Book Review: Mai Tai’d Up by Alice Clayton


Title: Mai Tai’d Up (Cocktail #4)
Author: Alice Clayton
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Length: pages
Rating: 3.5 stars


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.

MG Review

This is the story of:
Not settling.
Coming home.
Understanding your life path.
And eventually finding perfect.

Now, add that with Alice Clayton’s quick wit and easily relateable characters, and you have another fun light read, a great bridge between romance books heavy on angst and emotion.

What did we love:
When Chloe walks away on her wedding day from the seeming perfect guy, you’d think she would struggle with a purpose.  But no, she actually puts her pageant platform to use and decides to open a shelter for abused pit bulls.  Not only can any reader get behind this life direction, but it sets the scene for how she comes to meet Lucas.

Although the author sometimes writes about some frustrating females, she always introduces a fun, sweet and sexy male lead to swoon over, and Lucas is no exception.  Prince Harry hair?  Yes, please (I’m a ginger so that’s saying a lot).  And a nice sense of humor to boot.

“Sorry about your shirt,” I said, brushing at the wet spot.
“No problem.  At least you managed to cry in the shape of a giant dick.”
“That’s Florida!”

I have to agree with Grace on this one, Chloe put her big girl panties on and decided she wasn’t marrying Charles Preston Sappington.  I mean really, who would want to marry a guy with the name of Charles Preston Sappington, he sounded pretentious, and he was pretentious.  I will also agree that I loved how she used her pageant platform to help abused pitbulls.  Cue in the hot sexy Dr. Campbell who looks like Prince Harry.  Ok now whenever I see Prince Harry on TV or in print, I’m always going to think about Lucas, just saying.  Thanks Alice!

I also liked that although she tried to live up mother’s expectations, Chloe was going to do what she wanted to do with her life, whether her mother approved or not.  Loved Chloe’s dad, everyone should have a daddy like him.

What we didn’t love:
Fudge?  Fucking fudge?!  It was a bit odd the first time I read it and downright annoying near the end.

I followed the column of his throat to his Adam’s apple, perfection; to his jaw, perfection; and then his lips – holy fudge,  perfection.

Apparently Chloe has had such a proper upbringing on the pageant circuit that she’s been trained (brainwashed) to not curse.  She doesn’t even curse in her inner monologue.  Ok, so I’m from Philly and may curse more than the average woman, but come on!  As Elsa would say, “LET IT GO!”

As I was reading and the word “fudge” kept being used instead of “fuck”, I started feeling compulsive, desperate for her to say it.  No such luck (she may have said it once the whole book and sadly, it wasn’t during sex).  So who do I turn to when I need to hear a good f bomb? Bruce Boudreau of course.

Cue to the :30 mark.

Ok, I’ve gotten that out of my system.
With the book title, I also expected a little bit of bondage.  Am I alone in this thought? Well, there is none.  Not a deal breaker or anything, just thought I’d mention it.

I am and will always be an Alice Clayton fan.  I fell in love with her writing and wit with the Redhead Series.  With this book though, I didn’t feel that instant connection.  There was funny moments, but nothing like in her previous books.  And when the sexy times finally came, it was at 80%. Alice can write an awesome sexy time scene, she’s done it with the Redhead Series.  Yet with this Cocktail series, I felt too much of a friend zone situation.  Of course, you will get a HEA for both Chloe and Charles, I just wanted a little more laughter.

Ok let’s deal with the Fudge moniker throughout the book.  I, again, agree with Grace.  It was funny at first because of Chloe’s pageantry, a lady never curses, but seriously a good F bomb now and then, will not even kill Ms. Universe.  Now for this book being about bondage like my trusty/smutty Ginger thought, I knew there would not be any bondage involved lol.  Not a deal breaker for me either.

Overall, this was a fun read. 2 runaway brides, 1 HEA, maybe 2, depending on how you look at it.

– Michelle and Grace

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.



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