Susi Reviews Mai Tai’d Up by Alice Clayton @Alice_Clayton

Susi Reviews Mai Tai’d Up (Cocktail #4) 

by Alice Clayton 

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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.

My Review

Alice Clayton does it again in Mai Tai’d Up.  Her latest book is a perfect concoction of fun, sexy and sassy complete with a magnificent cast of characters, including some characters from Screwdrivered and an adorable canine.

This story is entirely told in Chloe’s point of view.  I must say, I love Chloe.  She had a brief mention in the last book.  She is the runaway bride looking to start her life in a new place away from her past.  This former beauty pageant queen heads off to Monterey where a new home, job and life await her.

Her former charity work leads her to her new job.  Although she never held an official job before, her calling, her love of animals shines through in her new endeavor, working with rescue dogs.  Well, if you work with dogs, you need a vet right?  Well, this new vet, he’s HOT!  Enter Lucas a sexy 6’3″ ginger with brilliant blue eyes, tanned skin and great hair.  He’s not only gorgeous but sweet, funny and yes, I repeat, SEXY.

Lucas, the vet and Chloe become friends and of course, written in true Alice Clayton style, their friendship evolves and there are many funny moments between them. Of course,  there are plenty of moments fueled with sexual tension making this a most enjoyable read.

Alice not only brings readers her unique and totally awesome, funny and sexy writing, but transports us to spectacular locations.  I love Monterey and pictured this story vividly.  The theme of pet rescue touched my heart because I am a true dog lover.  I love that she brought awareness to an issue so many people choose to ignore.

I read this book pretty quick and admit I had a huge grin on my face for most of it.  Alice’s books always make me smile, swoon and smile some more.

I would love to read more about Chloe and Lucas in another book.  As a reader, I want more of their story.  This book can be read as a standalone but why would you want to do that?  I recommend reading all of Alice’s books in this fabulous Cocktail series.

Alice, this book is another 5 star read. And, I too love gingers.  You see,  I married one. And, he’s a vet too. (the other kind of vet, a US Marine)

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Now, go get Mai Tai’d Up!


 

Some of my favorite lines….

 

“I want it all. I want encompassing knock your socks off, can’t live without you, can’t be in a room without wanting you naked, love.” 

As I picked up my doodled To Do List, I noticed that on the bottom I’d written Lucas. On my To Do List.  “Yeah yeah yeah,” I muttered to myself. Still smiling.

“First, I can’t believe you just pinched a pregnant woman. Second, I can’t believe you are not hitting that! What on God’s earth is stopping you? Third, and this is the pregnancy hormones talking, if Clark says it’s okay, I’m going to hit that if you don’t!”  This was all said in a stage whisper while Lucas and Clark talked guy talk about monkeys or something. “And fourth, can I have some more ice cream?”

“By the way, what was that about bouncing on his dick? Whose dick are we talking about?”

“I don’t even think that’ll fit,” I said.   “Oh, it’ll fit,”  he murmured, then pulled away. “Wait-are we… talking about…..fitting?” 


 

12054492-author-alice-claytonAbout Alice Clayton

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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In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?

USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!

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All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you are entered.   Simple right?

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~Susi

 


About the Author

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Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…

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Review – Blog Tour – Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton @alice_clayton

 Susi Reviews Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

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In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?

USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!

 

My Review

I was first introduced to Alice Clayton with Wallbanger, the first book in this series.  Wallbanger was actually my birthday present.  It was waiting for me on my Kindle when I awoke.  I have to say, Simon for my birthday was a pretty sweet gift.  From that moment on, I became a huge Alice Clayton fan.  I loved Wallbanger but let me tell you, Rusty Nailed hits it way out of the park.

Rusty Nailed is such a perfect read.  There are so many reasons why I love it.  First of all, the characters in this story are all amazing. Caroline, Simon, their friends, and finally, Clive, my favorite cat, are a unique blend of personalities that make this story all the more entertaining. They each bring this story to life in their own ways, each adding sprinkles of perfection.

I also loved the location where this story takes place.  I visited Sausalito with my husband and it was one of the best trips I have ever had.  I love this place!  The Bay Area is the perfect setting for this romantic tale.  Both with Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed,  I was really able to picture all of the places detailed in the book. So as you can see, the story truly came to life for me.

Additionally, I bake, and I too have a relationship with my KitchenAid mixer.  So I can totally relate to Caroline and her taste in appliances and kitchens!  This is another reason why I think it is totally awesome.

The story… I floved it.  Caroline and Simon have been together and their relationship is going strong. In this story, their relationship evolves. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments and the right amount of romance and sexy moments too. After all, Simon and his hammer… 🙂 Whoa…

Caroline’s career advances.  Her job becomes more demanding and finding that perfect balance is key for both of them. Between the job, house sitting, the reunion, their friends and Clive, this story is packed with awesome from beginning to end.

Simon, he continues to be sexy, swoon-worthy and oh so hot.  It was great to watch him grow in this book too.  He gets better and better.  Trust me!  Just like Caroline, we also learn more about Simon.  There is a tenderness about him that I totally admired in this book.

We get a little more than a glimpse into the lives of their friends we met in Wallbanger.  I can’t wait to read more about them in the next book.

And Clive, I don’t want to spoil this by telling you too much, but you will love Clive in this book.  He truly is a special character.

So, if you haven’t read Wallbanger yet, you need to get to it right away.  While you are add it, get Rusty Nailed too.  Both books make perfect summer reads.

Grab a drink, a Wallbanger maybe, and your books and enjoy this fantastic series.

Alice, you are truly a talented woman.  You write the best romantic comedies.  Thanks for bringing readers like myself so much joy.

I gave this book 5 stars!!

5 stars

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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


MY FAVORITE QUOTES

“He bent over the back of sofa inside my apartment and removed my panties. With his Teeth.
With his mother-loving teeth! I can’t even!

Romance novels, schmomance novels, here’s how Wallbanger does it”

 

“So, are you going to say hi to your boyfriend who flew all the way across the globe just to show you his hammer, or are you going to punch me again?”

 

“Dirty talk is an art. Do it too often, and it becomes routine. Never do it, and you’re missing something. Simon did it just right. He was like a perfect bowl of smutty porridge: just right.”

 



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About the Author

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Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…

Connect with Alice Clayton

http://aliceclayton.com/

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https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAliceClayton