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Series: Cocktail #3
Narrator: Heather Smith
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 09-02-14
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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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.
In Screwdrivered, Alice Clayton pits Superman against Clark in a hilarious and hot battle that delights a swooning Viv/Vivian. Also within this audiobook, an answer to the question of the ages: Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?
If you plan to read only one book in Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series it MUST be SCREWDRIVERED! Seriously ALL romance junkies should read it. Why? Viv is a secret romance reader and her romance novel daydreams had me LMAO and added smexy to many scenes. And often at the wrong time and about pirates, cowboys and more.
When Viv gets a call in the middle of the night letting her know that her great aunt has died and left Viv her house and land in California, Viv has sexual thoughts about a romance novel starting her and a cowboy. And yeah her aunt’s place comes with a cowboy. He’s hot and built. But he doesn’t have much going on past that.
Another reason to read SCREWDRIVERED, Clark. This is the first time I’ve read a romance where the hero is a librarian. Clark is all things khaki and tweed. He looks like all the “nice, normal” guys that Viv’s mom has been setting her up on blind dates with over the years. So of course Viv is not interested in the town librarian that is also the head of the historical society. Viv has her sights on the hunky cowboy, Hank.
Viv is living in a romance novel but not the one she pictured. It was fun seeing Viv realize that Clark might not be Superman but he is one hot as hell librarian that makes her loins heat up. She soon learns not to judge a romance book by it’s cover.
Heather Smith continues to deliver Alice Clayton’s character up in a delightful way. Her voice, timing and flare is perfect for the Cocktail series! At this point the series is a must listen for me.
SCREWDRIVERED can easily be read as a stand alone, the couple from book 1 & 2 show up but you won’t feel like you’re missing anything if you chose to start with SCREWDRIVERED but I recommend the whole series.