Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: Mai Tai'd Up by Alice Clayton

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 fiancĂ© 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.

4 Star Review by Natasha Gentile

When we first meet Chloe Patterson, she is at her wedding rehearsal.   She’s a former beauty queen, which means she’s been on a diet since her pre- teen years, and if anyone who has ever been on a  diet knows, that can make you bitter, oh and so unhappy.  It also doesn’t help that her mother weighs her food, and makes sure she will turn out to be the perfect Stepford Wife. 

Pleasantries, mingling, restrained and dignified laughter spilling around the room.  Fifty of our very very closest friends and family.  And this was only the rehearsal.  Four hundred (four hundred!) people from all over southern California had been invited to the wedding tomorrow, being held at one of San Diego’s toniest country clubs.

There is only one thing wrong with this picture, you see Chloe, all she wants is to eat, she wants donuts instead of oatmeal. I for one agree with her!  She is slowly dying inside.  The perfect husband has been picked out, the perfect house, perfect wedding, she will be the perfect wife…except, let’s face it no one likes perfect..

But inside my head wasn’t pretty.  Inside my head, I was wondering what would happen if I jumped onto a table and started screaming.  What would the reaction be? Startlement? Horror? Amusement? How quickly would someone usher me off the table, and how quickly would everyone else go back to their coffee?

The wedding day is here, isn’t it exciting? I mean it’s your wedding day why wouldn’t you be happy?  Oh that’s right, you don’t really want to marry him, you’re settling.  Now she is starting to think, this isn’t that great of an idea.

Wow, breakdowns happened fast.  I slid behind the wheel of my BMW, turned the ignition, and was out of the driveway before she made it to the front door.

Well talk about a run away bride!  She is out of here.  Gasp!! Imagine the gossip mill and the fun they will  have with this!  Since she’s skipped out on her wedding, what’s an ex beauty queen left to do?  Chloe does a complete 360.  She is starting a rescue dog farm for pit bulls.  Finally she is doing something she wants to do. With her new adventure, she doesn’t have time for love or dating, she has all the love she needs with her furry four legged friends.  That is until she sees the local veterinarian, Lucas Campbell.   Oh and he’s a ginger!

When he looked up at me and I caught the full force of those ice blue eyes, the impact was a thousand times more lethal than the reflection in the bar mirror.
Gingers are my kryptonite.  Always have been, always will be.  Show me a hot ginger guy and my pulse will star a’racing.  And this guy? At least six feet three, sun kissed skin, freckles scattered across his nose, his hair swept back from his chiseled features.  Cheekbones that could cut glass.  And those eyes, currently giving me the three second inventory.  I drew myself up to my full seated height, and took another two seconds to catalogue the strong forearms, also splashed with a few freckles, the long and tapered fingers holding he charts.  Oh yes, a very good looking man.  And did I mention the scrubs?  Oh my yes, he was all wrapped up in dark navy blue surgical scrubs, which accented the eyes magnificently. 

So you say ginger, I immediately think of Prince Harry.  Oh and not in a good way, in a down and dirty way, in a way I want to see those Vegas pictures with the hands not holding the family jewels.  If you catch my drift!

Imagine Lucas’ surprise when he starts to find himself drawn more and more towards Chloe, and the sexual tension is so thick in the air, I’m surprised no one has fainted!  You see Lucas, he’s not looking for anything.  He just got burned, by his wanna be beauty queen ex-fiancĂ©e.  That’s right, you read it correctly, his ex was also a beauty queen.  Oh this is about to get all kinds of interesting!!

So while Lucas is trying his damnest not to fall in love, or think of Chloe being tied up,  or Chloe in any 
position, it’s getting to be too much, and when push comes to shove and someone jumps into the shower 
with him naked, well a guy can only hold out so much!

There is only a small catch, you see he doesn’t know Chloe’s past, and she’s not exactly forth coming 
with details.  What will happen when it all comes to surface?  They say let sleeping dogs lie, but when 
those dogs wake up will they stay or flee?

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