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(Cocktail #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  16,583 ratings  ·  1,277 reviews
Readers back for a third round of the bestselling Cocktail series will enjoy a madcap romantic comedy about bodice ripping and chest heaving, fiery passion and love everlasting. Plus a dash of paperwork filing and horseshi—wait, what?

By day, Viv Franklin designs software programs. By night, Vivian’s a secret romance-novel junkie who longs for a knight in shining armor, or
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Gallery Books
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Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars!!!

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Screwdrivered is the third book in Alice Clayton’s Coctail series. The first, Wallbanger, is by far my favorite. But I loved this one much more than the second. It was fresh and funny with a feisty and fun heroine and a swoon worthy hero! I laughed out loud more than once and it reminded my why I loved Alice Clayton’s writing so much.

If you’ve read Wallbanger, you’ve met Viv. She was the spunky girl from Simon’s highschool reunion that was a softwear designer that loves to tra
Rachel Reads Ravenously
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?
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it

4.5 Holy Mackerel Stars

Vivian Franklin is contacted in the middle of the night when her estranged great aunt Maude dies. She is told she is the sole heir to her estate and inherited her seaside cottage in Mendocino, California. Vivian decides to move across the country and pursue her romance novel worthy adventure.

We have our heroine now we just need a hero, so who will it be the librarian or the cowboy.

Clark Barrow is the towns librarian and histor
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This was just what I needed to make my spirits bright. I was all . . .

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Viv Franklin spends her free time daydreaming of pirates marauding through her underdrawers while reading classics such as Loins of Endearment and The Wolf of Lust Street. When a great aunt Viv hasn’t seen since she was a child passes away and leaves Viv her estate (including stables/horses), Viv takes it as a sign that she is destined to live out her romance no
Nika  ♥Marie♥
Mar 16, 2014 marked it as to-read
was i the only one expecting it to be about Simon and Caroline's friend and is left disappointed
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 "MY" Librarian Stars!
(BR with Sharon, Patty, Denisse & Wendy)

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Vivian Franklin aka Viv is a 29 yr. old independent single woman living in Philadelphia. She comes from a large, close family, & has 5 brothers who are all married. Her mother continually tries to set her up on blind dates with the men her mom views as marriage material, hoping she will find the one. The dates never work out because she isn't into clean cut boring men. Viv prefers the hard to get, rough around the edges bad
Dee Montoya
****4.5 Balustrade Stars***** (Balustrades are sexy and is now my favorite word)

(BR with Mel, Sharon, Patty and Wendy)

If you ever read an Alice Clayton book you know she can write funny and sexy stories like nobody's business, this one had all the same components but in a bit of a different style. The sexual tension in this book stretches throughout the story, making the buildup almost unbearable but sooooo worth it in the end.

Viv is a computer engineer who loves art and adventure. She's been ar
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Impossible woman.”
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Dec 14, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
SQUEE!! WALLBANGER FANS, this is #3 in series!!

In the third book in the bestselling Cocktail series, a romantic at heart decides that she will not ever, under any circumstances, fall for the engineer next door.

Viv Franklin is a retired Army captain who now designs software programs. She’s also a romance junkie who longs for a knight in shining armor or a cowboy on a wild stallion or a strapping firefighter to sweep her off her feet. Knowing she’s never going to meet her hero by spending all her
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 Balustrade Stars*****
(BR with Mel, Dee, Sharon, and Wendy)

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This is the story of Viv Franklin, who we met in "Rusty Nailed", at Simon's High School reunion. She is one of Simon's childhood friends from Philadelphia. She is a software engineer with a bit of an edgy flair. She has tats and piercings and dresses sort of goth.

Viv is living a life without love and passion. She went into software engineering because that was the family business, but her passion is really for painting. She l
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: MELISSA *Mel Reader*
4 Dreaming the Fantasy, Living the Reality Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
For years, when I would talk to my friends about a crazy experience about work, dating or raising my family, I would somehow always end up saying my life is like a situation comedy. The event could be as simple as being in line at the checkout with having one person ask to go ahead with a carton of milk....Which would be fine... only to then have another come right after her. The story would be detailed; quoting the comments ma
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 - 4 ★'s

Vivian, aka Viv, is a software developer who loves reading romance novels and secretly longing for her own happy ever after. When her aunt passes away and leaves her home to Vivian, she decides to move there and take on a new adventure. A new adventure that just happens to have a sexy cowboy and an infuriating librarian.

I really enjoyed the first two books of this series...of course, a lot of that had to do with them being about Simon, aka The Wallbanger. So I was a little apprehens
Norah Una Sumner
How gorgeous is this cover, though? So hot.


I really enjoyed reading this story - it was funny, romantic, captivating, with great supporting character and a slow burning romance. And, eventually, it was hot as hell. I loved Viv actually, she's a really interesting character and such a bad-ass. I always wanted to have a tongue or eyebrow piercing so I really loved that she has both of these. And, of course, I love how Simon and Caroline made an appearance! The two are the ultimate cutie-pies, bu
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars
I like a slow build, don't get me wrong. But 90% for something, ANYTHING to happen romantic wise was not cool. The dude was a librarian, do you know how much fun, dirty stuff you could do with that?!?!

