthed 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 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...
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Holy ben wa balls this book was hilarious!!! I loved the original series and have to admit was so sad when it was over. When Tara said she was writing Gavin's book, I was thrilled. I have to admit I wasnt sure what to expect but it totally rocked my socks off.
So this book is about Gavin who is secretly in love with Charlotte. Charlotte is the oldest daughter of Liz and Jim who are Carter and Claire's best friends. Gavin and his friend Tyler (OMG he is soooo freaking funny) make a list of how Gavin can get Charlotte to notice him. The list is so insane but yet so perfect for Gavin. I laughed soooo freaking hard during the entire book. I loved that Gavin goes to DREW of alllll people for love advice. I love that Claire and Liz both know that Gavin is in love with Charlotte and start planning the kid wedding before anything even happens between the two kids. I also love the fights that both moms have over said wedding planning.
So midway through the book, the POV switches from Gavin to Charlotte. OMG I was in heaven. it was a riot to see everything she is doing to get Gavin's attention...including a list of her very own!!! Charlotte decides to take matters into her own hands and man are those hands a bit too rought.....snickers...you gotta read to understand. Seriously, If you loved the Seduction and Snacks series, this book is up there with the first book in humor. I will defo re-read this book when I need some good laughter.
I received this book from the Author for a truthful review.
This was great. I love the Chocolate Lovers Series and was so sad when it came to an end. So, excited is an understatement when I found out that I was going to be able to read about everyone again and see little Gavin all grown up. Once again Tara did not disappoint me I was laughing out loud while reading this book. Yes, I even laughed out loud in the break room at lunch, even had one guy say “Wow! You really get into your book must be a good one.”
Gavin is now 25 and working for Seduction and Snacks and is in love with Jim and Liz’s daughter, Charlotte, but can’t seem to tell her because they have been friends since birth. So, he in lists the help of his best friend, Tyler, who comes up with the Master List to get Charlotte to love him.
It is so hard to see your kids grow up and it was the same to see Gavin a grown man. Between the antics of Tyler (who reminded me of Drew at times), Drew (who Gavin ends up getting love advise of all things from) and Rocco (Charlotte’s boyfriend) I was laughing and giggling my way through this book. The things Gavin and Charlotte let themselves get talked into doing are the funniest things.
Bonus is we get to see Claire and Carter, Drew and Jenny, and Jim and Liz again. Even though it’s been 20 + years these six have not changes. Claire and Liz still get into knock down drag out arguments and then the next second all is well in their world. Drew and Jenny well they are still the same sex crazy Drew and Jenny. Jenny is still a little “special” as they say. Carter and Jim are still the same too.
Some of my favorite lines (that don’t have spoilers):
“Gavin, I love you like a son, but right now I want to punch you in your face” ~Jim
“…I have condoms in my purse if you need them. They’re the kind with insecticide so they totally work” ~Jenny
“I think my balls just ran away in fear. Oh look there they go, right out the front door. GOOD-BYE, BOYS!” ~ Rocco
I loved this book and didn’t want it to end. When I turned the page and saw it said Epilogue I thought NOOOO can’t be I’m not ready for this to be over I need more time to laugh plus I need to know more about these people. I hope there are more books because I so want to read more about Charlotte’s sisters, Ava and Molly, Tyler and all the Trouble and Treats Gang. Thank you Tara for bringing the gang and laughter back.
I received this book for an honest review and boy am I glad I did. I just love Tara and her books are freaking amazeballs! Out of everything I have read of hers, this book is my favorite by far.
From the very first chapter, I was laughing hysterically with tears rolling down my face. I was laughing so hard, I couldn't see what I was reading. Tara definitely has a way with words.
So Gavin, Claire and Carter's son, is secretly in love with Charlotte, Jim and Liz's daughter. Well Gavin and Tyler (who is freaking awesome and reminds me so much of Drew) helps him write up a list on how to get her to fall in love with him. Well don't you know that the second half of the book is in Charlotte's POV and that we learn that she's writing her very own list with her bestfriend Rocco??? Holy crap balls batman, I totally squealed when I found that out! I was fist pumping the air, yelling, "I KNEW IT!!!!"
Rocco! Huge fan right here! He's freaking hilarious!!
AND, I also love that the whole gang is back and funnier than ever. It's nice to know that even though they've gotten older, their humor is still the same.
I love the way the book ended. I love every single word that was written in this thing. I can't wait until the next books.
Great job as always, Tara!! If I ever meet you, I'm so humping your leg!! Love love loved this book!! I want more!!!! xx
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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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