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.
Basically, I just know when reading one of Tara Sivec’s comedy books, it’s going to be hilarious. Passion and Ponies was no different. And actually, laced in with all the funny, sometimes absolutely absurd stuff that goes on with these characters, there’s a bigger message–one about acceptance, and being proud of who you are, and embracing that, and also what you want out of your life. Not too shabby to laugh ’til you cry, but also think a bit, too.
When we met Tyler, Gavin’s friend and former college roommate, in Love and Lists, I loved how ridiculous he was. He was the younger version of the now older Drew. The stuff that he said and did, and just his overall presence in that book was great. That being said, I knew a book revolving around him, from his POV was going to be worth reading …
Pairing Tyler with Ava made sense. They seemed polar opposites, but you know what they say about opposites … their chemistry was great, their arguments were better. They really make a great package.
Like I said before, mixed with the funny is this bigger message about acceptance and tolerance that you wouldn’t necessarily think to find in a book so outrageously funny. And in the same respect, for all the weird and kinky shit Tyler and Ava had going out, there was plenty of just straight-up, really nice romance. I like that.
I have to say, when Tara texted me a picture of the cover one night, saying, “This just happened,” I thought it was a joke. Not kidding. I wondered where in the hell she was going with this idea. I should know better by now than to question her, though. Ha. Her brain works in the strangest of ways. I loved seeing all the original Chocolate Lovers characters in their older, mom and dad ways (though they certainly don’t act like mine). Passion and Ponies is just another level of her funny, and it’s crazy to me that she can keep it coming book after book, which reminds me … Molly (Charlotte and Ava’s youngest sister) … she’s kinda creepy. And I can’t wait to see what her deal is. I think.
ABOUT 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 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.