Screwdrivered (Cocktail #3) by Alice Clayton 

4 stars!

“Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?”

Vivian has a problem with the L word. She’s never been in love. Her relationships have always been physical but never emotional, which might explain why at the age of 29 she has retreated into the world of harlequin romances. When Vivian receives a phone call that her great Aunt Maude has passed and left Vivian her home and its belongings, Vivian jumps at the chance to move across the country and live out her fantasies. Even better? The house comes with a ranch and a cowboy. That’s right, a shirtless hunky cowboy.

Vivian finds the house in disrepair and it becomes clear that she must renovate it. Cue Clark, the chairman of the historical society and Mendocino’s town librarian. Clark and Vivian are at constant odds over the house, and the two can’t stop bickering. Slowly dislike turns into toleration, which turns into friendship. Can Vivian learn to see outside the fantasies into real life to see what’s standing right in front of her?

“It doesn’t always have to be so hard. Sometimes falling in love just means turning around and seeing what’s right in front of you.”

I thought this was a very cute addition to the Wallbanger series. Before the synopsis was announced I had thought that these spin-offs would be about Caroline’s friends, but I’m actually glad that wasn’t the case. It gave the reader a chance to see the Wallbanger-verse from another fresh perspective while adding in glimpses of the characters we grew to love in the first two books.

I loved the banter and dynamic between Viv and Clark. It was soooooo obvious how he felt about her and I wanted to kick Viv for most of the book because she couldn’t see it. There was also that lovely Alice Clayton humor that had me chuckling out loud for most of the book, especially the librarian jokes (as I myself am a librarian in training).

“Dewey Decimal system, right?”
“Don’t mock the system, Vivian.”
“I wouldn’t dream of it. ”

I also loved Mimi’s cameos because that girl and her organizing obsession was cracking me up! I swear, I wish there was a real life Mimi just so I could have her come over and organize my stuff. I probably couldn’t afford her though.

The one thing I didn’t love was Viv’s daydreaming in the harlequinly way. I know this is vital to the story and not to sound like a total book snob, but I don’t read bodice rippers at all, so even the joking snippets in this were enough to make me skim those parts.

Overall a very sweet and cute read. Clark is adorbs and I hope I’m lucky enough to find a guy as cute as him one day. Book boyfriend to add to the list!

“For the record, I am so turned on by your elbow patches, I’m coming out of my skin over here.”


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