Series: Cocktail #3
Published by Gallery Books on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humour, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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?
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an E-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes*
I watched as his tongue licked at his full lips, catching a drop. I watched as he ran his fingers up and down the long neck of the bottle, stroking it absently. I watched as his hand closed around the top, twisting ever so slightly before returning for the down-stroke. And I watched as he cupped the nuts from below, holding them in his giant man hands.
Did I forget to mention they were cashews? From the bowl on the bar? Aw yeah.
Loved loved loved Screwdrivered!! I’m pretty sure I love this one more than the previous two books. I just blew through this book. I couldn’t put it down and when I did all I wanted to do was pick it up again. It was amazing!
Screwdrivered featured Viv and her vivid imagination hehe. She constantly took situations and spun them into a romance novel. It was hilarious! She had the cowboy, Hank who literally rode up on a horse on a beach. Watching Viv turn into a stumbling, clumsy woman was awesome, especially when she gave it the romance novel spin. Then there was Clark, the librarian who constantly fought Viv about any type of renovation she wanted to do on her newly inherited house. Their constant bickering was hilarious plus I love me a cute book nerd. It was also great to see Caroline and Simon again. And I did enjoy the addition of new characters, including Chloe, the leading lady in the next book.
Hands down my favorite part of this book was Vivian. Her addiction to romance novels and trying to find her own prince charming and happily ever after made for great, funny moments. Plus the fact that she was smart was amazing. She was my kind of girl! I probably would have gotten tired of her romanticizing everything after a while if it wasn’t so funny.
My other favorite thing about this book was definitely Clark. He was such a cute dork and I’m a sucker for those even if he did wear tweed jackets with elbow patches. He was just an all-around nice guy plus the banter between the two of them was great especially during their nighttime chats. Aw yeah ;).
Screwdrivered was such a great, addictively funny read! I can’t say enough good things about it. It was just too funny. And I can’t wait to read the next book and hopefully get some glimpses of Viv with her prince charming as well.