Monday, 1 September 2014

❤ SCREWDRIVERED ❤ ALICE CLAYTON ❤ Cocktail Series #3 ❤

© Bianca Janeane


• release date: 2 September 2014 
 • Cocktail Series #3
• #4 Mai Tai'd Up will be released December 2014

5 Stars

Readers back for a third round of the bestselling Cocktail series will enjoy a madcap romantic comedy about bodice ripping and chest heaving, fiery passion and love everlasting. Plus a dash of paperwork filing and horseshiwait, what?

By day, Viv Franklin designs software programs. By night, Vivian
s a secret romance-novel junkie who longs for a knight in shining armor, or a cowboy on a wild stallion, or a strapping firefighter to sweep her off her feet. And she gets to wear the bodicedont forget the bodice.

When a phone call brings news that she
s inherited a beautiful old home in Mendocino, California from a long-forgotten aunt, she moves her entire life across the country to embark on what she sees as a great, romance-novel-worthy adventure. But romance novels always have a twist, dont they?

s a cowboy, one that ignites her loins. Because Cowboy Hank is totally loin-ignition worthy. But theres also a librarian, Clark Barrow. And he calls her Vivian. Can tweed jackets and elbow patches compete with chaps and spurs? You bet your sweet cow pie.

In Screwdrivered, Alice Clayton pits Superman against Clark in a hilarious and hot battle that delights a swooning Viv/Vivian.

Also within this book, an answer to the question of the ages: Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian?


29-year old Philadelphia native Viv (Vivian - we met her in Rusty Nailed - she's an old school friend of our darling Simon!) just inherited a beach house and a little ranch in Mendocino, California.

Her mom's estranged aunt left all her possessions to the niece she last saw 17 years ago.

Now Viv needs to decide what to do?
Which is pretty easy - she'll move to California!!! Yay!
Because as much as she loves her family - including her FIVE older brothers - she needs a little distance from them.  Her mother, who's always arranging blind dates for her.
Her Dad wants her to be more involved in the family computer business. She already sacrificed her beloved art to come back home and work in the computer field.
She spent her very early twenties living in Florence and Paris - happily doing her art thing - but then her Dad had a health scare and she came back home.
Now here's her chance to finally do something for herself again.
Maybe she can finally find her dream guy in California.
She's always dreamed of being swept off her feet by a sexy pirate or cowboy or prince - she's kind of obsessed with romance novels ☺
And what do you know? We have a sexy cowboy AND a sexy librarian to choose from in Mendocino!!!!!

Only she doesn't really leave the best first and second and third impressions with both of them! ☺
And she sooo wants to fall in love now that she's starting her new life in California.

I'm a reasonably attractive young gal, great rack, nice legs, and never had any complaints in the sack. But I'd never been - cue sad music - in love before. And no one had ever been - cue sadder music - in love with me. No one had ever taken me in his arms, kissed my sweet lips, and whispered the words I love you.

Viv is mega busy getting the house cleaned up and renovated. Which involves Librarian Clark - he's the guy who's stopping her every renovating idea. Because he's the guy in town who has to make sure that the old historic buildings stay true to their time.

But Viv really loves this adorable town. She even found a friend in Jessica on her first day - and Jessica's boyfriend John, the most important man in town: The Pizza Place Owner ☺☺

Everything could be perfect - if only one of the 2 guys would be interested in her....or are they??? ☺



NOPE . . .
I'm not telling you

Well - ok - there's no Cliffhanger! ☺


I really loved SCREWDRIVERED!!!

I LOOOOOVED Wallbanger and now we finally have a new heroine to laugh and cry with! Viv! She's adorable!

She's this typical nice girl from a perfectly loving family, who then rebelled against her parents by going to study in France, and getting tattoos and piercings. But she still loves her family very much and they're all very close, but now she could finally 'escape' to California to maybe find her own Happily Ever After. A HEA like the ones she always reads about in her beloved Romance Novels ☺

The book was sooo cute and funny and romantic and sexy!
I loved that we got to see Simon again!!! Remember? Our beloved wallbanging guy from San Francisco? ☺
He comes to visit with his Caroline and their friends Mimi and Ryan.

