ARC Review: Mai Tai’d Up by Alice Clayton

Posted November 30, 2014 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Mai Tai’d Up by Alice Clayton
Mai Tai'd Up
by Alice Clayton

3.5 Stars


Released: 2 December 2014
Series: Cocktail #4
Published by Gallery Books
Pages: 320
Format: eARC


“Overall, MAI TAI’D UP is a fun loving romance.  It was just missing a bigger spark to draw me in fully.” ~ Under the Covers

Beauty queen and socialite, Chloe leaves an artificial life because she wants to feel alive, to feel love and passion, and be an adult.  She’s never had to work a day in her life.  She’s never had responsibilities.  Until she moves to her father’s Monterrey house and starts a new life.  One that includes rescuing dogs and meeting a sexy vet.

We first met Chloe in SCREWDRIVERED and I was left curious as to her relationship and her upcoming wedding to a man she obviously didn’t love.  But although I went into this book with no expectations, you know me and not reading blurbs when I follow an author, I think there was just something missing.

It seems that it’s just going to be my experience in this series to go through ups and downs.  I enjoyed SCREWDRIVERED a lot!  I think looking back that was because I really liked the heroine.  In MAI TAI’D UP, although I still enjoyed the book, it wasn’t to the same level as the previous book.  There were just things about Chloe that I ultimately didn’t connect to.  And there were some issues in the story that the author resolved a bit too quickly.

I loved the attitude of the hero, Lucas.  He made Chloe feel comfortable all the time, at ease in his presence.  A friendship quickly started and flourished thanks to him.  Can’t say he was perfect, but he was pretty close to that.

Overall, MAI TAI’D UP is a fun loving romance.  It was just missing a bigger spark to draw me in fully.  Although I still say that these books read more like chick lit with a dash of romance.

*ARC provided by publisher

WallbangerBook 1 Rusty NailedBook 2 ScrewdriveredBook 3 Mai Tai'd UpBook 4

Wallbanger: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads Our Review
Rusty Nailed: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Screwdrivered: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Mai Tai’d Up: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads


About Alice Clayton

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...


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Thanks for the review Francesca

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, Wallbanger was awesome and the last 2 I thought were ok. I don’t remember Chloe being in Screwdrivered, I need to refresh my memory.


I really have to get started on this series

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She just went to see her cousin and they had dinner together. But yeah, this series hasn’t gotten back up to the excitement of Wallbanger.

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