Mai Tai’d Up (The Cocktail Series #4) by Alice Clayton


And now, watching these two dance around each other, watching his eyes being drawn again and again to the bosom she seemed to be deliberately using to her advantage, I realized that this was what it was supposed to be about. The dance. The back-and-forth, the spark, the excitement. I’d never had that spark with anyone. And after watching Clark go toe-to-toe with this Vivian? I wanted to get sparked too. And I was no longer sure that I’d be getting sparked in San Diego . . .

Chloe is engaged, but she’s not sure that she’s made the right choice in fiances

Charles was the most perfectly put-together whirlwind you’ve ever seen. Never a hair out of place, never a spot of food on his tie, or a piece of spinach in his teeth. The spinach would never dare. But any piece of spinach would love to get the chance to lodge there. Charles Preston Sappington was the man about town, the bachelor every woman from San Diego to Santa Barbara had been trying to land for years. Any piece of spinach would count herself extremely lucky to be trapped between his pedigreed teeth; it was the dream tiny spinaches were told by their spinach mothers. Tall. Handsome. Rich. Good family. And if you do as you’re told, you too can go for the brass ring. I was Miss Golden State. He was my final tiara after a lifetime of pretty and prancing. Now I could go quietly into that beautifully manicured good night, my wedding veil firmly in place. And a silent scream in the back of my throat. With that comforting thought—and if by comforting, I mean abject terror—I turned out my light.

When Chloe makes a major choice on her wedding day, craziness ensues

I gave this book a 4.8 out of 5 stars. I must say that Alice Clayton never disappoints! Her characters are funny, interesting and pretty darn realistic. In this installment of the Cocktail series we dive into the life of Chloe, former Miss Golden State and currently living under her mother’s thumb. Chloe was my favorite character in that she had substantial growth and that she strived and worked hard to gain that strength. In the beginning she realized that she hadn’t really lived her life the way that she wanted too, and at 24 she was getting married to a man she didn’t actually feel anything for. So, she leaves… on her wedding day. Now, I didn’t like how she chose to leave but I was relieved that she did leave. Luke was actually a really cool male lead. He was strong and though he had been burned by a woman in his past he didn’t let that effect the way he interacted with people. One of the best parts of the story for me is that while it is a romance, they don’t jump into bed when they first meet. Yes, they are attracted to one another and there is major chemistry, but they get to know each other first and are friends first. From their friendship new things start to bloom 🙂 .  This is a very quick read in that you basically can’t put it down. And like all the other books in this series your sides will hurt at times from laughing so hard.

Check out my review on another book in the Cocktail Series!

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Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid

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(Now they have all the parts in one too!)

So if you’ve been keeping track these last few days, or even if you haven’t…

You know that I’ve been reading the Elements of Chemistry and its parts. So, as of my post yesterday I finished all of the parts which together made pretty much one book (which are now all in one, who knew).

Here’s a bit on the two main characters, as told by quotes from the book…

Katy on Martin:

He’d lose his temper and then BOOM! he’d go off on whatever poor soul he happened to believe responsible. If it was a girl, they’d leave crying after coming in contact with his razor wit (and, by razor, I mean cutting and wound inducing).

Katy on herself:

I rolled my eyes and huffed like the disgruntled recluse I was. I would rather shop for a bra than go to a fraternity party, and that was saying a lot.

Katy and Sam (her BFF) on Katy:

‘Katy, you’re beautiful and desirable—’ ‘Oh my God, no more teasing. I’m wearing the dress, aren’t I? I even let you put makeup on me.’ ‘I’m not teasing you. I’m trying to get you out of this perpetual funk you’re in. You hide yourself behind baggy clothes and eyebrows so thick they could be mustaches.’

Katy on the effects of Martin:

I like kissing you. I like the way it feels. I love how you make me feel when you touch me. But what feels good isn’t always what’s good for me, and I’m not willing to settle for being with someone who sometimes treats me well. I’d rather be alone.”

I give this series(?) a 4.8 out of 5 stars. Now, first of all I have to reiterate that I love Penny Reid as an author. Her books are intellectual as well as funny and her characters are quirky and relatable. For the most part the book was amazing, but there were a few things i didn’t like. The main one being the development in the last part (Capture). I felt that from the beginning Martin and Katy where slowly changing and growing the more they were around each other, which was good, they seemed real in that they made mistakes but they also learned from them. They were honest with each other and worked to not only try to better themselves, but to help their significant other out as well. Then there was Capture. Some stuff went down in Heat and by the time you where in Capture Katy made some major changes in her life (good) but she also had a Twilight moment (the part where there were pages with the months but nothing else…). I mean it wasn’t that extreme but there was a period in the book that was painful to read because nothing was really happening. Otherwise it was a great series and I hope you check it out.

Check out my reviews on each part!

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Capture

Capture (Elements of Chemistry part 3) by Penny Reid

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‘Then I don’t think I understand what love is. I thought I knew. I thought it was this great thing where two people support each other and work together to solve problems. I thought it was about trust and loyalty, being honest, kind, being a team. But now I have no idea. In fact, I’m doubting that love exists. Maybe, as a society, we made it up to explain and justify our unhealthy desire for co- dependence.’

Katy has been hurt by the love she thought that she and Martin shared.

Months later she is finally putting her life together and moving towards her dreams

And maybe even… moving on?

‘But I’m not going to rebound forever.’ ‘When will you stop?’ ‘When I see someone who’s worth hurting for again. Someone worth the risk.’ He lifted his hand and tucked several strands of hair behind my ear, his fingers lingering on my throat. ‘Or she finally sees me.’

As Katy moves to get on with her life sans Martin, he appears… Seemingly out of the blue

But if you know Martin like I do, you know he doesn’t really do anything ‘out of the blue’.

I gave this part a 4 out of 5 stars. It really got this rating because I felt as though the author was messing with my emotions on purpose. Yes, both Katy and Martin went through some substantial growth but it definitely dragged on for longer than necessary. This part was actually the most infuriating because of all the misunderstandings and misconceptions. I really felt as if Katy grew a lot then her progression just kinda of stopped in the middle, and she became a bit wishy-washy. This really upset me because her character was one that was very straight forward and honest and during parts of this she lost that.  This is the final installment in the Elements of Chemistry series, look forward to tomorrow’s summary of the series as a whole.

Check out my reviews on the first two parts!

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Heat (Elements of Chemistry part 2) by Penny Reid

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As the Elements of Chemistry series is written in parts and (to me) can really only be read together I have decided to do a special 4 day posting ‘event’. Starting with yesterday’s Attraction post I will continue to post about each part on each new day which means I will post about the third and final part tomorrow and I will do an overall review of the parts as a whole on Wednesday! Please look forward to it and let me know what you think.

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Earlier, after a change, and motion quickly to the string bikini I was wearing, I went back to the debt that’s all you had your hands full-and at one point, your mouth full of a tongue that wasn’t yours-so I figure you were good. You know, are entertained, taken care of, no need of my escort services.

Katy has agreed to spend her Spring break with Martin.

Martin is really messing this up

Are they truly meant to be?

I understand that kissing random girls is in your wheelhouse. Which, like I’ve been saying all along, is another reason why we’re not compatible. Because, as I’ve said-and no judgment-I’m not really into kissing guys who kiss other girls. That’s not in my wheelhouse. So you should go return to your women folk. I’ll be down here reading; no rush.

This is both Martin and Katy first ‘real’ relationship (for different reasons), how bad could it get?

You have no idea…

I give this part 4.5 out of 5 stars. As the parts continue you get a better feeling for the characters and their circumstances. I have to say with this new installment I like Martin a lot more and better understand his personality as well. Another character that becomes more prominent is Sam, Katy’s best friend. You learn more about her and Katy as well by the way they interact. This ends on a cliffhanger, and is very frustrating at times. It is relatively fast paced and definitely funny. This is part 2 of the Elements of Chemistry series, it should NOT be read as a standalone.

Want to read my review on part 1?

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Attraction (Elements of Chemistry part 1) Penny Reid

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This part of the series is currently free on amazon (as of 6/14/15)

Martin Sandeke, my year-long chemistry lab partner and all around most unobtainable person in the universe- who I never spoke to except to ask for beakers, relay findings, and request modifications to the heat level of my Bunsen burner. And by Bunsen burner I meant, literally, my Bunsen burner. Not the figurative Bunsen burner in my pants. Because I hoped Martin Sandeke had no idea that he affected the heat levels of my figurative Bunsen burner.

Katy is the daughter of a senator and a dean of medicine, granddaughter to a physicist and an astronaut. She feels as though she has big shoes to fill.

Martin is the son of a billionaire and most everyone he meets is out to use him.

What will happen when two totally different people are inexplicably attracted to one another?

‘What was that?’ His eyes stopped moving over my face and instead settled, held mine captive. They were heated and…hot and…intense. I was starting to understand why the blood of a thousand virgins had been sacrificed at his altar of sexual prowess. I tried to swallow. I couldn’t. ‘That was necessary,’ he finally said. Actually, he growled it. ‘Necessary?’ ‘Yes. That needed to happen.’ ‘It did?’ He nodded once and bent as though he were going to do it again. I stiffened, my hands moved instantly to his chest and I thwarted his advance-because, if he started kissing me, it was surely a sign of Armageddon.