Were there some things I didn't like? Yeah..unfortunately...
I was expecting more sexiness... yes - Viv dreams about sexy times - Romance Novel style - but - no idea if I'm spoiling too much here - but the first kiss in this book doesn't happy until the 95% mark of the book. That's way too late for us Romance Novel Junkies!!!
And yeah - her dreams and daydreams - kind of like the inner goddess in Fifty Shades - I didn't like that.
And when I started reading and found out that there will be two guys? Hm nope - not a fan of the love triangle thing. But luckily you realize pretty quickly who'll she end up with... ☺

BUT - all of ^^ that didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying SCREWDRIVERED.
Viv was such an amazing heroine! I loved her - I loved the one guy ;)))) and I loved the place - Mendocino - I just totally loved reading the book!!!

Screwdrivered was an amazingly cute and funny and romantic story! I loved it! And you'll fall in love with Viv & peep too ☺
Can please someone make the book into a movie??

and now PLEASE HURRY Alice - I need to read Mai Tai'd Up ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Move over Wallbanger and Pink Nighty girl, we have a new heroine to love and laugh with!

I loved everything about Viv!  She is smart, cute, sexy but quirky.  Tattooed and pierced as acts of rebellion against her parents.  Loves her family, but sometimes they are just too close!  Even the other side of the country can be too close some times!!
I loved that we got more of Simon and Caroline, Mimi and Ryan!  Even though we only quickly met Viv in Rusty Nailed I just knew that she was going to become a more integral part of this group somehow.  Loved how the old crew became the voice of reason for Viv when she was all flustered about things.

Then there was the new men in Viv's life.  She loves her romance novels and now feels like she is in her very own real life romance story.  There is a bit of a love triangle that isn't really a love triangle.   Who will be the one for Viv - the cowboy of her sexy dreams, or the nerdy librarian who makes her life hell? Hank or Clark?  Decisions decisions!

Well, you kinda know from the start which one will win her heart, but it is a joy to watch the story play out.  Hank (the cowboy) didn't really do it for me, you just knew he was a himbo manwhore- albeit a hot one!  He just lacked substance to me - but this may just be me!  He would be fine eye candy though!

The romance takes a while to get lift off in Screwdrivered - well, it probably only happens in the last 10% of the book.  Not even a sloppy, drunken kiss until then!  The lustful thoughts, the sexy dreams, the day dreams that Viv drif

So, does Viv get her fairytale romance?  Who will win her heart?  Nope, not telling, you are going to have to read for yourself!

Once again Ms Clayton has drawn me right into Viv's world.  I wanted a roll in the hay with the cowboy, fight with the librarian.  You can practically hear the waves on the beach, smell the sea air, taste the butcher's block pizza, hear the creaks and the groans of the old house.

Now the wait begins for Mai-Tai'd Up!




LAST CALL (January 2015)


MAI TAI'D UP (December 2014)



Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…

Sunday, 31 August 2014

✪ Blog Tour ✪The Family #1 - #3 ✪ Cardeno C ✪

Police captain Asher Penazs staunch professionalism bleeds into his home life, down to his neatly pressed attire and spartan apartment. He enjoys being the man in charge, and leather bars satisfy his need for dominanceso his sudden and powerful attraction to the lighthearted, free-spirited Daniel Tover throws him for a loop. In his entire life, Daniel has never gotten what he needs, so he moves to the next place, the next job, the next attempt to find something worth staying for, always landing at the top of his game, but never feeling like he belongs.

The chemistry between Asher and Daniel sizzles, so Asher invites Daniel home. As both men struggle to learn themselves while getting to know each other, the lines of desire and control blur. With all that fire comes the risk of getting burned. But if Daniel and Asher can walk through the flames together, they might find what they desperately need.

I am a fan of Cardeno C's work, she writes sweet m/m romance like no one else, but Something In The Way He Needs just rubbed me a little the wrong way. 

It has been a couple of weeks since I finished reading, and that "thing" that rubbed me the wrong way - I pretty much think it was Asher in general.

I am all for a dominant alpha man, but Asher just took this to the extreme, and his ultra possessiveness just irked me. For a Dom he just seemed to lack that control that we expect and his behaviour felt more assholey then protector.

