Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton
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?
I don’t know how Alice does it, but she “nailed” it again with this book for me. She has this amazing ability to make me laugh and swoon. I am so happy to be a part of her book blog tour!!
If you’ve read the other books in this series, which isn’t really a requirement to read this one by the way, you know that Alice rarely does a love triangle in the traditional sense. Viv Franklin is this really cool chick that we actually meet in Rusty Nailed, when Simon and Caroline go to his high school reunion. Viv inherits this amazing Victorian that she used to visit as a kid. It doesn’t exactly look like it did in her memories, but there’s potential.
I really liked Viv, because she loves books, but she kind of has an obsession with the Harlequin kind, with the hunky man on the cover. While I don’t relate to that kind of guy, I can get why she feels like fate stepped in when she arrives to find Hank on a horse. We get a peek into Viv’s imagination when she talks about herself with new friend Jessica.
“So what’s your story?”
“My story?” I asked, looking back at her. Though I might have been looking out the back window for a certain someone. Who was supposed to be coming back to ride Paula. Lucky horse.
“Yeah, your story. Everybody has a story.” She broke off a piece of crust and pointed at me. “C’mon you’re stalling.”
“I literally just got here two days ago. There’s plenty of time for my alleged story,” I protested. What I got in return was a very exaggerated display of her getting comfortable.
“Okay, okay, my story. Well, let’s see…I was born a poor–“
“I’m going to go position these dolls all around your bed.”
“I’m from Philadelphia. Maude Perkins was my great-aunt who I hadn’t seen since I was twelve years old, I’m a computer software designer, and I like pizza. And beer. Especially together.”
“Not the last time I checked.”
“Leave anyone behind?”
“Like a fallen soldier kind of way?”
“Like in dating someone kind of way.”
“Not the last time I checked.”
“Fabulous, I know this great guy that–“
“No, no, and no. I don’t know if I’m staying here and –“
“Oh, you’re totally staying here.”
“Why is everyone so sure about that?” I asked, my head swimming from the rapid fire.
“Call it a hunch.” She laughed, then pointed out the window. “Besides, who could ever leave a view like that?”
“Indeed.” Pretty sure she meant the ocean, but all I could see was Hank heading into the barn.
“So, where should we put the jeans?”
“In a puddle on the floor of the barn sounds good to me,” I breathed, leaning my forehead against the cool glass of the window. He’d mounted Paula.
While I get the appeal of Cowboy Hank, I need more than a pretty picture, which is why I am totally on team Clark. He really surprised me with his good looks, intelligence, and personality, but I will let you guys decide.
UST bounces around in this book, but I love that things don’t go as planned for Viv, Hank or Clark. Wondering about our other favorite couples in the Cocktail series? Caroline and Simon do make a couple of appearances, so no worries there…
I give this book 5 butcher-block pizza stars and put it on my “books that own me” and “top shelf fantastic reads” on my Goodreads shelves.
***Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for providing an ARC for an honest review. Excerpt is from that copy.***