WARNING: Do not read this book in public, at work, or in the middle of the night while other people are trying to sleep as it will induce spontaneous outbursts of double you over, shoulder shaking, knee slapping, snort inducing, tears streaming down your face, raucous laughter!!!!
Tara Sivec fans get ready to laugh your asses off again because Tara's back and she isn't holding anything back!
Love and Lists, the first novel in Tara Sivec's new Chocoholic series, feature Gavin (Claire & Carter's son) and Charlotte (Jim & Liz's daughter). Can you imagine a better cast of characters? The Chocoholics series is a spin-off of Tara's Chocolate Lovers series. It has a lot of fresh faces, a lot of old, familiar faces, and a lot of pee-your-pants-humor that Tara Sivec is known for. All in all, you can't go wrong with this novel.
Gavin is a lot like his mother. He doesn't have a filter. Charlotte is sweet and funny in a completely naive way. I would constantly scream at her "NO!!" while I was reading. Her naivety was my entertainment. Whether they alone or together those two always find themselves in some downright outrageous predicaments that may or may not involve chapstick, mustard, and Viagra.
I gave Love and Lists (Chocoholics #1) by Tara Sivec 4 STARS. I strongly recommend that everyone read this novel. And if you haven't read the Chocolate Lover series yet then I recommend that you start with Seduction and Snacks, the first novel in the Chocolate Lovers series so you can read all about the character's hilarious history first.
I want to start off this review by thanking Tammara Webber for writing such a beautiful series. Between the Lines was one of the first books I reviewed on Reading, Eating & Dreaming. This series and this author will always hold a special place in my heart. <3
There are some authors who just have IT. We can call it the X Factor, if you will, and Tammara Webber definitely has it. Ms. Webber is an extremely talented author. Her novels read more like movies than books. Through her words, Ms. Webber is able to make her stories come to life before my eyes. That's a very unique and rare skill. It's what separates good authors from great authors, in my opinion.
It's been a long time since I sat down and was utterly CONSUMED by a story. Don't get me wrong, I've read a handful of really good books lately. It's just been a long time since I sat down and read a book cover to cover in one sitting. For some reason, I could not put Here Without You down. The strange and crazy thing is that this novel wasn't a nail-biting, page turner. It was, however, a phenomenally written, eloquent story that captured my attention and flowed extremely well.
Before I started writing my review for Here Without You, I went back and read my review for Between the Lines to reminisce about how this series began. In my review for Between the Lines, I said, "Frankly, I loved to hate Reid (maybe that’s Webber’s goal). He is a spoiled, selfish slut (look at that use of alliteration) who doesn’t care about ANYONE but himself. Reid, (yes, I am talking to you, Reid) I hope a life-altering bomb is headed your way, and until you learn how to feel remorse and respect others I will continue to love to hate you!!"
I first started to fall for Reid in Good For You, the third installment in the Between the Lines series that was dedicated to Reid and Dori. He was still very Reid-like in Good For You, but he started to clean up his act and care about people other than himself. However, I must admit that I didn't completely surrender and fall for his character until Here Without You. A life-altering bomb definitely headed his way in Here Without You and I LOVE the way he handled himself and the situation. His actions and reactions were, again, still very Reid-like which is what made this novel perfect. If he would have pulled a complete 180 on page 2 then this story would not have been very believable. The mature and respectful way he dealt with the surprising news from Brooke definitely won me over.
I must admit that Brooke also won me over in Here Without You After earning a spot on my shit list in Where You Are, Brooke definitely redeemed herself in this book. In fact, I started to like Brooke so much in this novel that I wish Ms. Webber had plans to write a romantic happily ever after for Brooke. That said, I definitely think that Here Without You left Brooke in a positive place.
If you haven't started the Between the Lines series then you MUST start with book one. The characters in this series are the types of characters that materialize and become your friends. I know that sounds kind of corny but once you read this series you will really start to care about and root for the characters in this series.
I gave Here Without You (Between the Lines #4) by Tammara Webber 4 STARS (4.5 STARS). This story and this series is a MUST READ!