BOOK & AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Screwdrivered (Cocktail #3) by Alice Clayton

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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?

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BOOK REVIEW: 4 STARS

Alice Clayton is such an awesome author. Her books are always funny, romantic, and of course very, very sexy. This new book, Screwdrivered isn’t an exception! I love the plot, the characters, and the connection with Simon & Caroline. *Fangirling thinking about the Wallbanger* Most of all, I love the HEA. It was perfect. Vivian made the right decision. Too late in my opinion if you asked me but nonetheless she made it.

I can totally relate to Viv’s crazy daydreaming tendencies, with her desire for a bad boy and with her blindness *F.F.S. I wanted to kick her ass*, when a woman only sees what she wants to see it is very frustrating, and Viv was stuck in her crazy theory.

Screwdrivered is a story of a young woman named Viv, who believes in the book-romance kind of love. When she inherited a beautiful beach house in Mendocino, she thought she was destined to have her own romance-novel-love-story complete with the chase, the angst and of course, the hot steamy sex. And to be fair to her, she had all the elements to think she was right about her crazy theory, among them, the Cowboy *What a Jerk*.

efeef9d2dfdeed01968479fdea2be297I prefered what was really happening in her real life, outside the crazy dream of a novel romance. The renovation of the house, the friends she made in the small town, and the sincere friendship she was building with the Librarian *thumbs up*. The things that happened with both of them were awesome, especially the incident in the porch *licking*.

I’m glad that I got the chance to get to know Chloe, who will be in the next book of the series, Mai Tai’d Up. I’m sure Chloe will be a great female character. I liked what she did when she met Vivian. 🙂

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 3 STARS

Heather Smith narrated the first two books of the series, Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed, so it was hard for me to separate her breathy voice from Caroline. I didn’t like that, because I know that Viv and Caroline are very different, both great characters, but different from each other. In my honest opinion, they should have picked another narrator. After 2 hours of listening to the audiobook, I get used to her voice and I liked when she made male voices. It was like a real man was talking, not her. That was good. I hope they pick another narrator for the next book of the series.

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3379564Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…

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