Last Call by Alice Clayton

A couple of years ago I came across a book called Wallbanger, I loved it so much I was telling all my book buddies to read this book. It was a laugh out loud romantic comedy. I loved it. I wanted every one I knew to love it. Then came the other books in the Cocktail series. They were good, I still loved Wallbanger the best. Rusty Nailed, the sequel to Wallbanger was just OK. When I read there would be a short end to the Wallbanger story, I did not put it on the top of my MUST READ list.

After reading the rest of the books in the Cocktail series I was ready to put them to rest. There really can be too much of a good this. With Last Call it was the perfect end. If there are more books in the Cocktail series this will have really served as my Last Call. It was a great wrap up to a good series.

Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon.

Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last year, preferring to balance his professional and personal life, as well.

The next step in their lives seems preordained—toasts, veils, and the aisle of rose petals. But when an accident on a photo shoot in Southeast Asia brings Caroline the most terrifying phone call she could ever imagine, she has to ask whether “till death do us part” is a more realistic prospect than faces most couples.

It’s been a grand adventure, and Caroline and Simon wouldn’t go out without the best surprise ending ever. One part sexy, one part laughter, a dash of exotic locales, and one pink nightie, mixed with passion, and you’ve got Last Call.Served with a side of Clive.

Mai Tai’d Up by Alice Clayton

I was a big fan Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, I had a couple of my book buddies read it because It was good. When I read Rusty Nailed I was some what disappointed, I felt that book just dragged. Then came Screwdrivered and all was well again.  Mai Tai’d Up was really cute. I was a little bit hesitant to read it, I didn’t know if Clayton would be able to keep it interesting (still burned from Rusty Nailed :-/  ) I really liked it. The story didn’t drag, it was lots of cute with lots of nice. Do I want to read the last installment which is going back to the main characters…I don’t know… remember still burnt from Rusty Nailed. Can you tell I didn’t like that one?

Summary:

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.

2014 Year End Recap

I started 2014 with a goal to read 100 books. I was at that goal midway through the year. I then changed it to 125, then 150 and finally I just changed it to 175 in October. I figured with the holidays coming up I would slow down. I still managed to get some reading time, thankfully.

There are some books, maybe 10,  I have reread which are not listed on here. I guess those will off set the novellas by H.M. Ward. Novella really should not count as books read but it was the only way I could keep track of which ones I had already read.

This is what I read in 2014. Have you read any of them? Some of these books were really amazing, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, Tethered by LD Davis, and The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress to name a few. Then there were the ones where I just wanted to pull my hair out. I won’t mention them.

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I plan on being more diverse with my genres in 2015. After I finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, I am planning on reading A Good Marriage by Stephen King to start off the year with a good murder mystery.