Apparently Armageddon…

I gave this book a 4.6 of 5 stars. <– This might be because I now have to continue on to the next book (part?) because of this cliffhanger she just gave me… I have to say that this is the second series that I have started by Penny and she doesn’t disappoint. The characters are well thought out and hilarious, they have unique personalities and they are intellectually funny. She has perfected the method behind the intelligent character. She doesn’t just tell you that a character is smart (anyone can do that) she shows their intellect through the way they act and speak, and she does it in a way that doesn’t make you as the reader feel stupid (I mean I do look up some words they use, but it’s not a lot and they are humorous most of the time). Katy is definitely my favorite character, with her awkward social interactions and witty commentary. She is also very annoying in that she is very naïve, but she is also changing which is satisfying to watch. Martin is frustrating as a character with his complicated personality but it is also understandable. This is definitely NOT a standalone and I would recommend that you purchase all three books at the same time and get comfortable because you will most likely spend all day trying to finish… Don’t say I did warn you…

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons Book 1) by Christina Lauren

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The day we officially graduate from college is nothing like how it’s depicted in the movies. I throw my cap in the air and it comes down and cracks someone in the forehead. The keynote speaker loses his notes in a gust of wind and decides to wing it, delivering a thoroughly uninspired commencement address on turning mistakes into the building blocks for a brighter tomorrow, complete with awkward stories about his recent divorce. No one on film ever looks like they’re going to die of heatstroke in their polyester gown… I’d pay someone a lot of money to burn all the pictures that were taken of me today.

But it still manages to be perfect.

Because holy shit, we’re done.

Mia and her best friends Harlow and Lola have just graduated college and to celebrate their achievement they go where any self-respecting college graduate with a newfound sense of freedom would…LAS VEGAS.

I don’t do eye contact well. I don’t usually do conversation well, either. In fact, the only muscles I never seemed to really master were the ones required for easy speech. But for some reason-let’s blame the alcohol-and without looking away from the hot man across the bar, my lips readily form the word ‘Hi.’ He says it back, before pulling the corner of his lip between his teeth, and wow, he should do that every day and to every person he meets for the rest of his life. He has a dimple and I reassure myself that it’s just the lighting and shadows playing it up because there’s no way in hell something so simple could possibly be this adorable.

Ansel and his boys Finn and Oliver are on a short vacation in Vegas when he seeing Mia from across the room.

Sparks fly.

Let’s just say that… What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. My favorite character would have to be Ansel with his loving personality (which can get him in trouble) and his dirty mind (and mouth, oh the things he teaches Mia to say in French). At first I didn’t necessarily like Mia, but as I read on and she grew she got better. I didn’t think that I would like their relationship because it was sort of rushed, but I was pleasantly surprised when everything slowed down(in a good way) and they really got to know one another. I didn’t like that so much of their relationship was based on sex, it wasn’t bad but it did over take the storyline at parts. This book can be read as a standalone, but there are other books in the series (about different characters). I also have to say that I’m excited to read the next book in the series because it’s about one of Mia’s best friends Harlow (she made me laugh).

Truce: The Historic Neighbor from Hell R.L. Mathewson

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‘Looks like I just got my chair back,’ she said with a grin, shooting Gregory a wink. The little minx winked! It hit him then what she’d done. She’d never planned on stealing Gregory from him. In one swift move she’d taken her chair back, humiliated him, and cost him an extra ten pounds a month, at least for the next month or two. He looked over his shoulder to find Gregory smiling in Elizabeth’s direction. The damn man had figured it out as well.

Elizabeth and Robert have been at odds ever since he made fun of her crush on his older brother and she got revenge by starting the nickname ‘Robert Lemonade’ (let’s just say that he still wet his pants at 12).

Robert tried to take a step back and get away from her, but Elizabeth took a step closer, refusing to grant his escape. She suddenly looked oddly dangerous in that light pink dress. Looking thoughtful, she tapped a finger to her chin. If I recall correctly you’ve been told to be careful when you laugh, get too excited, nervous…’ she started to explain. Robert knew where she was going with this. The little witch was about to break the promise that her parents had made his. ‘Shut up!’ he screamed as desperation and fear coiled in the pit of his stomach. She continued as if she hadn’t heard him. ‘When you’re anxious or upset, because…’ this is where she leaned in conspiratorially, but she didn’t whisper. Oh no, she didn’t whisper at all, she yelled, ‘You will wet your pants, again! You know we still can’t get the smell out of the parlor rug, but then again, it was only last week that you wet your pants when my puppy jumped on you! In fact, I don’t know what was worse, your crying or the smell!’ Loud hoots of laughter seemed to fill the park as he stood there, momentarily frozen in shock as the realization that his deepest darkest secret was out hit him. ‘Robert Lemonade!’ she said in a singsong voice, further taunting him and making him hate her more than even he thought possible.

After years of not seeing one another, one night changes everything. Things are done, mistakes are made and Robert and Elizabeth find themselves in a predicament neither thought would happen in their wildest dreams. Take a trip back in time and learn the story of the very first Bradford ever.

I gave this book a 4.1 out of 5 stars. I liked this one almost as much as I liked the first book in this series. Elizabeth is a strong independent woman and she really doesn’t fit in in her era (she’s a bit too strong willed). I like her because she doesn’t let what others think about her affect her mindset. Robert is a typical Bradford man, attractive, smart, funny and… annoying. Together this duo switch between fighting and falling in love, teasing and taming and most of all they work through their troubles to reach their dreams. This like the other books in the series can be read as a standalone but they are better read in order.

Check out my other reviews for books from this series!

Playing for Keeps

Perfection