By Alice Clayton
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Screwdrivered is the third book in the Wallbanger series by Alice Clayton. I actually didn’t even intend on reading this series, but I bought the book for a friend for Christmas last year and, well, I’d just finished my current read and I thought, “Well, it’s not like would ever know I read it before giving it to her, right?” I felt a little guilty, but it turns out this was one of the best ideas I had had in a while. It was hilarious, sexy, and full of fun!
Unlike the two previous installments, which focus on Simon and Caroline, this book focuses on one of Simon’s friends from back in the day, Vivian, who has a head for computers and a heart for dirty romance novels. While she has traveled to exotic places and had sexual liaisons with plenty of guys, she has never really been in love and she longs for the fairy-tale romances she’s read in the past. When she gets a call in the middle of the night, saying she’s inherited her eccentric old aunt’s beach house, she finds herself out in California and meeting an incredibly hot “cowboy” who takes care of the animals on her aunt’s property. Viv thinks she’s walked right onto the pages of one of her romance novels, but what she doesn’t anticipate is a meddling librarian and historian, Clark, getting in the middle of things and trying to tell her how she can and cannot renovate her aunt’s run down place.First and foremost, I just want to know where this sexy librarian has been my entire life. A guy who loves books and history and is as sweet and caring as can be? Count me in. I don’t know what Vivian is thinking, but I’d be throwing myself at Clark. While Hank has his sexy body, I think I’d prefer someone with a bit more gray matter in his head.
Anyway, this was a fantastic read, as per usual with Alice Clayton. She weaves wit and humor into her stories and I always find myself smiling or even laughing out loud as some of the banter the characters exchange – even if some of the jokes are rather dirty and low-brow. That’s all part of the fun, though. And while the humor is great, the steam is wonderful as well. For those of you who aren’t into reading much sex, this book has it, but only in the last chapter and pretty tastefully done. Not to mention the epilogue, which was freakin’ adorable.
Vivian is also a character we can root for. She’s smart and strong and isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. The fact that she has a hard time wooing and catching the cowboy Hank’s attention is amusing, given that she’s so used to having an impact on men when she sways her hips or expertly buttons her blouse with “just the right amount of cleavage.” And the fact that she finally ends up with who she really needed – and releasing that she only needed to be herself – was incredibly sweet. It was nice to see both her and her significant other get that happy ending they were both dreaming of.
So, if you’re looking for something quick, funny, sexy or something with heart, this is definitely your read! If you haven’t checked out Clayton’s work yet, be sure to get on it. I can’t recommend her enough!