Series: Cocktail #4
Published by Gallery Books on 2nd December 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humour, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Looking for the perfect mix of smart, sexy, and sassy? Mai Tai’d Up continues New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series, which began with Wallbanger and continued with Rusty Nailed and Screwdrivered.
The gossip mill in the seaside community of Monterey is churning about Chloe Patterson, the newcomer who is starting a sanctuary for rescued pit bulls. It’s rumored that she’s a former beauty queen (true) who ditched her fiancé the morning of their wedding (also true). And that while she’s not looking for a new man, the good-looking local veterinarian has his eye on her. Absolutely, positively true.
When Lucas Campbell isn’t at the family veterinary clinic, he’s paddle boarding in Monterey Bay. Recently single, he’s definitely not in the market for a new relationship, but he still can’t resist taking a second, third, and fourth look at the recent arrival of Miss Golden State.
Neither Lucas nor Chloe has any interest in being tied down. Being tied up, however—now there’s a thought. But are a few Mai Tais, a moonlit night, and the music of Frank Sinatra enough to allow them both to forget their past? Let’s hope Ol’ Blue Eyes knows what he’s doing.
Mix one part tiki, one part kinky, and a splash of old black magic matchmaking, and it’s time to be . . . Mai Tai’d Up.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an E-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley for review purposes*
This latest installment in the Cocktail Series features Chloe, Clark’s cousin from Screwdrivered. We got a very brief introduction of her in that book and Mai Tai’d Up continued her story.
Mai Tai’d Up started with Chloe on the verge of getting married to Charles. And let’s just say she wasn’t super enthusiastic about it. He seemed nice enough but it wasn’t love, which Chloe figured out on her wedding day as she was getting ready for the big event. With her mind made up she decided to leave and head to her dad’s second house in northern California. There, she finally started living her life and even met a handsome vet named Lucas.
Like all of Alice Clayton’s book, I loved this one! It took a little longer for me to love than Screwdrivered but the story made me love it. In Screwdrivered I fell in love with the characters, in Mai Tai’d Up it was the story. Chloe was a little harder for me to relate to since she lived off her parents in the beginning and was marrying someone she didn’t love. Even when she decided to live her own life, it was still a little hard for me to relate to her since she was a little naive and did a few things I wouldn’t do. I did still really like her though. I was always rooting for her to find her own path and take control of her life. As for the other characters, I instantly liked her dad. He was awesome. Her mom on the other hand made me want to reach inside my kindle so I could smack her. The way she spoke to Chloe disgusted me at times. She was a character I could have done without. I also really liked Lucas. Though I did have a hard time picturing him. I just don’t find male gingers hot, so whenever Chloe mentioned how hot he was I just could not picture it haha.
I really loved how this story was about Chloe becoming the person she was always meant to be. Though I did feel it came together a little easily, I did still enjoy it. I loved all the Rat Pack references too. I was definitely feeling the retro vibe they had going on. What I really loved though were her interactions with Lucas. They built up a great friendship that I loved. And yes this book does have some steam but definitely less than Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed. Oh and I loved seeing Viv and Clark again. Love the banter between those two.
Another great read from Alice Clayton! I can’t wait to get back to Caroline and Simon in Last Call!