September 14, 2014 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton
Publisher/Year: Gallery Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: From the publisher
Rating: 4 stars!
Other books from author: The Redhead series, the Cocktail series, A Valentine Anthology
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.
Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though!
Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?
USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!
What I Thought…
WARNING: This review is a little bit spoilery for the first book in the Cocktail series, Wallbanger, so if you haven’t read Wallbanger I suggest you stop here!
Rusty Nailed picks up pretty much where we left off in Wallbanger, with Simon and Caroline seemingly on their way to their happily ever after. And, much like Wallbanger, Rusty Nailed is a flirty, fast-paced read that you’re sure to enjoy.
For starters, the magic in Simon and Caroline’s relationship and interactions is just as present as it was in the first book, which is one of the things I particularly loved the first time around. When I read Wallbanger, I was particularly struck by their chemistry, which was there from the get go. I was concerned that the extension of the series would create unnecessary conflict between them, but obviously that fear was misplaced! Don’t get me wrong, there was conflict between Simon and Caroline, but it didn’t feel forced and it wasn’t conflict just for the sake of having conflict. There was miscommunication between them, Simon had to reconcile his past with his newfound future, and Caroline also struggled with wanting it all both at work and at home. Of course, every couple has their issues and Simon and Caroline are no different.
Simon and Caroline weren’t the only ones having issues. Their friends from Wallbanger are back again, and things aren’t at all rosy between Sophia and Neil. It wasn’t just the romantic couples having their problems, as Caroline and her boss Jillian also had their ups and downs that mostly left me wanting to shake some sense into Jillian. Even Clive and Simon had their difficulties, good to see that the more things change the more they stay the same! Most importantly, the conflict in Rusty Nailed didn’t impact on the overall tone of the book. I expected something fairly lighthearted and Clayton certainly delivered. If this was a movie, it would be a dramedy for sure!
Clayton had me all caught up in her writing, this book was fun and boy oh boy was it sexy! The synopsis on the back of my book promised “a hilarious, honest and steamy portrait of life as a twenty-first-century gal”, and I can’t think of a better way to describe this book. It made me laugh out loud (which rarely happens), it dealt with real-life issues without feeling forced, and it was super sexy in the relationship department. It also dealt with perhaps the most pressing issue facing us 21st century gals, trying to achieve our goals in our working life without compromising our goals in our personal life, and vice versa.
Rusty Nailed certainly lived up to my expectations and I can’t wait to read Screwdrivered, the third part in the Cocktail series. I’m hooked on Alice Clayton’s writing and I recommend her to anyone looking for a fun, flirty read with a lot of heart.
What did you think of this book? Did you enjoy it?