Thursday, January 1, 2015

Screwdrivered, by Alice Clayton

Screwdrivered (Cocktail, #3)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm torn between giving this book a 3 or a 4... so I'll go with a strong 3.75, rounded out to 4! :-)

Clark is freakin' ADORABLE! He made this book come to life for me. The phone calls.... OH, THE PHONE CALLS! I want a Clark of my own!!!

Another funny, sexy romance by Alice Clayton in her Cocktail series. The first 2 books were about Caroline and Simon. This book is about Viv, Simon's long-time friend that we meet in Rusty Nailed (Cocktail #2), and Clark, a sexy, nerdy librarian (I love sexy nerds). Viv is a hoot and I love her spunk. Caroline and Simon make an appearance in the story. The last 25% of the book had me up late at night swooning and breathing hard.

That being said, I did have some small issues while reading this book:
- Viv is an avid romance reader and often lives in her vivid imagination. This translates into her "talking" in her head in cheesy romance language... A LOT! At first it was funny, but after a while, I wanted to get back to the story at hand instead of in her daydreams. A little less harlequin romance daydream sequences would have been better.
- There are a tad too many unnecessary descriptions that don't really add to the story (food descriptions, neighborhood descriptions, etc.). It makes the story come to a stop.
- It took me a good 75% into the book before I REALLY fell in love with it. Until the 75% mark, it was a good book. After the 75% it became a GREAT book.

Do I recommend "Screwdrivered"? Yes! You need to experience Clark!!! Balustrades will never be the same again!


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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