By Alice Clayton
Book 3 in the Cocktails series
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?
Alice Clayton has done it again. She has hit us with humor, drama, and some angst. Screwdrivered is the 3rd book in the Cocktails series. If you haven’t read Wallbanger I highly suggest it, like run to Amazon this instant and one click that sucker, it’s one of my all time top reads.
Screwdrivered is Viv’s story. We briefly meet her in Rusty Nailed when Wallbanger aka Simon attends his high school reunion. From the moment we meet Viv I liked her. She is different and doesn’t really care what others think. We learn in Screwdrivered that she is loyal to her family. She left the idea of her dream job as an artist to come back home to help take care of her father who had gotten sick. Several years later, when her father is better and she is the owner of a very successful software program company, she starts craving that adventure again.
One night she receives a mysterious call from someone in California that her great aunt that she barely knew had passed away and left her a house. Viv, who loves romance novels, looks at this as a sign. A sign to go on this adventure and see where it leads and that could possibly be livening out her very own romance novel. When she arrives in California she meets Hank the cowboy who is H.O.T and every woman’s dream. Then she meets Clark who is the nerdy librarian who makes Viv’s life a living hell. Who will Viv choose? Will it be the hot cowboy makes her forget who she is whenever he is around or the librarian who she loves going toe to toe with?
As with all the books in this series I enjoyed this book. I didn’t like it as much as Wallbanger, but it still holds it own in the series. I did love that we got to see Simon and Caroline in this installment. The book was a tad slow in the beginning but once it got going I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Clayton has in store for us in Mai Tai’d Up.