~ Synopsis ~
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 fiance’ 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 a few Mai Tai’s, a moonlit night, and the music of Frank Sinatra enough to allow them both to forget their past? Let’s home 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.
How I’m JUST now reading this? Is BEYOND ME! This got lost in the shuffle of releases, it’s been out for ages and of course – I devoured it in nearly one sitting. Because that’s what I do with Alice Clayton books. I laugh, sometimes I shed a tear or two – but I without a doubt sit down and enjoy the time I have with the story because it’ll be finished before I know it.
This time around, we’re introduced to Chloe (again) as she is Mr. Clark Barrow’s cousin (yes, the same girl Viv thought Clark was canoodling with at the bar in Screwdrivered). And like most of Alice Clayton’s characters she’s got a cutting wit, a glorious sense of humor and is about to get married to a picture perfect fiance’ – have the white picket fence with 2.5 kids – the whole shebang. Accept her cold feet are starting to freeze and running out the front door on the day of her wedding, leaving her over-baring mother, fiance’ etc wondering where the hell she’s gone and what the hell happened?!
Chloe is not satisfied with her current situation – living with her mother, bailing on her wedding, a little lost in what she wants to do with herself or what she wants to be when she grows up – but as she needs an escape from her mother and the drama surrounding her pre-mature evacuation of her nuptials, her father suggests she take some time in Monterey, at his family’s beach house and figure things out.
This may be just what Chloe needs – and so much more.
Chloe’s worked with different volunteer organizations and when she’s convinced the unused land on her father’s property would be the perfect place for a rescue sanctuary for pit bulls, Chloe starts to feel her feet warming up and her future taking shape, finally working for something all on her own – an organization that she loves, and carrying for these poor abused dogs – she’s finally finding her footing in this life and in walks Mr. Veterinarian….. Lucas Fucking Campbell!
(even down to the aviator sunglasses – “bites fist”)
Through out the cocktail series there has been a buffet of gorgeous, lovable, funny men but Lucas may have just climbed hand over foot to the very top – because helloooooo Ginger-Kryptonite – Fassy Fassy Fassy! He’s adorably flirty – the innuendo is pure hilarious-sexy Clayton. My toes may have curled a time or two and yes, undoubtedly I fucking swooned. Like grasped my kindle to my chest, closing my eyes in blissful hilarity.
(just throwing another in here for good measure.)
Lucas and Chloe hit it off – fast friends both freshly out of long term relationships, but not looking for anything else – but being as they’re the only two in Monterey the same age and single? They start to spend more and more time together, Lucas’s father and their Veterinarian practice helping Chloe get her sanctuary started – but little secrets keep Chloe from getting any closer to Lucas than she has too…. Lucas is still coming off the loss of his relationship, while Chloe is more spreading her wings. He maybe the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, and she’s definitely had moments of wondering what the stubble on his jaw would feel like between her thighs ….. but I digress.
(OK, maybe I’ve wondered the same thing.)
Alice Clayton – what can I say that I haven’t already in any other review I’ve done on her books? The woman is perfection to me – she weaves a story like no other with humor and a large dash of sexy thrown in – but always, always with a twist of flirty that will definitely leave you swoony.
Check out my other reviews in the series!
Book 1 – Wallbanger (Simon & Caroline)
Book 2 – Rusty Nailed (More Simon & Caroline)
Book 3 – Screwdrivered (Viv & ???)
Book 5 – Last Call (Simon & Caroline)
About the Author – 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. (via the author’s website)