Screwdrivered (Cocktail #3)

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4.5 "MY" Librarian Stars!
(BR with Sharon, Patty, Denisse & Wendy)





Vivian Franklin aka Viv is a 29 yr. old independent single woman living in Philadelphia. She comes from a large, close family, & has 5 brothers who are all married. Her mother continually tries to set her up on blind dates with the men her mom views as marriage material, hoping she will find the one. The dates never work out because she isn't into clean cut boring men. Viv prefers the hard to get, rough around the edges bad boys.



Viv's family business was computers. She created a program & sold an app to Google. When she's not working she enjoys curling up with a steamy romance novel. She has never been in love, and wanted to live out her own romance novel.



One evening Viv gets a call in the middle of the night. It's from a man who claims to be her Great-Aunt Maude's attorney. He informs her that her crazy, eccentric aunt that she hasn't seen in 15 years has passed away and left everything to Viv. Viv hasn't been to see her aunt in California since one magical summer when she was 12, & her family vacationed at Seaside Cottage.



Curious & in need of an adventure Viv heads to the coastal town of Mendocino, California, to check out the new beach house & ranch she has inherited. Being a software engineer, Viv can run her online business from anywhere, so she decides to stay a while. She is excited for a change. She arrives at the beautiful Victorian home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Once she see's the home up close she realizes it is very run down & in need of a lot of repairs.



Viv is mesmerized right away by a hot cowboy named Hank that works on her ranch. He resembles what she envisions a manly man from one of her novels would look like. As she continues to drool over shirtless Hank another man shows up at her new home. His name is Clark Barrow & he's the town librarian, archivist, & the head of the local historical society. He informs her the house is in the historical register in Mendocino, and any changes or renovations she wants to do have to be approved by the town aka Clark.



Clark & Viv clash over the house's repairs, and make each other furious! He is just the kind of old fashioned, uptight, boring man her mother would set her up with. He even wears glasses & a tweed jacket with elbow patches. He is totally not her type until she sees him one day without his shirt and notices his gorgeous body. All the sudden she finds herself thinking of the nerdy librarian that annoys her in a different light.



Clark keeps spending time with Viv while they work together to preserve the old home. He really comes through for her anytime she needs anything. They become great friends, and he makes her laugh. She begins noticing him more, and enjoys spending time with him. She even misses him when he's not around. She soon learns there is a lot more to this man than meets the eye, & all the things she thought she didn't like about him, are now the things she loves. Viv starts thinking of the beach house as home, and likes the slower paced small town feel of Mendocino.



I really enjoyed this book! I liked getting more of Simon & Caroline, & I got a good laugh at all the romance novel lingo such as "Pillar of Passion" lol. ;)) I adored the delicious, geeky but SEXY AS HELL librarian! Clark was yummy, especially Nighttime Clark!!! ;)) Another fabulous read by Alice Clayton! :D



-I loved my romance novels, loved the passion and the chase. But the part I loved the most Was when the hero took his woman into his arms and kissed her reverently.

-I had no idea what to do with a nice guy. I'd never dated a clean-cut, Backstreet Boy type; I'd always stayed in the heavy metal/alternative, dirty, tattooed-boy section.

-I don't know if all librarians ogled the way this one did, but he had it down to an art form. He took his time, leaving no curve unseen.

-Who wants a Superman when you can have a Clark And I wanted a Clark. I wanted this Clark.

-Sweet heaven, my librarian was a dirty talker.


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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