Clayton shows off her trademark humor and zany characters in the third installment of her Cocktail series. Giggles and lustful leers follow the heroine when she attempts to renovate a historical house while living out her romance novel fantasies with not one, but two local men. Sizzling chemistry, infect- ious dialogue and the heroine’s overactive imagination will leave readers crying with laughter as she discovers that sometimes what you see isn’t what you get.
By day, Vivian (Viv) Franklin designs computer software, but by night, she loses herself to heaving bosoms, windswept moors and manly, sweaty chests. This secret romance junkie suddenly finds herself in her very own romance when she inherits a seaside home complete with a gorgeous muscle-bound hunk. But romance novels always have a twist and, in this case, there are two heroes vying for Viv’s attention. Will she ride off into the sunset with the gloriously ripped cowboy, or choose the local librarian whose mild manners and elbow patches hide a delightfully naughty side? Viv isn’t sure who she wants to spend her happily ever after with, but she plans on having fun while choosing. (GALLERY, Sep., 256 pp., $15.00)