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The Book Barista Reviews Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton

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ISHO SummaryIn the third book in the bestselling Cocktail series, a romantic at heart decides that she will not ever, under any circumstances, fall for the engineer next door.

Viv Franklin is a retired Army captain who now designs software programs. She’s also a romance 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. Knowing she’s never going to meet her hero by spending all her time behind her keyboard, she uproots her life to move to California, where she meets an actual cowboy. And—sigh—an engineer. But which man is truly Clark Kent and which is her Superman?

A madcap romantic comedy with unforgettable characters and the promise of true love, Screwdrivered has just what you need.

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I received an advance copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion. If there’s a new Alice Clayton book released, I’M SO THERE FOR IT!!!  I love her sweet and funny love stories.  She did not disappoint with Screwdrivered.

We first met Viv in Rusty Nailed…let me take a moment to think back on Simon and Caroline and Clive…*sigh*… Viv is an old friend of Simon’s.  She’s inherited an old house from her aunt and immediately dives in to restore the house that holds great memories for her.

Viv loves reading romance novels and isn’t afraid to admit it.  Since coming to her house, she’s met Hank the guy her aunt had taking care of the farm animals, and she’s met Clark, the local librarian who comes around to remind her that her house is a historical building and therefore she cannot do any work to it without consent…HIS consent. She lusts after Hank and becomes friends with Clark.  Once you start reading the book you’ll know who you’ll be rooting for.

I found Screwdrivered to be a fun, fast, easy read and gave it five hot and delicious cups of freshly ground coffee.

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ISHO Author Bio

aliceclayton_picNovelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman–and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.

 

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career: author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she’d been missing since walking away from the theater 10 years before.

She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series–The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast (check them out on iTunes) and has recently partnered with actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz on a new travel show that will begin filming in January.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Marys, eight hours of sleep and a good pounding.

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WWW Wednesdays: August 21, 2014

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s where I’m at:

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What I am currently reading:

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

I’ve been suffering from Jamie Fraser deprivation so I thought I’d suck it up and start on book 3 of the Outlander series.

What I recently read:

Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton

What a pleasant read this was.  Of course, since it’s an Alice Clayton book, it was funny too.  I will be posting my opinion on release date (September 2/14)

What I hope to read next:

No Weddings by Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion

This is the first book of a new series and I’m looking forward to reading it.

So now that I’ve told you what my W…W…W… are, I want to know yours. SHARING IS CARING!


Teaser Tuesday: Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton

Tuesday Teaser

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Ana Carter, and Cassandra Livingston, at So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

 

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“Okay, yes.  I admit it.  I think I’m living in a romance novel.  Go ahead and laugh,” I said, rocking a little faster.

“I’m not going to laugh.  Because I totally believe you,” she said, drinking nonchalantly.


The Book Barista Reviews Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

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ISHO SummaryIn this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?

USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!

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I loved Wallbanger!!!  That is the reason why I was thrilled to hear that we’d be getting more Wallbanger and Nightie Girl aka Simon and Caroline.  Once again Alice Clayton has written a funny, sexy story with definite laugh out loud moments.

In Rusty Nailed we see Simon and Caroline’s relationship grow.  Their relationship is mostly easy and and very sexy. [Note: A hammer and a tool belt will never be the same for me again.] With changes in their careers, more responsibilities for Caroline and some time off for Simon, things are a little different for them.

A big part of this book is the stories of the secondary characters, Caroline and Simon’s friends.  A few of these moments had me really laughing.  Of course, this review would not be complete without mentioning the most important character of all, CLIVE THE CAT!  I LOVE CLIVE!!!! I really enjoyed this book but Clive brought it up a notch…or ten.

I definitely gave this book five delicious steamy cappuccinos, with some catnip thrown in for Clive.

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ISHO Author Bio

aliceclayton_picNovelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman–and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.

 

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career: author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she’d been missing since walking away from the theater 10 years before.

She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series–The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast (check them out on iTunes) and has recently partnered with actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz on a new travel show that will begin filming in January.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Marys, eight hours of sleep and a good pounding.

ISHO Author Links

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WWW Wednesday (June 18, 2014)

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s where I’m at:

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What I am currently reading:

I presently have two books on the go.  This is unusual for me.  I don’t normally like to do that, but I was strangely compelled. Don’t ask!!!

In Love with a Master by Jason Luke

I’m definitely enjoying this one.  I’m loving the deep insight the author has into women and what makes us tick.  My review will post next week.

The Resistance by S.L. Scott

I moved this one up my to read list.  I love me a hot rock star!  Dalton is broody and sexy and Holliday is a smart successful woman.  The two have great chemistry.  Definitely a 5 star read.

What I recently read:

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

I really liked this book.  It was nice to visit with Wallbanger again.  He’s so swoony and so good with tools (ie: hammer and tool belt)…you’ll get it when you read it. My review for this one will also post next week.

What I hope to read next:

Finger Bang by Jade C. Jamison

I finally got my ARC for this one.  I’ve been waiting for it since Jade C. Jamison started posting about it.  I just know I’m going to love Blaze.  I also know that Jade NEVER disappoints.

You know the drill.  It’s now your turn to tell me what your W…W…W…are.  You know you want to!!!


WWW Wednesdays: June 11, 2014

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s where I’m at:wwwgif28

What I am currently reading:

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

Who wouldn’t want more Wallbanger and Nightie Girl?  I’ve been looking forward to this for a while.  I’ll post my opinion closer to release date.

What I recently read:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

What can I say about this book that I haven’t said already.  I loved it so much even though it made me ugly snot sob.  (Note: I also watched the movie and snot sobbed some more.)  I know it’s a really sad book but it’s wonderfully written and definitely worth your investment in all those tissues. Okay? Okay.

What I hope to read next:

In Love with a Master by Jason Luke

This is the highly anticipated follow up to Interview with a Master.  When I read the first book I didn’t know what to expect (I was pleasantly surprised) but now that I know the brilliance that is Jason Luke’s writing I can’t wait to delve right in.

Now share with me your W…W…W…. Please and thank you.


Teaser Tuesday: Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton


Tuesday Teaser

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Ana Carter, and Cassandra Livingston, at So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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“Dirty talk is an art. Do it too often, it becomes routine. Never do it, and you’re missing something.  Simon did it just right. He was like a perfect bowl of smutty porridge: just right.”