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…
**ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review**
RATING CLARIFICATION : 4.5 LAUGH OUT LOUD STARS
Let me just say Tara Sivec has done it again….if you liked Seduction and Snacks you are going to like Love and Lists. It had me laughing just as much. I have to say that Tara is truly a literary genius when it comes to writing a truly funny book. She knows how to keep you laughing and engaged in the story but still knows how to pull a love story out of it. I was so excited to hear that Tara was writing a spin-off book for Gavin. I fell in love with Gavin as a kid in Seduction and Snacks (Book 1 Chocolate Series) so you can only imagine how much I LOVED Gavin as a 25 yr old adult. It was great to see that his spunky attitude carried over into adulthood.
This story is about Gavin as a 25 year old adult who is in love with Charlotte ( Jim and Liz’s oldest daughter ) but is to afraid to come out and tell her. So his BFF Tyler tells him to create a list to help him get Charlotte to fall in love with him. Let me tell you the things they come up with on this list were hysterical. Not one thing on that list would work in real life but let me tell you it fit Gavin’s personality. I will say that I felt bad for Gavin because everything he tried seem to be an epic fail….he just couldn’t get things right. But it was so funny watching him try. I originally thought that this book was going to be all in Gavin’s POV but half way through we get a surprise and that is we get Charlotte’s POV. I was so happy to see that because during the first half of the book I kept thinking to myself that I would’ve loved Charlotte’s POV. There is absolutely NO break in the story with the switch in POV, which I thought was great.
What I loved the most is that we got to catch up with all of the other characters from the Chocolate Series. Claire, Carter, Jim, Liz, Drew and Jenny. They are all in this book and are still just as funny as they were in the original series. Let me just say they were up to their same old antics. I also liked that we got to meet a couple new characters…Tyler (Gavin’s BFF), Ava and Molly (Charlotte’s sisters). Tyler was the equivalent to Drew in this book. Some of things he said were so funny I couldn’t stop laughing. It will be interesting to see if Tyler, Ava, or Molly get their own story told.
If you are a fan of the Chocolate Series, then you definitely don’t want to miss this book. This is a book that if you need a break from all the drama and emotional reads that are out there, then this is the one you should pick up. It’s a love story with great comedy. It will totally brighten your mood 🙂 My only negative would be that I wish we would’ve gotten to see more of Charlotte and Gavin’s relationship, but that didn’t take away from my total enjoyment of this book.
~ Jennifer H.
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.