Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review: Rusty Nailed (Cocktail #2) by Alice Clayton

Rusty Nailed (Cocktail #2) by Alice Clayton
Published June 24th 2014 by Gallery Books 
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!

My Thoughts
Sexy, funny and romantic!! Perfect sequel to Wallbanger!

Rusty Nailed has us visiting with Caroline and Simon once again as their relationship continues to develop and grow. At first, these two career-minded characters are bumping and grinding along as they balance their busy schedules and social engagements. They soon find themselves investing in a home and taking definite steps toward serious coupledom… which ultimately has Caroline questioning what she’s ready for. As they tackle the obstacles and struggles that come with growing up, they have to learn to maneuver their relationship carefully so they don’t lose sight of what’s really important, which is each other.

I absolutely adored Simon Parker (aka Wallbanger) in this novel. He seemed so much more serious and committed in this story, and it was heartwarming to see all the small and big (ahem ahem) ways he showed Caroline Reynolds (ask Pink Nightie Girl) how much he cared. We got to journey with him on a few of his travels, which by the way he has the dream job. And, we also got to see firsthand what he left behind in his home town.

Caroline had her moments. She has a way of making me laugh with her inner monologue and witty ways. Despite her hot and cold ways with Simon, I completely understood her indecision and fears as they surfaced in their relationship.

Another character that deserves honorable mention is Clive the Cat. What a hoot! I have to say, my favorite moment was the secret talk between him and Simon. I love animals and when they are cared for and treated properly by their owners, it warms my heart. I loved how much Simon cared about that cat. The epilogue in his POV was truly funny!

Great ending to Caroline and Simon’s story, but I can always enjoy more time with these two. Definitely needed this lighthearted and romantic story to boost my reading energy to the next level.
4.5 Suns

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