ARC Review: Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton

Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?
Synopsis
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. 



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❤︎Review:

Screwdrivered is the third book in the Cocktail series by the hilariously talented Alice Clayton. Once again, she created great character dynamics, and kept a very detailed and intriguing story line throughout. Usually, the endless inner monologues and descriptive story telling tends to bore me, but that is where Clayton thrives. She manages to implement comedy into those parts of the story and keeps the reader captivated through the main character(s).

In Screwdrivered, we're reunited with Viv who was previously introduced in Wallbanger
She's a walking, talking juxtaposition which I absolutely loved. She's a brilliant software designer with her own company, but harbors a passion for art. A fiery personality, tattoos and piercings, and a love for romance novels. Oh how she loves her romance books, so much so that she's convinced she's living in one.

So, when she gets a late night call informing her that she's inherited a ginormous home in Mendocino, California from one of her aunts, she takes it as a sign. A chance to start fresh and find adventure. Maybe even find a cowboy to ride.

Arriving in Mendocino, Viv's perfect romance novel continues to fit into place. She comes across a smoldering cowboy who she can't keep her eyes off of, and luckily for her, he happens to tend to the barn and animals that now belong to her. Cowboy Hank may have hunk appeal, but he doesn't seem the least bit interested. Challenge accepted. Viv's determined to work on trying to get more than a few grunts and nods out of him. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day.

In the meantime…

An uptight librarian/historian barges in claiming she can't make any changes to her new home without his consent. Clark Barrow assists Viv in the restoration of her historical landmark of a house. He never fails to get on Viv's last nerve, but she's forced to work with him. Everything about him begins to annoy her, the silly elbow patches, nerdy glasses, the way he always disagrees with her over any little thing.
While she may not want to admit it, Viv loves spending time with Clark. She craves his presence and their effortless banter.
I don't know how she didn't pounce on him as soon as they met. I would've been all over that nerdy piece of goodness in a hot second.

After a painful length of time, Viv's typical romance fog clears and her heart finally leads her in the right direction.

So does she end up taking a ride on the caveman cowboy or the stubborn librarian?

Great inclusion of the characters from the other books. Seeing characters I love so much return for a quick cameo always puts a smile on my face. It always seems to create a more cohesive world for a reader to get sucked into. 

The only downfall this book had was the lack of togetherness the couple had total. I loved the tension and essentially, the denial between the two, because it made for a funny dynamic. The ending didn't seem rushed in any way, because the entire novel was building up to it. However, I loved these two characters so much, that I simply wanted, nay, needed more about them. I didn't get to relish in their new-found relationship long enough, thus depriving me of that complete experience.

Anyone in need of a funny, light hearted read with plenty of sexiness and comedic entertainment, pick this up or any Alice Clayton book for that matter!

*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


❤︎Rating: 4.5 "baluhwhozit" Kisses
❤︎Favorite Quotes❤︎
"I believe in signs, and that things are meant to be, I truly do. But try and be open to anything, okay? 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."

"Never would have pegged you as a spitter Vivian." Eyes suddenly wide, I sat straight up, almost levitations from the bed, then rallied. "Only when it’s something not worth swallowing.” 

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