Mai Tai’d Up (Cocktail #4) by Alice Clayton
“Everybody’s dealing with some stuff, darlin’. Sometimes it’s just nice to deal with it while looking at a gorgeous hunk of man.”
Chloe has just done the unthinkable. She left her fiance at the alter. Well, not the alter exactly, but she called off her engagement the day of the wedding. All her life Chloe has been the perfect daughter and she saw herself well on her way to becoming the perfect wife. The only problem with it all? She wasn’t happy, she wasn’t being herself, and most importantly she wasn’t in love.
Spur of the moment after calling off the wedding, Chloe moves from San Diego to Monterey, California where she proceeds to convert a barn into a pitbull rescue.
^^^Look at how cute those dogs are!!!
In starting the rescue, Chloe becomes friends with the local vet Lucas. Lucas is a hot ginger, and the two have a fast attraction to each other. The only problem? Lucas’ fiance just left him…. at the alter. Understandably, Chloe is a little less than truthful about how she and her fiance ended things.
Over time Lucas and Chloe become close friends with the possibility of something more. But Chloe doesn’t want to be a rebound girl for Lucas, she wants more.
I really liked this last (latest?) edition to the Cocktail series. Alice Clayton wrote a character who was on a search to discover who she really was, and I consider that the main plot more than the romantic one. There were many giggle worthy moments, and I pretty much had a smile on my face the entire time I read this book.
This is a fun read, like all of Clayton’s other books, but there were 2 itty bitty little things that bugged me. Just a little bit.
1) Some other reviewers have pointed this out, there needed to be an epilogue. I was not thoroughly happy with the point at which the book ended. We needed a little more!!
2) I’m sorry but after how Lucas humiliated Chloe at the airport when she made the big romantic gesture? He needed to grovel waaaaaaaaayyyyyy much more than he did to get her back. Just saying. #petpeeve
Ms. Clayton has written herself a spot into my auto-reads/purchase books. Give this one a try y’all!