Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton
on September 2, 2014
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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?
Alice Clayton is back with a funny, sexy, sweet story about a girl whose world turns topsy turvy when she inherits a house. In Screwdrivered, Vivian does just that ups and moves out West when an Aunt leaves her everything in her will. She heads out to California with no expectations but when she meets the cowboy that tends to her new stable, she decides that maybe she needs to see what life on the coast is all about.
Hank is hot. No doubt that cowboy is sex on a stick. And Alice works her magic by bringing all of Vivian’s romantic fantasies play out on the pages. When I wasn’t laughing, I was fanning myself. I thought it was genius to have the excerpts from historical romances cruise through Vivian’s daydreams at the expense of herself and sometimes the people around her. But it was truly the story, about a house, her Aunt Maude and the lonely end of her life that brought everything into perspective for me. Alice Clayton is really good at digging deep and hitting your heart while making you smile and laugh. Vivian is determined to renovate and update Seaside Cottage as it was fondly named. She had no clue what that would entail and Vivian spent her first night surrounded by mounds and mounds of things her Aunt had “collected” like socks and dolls. It was for the most part hilarious, other times creepy, and other times a little sad to know this was how her Aunt lived.
When Vivian decides to make some very important and needed changes, in comes the town’s local librarian/historian waving his paperwork and essentially raining on Vivian’s parade. No updates without his approval. When the banter between the two began, I found myself really settling for a great story. Vivian was determined to duel the librarian while living out her fantasies with the cowboy. My only wish was that we saw more of the real Clark sooner. Things don’t really come out until the very very end. At that point I was invested and craving more of his story. Hank on the other hand, was an open book. He was exactly how he came across. Whereas Clark, was complex, hidden behind his tweeds and eyeglasses. So who does Vivian choose, a cowboy or a librarian?
Alice Clayton really is a genius at writing romantic comedies and I always picture them as movies in my head. Screwdrivered is no exception, smartly written, steamy sexy, and laugh out loud funny. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, Mai Tai’d Up coming in December 2014.
A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*