Series: Cocktail #3
Published by: Gallery Books on September 2, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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?
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Rusty Nailed, Mai Tai'd Up
Also by this author: Rusty Nailed, Mai Tai'd Up, Nuts
One Line: More a story of self-discovery with a bit of romance mixed in, but still a fun read.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
I’m a big fan of Wallbanger and this series in general, so I jumped at the chance to check out Screwdrivered. We met Vivian for a tiny bit in Rusty Nailed and even though you wouldn’t expect much of a story from her, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed her story. I have to say that this is quite a different kind of romance read. I thought it would’ve been some kind of a love triangle kind of thing, but it’s not like that at all. One guy turned out to be pretty superficial, and kind of a jerk, while another, although infuriating at times, was very sweet and surprisingly swoonworthy. The romance itself is pretty slow-building, there’s not much that happens in the way of intimate/romantic scenes, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.
Probably what I enjoyed most was Vivian herself. Such a fun and interesting character. I liked her right from the beginning and more so as the book progressed. I liked that she was accomplished, being able to create her own computer program that made her tons of money, she’s pretty smart, coming from a successful family, and she wasn’t afraid to explore the world and discover herself while she was young. Now, with this new home, she’s able to start over after her life has become rather stagnant and hopefully fall in love in the process. She was also pretty funny with how her imagination would drift off into these ridiculous romance scenes, it was definitely fun to see how creative she got with her naughty thoughts.
As for the guys, I didn’t really care for them either way. Not to say that they were bad, but just that I didn’t really connect with either one. It felt like the romance was more the secondary story and Vivian re-discovering herself and what she wanted in life was the primary plot point of this book. Because of that, the two guys and the romance were kind of put on the back burner and you don’t really get to know them like that. I have to say I didn’t like Hank right from the start and Clark was just okay.
I don’t really know how to categorize this story other than to say it’s contemporary with a bit of romance thrown in. It’s light and funny, a pretty quick read too. The writing really does flow well and the most of the characters are great. Even though the romance definitely doesn’t take the forefront, I still enjoyed the book overall, and that doesn’t happen often so that makes this a pretty good read.