Mai Tai’d Up (Cocktail #4) by Alice Clayton
Released: December 2, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Reviewed by Sarah
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Looking for the perfect mix of smart, sexy, and sassy? Mai Tai’d Up continues New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series, which began with Wallbanger and continued with Rusty Nailed and Screwdrivered.
The gossip mill in the seaside community of Monterey is churning about Chloe Patterson, the newcomer who is starting a sanctuary for rescued pit bulls. It’s rumored that she’s a former beauty queen (true) who ditched her fiancé the morning of their wedding (also true). And that while she’s not looking for a new man, the good-looking local veterinarian has his eye on her. Absolutely, positively true.
When Lucas Campbell isn’t at the family veterinary clinic, he’s paddle boarding in Monterey Bay. Recently single, he’s definitely not in the market for a new relationship, but he still can’t resist taking a second, third, and fourth look at the recent arrival of Miss Golden State.
Neither Lucas nor Chloe has any interest in being tied down. Being tied up, however—now there’s a thought. But are a few Mai Tais, a moonlit night, and the music of Frank Sinatra enough to allow them both to forget their past? Let’s hope Ol’ Blue Eyes knows what he’s doing.
Mix one part tiki, one part kinky, and a splash of old black magic matchmaking, and it’s time to be ... Mai Tai’d Up.
We met Chloe briefly in Screwdrivered as Clark’s cousin who was a runaway bride but now get to fully know her. Under her mother’s tutelage to become a Stepford wife, her life has been centered around pageants, charities, and finding an appropriate man to be wedded to. Her mom felt like she hit the jackpot with Charles Preston Sappington, an attorney from an even wealthier family with the right country club membership. The big problem is Chloe finally started thinking and perhaps more importantly making decisions for herself. This starts with not getting married and continues with the entire uprooting of her life. She moves north and finds new purpose with a pit bull organization.
As a local veterinarian, Dr. Lucas Campbell is a compassionate man but is running from troubles of his own. He was left at the alter by his high school sweetheart who happens to be a beauty queen. He’s spent the last few years avoiding dealing with the emotional fallout and instead throwing himself into his work especially with Vet without Borders.
Okay so clearly from the get-go there are bound to be issues with this couple. They both are gun shy from jumping into a relationship even though their immediate chemistry is palpable. Instead, they focus of being friends and spending what time they have before Lucas’s next deployment just hanging out and doing stuff. They do the mundane like cooking dinner and watching movies, but also have adventures like paddle boarding. They’re together nearly nonstop and it’s completely natural. The organic growth is very much a slow burn…it keeps the book simmering until it has to boil over.
There are maybe two handful of authors I’ll fan girl out over. Alice Clayton is definitely one of them. With her books I know without a doubt there will be uncontrolled laughter, a few tears, a moment or two when I want to throw something, and some giggles. I know I’m will love the romance, the buildup, the angst, and with every ending I just want more. More of the couple, more of their future, more happiness…just more. This one is no exception…and she threw in dogs. Seriously, dogs. It put an ideal romance over the top. I fudging loved every single word!
Rating: 5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.