Screwdrivered (Cocktail #3) by Alice Clayton
Released: September 2, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Reviewed by Sarah
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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?
Note: While the third in the Cocktail series, this title can be enjoyed as a standalone.
As the youngest child and only girl, Vivian Franklin has spent much of her adult life trying to please her father. She put off her dream to be a painter to follow in the family business as a software applications designer. She’s an independent, capable, and successful woman. With tattoos and an edge in her fashions sense, Viv appears to be tougher than she really is. Her secret hobby, like a lot of us, is to be immersed in romance novels. Although she has yet to find her passionate hero, she has high hopes that it will happen sooner rather than later once she learns she’s inherited a home on the California coast. Thinking an adventure is just what she needs; Viv leaves Philly for Mendocino with the anticipation of ground shaking life changes.
Upon arriving to her new home she meets two men: Hank, the cowboy and Clark, the librarian. The battle is set. She is immediately attracted to the cowboy. He’s everything her romance books have focused on. The hunk has all the physical characteristics, shirtless with washboard abs, long blonde hair any woman would die for, a face of an angel, and he grunts which must mean he’s an alpha male who is dark and mysterious plus he takes care of her animals. Score! The hunt is over. Viv has found her man and she’s only been in California for mere hours.
Clark pushes his way into her life while policing the changes she wants to make to her historically registered house. As librarian, historian, archivist, and all around nerd, he wants nothing more than maintain the integrity of her home and the rest of the town. Clark, complete with his elbow patches, initially annoys Viv with his brashness. Throughout the renovation process, he and Vivian (because he refuses to call her Viv) begin to get closer and find they have a great connection. Viv finds there are two sides to her friend the librarian. He has daytime Clark who is buttoned up and profession and then there is nighttime Clark who is cheeky and naughty.
Like the rest of Clayton’s books, I love this! LOVE! It’s filled with humor and charm. How many romances have you read recently with this type of hero? Yes, he’s a nerd but he’s also intelligent, considerate, and not too much of an alpha male. Our heroine is amazing too. She’s book smart and creative, hard yet soft, brassy but sensitive.
In a similar approach, this story is all about the push and pull of the characters. While you have a pretty good general idea of how the story ends, the focus is on the journey to get there. By the conclusion, I am always left wanting just a bit more and this book is no different. I wanted a little more of the happy, together time and what we do get feels a bit abrupt. This is the only reason I didn’t give a perfect 5 stars. Everything else is there; great characters, solid plot, captivating dialogue. Regardless, I’d read this one again and again but I also have become a fan girl after reading 6 of her books.
Rating: 4.5 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.