Series: Cocktail #2
Published by: Gallery Books on June 24, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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?
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Screwdrivered, Mai Tai'd Up
Also by this author: Screwdrivered, Mai Tai'd Up, Nuts
One Line: A scorchingly sensational sequel that makes you wish you had a Wallbanger of your very own.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
I actually went into this not realizing it was a continuation of Caroline and Simon’s story. I really enjoyed Wallbanger, but thought it worked as a stand alone. Still, it was nice to see how their relationship has progressed since then and what their future holds. We all want to know what happens after the couple falls in love, but often times it’s not needed. However, I think Clayton was able to do this couple justice with a second book, which is difficult to accomplish at times because it can seem too much or unnecessary like certain other series I’ve read in the past. Rusty Nailed turned out to be just as engaging and entertaining as Wallbanger.
I liked that these two were able to make a long distance relationship work without any sadness or resentment. They both genuinely enjoyed their time apart as much as when they were together. It just worked for them and I appreciated that, because not a lot of couples can make it work like that. Then, things start changing. We see Caroline deal with coming up in her career, navigating all the new responsibilities and realizing her dreams of success. We also get Simon coming to terms with his past and moving forward with Caroline in a healthy and committed way.
It was definitely a change to see Simon around more and not taking any jobs. I could understand Caroline’s hesitation about it all and what exactly was going on with their relationship, but at times, I think she was a bit too dramatic about it. Their relationship was anything but conventional, but it worked for them and they both liked it. Then Simon goes and changes the dynamic, moving things forward fairly quickly, so I could see how that would spook someone like Caroline. It was interesting to see how it all played out and wondering if they would be able to make it work.
Simon was definitely a great male lead. I just loved him. Not only is he amazing in bed and his and Caroline’s intimate scenes were scorching, he’s also a very sweet and considerate guy. I also loved seeing their friends, who added just the right amount of comical drama.
Rusty Nailed is a fun sequel to Wallbanger and a nice look into this couple’s relationship after the “I Love You’s” are said. I really enjoyed this book and Clayton’s writing is fun, flirty, and engaging. If you’re a Contemporary Romance fan, you’ll want to add this series to your collection as soon as possible.
About the Author: Novelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman–and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.
After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career: author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she’d been missing since walking away from the theater 10 years before.
She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series–The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.