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Release Reviews: Baking and Babies: Tara Sivec

Baking and Babies (Chocoholics #3) 
Tara Sivec
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"I’m pregnant."

Molly Gilmore had a good life before she uttered those two stupid words. While preparing to graduate from culinary school and building up the courage to make a move on her hot, sugar-cookie-smelling pastry instructor Marco, she can't wait to finally have the GREAT life she’s always dreamed about, instead of just the good one she’s been living.


Always known as the quiet ninja, she fully intends to stay hidden in the shadows with her nut-job family, so they have no chance to embarrass her around the man she's crushed on for two years. 

Unfortunately, her family has other plans. When they yank her straight out of her comfort zone, she finds herself starring in the craziest train wreck she's ever witnessed.

Molly ultimately gets a more exciting life that doesn't revolve around school, but she's pretty sure the man of her dreams won't be sticking around long after her family gets ahold of him. There aren't too many guys who can handle smelling like pee, having the whole world know how he masturbates, and being forced to eat an entire bag of dicks.

Join the Chocolate Lovers and Chocoholics gang for one final story about love, baked goods, making poor life choices, and remembering how important family is—even if they drive you insane.

Mostly because it's illegal to kill them.

Release Day Party:

Party all day on Friday to celebrate the release with several giveaways, including a Kindle Fire, special Baking & Babies swag, etc.

This will take place on Tara Sivec's  Facebook Author Page 


I was shocked, surprised, and fell totally in love with Chocolate Lovers series and that continued with this Chocoholics Series. They never cease to take me places I never thought anyone would go, surprise me, make me laugh, and look at the world just a little bit differently. This is one of those books where you catch wind of the plot and actions of the main characters and it makes you cringe and think this idea is just so bad that there is little to no chance of a good outcome. It makes you want to yell at your kindle...Don't do it!

But she does. They do. And oh the consequences!

Molly Gilmore has always been known as the Quiet Ninja. She is the unassuming one, who keeps her head down and tries not to draw attention from her crazy family. She never really got along with her sisters Charlotte and Ava. She has been working tirelessly to graduate from culinary school and has been lusting after her hot teacher. And since she is graduating, she is hoping maybe her crush isn't one sided and she and Marco could have a chance.

But when her sister needs her help, Molly finds herself in the middle of a big family drama with secrets, lies, cover ups, and crazy shenanigans...lots of crazy, over-the-top shenanigans. And Marco finds himself right beside her in the battle. And somehow the men in Molly's family even have him partaking in the crazy kool aid. While the women in her family make them all want to run far away. And his family just adds a bit more cray-cray to the mix.

I loved Marco. He was sweet, cute, and funny, but about as awkward as Molly was. He had his manwhore phase, but is now happy to try to be with Molly despite all of the baggage she comes with. But  Marco has his own big secret that could screw things up too.

I loved them together. They were compatible, shared common interests, and were just adorably awkward and overwhelmed together. But his secrecy and all of the family dynamics might just be too much for this new couple to withstand. 

The situation just continues to get more and more out of control until eventually there is nothing to do but take cover and watch it explode then see where the pieces land. There is lots of family bonding, suffocating love, strings of crazy curses, torture, humiliation, secrets, fights(verbal and physical), and all kind of crazy, over-the-top-hi-jinx. 

Once I got immersed back into crazy town, I loved it. The things that come out of these characters' mouths never cease to amaze me, make my jaw drop, shock the crap out of me, and choke me with laughter. This is another wild ride with situations that are hard to explain and you pray never happen to anyone in real life.

Tara Sivec made it pretty darn clear that this is the last book and did her best to tie everything up...I had to laugh at how she did that. But fans of both of these series will be glad to spend more time with Liz, Jim, Claire, Carter, Drew, Jenny, Charlotte, Gavin, Ava, Tyler, and Grandpa George...yeah there are a few people missing but we aren't supposed to ask about them. lol. 

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. 


Baking and Babies is exactly what I expect when I pick up a Chocoholics or Chocolate Lovers book: crass humor, innuendos, sexual references, and slapstick hilarity throughout.

Molly Gilmore has always felt like she didn’t quite fit into her insane family, until she is forced to pretend pregnancy. Suddenly her sisters are including her in their girl talk and she feels like she is a part of the craziness, I mean, the family.

Marco Desoto comes from a family nearly as crazy as Molly’s. As the only male among his mother and two older sisters, his brand of crazy comes from large amounts of estrogen and Italian heritage. He finds himself swept into Molly's whirlwind family, and can't decide if he would be smarter to hold on tight or run the other way.

What neither knows is that the other has spent the last two years wishing there was not a fraternization policy between students and the chef instructors at culinary school, nor does Molly know Marco has an alter ego who is on her list of people she’d like to punch in the face.
The entire Chocoholics family returns to participate in Molly and Marco's story in a way that is only possible by this off the wall group. 

This hilarious tale begins with a fake pregnancy, and an even faker father, and progresses to a variety of pregnancy and food related jokes and laughs. And a meerkat (because why not?). These books have to be read with the light hearted, dirty minded thought process they are written with. Nowhere in this book is a serious conversation, and even conversations that are intended to be serious are peppered with hilarious situations and comments. I thoroughly enjoyed the break provided by Baking and Babies and think this is the perfect ending to this series.
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
Love and Lists (Chocoholics#1)
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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...


Passion and Ponies (Chocoholics#2)

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.


Tattoos & TaTas (Chocoholics #2.5
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Rachel's 5 star review

Claire and Liz have always had a friendship that defied the test of time, but when one of them is diagnosed with a disease that every woman fears, their bond is put through the wringer. How do you cope knowing your soul mate could be taken from you? 

Filled with memories of their life long friendship, inappropriate behavior, bad tattoos and shaving cats, the two friends will realize that laughter really is the best medicine. 

Tattoos and TaTas is not your typical love story; it's a story of friendship and learning how to let go when something is beyond your control.


The Chocoholics series is a Spin off of the Chocolate Lovers series



Tara Sivec

Tara 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 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, the Chocolate Lovers series , the Chocoholics series, the Fool Me Once series, Burned and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2014.

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.

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