Release Day Review: Passion and Ponies by Tara Sivec

Passion & Ponies by Tara SivecPassion and Ponies

Author: Tara Sivec

Series: Chocoholics #2

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: 5 stars

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 Passion and Ponies is a little like a Seuss book—heavy on the funny, silly and cute, but with a definitive message. ~~Nikki, Scandalicious Book Reviews

Liner Notes

Ava Gilmore has the perfect life. She’s surrounded by people who love her, she’s having sex on a regular basis and her Coach bag collection just grew by three. The problem? She’s expected to follow in her family’s footsteps at Seduction and Snacks, working with sex toys and baked goods. 

Ava loves vibrators and cupcakes as much as the next person, she’d just rather play with them than sell them. With her shopping addiction reaching an all time high and her credit card bills piling up, Ava decides to put her obsession to good use and start a fashion blog. But she has one other problem – the guy she’s having sex with has a My Little Pony addiction.

While dealing with her family’s disappointment and confusion over her choices, she finds support in the unlikeliest of places – Tyler Branson. Tyler has slowly wormed his way into her bed, her a$$ and her heart and he refuses to leave. Tyler has his own family problems to deal with and for the first time ever, Ava finds herself feeling bad for the annoying, immature guy and chanting “Friendship is magic!” during the sex she’d swore to stop having with him.

Ava needs to get her life in order once and for all before she finds herself doing something she never wanted to do – fall in love with a Brony.

nikki's musings

Full disclosure here–More than one member of this group assisted in the birthing of this book.  Seriously, folks, we’ve seen things we cannot unsee.  I may have even been forced to cross myself before 9 am.  Mucophilia.  Google that.  Ugh.

Since we’re being honest, I’ll go ahead and tell you that I found nothing sexy about Gavin in Love and Lists.  We beat this very issue slap to death during our podcast, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  Like we discussed, Gavin is loosely based on Tara’s son.  Then there’s the fact that we’ve basically watched this kid grow up.  I’m not old enough to be Grown Ass Gavin’s Momma, but in my mind he’s still very much Little Boy Gavin, hollering about wieners and checking out boobs.  The whole adulthood thing isn’t really much different than childhood for the fellas, huh?  Anyway, as I said in my review, watching him find his way to Charlotte was very much like watching my little boy fall in love.  You can see how it’d be hella gross to perv on this kid and his sexual prowess, right?  That didn’t, of course, detract in any way from the awesomeness of the book.  It was uproariously funny and a bit like visiting with old friends, but it wasn’t sexy. Given what we learned about Tyler in L&L, I expected my reaction to him to be very much like my reaction to Gavin, minus the oh-ain’t-he-sweet-all-grown-up and plus a little oh-my-effing-Lord-this-dude-needs-help.  The obnoxiously immature boy with the questionable work ethic and My Little Pony fetish should not elicit any dreamy sighs from the chick that’s all about the assy alpha male, right?

Uh, wrong.

Tara Sivec made the Brony-Boy sexy.

Yes. You read that correctly.

I’m not entirely clear on when it happened, but somewhere between “dick nipples” and “just us,” Tyler Branson claimed a piece of my cold little heart.  He takes his punches and rolls with them, never admitting defeat or letting shit bog him down.  He’s smart and sensitive and he knows and loves himself.  He’s kind and caring and will, quite literally, dig in to all varieties of shit for the folks he loves.  Add to that the fact that the boy can lay the pipe—even when he’s putting it in the, er, wrong hole—and you have a lethal combination of sexy and sweet that even I wasn’t able to resist.

Aside from the surprisingly drool-worthy Tyler, you’re going to get from this book the Tara Sivec we all know and love.  Passion and Ponies is a little like a Seuss book—heavy on the funny, silly and cute, but with a definitive message. Tara delivers her trademark snark and humor with a lesson about acceptance and the joy of truly knowing and loving oneself.

5 stars

Reading Order

Chocolate Lovers Series

Seduction & Snacks

Futures & Frosting

Trouble & Treats

Chocoholics Series

Love & Lists

Passion & Ponies

tara sivecTara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.  Check out the page for T.E. Sivec for more information.

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  1. So, I guess I have to stop sending you pictures of my daughter’s My Little Ponies, or the ones I find at the toy store, or the ones that have somehow made their way into my purse? That ship has sadly sailed. Bye Twilight Sparkle… I will miss you *sniff*. Oooo, I almost forgot, my pony name from that quiz Tara posted is Twilight Dancer… prance on ;)

  2. Damn Lady! I cant wait to get my mitts! I mean hooves on this puppy…cough cough I mean pony!
    Great review Nikki!

  3. Tar Heel Tee says:

    Great review Nikki. I have tinkled in my pants a few times while reading this. I have also wished I did not access to google. He he

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