Book Review Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton

Jan 292019

Screwdrivered (The Cocktail Series Book 3) by Alice Clayton

Readers back for a third round of the bestselling Cocktail series will enjoy a madcap romantic comedy about bodice ripping and chest heaving, fiery passion and love everlasting. Plus a dash of paperwork filing and horseshi—wait, what?

By day, Viv Franklin is a tough-as-nails software engineer who designs programs and loves hospital corners. By night, Vivian’s a secret romance-novel junkie who longs for a knight in shining armor, or a cowboy on a wild stallion, or a strapping firefighter to sweep her off her feet. And she gets to wear the bodice—don’t forget the bodice.

When a phone call brings news that she’s inherited a beautiful old home in Mendocino, California from a long-forgotten aunt, she moves her entire life across the country to embark on what she sees as a great, romance-novel-worthy adventure. But romance novels always have a twist, don’t they?

There’s a cowboy, one that ignites her loins. Because Cowboy Hank is totally loin-ignition worthy. But there’s also a librarian, Clark Barrow. And he calls her Vivian. Can tweed jackets and elbow patches compete with chaps and spurs? You bet your sweet cow pie.

In Screwdrivered, Alice Clayton pits Superman against Clark in a hilarious and hot battle that delights a swooning Viv/Vivian. Also within this book, an answer to the question of the ages: Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?

Title: Screwdrivered
Author: Alice Clayton
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; Laugh-out-loud;
Format: Kindle (256 pages)
Rating: 10/10

This is the third book of the Cocktail series, and even though “Wallbanger” is my favorite, this book tops the second one in the series.

The female lead, Viv, we’ve met before in the first book, on Simon’s high school reunion. Things change for her when she receives a home in Mendocino California from her aunt that passed away. She decides then to give it a try and maybe start over there, or at least be done with a new adventure wherever the road may take her.

When she arrives there, she finds a cowboy named Hank, the man who takes care of the house, since before her aunt passed away. If you love your male character more manly, arrogant and a sort of enemies-to-lovers kind, then this is not the case, but you should not overlook it.

Clark comes into play when he is the librarian and the person designated to help with restorations to make sure rules are followed by their locals. He is a nerdy kind of guy, but we soon see sides of him that makes him one of the good guys. Their interactions are fun and steamy, much enjoyable than I thought.

“Did you just spit something?” he asked, sounding curious and amused … “Never would have pegged you as a spitter, Vivian.”
Eyes suddenly wide, I sat straight up, almost levitating from the bed, then rallied. “Only when it’s something not worth swallowing.”
Hello line, I believe I just crossed over you. I distinctly heard Clark choke on a sip of what I assumed was his Scotch.”

We do have a thing in common with Viv, we all read romance!
Life takes it course, she find some friends there and becomes at odds with her feelings regarding Hank, Clark, the house, and where she’s headed, especially since she’s 29, a software developer that has never been in love. What will she choose?

“Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?”

“Screwdrivered” is the second book of the Cocktail series. Below you can find the reading order.

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