At first, when I saw the commercial for Wallbanger, the first book in this series, I wasn´t very much impressed. The cover wasn´t really my thing and the text on the backside of the book sounded kind of oh-another-book-in-which-a-woman-is-looking-for-the-one-true-love. But I became curious and started reading it – and was so great entertained, that I couldn´t wait to get my hands on the other books of that series. So here we go, Screwdrivered is the third book of Alice Clayton´s famous Cocktail Series and like the other two just for fun. Charm, irony, and a great sense of humor and a lot more are what you´ll find here.

by Alice Clayton
Cocktail Series #3
Publisher Gallery Books on September 2, 2014
Genre Love-Women-Erotica
Pages 256
Format Paperback
Source Library

By day Viv Franklin is a tough-as-nails software engineer who designs programs and loves hospital corners. 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. 
When Viv gets in the middle of the night a call from a total stranger that she inherited a house in Mendocino, she is at first kind of what the hell? But then she gets curious and within days she finds herself driving on a highway in California and standing right in front of a house that doesn´t seem to be the one she remembered from her childhood. Soon she gets confronted with a lot of things that need to be done. The roof is leaking, the planks are rotten and a lot of junk is spread all over the house. But renovating and redesigning isn´t as easy as she thought it would be. The second she speaks about her renovation plans and lets everyone know, that she is looking for craftsman, Clark Barrow, the town librarian stands on her front door. And he doesn´t agree at all with her plans.

Oh mei, the scene where Clark tells Viv that she can´t do this and that as she pleases is just hilarious! I had a broad smile on my face during I´ve read this book. The story is written from Viv´s point of view and gives a great impression on her character as well as how she sees things in life. Alice Clayton uses a simple language, her style is full of irony, charm, and humor and the dialogues and scenes are big entertainment.

Viv is one hell of a woman. Once she was Daddies little girl that got raised as if she was a boy. But the moment she was asked to join her brothers in the company her family-owned and that her plans doing art were kind of a hobby, the nice-looking little girl was gone. Tattoos, piercings, and combat boots with leather and short curly hair came into her life. Viv is a smart young woman with one funny habit: she´s a daydreamer. She can sit right in front of a lawyer talking business and within seconds she drifts away with her thoughts and dreams about princes, knights, and the one true love that will come give her the night beyond anything.

Clark reminded me very much of Superman. You know Clark Kent? How he acted in his daily life as a reporter? The way he looked; kind of helpless? Every time the librarian Clark Barrow showed up in this novel and Viv told the reader what he was wearing, I couldn´t help but think of Superman. But wait till you see Nighttime Clark; he´s a totally different guy.

This book came at the right time for me. And it was exactly what I needed at that moment. Fun, very entertaining and with a plot so relaxing – it was great!

Happy reading

Alice Clayton

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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