Also, the long rambling inner monologue of the heroine's would be romantic fantasies got a tad old.

Shame because this author truly creates some hilarious moments, just wish she would have gotten to the good stuff much faster with this one.
FAR too much inner-monologue for me, lots of explanation & being 'told' instead of 'shown', made it all quite boring. Rushed ending too. ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 “Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?” stars

God bless Alice Clatyon, she has delivered another fantastically fun read that had me laughing out loud and falling in love all at the same time.

This is book three in the Wallbanger series. It is not a story about Simon and Caroline, or their tight circle of friends, but instead tells us the story of one of the minor characters from book 2, Rusty Nailed. I went into this one blind, not even realising that I’d met the heroine before, wi
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-men, series
I enjoyed this book I ve luvd this series so far an this book was just as good I do have 2 say wallbanger is still by far my fave but this was better then the last book plus we got more Simon even if it was a lil bit ;)

This story was good I luvd how romantic viv is she is just great u would never think she was a big romantic look at her with her tattoos piercings an big combat boots but she just wants 2 say the 3 magical words I LUV U 2 someone special an it makes me just want 2 luv her her
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I just didn't feel this one.

Way too much internal dialogue + no sex until last 5%= 1 bored Polly

Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giggle-fest
4.25 Stars!

It has been a long time since I read the other books in this series and it took me a bit to remember who Viv Franklin was. I read about her in “Rusty Nailed” when Simon went to his high school reunion. She was tatted and pierced with a very edgy look. I remember her being funny and a very likable character.

I am not normally one for a slow burn but this seemed to work. It might possibly be because of the dialogue going on in Viv’s head all the time, where she was playing out a romanc
Lili  Marcus
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nerd Alert...

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.

Aaaaw, this is such a nerdy love story. I love Vivian and Clark. I also find them so realistic. Vivian, is just like many of us, Romance readers, who always imagine herself in a Romance Novel but never really truly in love. She was waiting for her hero, her knight in shining armor. But she was imagining his hero very wrong so when she already met him, she
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The action moves on from Caroline and Simon to Simon's old friend Viv Franklin who thinks she's living in a romance novel. About that ...

So Viv receives an unexpected inheritance of a beautiful historical house and land in Mendocino California and, deciding that this might just be the change she's looking for, heads west from Philadelphia to find her new life, and hopefully a hot cowboy to share it with. When she arrives there is indeed a hot cowboy, Hank, who looks after the animals on Viv's la
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
3.5 that I'm rounding up. My main complaint is that I just wanted MORE of the story. Also, where was the Clive cameo?
Who said librarians can't be sexy...or male? Alice Clayton made Screwdrivered a lot of fun to read! This is the perfect enemies to lovers story, BUT Ms. Clayton made us wait way too long for the bow chicka bow wow. I seriously thought it would never happen. However, I was so happy to see the same fun and humor that made me fall in love with Wallbanger! Check it out!!

My favorite quote:
“I knew that life couldn’t be like a romance novel, where someone could fall hopelessly in love with her soul mat
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Screwdrivered is the third installment of Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series. This is probably my favorite from the series, and I have to say, Clayton’s hit the perfect stride of romantic, funny and swoon-worthy with Viv and Clark.

Viv Franklin is a romance novel fanatic. She mentally narrates her life through the eyes of a heroine waiting for her knight and shining armor to come rescue her on his dark horse and make passionate love to her. In reality though, she’s a software programmer from Philade
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at The Book Nympho
smartandfunny sexy1 Must-Read
If you plan to read only one book in Alice Clayton's Cocktail series it MUST be SCREWDRIVERED! Seriously ALL romance junkies should read it. Why? Viv is a secret romance reader and her romance novel daydreams had me LMAO and added smexy to many scenes. And often at the wrong time and about pirates, cowboys and more.

When Viv gets a call in the middle of the night letting her know that her great aunt has died and left Viv her house and land in California, Viv
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6/10 - Phew!! Still fanning myself nearly 24 hours after I finished this (and it's not because of the open fire that started this whole thing).

Last night my dad was in charge of the tv and he decided that a show about zebras was the show to watch. Sure, I could have left the room and gone to bed, but I wanted to read in front of the fire (the weather was unOctoberly-cold last night, tonight it's feeling like we've skipped most of spring and gone straight to a mid-December night), but there's no
C. Maria
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because of the ending that made me forget about the thing I didn't like.

This book was cute and I'm a sucker for happy endings and this book has one adorable ending. I did want more of them together and their (view spoiler). For me the ending made my day and the book way better then it was until then.

I liked Viv and looved Clark so much. He is just unbelievable, hot, smart, a true gentleman and much more.

I didn't like the parts when she saw her life/dreams like a
Sara Kate
This ended up being super cute. This story besides moments of frustration from the heroine, made me smile and laugh. Clark was awesome and probably my favorite nerdy hero. A great feel good story.
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5- 3
Not enough time at the end with the guy she picked... not enough interaction with characters...and really boring. It didn't feel like an Alice Clayton book at all to me. It seemed really forced. So, yeah.......highly disappointed
*finishes reading* waits five minutes *begins reading again*

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ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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