Series: Cocktail #3
Published by Gallery Books on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, 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?
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!