Sunday, September 14, 2014

Screwdrivered (Cocktail #3) by Alice Clayton: Review


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 designs software programs. 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?

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About the Author:

Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…

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Review by Yvette:

"Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?" This is the question Alice Clayton poses in the newest installment of her Cocktail series, Screwdrivered. Why indeed? Considering this is the sixth book by the author I’ve read, one would think I’d become accustomed to her delightfully eccentric style of writing, yet heroine Vivian Franklin managed to keep my on my toes throughout the narrative with her colorful language and overactive imagination. Viv is my type of heroine, preferring the company of her lustful literary heroes rather than the parade of perfectly adequate yet unequivocally dull men that have previously romanced her. She splits her time living in a world of both fantasy and reality – the former skewing her view of the latter and creating impossible expectations when it comes to her ideal man. Viv is so fixated on what she thinks she wants (i.e. the cowboy) that she's completely oblivious to what's right in front of her (i.e. the librarian).

Bodice rippers aren't my usual cup of tea. While I don't tend to gravitate toward books where the terms "quivering loins" and "male member" would be right at home, I loved the fact that Alice Clayton incorporated the love of steamy romance novels into her Contemporary Romance. Screwdrivered may not be the first book I've read where the daydreaming heroine prefers to get swept away by a fictional fantasy, but it IS the most amusing, especially in regards to how Viv’s love life is affected. Viv is a contradictory heroine with a tough girl exterior, a softer romantic side, and a taste for sexy bad boys. She's rebellious and independent and unwilling to settle for anything but her ideal man, which is frustrating as all get out when it comes to her interactions with one Clark Barrow, whose bespectacled and clean cut appearance relegates him firmly to the “good guy” camp. Poor Clark. I wanted to shove Viv aside and claim him for myself while she was busy lusting over another man.

Clark Barrow, also known as the librarian, is an adorably-nerdy, tweed suit-wearing gentleman whose nature vacillates between mild-mannered and easily excitable, depending on the time of day. His way of speaking is fastidiously proper, so much that he'd be right at home as the hero of a Regency novel. Maybe I'm a sucker for the nerdy types, but I was Team Clark from the get go, swooning over his old fashioned speech and behavior. Team hunky, monosyllabic cowboy? Not so much. Viv's relationship with Clark is humorously antagonistic, with their conversations turning into verbal sparring more often than not. The hope that said sparring would lead to something more is what kept me riveted, and the wait is well worth it.

With Screwdrivered, Alice Clayton recaptures the liveliness and biting humor of Wallbanger, while adding in a new element unique to Viv’s character that is sure to entice and amuse true romance lovers. The author teasingly draws out the romance between Viv and her unexpected love interest, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process of getting to know these characters in depth. What I loved about Screwdrivered is that it’s sweet, sexy, and most of all, romantic. Clayton successfully introduces new characters into the fold while returning to old favorites. I’m excited to see how the series will progress with Mai Tai’d Up, because with each book, the author gives just enough to keep you satisfied, while at the same time, leaving you wanting more.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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