Alice Clayton nailed it again, with Mai Tai'd Up, the fourth book in her Cocktail Series.
It's not love, but it's not bad. While I did enjoy this book, it wasn't as laugh out loud funny as Wallbanger. And that's okay. It was actually more poignant in its own way. That's because of the characters, Lucas and Chloe, and how beautifully damaged they were in the beginning. Chloe had a wakeup call on her wedding day so she split town to find herself and help save some dogs. She goes to her dad's ranch in Monterey, where she crosses paths with Lucas Campbell, a local veterinarian who ends up helping her make her dream a reality. They begin a friendship which in time turns into a flirtation and then into a real relationship. There were some things standing in the way though. Chloe hasn't been completely truthful with Lucas, while he might still have feelings for his ex.
There was lots of things to love about this book. The characters were totally engaging. Chloe was strong once she learned how to stand up for herself.
"I'm not marrying Charles Preston Sappington. Not today. Not any day!”
She did a lot of growing up in this story and Clayton showed every step of her growth. Now as much as I admired Chloe, it was Lucas that I really loved. He was such a great guy. Smokin' hot, with Prince Harry hair, and thanks to Clayton that is the way I pictured him in my mind. He was also infinitely patient with Chloe and really showed her how to enjoy herself. Then there were the supporting characters that helped to paint the picture as well. Chloe's dad was great, I really loved him. Now her mom was a piece of work so it took me some time to warm up to her, though I finally did in the end.
The best part of this book was the relationship and how it slowly evolved from friendship to romance. Ironically they were both rebounding from bad relationships so they took their time and this made everything more believable to me. It's not fast paced but slower burning.
I enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and the story. Of course, the writing was excellent and the pacing was easy. I didn't really have any complaints, it's just that it never quite jumped out at me. I never cackled out in laughter, though it did have some funny moments here and there. All in all, it was a good read.
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.