Thursday, 3 October 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tara Sivec's "Love and Lists."

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The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Tara Sivec's "Love and Lists."

~5 "Whopping Big Hearts" Review ~

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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...

Blog Tour Review: Kirsty:

This book was a TREAT.

As soon as this book landed on my kindle I abandoned all other reads and responsibilities and jumped straight in. When it comes to this crazy gang of characters I know I am guaranteed a brilliant and fun read. Tara does not disappoint. 

I adored the young Gavin we met in Seduction and Snacks, so then getting to know him as an adult was even better. He is still the funny kid we knew and loved.. even at the age of 25. And of course he has his own hilarious tale to tell. He is in love with Charlotte. Charlotte being the daughter of his mum and dad's best friends Liz and Jim. Fun times ahead. 

"I'm not a foul-moutherd, cute little kid anymore. I'm now a foul-mouthed, cute adult."

Oh this book was hi-freaking-larious. I have never laughed as much in my reading as I do when I am reading a Chocolate Lovers, or now a Chocoholics book. The one liners, the situations, the characters.. I love it all and find myself with tears in my eyes from laughing SO much.

We are introduced to a new character in this book, Gavin's best friend, Tyler and I L O V E D him. It will be an absolutely travesty if this kid does not get his own book. Gavin, for some crazy reason, enlists the help of Tyler to come up with a plan, or in their case a list of things to do, to help Charlotte realise how much Gavin is in love with her. Oh the things this kid comes up with is priceless. And not only that, but he has a massive crush on Gavin's mum, Claire. Some of their banter had me in hysterics...

"I'm actually not feeling so hot myself Claire, I could use a sponge bath."
"How about I take your temperature with a rectal thermometer the size of my fist?" 
"I'm strangely aroused right now."

One of the many things I loved the most about this new book is that it felt like catching up with old friends. All of the characters we loved from the Chocolate Lovers series are back in full swing, and are their same CRAZY selves. And once again two of my favourites had to be Jenny and Drew.. I am oh so very pleased to say, even now years later, with two kids, they are as crazy as ever. It was a massive comfort.

"Uncle Drew is completely inappropriate one hundreds percent of the time, 
and Aunt Jenny is a few fries short of a Happy Meal."

Sometimes I need a break from the heavy and the serious. I don't want to forever be reading these emotional books that have me reeling, and for those breaks in between this book, and the other 3 in the first series, are absolutely perfect. Tara Sivec's writing and humour is absolutely genius. I enjoy every word of it.
I rated "Love and Lists" 5 Massive Fun Loving Hearts

Author Bio:

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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2 winners will receive ebook copies of Love & Lists. 2 winners will received signed paperback copies of Love & Lists. And the grand prize winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Love & Lists along with an L&L tote bag filled with fun swag! (Open everywhere). 

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