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.
Quick and Entertaining, but...
This is a very fast read. It has some of Clayton's trademark humor, though Wallbanger is still the best! The problem is you know the whole story by page 50. You know what the problem is going to be, you even know how the resolution is going to happen. The sexy part is very very light in this story, not taking place until the very end; however, the late development of intimacy in the story makes the conflict seem even more superficial than it is and more annoying when it all comes to a head. There's also a problem with the timeline: after she moves to Monterey her cousin tells her Viv is pregnant but it's very very early, when she meets Lucas he says he's going to Belize in 8 weeks, BUT right before he leaves its discovered Viv is now 7 months along. When you're writing about the development of a relationship, and the term "rebound" is such a worry, having a clear timeline is important. Ultimately, I definitely could've lived without reading this book and it doesn't fit as neatly into the series as the others in theme, characters or writing style.
Mai Tai'd Up
Really good!! Fun characters!!