Mai Tai'd Up by Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktail #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: eARC, 273 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Looking for the perfect mix of smart, sexy, and sassy? Mai Tai’d Up continues New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series, which began with Wallbanger and continued with Rusty Nailed and Screwdrivered.
The gossip mill in the seaside community of Monterey is churning about Chloe Patterson, the newcomer who is starting a sanctuary for rescued pit bulls. It’s rumored that she’s a former beauty queen (true) who ditched her fiancé the morning of their wedding (also true). And that while she’s not looking for a new man, the good-looking local veterinarian has his eye on her. Absolutely, positively true.
When Lucas Campbell isn’t at the family veterinary clinic, he’s paddle boarding in Monterey Bay. Recently single, he’s definitely not in the market for a new relationship, but he still can’t resist taking a second, third, and fourth look at the recent arrival of Miss Golden State.
Neither Lucas nor Chloe has any interest in being tied down. Being tied up, however—now there’s a thought. But are a few Mai Tais, a moonlit night, and the music of Frank Sinatra enough to allow them both to forget their past? Let’s hope Ol’ Blue Eyes knows what he’s doing.
Mix one part tiki, one part kinky, and a splash of old black magic matchmaking, and it’s time to be . . . Mai Tai’d Up.
I’ve loved each and every one of the books in Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series because they’re the perfect mix of sexy, sassy and sweet. The women are strong and the men are swoony. It’s impossible not to fall in love with these characters and all their quirks. All that said, Mai Tai’d Up is, hands down, my favorite in the series. I’m not sure what exactly it was about Mai Tai’d Up that made the book so special to me, but something did. It might be that it was just the perfect book at the perfect time to match my current mood. I might not be able to pinpoint exactly why, but I can say this much… I loved every single thing about this book.
Chloe was so darned likable and relatable that I connected with her right from the start. I admired her for finally speaking up and taking a stand for her own happiness and what she wanted out of life. She was a sweet woman, but she had a saucy side to her as well. I might not be a dog person myself, but I loved reading about how she built the pit bull sanctuary and rescued animals that were truly in need of a good home. Her compassion made me love her even more. So did her determination to stop playing by someone else’s rules and make a life for herself. Which is exactly what she did.
Alice Clayton’s leading men are always sexy and swoony, but Lucas took the cake. He’s smart, outdoorsy and loves animals. What more can a woman ask for? I felt sorry for how his last relationship ended, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t glad that it left him open to explore his chemistry with Chloe. And boy, did they have chemistry in spades. I loved their banter and the slow burn from friends to more that I thought was going to make ME explode before it broke. Alice Clayton gives good sexual tension. I just wanted to lock these two in a room together, hand them a drink, throw on some Frank Sinatra and let nature take its course.
Mai Tai’d Up was a fantastic continuation of the Cocktail series. Each new pairing has added something unique to the series and I love seeing how all their lives are connected. I especially love the appearance of characters from earlier in the series in the new books. It’s nice to catch up with them and see how life’s treating them. As has been my custom once I’ve finished the eBook version of one of these books, I have every intention of listening to the audiobook version next. The heroines in this series have such a strong voice and I love their inner dialogue. This is the first series where I’ve laughed more at what is internalized than what is spoken and the narration makes it that much better.
I LOVE this series. If you’re not reading it, you should be.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.