Don't get me wrong, I loved the attraction between Asher and Daniel, but the whole relationship felt a bit off balance to me.

Daniel is sweet and not naive per se but he just seemed a little off with the faeries at time.  I know he wasn't and he was actually a smart guy, but at times he felt like he was 15 years old not in his early 30s!

And Asher with "sugar".  Sweet enough nick name, BUT all I could picture was a southern belle with a thick accent, a la Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Not the image I needed for a strong policeman!

So while I liked this story, I didn't love it like I wanted to.

Now, off to the next book in the family series.


When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isnt difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when hes approached by the gorgeous construction worker hes admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, hell need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.


This is the second in the Family series by Cardeno C, but can be read as a standalone, as the characters do not overlap with the previous book.

I gotta admit, I liked this one a lot better than the first one in the series!

Wow, these two don't know the meaning of slow.  They went from meeting to moving in quicker than I could eat my lunch!!! Don't know about insta-love but boy this was insta-nesting!

Spencer is the shy professor, pretty much obsessed with the hot construction worker he has been perving on for the past couple of weeks.  Spencer has not gone unnoticed by Emilio - said construction worker - and when Emilio makes his move, there is no mistaking the come on!

And from there, things move full steam ahead.  

Even though Spencer is 38 to Emilio's 22, there is a role reversal in their relationship, with Emilio taking on the protector role.  At times though, Spencer felt more like an inexperienced 16 year old with his first boyfriend more than a smart, successful professor, but I could understand his trust issues and his hesitance.

I loved Emilio and all his family, especially his brother Henry and his sister Alicia.  They were funny and wise and just all around likeable.

If you are in for a sweet, comfort read then this is the book for you.  But have your dentist on speed dial because the sweet factor is turned up to the max.



 As a teenager, Charlie "Chase" Rhodes meets Scott Boone and falls head over heels in love with the popular, athletic boy next door. Charlie thinks he's living the dream when Scott says he feels the same way. But his dreams are dashed when Scott moves unexpectedly and doesn't return.

Years later, Chase meets brash and confident Adan Navarro, who claims all he wants is a round between the sheets. When they're still together after eight months, Chase is convinced Adan returns his love. But then the time comes to be open about their relationship, and Adan walks away instead.

Time heals all wounds, but when Charlie runs into Scott and Adan and realizes the only two men he's ever loved are now in love with each other, his heart breaks all over again. Scott and Adan tell Charlie they want him back, but Charlie doesn't know if he can trust two people who have hurt him so deeply. And even if he can, why would Scott and Adan want Charlie when they already have everything with each other?

Wow, this series just got better and better.

You know that feeling you get when you look through your photo albums, and a picture can take you back to the time and place, bring back all the memories and feelings of that instant?

That is how More Than Everything is told.

We get the story of Charlie (Chase) Rhodes and his loves and losses as he goes through his photos.

Spanning over a couple of decades, Charlies takes us on an emotional ride as we learn about the love and losses in his life.  Your heart will go from light and loving to heavy and dark with loss.  It is one hell of an 
Charlie's narration of the story drew this read right into the scenes with him and the two loves of his lives, Scott and Adan.  Grrrr did those two piss me off!  Yep, I judged them for what they did to sweet, loving Charlie!  I wanted to hug Charlie with one arm, and bitch slap Scott and Adan with the other!

I absolutely adored Charlie, he was comfortable in his own skin, he wouldn't change himself for anyone.  He stood by who he was and if people didn't love him for him, so be it.

As I read further and further into the story, my heart broke for Charlie, was pieced back together, only to be ripped out and shattered again. 

I was overjoyed when this trio all found each other again, but I was still mad at Scott and Adan for their past deeds.  While my heart soared for Charlie that the two men who held his heart were back in the picture, I felt that all their issues were resolved a little to quickly.  I wanted Charlie to make them grovel, walk through fire, crawl on glass before he let them back into his life.  They deserved to have to earn him and his trust back.  But at the end of the day, I was just happy that Charlie was happy.

Cardeno C has a way of bringing all three men's stories together seamlessly.  She brought different periods in their lives and different POV's across so well that everything and everyone's stories interweaved beautifully.

These are not the first Cardeno C works I have read, and they definitely won't be the last.

Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."