Review: Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

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Review: Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton Title: Rusty Nailed
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktail Series, #2
Publisher by: Gallery Books
Published on: June 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Humor, Romance
Page Count: 320
Format: eARC
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In this sequel to Wallbanger, fan favorites Caroline Reynolds and Simon Parker negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in Sausalito.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on an extended 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. And with Simon, her hotshot photographer boyfriend, gallivanting all over the world for his job, the couple is heavy-duty into "absence makes the heart grow fonder" mode. No complaints about the great reunion sex, though!

Then a trip back east to his childhood home has Simon questioning his nomadic lifestyle. He decides to be home more. A lot more. And he wants Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort out their relationship. Sure, more togetherness is a good thing—but does less traveling and working have to mean the other extreme? Apple pie and picket fences? With this second book in the Cocktail series, USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy confection of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!

REVIEW

**Spoiler Alert**

Rusty Nailed is the follow up book to Wallbanger by Alice Clayton.  I loved the first book, in fact I read it for the first time just days before I realized that the blog was going to be getting the chance to read and review Rusty Nailed.  I loved Rusty Nailed.  I did not laugh as much as I did with the first book and there were times I just wanted to smack Caroline for not talking with Simon and vice versa.  I wanted to smack both of them for the lack of communication that went on between the two characters.  However, I loved how the characters came together and grew more in their relationship with each other as they adjusted to life together.  I loved how you learned more about the characters histories as well.

Simon “Wallbanger” Parker is completely swoon worthy.  I truly enjoyed seeing his character evolve and change within the storyline.  Learning more about his life when he lived in Philadelphia, I just wanted to hug the man.  If I could have a Simon of my own, life as I know it would be grand.  One of my favorite scenes is in the beginning.  I loved the scene where he is having a conversation with Clive the cat.

 “See, now, I thought we were making progress.  We watch baseball together, I sneak you peanut butter every now and again, and you go and do this?  Why?  Why do you continue to do this?  And furthermore, why do I continue to allow this to happen?”

As I reached the top of the stairs, I overheard the conversation inside my apartment.  Simon was home alone-maybe he was one the phone.  Once inside, however, I peeked around the corner and found him sitting across the table from my cat, Clive, his Stanford sweatshirt between them.

Any man who would have a conversation with the cat, I think is a keeper.

Caroline about drove me crazy in this book.  I get that she gets the chance to shine at work with a huge project as well as running the office, however, she puts everyone on the back burner and does not talk to anyone about anything.  Her frustration just builds and builds until it comes to a head and explodes.  One of my favorite scenes with her was when she tells Sophia and Neil that enough is enough.

“Enough!” I hissed, and grabbed them both by the elbows.  Steering them behind the petit fours, I turned them both around and let fly.  “That’s enough.  I’m tired of listening to you two fight; it’s just ridiculous.  Not here, not now, and not ever again.  We’re all friends, and we’re going to continue to be friends, and I’m sick of you two dickheads making it miserable for everyone else!  So knock it off—both of you,” I snapped.

As I turned to stomp away I heard Neil say, “Jeez, she didn’t have to yell at us,” which was quickly followed by, “I know, right?” from Sophia.

Hey, it got those two to stop fighting and to later be found…..well you will just have to read and find out for yourself.

This was a great book that is easy and fun to read.  I cannot wait to find out what Ms. Clayton is working on next.  Hopefully, we will be getting more Simon and Caroline and the rest of the gang.  Sophia and Neil deserve their own book with all the mischief they caused in this one.  Clive the cat also deserves his own mini novella or story line, especially after reading about his own bombshell that he dropped on Caroline and Simon at the end of the book.

Rusty Nailed is one of those books that I will not have a problem picking up and reading multiple times.  It is that good and that fun! So if you have not read Wallbanger, go read it and then read Rusty Nailed.  Make sure you listen to some Glen Miller while you are reading, and keep your own Wallbanger or Rusty Nailed on the table next to you.

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About Alice Clayton

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.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast (check them out on iTunes) and has recently partnered with actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz on a new travel show that will begin filming in January.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Marys, eight hours of sleep and a good pounding.