Published September 2014
Series: Cocktail #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
Vivian Franklin truly thinks she lives in a romance novel: the successful software designer and closet romance-junkie gets a call in the middle of the night, telling her that she inherits a beautiful and priceless beach house in Mendocino. And to top it off, once she gets there, there’s a hot cowboy called Hank waiting to be tamed and ridden.
However, while she is enjoying the view of the hot hunk of man mucking her stables, she’s also thinking about refurbishing the quite run down beach house she is living in. Yet, she can’t do anything about it since geeky elbow-patchy librarian Clark Barrow guards this historical property like his own. But if this were truly a romance novel – think twice if you think you know the outcome, because this one is not your average predictable story!
What I loved about this book:
+ Its unusually refreshing storyline
+ Its total hilariousness brought to you in true Alice Clayton
+ Its wonderful characters
What I felt needed improvement:
– Nothing! It was absolutely perfect! Aside from… well… it could have contained way for steam :)
It’s been some time since I picked up an Alice Clayton book, and while I was a bit disappointed by Rusty Nailed, part two of the Cocktail Series, I was a bit reluctant to do so. Yet, I wish I would ave read Screwdrivered sooner because it was simply ah-ma-zing. Cap-ti-va-ting. Hi-la-ri-ous. Yep, definitely one of my faves Published in 2014 and probably also of all-times.
Vivian aka Viv is totally not your usual main character. She is a geek, loves historical (dirty!) romance, owns a software company, is pierced (visibly and not visibly) and tattoed. Digest that. And cue Hank. Blonde, tall, six-pack, rides horses and mucks the stalls. And then there’s Clark, quirky, geeky, old-fashioned vocabulary and dress-sense. All characters are so very unlikely and that just makes the story perfect!View Spoiler »As you will have guessed (or probably not), Hank is dumb as can be and Clark… well Clark becomes one of the hottest librarians ever to star in a book. Of course, the time it takes for Viv to realize that… « Hide Spoiler
“I needed a pulsating pillar of passion, a mammoth male member, a cocky cobra ready to tangle with my vaginal mongoose. I also needed to think about upgrading my reading. My imagery was actually starting to bother me.”
I was hooked from the start and the pace was just perfect. In standard Alice Clayton fashion, Screwdrivered is written in first person, from Viv’s POV only and comes with a healthy amount of sass and humour. I’m glad that this time it was sassy without being too corny or even too crass, which sadly happened in previous book.
“Stop being secretive. Say what you need to say. Say what you need to say.”
“No John Mayer, karaoke is on Sunday nights.”
I also loved how Screwdrivered connected Viv with Simon and Caroline from Wallbanger. It was like starting a fresh story on Vivian, but with the added comfort and familiarity of previous characters, who only influence the story lightly, and enable Viv to have a peculiar story of her own.
What I would have appreciated to make this novel even better, would be a higher amount of steamy scenes, but then again the romantic and sexual build-up was so intense that I’m happy to close an eye on this.
All in all, this was a perfect read. I loved it. And wow, I want more of Clark and Viv!
|All the feels|