✭Book Review✭ Mai Tai'd Up (Cocktail #4) by Alice Clayton

Title: Mai Tai'd Up
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktail (#4)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publication: Gallery Books
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. 

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:::: Mai Tai’d Up is the fourth book in Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series, but can be read as a standalone. No Cliffhanger. HEA. First person, female POV. ::::

Remember Clarke’s cousin, Chloe, who we met in Screwdrivered? This book is all about Chloe Patterson and her journey after becoming the runaway bride. 
After running out on her fiancé the morning of her wedding, Chloe starts her life anew on her own terms. She chooses Monterey, in Northern California and begins to work with rescued pit bulls in need of rehab. 

Lucas Campbell, the ginger and very sexy veterinarian steps in to help Chloe get situated in town and with her new career. They form an easy-going friendship, but Chloe holds a huge secret that will affect their newfound relationship in the worst way. 
These two have sparks from day one, but try so hard to keep it platonic for most of the book.

Alice Clayton is my go-to lady when I want some hot and heavy romance with a comedic twist. I never fail to get on the level of her leading ladies. They’re always so strong and sassy, with hilarious inner monologues. That’s actually my favorite attribute of Alice’s writing in the Cocktail series. The conversations that the female heroines have with themselves allows me to really get in their head and get a feel for who they are. I’m constantly bursting out laughing in public when I’m reading this series, and it’s usually due to said monologues.
It took very few paragraphs in the beginning to convince me I adored Chloe. Her upbringing, yet complete 180 of who she actually was, made me want to give her a high five and booty bump her. 

Much like the other books in the series, the vibe of Mai Tai’d Up is still light despite the chaotic and drama-filled start. However, M.T.U, wasn’t quite up to par with the others in my honest opinion. I didn’t laugh as much or fan myself as many times, and I just didn’t fall in love the characters like I did with books 1-3. Things I did like about this particular book was the Rat Pack/60s references. I’m a huge fan of it all so seeing that had me grinning here and there. The thing that brought tears to my eyes was Chloe’s ability to get away from being the product of her mother. Chloe’s stiff, pageant ways could have kept her uptight and snobby, but she really made a name for herself. On her own. Specifically what she did with the rescue shelter and rehabilitation center. That was such an adorable and heart-warming addition to the story.

Even though all the books in the series have very similar aspects and tones, each and every book stands alone so well. There’s no repetition with the characters, dialogue or plots, and every one shines in their own way. For that reason, I would very much recommend this book and its precursors. 

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

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ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.


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