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Heroine: Charlotte Gilmore – The Best Friend
Hero: Gavin Ellis – In love with Best Friend
Tara Sivec does it again with Love and Lists, the first book in the Chocoholics spinoff series... She made me laugh until I almost peed my pants!
"I'm not a foul-mouthed, cute little kid anymore. I'm now a foul-mouthed, cute adult."- Gavin
Gavin Ellis is all grown up and no longer walking around talking about his peen anymore… much. He’s twenty-five, single, good-looking (he has good genes ala Carter!), and is the Creative Director for one of the largest sex toy stores in the world, Seduction and Snacks, his family’s business. Oh yeah, you heard that right. He’s helps create sexy toys. This is not exactly a job that attracts the ladies when he mentions what he does. That’s not really a big concern of his though. His biggest problem is that he’s in love with his best friend, Charlotte Gilmore, and she has no clue. She’s the oldest daughter of his parents’ best friends, Liz and Jim Gilmore. The girl he’s known since he was an infant and had nakey time with her in the bathtub – not that it has been useful for him as an adult. Gavin has been in love with her for as long as he can remember but has no idea how to tell her, being that he’s been in the ‘friend zone’ with her for so long.
My main purpose in life isn't to get in Charlotte's pants. Sure, it's something I dream about. Well, wet dream about...but it's not the ultimate goal. I want her to love me. I want her to see me as something other than a friend. I want her to realize that we're soul mates. - Gavin
So, now Gavin has reached the point where he can’t take it anymore. He has it crazy BAD for her. So bad that his peen salutes her every time she’s around. And you know he has reached his all-time low when he enlists his crazy best friend Tyler for help. Tyler is a little bit odd… okay he’s VERY odd and nuts. He had me cracking up laughing many, many times. Tyler has a bright idea and decides Gavin needs to make a list, which Tyler has inappropriately named: How to Make Charlotte Bang Me. And Turn into a Giant Pussy (LOL). This list is supposed to make Charlotte swoon and fall madly in love with Gavin. But poor Gavin fumbles and flops up the list and ends up embarrassing and making an ass of himself. Gavin was a hot mess to say the least. The ridiculous length he goes to so he can get the girl had me laughing hysterically. But all of this just made me love Gavin even more. Now that’s what I call true love.
I don't even know when it happened--when he turned from annoying little boy to hot as fuck. It's almost like he went to sleep one night as a little kid and woke up a man--a man with a great body and gorgeous face with a dimple in his cheek that is to die for.” - Charlotte
The interesting part about this whole story is the point of view change up that happens midway through the story. I loved that little twist. It added a different layer to the story. I liked that we get to see what’s going on inside Charlotte’s head and thought her POV was just as funny. She had her own side kick helping her out as well, which had me cracking up because it was quite obvious he was not who he was pretending to be. These two quirky and wacky kids were completely clueless when it came to one another.
Love and Lists had me cackling like a crazy person and smiling until my cheeks hurt. This was such a highly entertaining romp. Charlotte and Gavin are fun-loving, hysterical, and charming together. I adored them. I really enjoyed seeing little flashbacks of Charlotte and Gavin when they were kids and the fact that they remained best friends their whole life felt especially endearing. We get to visit with past characters from the first three books of the Chocolate Lovers series: Drew, Jenny, Claire, Carter, Jim, Liz. None of them have changed a bit. Even though they are in their 40’s now, they are still crude and crazy. This story may be full of raunchy humor and have some moments that are just straight up wrong, but it still has its sweet and tender moments. Sometimes it’s good to read something that is light and funny. Tara Sivec has some of the most original humor. Her writing is snappy and unapologetic. I give kudos to someone who can write about peens and vaginas and sex toys so flippantly. I really think that this is a great beginning to the Chocoholics series. I can’t wait to see what Sivec has me snorting and laughing about next.
About the Author
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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