Susi Reviews Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton
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!
I was first introduced to Alice Clayton with Wallbanger, the first book in this series. Wallbanger was actually my birthday present. It was waiting for me on my Kindle when I awoke. I have to say, Simon for my birthday was a pretty sweet gift. From that moment on, I became a huge Alice Clayton fan. I loved Wallbanger but let me tell you, Rusty Nailed hits it way out of the park.
Rusty Nailed is such a perfect read. There are so many reasons why I love it. First of all, the characters in this story are all amazing. Caroline, Simon, their friends, and finally, Clive, my favorite cat, are a unique blend of personalities that make this story all the more entertaining. They each bring this story to life in their own ways, each adding sprinkles of perfection.
I also loved the location where this story takes place. I visited Sausalito with my husband and it was one of the best trips I have ever had. I love this place! The Bay Area is the perfect setting for this romantic tale. Both with Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed, I was really able to picture all of the places detailed in the book. So as you can see, the story truly came to life for me.
Additionally, I bake, and I too have a relationship with my KitchenAid mixer. So I can totally relate to Caroline and her taste in appliances and kitchens! This is another reason why I think it is totally awesome.
The story… I floved it. Caroline and Simon have been together and their relationship is going strong. In this story, their relationship evolves. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments and the right amount of romance and sexy moments too. After all, Simon and his hammer… 🙂 Whoa…
Caroline’s career advances. Her job becomes more demanding and finding that perfect balance is key for both of them. Between the job, house sitting, the reunion, their friends and Clive, this story is packed with awesome from beginning to end.
Simon, he continues to be sexy, swoon-worthy and oh so hot. It was great to watch him grow in this book too. He gets better and better. Trust me! Just like Caroline, we also learn more about Simon. There is a tenderness about him that I totally admired in this book.
We get a little more than a glimpse into the lives of their friends we met in Wallbanger. I can’t wait to read more about them in the next book.
And Clive, I don’t want to spoil this by telling you too much, but you will love Clive in this book. He truly is a special character.
Grab a drink, a Wallbanger maybe, and your books and enjoy this fantastic series.
Alice, you are truly a talented woman. You write the best romantic comedies. Thanks for bringing readers like myself so much joy.
I gave this book 5 stars!!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
MY FAVORITE QUOTES
“He bent over the back of sofa inside my apartment and removed my panties. With his Teeth.
With his mother-loving teeth! I can’t even!
Romance novels, schmomance novels, here’s how Wallbanger does it”
“So, are you going to say hi to your boyfriend who flew all the way across the globe just to show you his hammer, or are you going to punch me again?”
“Dirty talk is an art. Do it too often, and it becomes routine. Never do it, and you’re missing something. Simon did it just right. He was like a perfect bowl of smutty porridge: just right.”
About the Author
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 notyourmotherspodcast.com 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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