New Release & Review: Mai Tai’d Up by Alice Clayton

Happy Friday Y’all!! So today we are happy to bring you my review of Alice Clayton’s new release Mai Tai’d Up!! It was a totally fun read and we hope that you will all go check it out! If you’ve read the other Cocktail series books I think you’ll enjoy this one. It has ties to the other books but can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed it and I hope you’ll check out my review below. And as always feel free to share our post, comment, etc; we love hearing what you all think! And pay attention because we should be getting ready to do some giveaways soon of some fun things The Geekery Book Girls picked up at the signings we were lucky to attend this year!! Until then happy shopping and as always happy reading!! ~ Amber

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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 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.

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AMBER’S 4 STAR REVIEW

I was so excited to get the chance to read and review the latest in the Cocktail series from Alice Clayton! I finally got to read Wallbanger a couple of months ago right before meeting Alice in Vegas and loved every word! Alice has a way with humor that brings a story together. This installment of the Cocktail series introduces us to Chloe Patterson, a socialite on the verge of marrying a member of San Diego’s social elite. It was pretty evident that Chloe was not in the midst of a romantic fairy tale and that her mother was the mother of all stuck-up b’s. So what’s a girl to do that sees her future being forced upon her rather than living the life she wants? Well she runs away from her wedding day of course!

Her desire to flee, to find some true happiness whatever that might be leads her to her family’s ranch in Monterey. After the move she gets the offer to do something that is near and dear to her heart in starting a shelter/rescue for pit bulls. It is this endeavor that brings Chloe to meet the hot veteranarian, Dr. Lucas Campbell. He is beautiful and Chloe declares him her kryptonite due to his status as a “hot ginger”. Lucas is also dealing with the aftermath of being left at the alter, something that they bond over although Chloe fudges her story to allude that her engagement was amicably ended. What ensues is the start of a beautiful friendship. They hang out, take care of the dogs, work their way thru a 1960’s era cocktail book and listen to lots of the Rat Pack in Chloe’s retro inspired home.

I loved the chemistry between Lucas and Chloe! They were fun and seemed to bring out the good in them both. The throwback tunes, drinks and even the play on dialogue was fun (loved when Lucas called Chloe “Chickie Baby”!). Even though it seemed that much of the story was about them learning to find their way together, I did sorta wish that they would have been a bit more smexy time between the two but in the end I think I liked it the way it was because it became more about these two people than them jumping into bed. Though when Chloe and Lucas do finally give in to what they obviously wanted it is steamy for sure and Chloe is definitely not disappointed. The other thing I loved about this book was the focus on the dogs. It is obvious that Alice loves animals and I’m so happy she spotlighted pits because they are such sweet creatures when nurtured, much like we all need and much like Chloe needed. She needed someone to believe in her, that she was more than a beauty queen and Lucas did this just as much as Chloe did it for the Our Gang dogs.

I hope y’all will give this series a try, it’s definitely a fun ride!

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