Review: Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton

Title: Screwdrivered

Series: Cocktail, #3

Author: Alice Clayton

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Humor

Goodreads 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.

Also within this book, an answer to the question of the ages: Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?

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Screwdrivered is the third book in Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series. While Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed told Caroline and Simon’s story, Screwdrivered is the story of Simon’s high school friend, Viv Franklin.

On the exterior, Viv looks tough. She’s got piercings, tattoos and isn’t intimidated by much. On the inside, Viv is a sucker for romance. So much so, that Viv believes her life is a romance novel. When Viv suddenly and surprisingly inherits a house in the sleepy town of Mendocino, CA, she sees it as a sign. She quickly pulls up roots and moves across country in search of her destiny.

What Viv finds in California is definitely romance novel worthy. There’s a hired cowboy who ties her tongue and makes her panties melt. Viv is convinced her personal romance novel is set to star hunky Hank.

Hank isn’t the only one working Viv into a tizzy, though. There’s also Clark, the local librarian. It’s his purpose to drive Viv nuts with his stuffy words and rules for what she can and can’t do to her new historic home. The more they fight, the more Viv finds herself thinking about the buttoned up librarian. Maybe a cowboy isn’t who she rides off into the sunset with.

I really enjoyed reading Screwdrivered. It wasn’t quite as funny and endearing as Wallbanger was, but it definitely made me smile a bunch. I loved Viv and her penchant for romance novels. She was great at making a fool out of herself in the sake of romance. Her reactions to Hank were hilarious. I also loved her interactions with Clark. The combination of their arguing and sexy banter was so cute.

Another fun aspect to the story was the house remodeling. It brought in my old friends Caroline and Mimi. I loved seeing them again!

The only thing I didn’t really care for in Screwdrivered was the amount of romance novel moments and dreams going through Viv’s head. It got a little old. I found myself skimming through some of those parts towards the end of the novel.

Overall, I found Screwdrivered to be another cute and fun romance from Alice Clayton.


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