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?
Viv Franklin may be tattooed, pierced and, totally punked out but don’t let her looks fool you. Viv Franklin is, like the rest of her family a math prodigy with a side of computer nerd thrown in for kicks. She owns her own company and is fairly well off thanks to the sale of one of her apps to Google but she is also rather dissatisfied with her life. Viv’s only real joy in life is the escape into her fantasies brought on by her voracious reading of romance novels. On a very regular basis, Viv’s real life experiences get merged into a romantic fantasy as she drifts off rather than paying attention.
With no real end to the monotony in sight, Viv is as blown away as everyone else in her family when she finds out her aged and somewhat strange aunt in California has not only died but left Viv her home and ranch. What??? Ranch??? With cowboys??? Like in a romance novel??? Oh. Hell. Yes. Without a thought to the contrary, Viv packs her bags and flies right on out to Mendocino, California where she immediately encounters a sexy cowboy riding the horse she now owns and, a house that is so far from livable that Viv begins to think selling the whole place may be her best bet. BUT, Mendocino has at least one sexy cowboy, a café with excellent coffee and company within walking distance from the house and, Viv just happens to have a good friend with an interior designer girlfriend. Maybe all is not quite lost just yet.
Clark Barrow is the local librarian, primary source of information for all things historic in Mendocino and, general pain in Viv’s ass. Once Viv decides the house is going to be livable and she is going to defy everyone’s expectations and make it so, Clark becomes her new worst enemy as he tells her everything she can’t do regarding changes to the house. Turns out owning a home on the historic register is just as big a pain in the ass as the local librarian. Clark is not at all the type of man Viv normally goes for but under all the librarian is a sexy, intelligent, athletic man that Viv just can’t seem to stop thinking about. But, there’s a cowboy. What is a girl to do? If you’re Viv, you make an ass out of yourself on more than one occasion, fight and make up with librarian on a regular basis and, continue to flirt with the cowboy who doesn’t actually seem all that interested. Solid plan there, right?
The Bottom Line: I will freely admit that I didn’t like Screwdrivered as much as the first two reads in the Cocktail series but it is still a very fine read. Viv is funny and I so admired her willingness to turn her entire life upside down in order to find her particular brand of bliss. Though she doesn’t always make the right decisions and she frequently drops off into a fantasy, Viv owns what she does and says and deals with the consequences as they arise. Two of the highlights of this read include the ridiculousness that is the home renovation and the constant push and pull between Clark and Viv. The renovations are insane and Viv is a pretty amazing human to be able to deal with all she does in order to get the house both the way she wants it and the way Clark insists it has to be. Clark is such a solid and sexy character that is good during the day but better at night. Mmmm, Nighttime Clark. Almost immediately Clark is the guy you root for and all but shout at Viv to pull her head out of her ass and see the man that is right in front of her. Where Viv is bright and bold and loud, Clark is reserved, thoughtful and, quiet; in short, super-sexy librarian. Getting to their HEA is quite the challenge but as you all know, romance novels always end with an HEA 🙂