Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Review: SCREWDRIVERED by Alice Clayton

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication Date: September 2, 2014


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 a cowboy on a wild stallion, or a strapping firefighter to sweep her off her feet. And she gets to wear the bodice—don’t forget the bodice.

When a phone call brings news that she’s inherited a beautiful old home in Mendocino, California from a long-forgotten aunt, she moves her entire life across the country to embark on what she sees as a great, romance-novel-worthy adventure. But romance novels always have a twist, don’t they?

There’s a cowboy, one that ignites her loins. Because Cowboy Hank is totally loin-ignition worthy. But there’s also a librarian, Clark Barrow. And he calls her Vivian. Can tweed jackets and elbow patches compete with chaps and spurs? You bet your sweet cow pie.

In Screwdrivered, Alice Clayton pits Superman against Clark in a hilarious and hot battle that delights a swooning Viv/Vivian. 

Also within this book, an answer to the question of the ages: Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?



This book was funny. The original plot of the story and its hilarious heroine made this book a very fun read for me. Moreover, this is a book about a romance novel junkie! And who cannot identify with that?! ;)

Viv Franklin is independent, smart, tough, outspoken, stubborn and yet a total dreamer. She followed her family's footsteps and became an accomplished software programer but some of her true passions are art and painting and her fascinations over romance novels. She delights herself with the feelings, images, and dreams those books bring out of her. Her most wished desire is that she one day could live the love, the romance, and the passion from one of those novels into her real life.

"For all the ridiculous perpetuated in romance novels, I still longed for the fantasy. The fairy tale. The wonderful give and take that occurred when two became one."

So when one day out of her ordinary life she gets a call to be informed that she has inherited a house all across the country in Mendocino, California, she sees that as a sign that she's finally going to live dreams and that this is the adventure she ought to take to make it all happen.

"I had a bubbling excitement at embarking on my very own adventure, just like the ones in my favorite books."

When Viv arrives in Mendocino and to her new house she thinks she has found her romance hero, a cowboy named Hank. He's everything she's been dreaming of, hot, ripped, and a total bad boy. But is he really into her? Well, that's debatable but Viv is all for the challenge because she knows falling in love in romance novels can't come that easy.

"Cowboy Hank. This was going to be a tougher nut to crack than I thought. Good thing I liked a challenge." 

Viv cracked me up with her obsession over this cowboy. She was determined to prove that he was meant for her because he was well, a cowboy! She tries to flirt, seduce, engage him in conversations, and anything else she can think of to try to make things happen. But while she's daydreaming about the apathetic cowboy another man shows up in her life, a librarian.

Clark Barrow is brilliant, chivalrous, and a very well put together gentleman. Viv finds him very attractive and interesting yet he's not a bad boy, cowboy, fireman, or in any way similar to the heroes from her books so he couldn't possibly be the protagonist of her own romance novel. So she keeps her mind set on the cowboy in pursuit and just tries to work with Clark as she has to because all renovations to her new house have to be approved by him since he's not only the town's librarian but also the director of the historical society of which her house is registered to. The problem with Viv's plan is that as she gets to know Clark more and more he causes her to feel some things she wasn't expecting to feel. Things she should have no place in feeling for a librarian when there's a cowboy she's trying to win over because the cowboy can only be the right choice, right?

"I was panting, for Christ's sake! Over a librarian?"

Viv was a hoot. So stubborn and hilarious over her fascination for romance stories. I totally understood where she was coming from and her desire to live her own fairy tale. But who would have thought her romance novel was going to be about choosing between two very different men? Well, that's the original twist in this story which I appreciated it. It was refreshing and again hilarious.

My favorite part of this book was the last couple of chapters and the epilogue. They were swoony, romantic, and intense. I was ecstatic on how things turned out by the end. I thought it was an excellent edging to this romantic comedy and moreover the perfect ending for this romantic-stubborn-dreamer-girl.♥

"I'd been in a romance novel this entire time, but I had the wrong book. This was my book."

A very funny read indeed! If you're looking for a sexy, imaginative, silly, and lively love story Screwdrivered is definitely for you! ;)

Favorite Quotes:

"For all the ridiculous perpetuated in romance novel, I still longed for the fantasy. The fairy tale. The wonderful give and take that occurred when two became one."

"I want to be romanced; I wanted to be swept away-I want something special, rare, passionate, out of the ordinary!"

"Sometimes falling in love just means turning around and seeing what's right in from of you."

"I'd been in a romance novel this entire time, but I had the wrong book. This was my book."


Connect with Alice Clayton on:

#1 - WallbangerAmazon US * Amazon UK
#2 - Rusty NailedAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#3 - ScrewdriveredAmazon US * Amazon UK
#4 - Mai Tai'd UpAmazon US * Amazon UK

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