Screwdrivered Book Review/ Giveaway**

October 16, 2014 / 9 comments

Screwdrivered Book Review/ Giveaway**Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktail #3
Published by Gallery Books on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: ARC, Netgalley
Purchase @ AMAZON  or  BN
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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?

Liezel’s Thoughts:

In this story, Viv Franklin who we’ve first meet in Rusty Nailed had just found out that she unexpectedly inherited her great aunts home on the California shores of Mendocino. Rather than selling the pricey property as her family suggested she embarks on an interesting journey on the opposite coast.

As soon as she gets there she is left mildly disappointed. The home that she so lovingly remembered as a child is almost in ruins. Rather than giving it all up though she decides she wants to restore it to its former glory. As expected nothing about her situation comes  easy for her and being the book lover that she is  she begins to see herself as a part of her very own romance novel. Oh the irony!

Her world most definitely  changes.  She has this stressful yet beautiful home that she wants to go all HGTV on but has to consult this annoying and overbearing librarian with every change she wants to make. Its a good thing that there is this enticing cowboy in the mix to keep her imagination a runnin’. Cowboy Hank looks wonderful on paper but she gets to know him more… he is so not.

“It doesn’t always have to be so hard. Sometimes falling in love just means turning around and seeing what’s right in front of you.”

Just like its predecessors, the third installment of the Cocktail Series was just as entertaining, hilarious and witty as the first two. I would however have to admit that this one stood out more for me. The way Alice Clayton was able to combine two elements that I have been obsessing over  lately (who doesnt love HGTV?) was as if she wrote this one specifically for me.

Besides the characters from both the current and previous books what I enjoyed most about it was the slow relationship development. While it might feel long and boring for some, I thought that  very slow simmer was more than  fitting for this couple. For me, it made that magnificent ending  that more powerful. Lets just say I will never look at an antique balustrade the same ever again!

If you asked me to describe Screwdrivered in three words… it would be fast, fun and fantastic. A good read!

The Verdict:


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About Alice Clayton

Alice 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 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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