Series: Cocktail #4
Published by Gallery Books
Published on December 2nd, 2014
Genres: Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
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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 “fudging” love Alice Clatyon! Her stories always make me laugh, with strong heroines, charmingly sexy heroes, and heart-pounding but slightly quirky romance that is both hot and hilarious. While technically, this is book four of the Cocktail series, it could very easily be read as a standalone – although each of the books in this series are fantastic, so I highly recommend you indulge!
We met Chloe briefly in Screwdrivered, where she was introduced as the cousin of Clark, and had just skipped out on her own wedding. Well, this book gives us the full story, where Chloe is essentially a Stepford daughter, about to step into the role of Stepford wife. A pageant queen since a young age, she has been controlled by others for her whole life, until she wakes up on the morning of her wedding to the seemingly perfect Charles Preston Sappington (I kid you not, that is actually his name!), and realises that not only does she not love her fiancé, but that she is not living the life that she wants to live.
“I want it all. I want all encompassing, knock your socks off, can’t live without you, can’t be in a room without wanting you naked, love.”
And so, she makes her great escape and heads north to the shores of Monterey, to her father’s holiday house where she plans to spread her wings for the first time in her life and do something she is passionate about – opening up a rescue and rehabilitation centre for pit bulls. A little quirky, perhaps, but Chloe’s love for her dogs, and the passion that she has for what she is doing forms a great part of her story.
And, of course, it gives the perfect opportunity for her to meet vet and local hottie, Dr Lucas Campbell. Looks-wise, he is everything that Chloe wants in a guy, and she recognises him as her absolute kryptonite. And judging by his response to her, he feels the same. And as they work together to get Chloe’s business up and running, a deliciously flirty friendship develops. They both know they find the other attractive, and they play up to it at every opportunity, but they are both recovering from bad relationships and agree that it’s best not to just get involved, just be each other’s “rebounds” and hang out and have fun. And that’s exactly what they do… all the while growing closer and falling harder and harder for each other.
I love Lucas! Sweet, caring, funny and oh-so-sexy, he is a genuinely great guy. He is laid back and easy going, and is determined to be a part of Chloe’s life, in whatever way he can. And Alice Clayton knows how to do the friends-who-are-attracted-to-lovers thing so well! Chloe and Lucas’ relationship is fun, it’s sweet, their conversation is realistic and jokey, and the flirting is sensational, and just a little dirty!
“What are we doing?”
“It’s a surprise, but you’ll get wet, so wear a bathing suit, please.”
“A bathing suit?”
“Notice I said please. Something really skimpy and preferably see through.”
“Kidding. Not kidding,” he deadpanned.
The story is told entirely from Chloe’s POV, and she is wonderful! Smart, witty and funny, she is endearingly relatable and her inner monologue is fantastic! This book is very much focussed on her moving forward with her life, and as usual with Ms Clayton, it’s done with fantastic commentary, and jokes that are continued throughout the book
And, as seems to be the style with this series, the flirting and UST are drawn out and we are kept waiting painfully for the hook up, but when it comes… hot damn!
“Holy sweet fuck, are you kidding me?”
Here’s the thing about an enormous penis. They don’t just live in romance novels …
“Pardon me?” he finally said, his hands frozen on my hips, his lips halfway down my neck.
“Sorry. Actually, not sorry. Actually, congratulations.” I pointed down. “This is kind of amazing.”
He threw his head back and laughed out loud.
Chloe and Lucas’ story is fun, sweet, full of laughs and highly entertaining. My only complaint is that I would have liked some more time with them after they got together. After the epic build up, I wanted some more romance! They are so amazing together, I needed to see more! But I still loved it, and finished the book with a big smile on my face
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