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?
When I originally reviewed Screwdrivered a couple months ago, I said I was anxious for it to be released in audiobook format so I could re-read it and hear Viv’s voice from a narrator and not in my own head. I got my wish when I had the opportunity to snag a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review. I enjoyed this book every bit as much the second time around. If you’d like to read my full, original thoughts on this book, check out my original review at the link above. For now I’m just going to give you a quick overview and my thoughts on the performance of this version.
Viv is a great female lead. She’s strong and sassy and her inner dialogue often had me laughing out loud. She was a great female lead. I loved her bodice-ripping romance fantasies of sexy Cowboy Hank, but how they translated into horrifically awkward real-life interactions made me cringe. And laugh. But, mostly cringe. The reality rarely lives up to the fantasy and that’s *definitely* the case with Cowboy Hank. He might look good, but he didn’t have any substance. Librarian Clark was far more my speed. He was smart and sexy and I loved reading as he and Viv faced off over the house she inherited… over and over again. They had a ton of chemistry and the sexual tension was intense. Anyone who fears this is a traditional love triangle, fear not. It never really was that. Only one of these guys was real and right for our leading lady.
Screwdrivered was everything I loved about Wallbanger. There’s a sassy main female character, a sexy and swoony love interest and humor that had me quite literally laughing out loud. As a bonus, Simon and Caroline make an appearance in this book. I just love those two. It was nice to catch up with them, however briefly. While I was a little unsure about Viv and Simon’s past and the impact it might have on both of their presents, I’m glad to see they have been able to remain friends. And more than that? I’m thrilled that Caroline and Viv have become friends. I loved how both Simon and Caroline were able to be there for Viv as she settled into her new home. And, you know, fought with the hot librarian/historian.
As enjoyable as this book was the first time around, I think I actually enjoyed it even more the second. It’s one thing to read a character’s inner dialogue. It’s another thing entirely to have someone perform it for you. I didn’t realize until I got started in this that the narrator is the same as in the previous two books in the Cocktail series. Heather Smith is a great narrator. She brings all the humor and feels of a book out. I thought it might be weird listening to her voice Viv because I so closely associate her with Caroline, but it didn’t bother me a bit. Each character’s unique voice came through loud and clear. She did a fantastic job. I look forward to listening to her in Mai Tai’d Up once it’s released.
I received an audiobook copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.