Wednesday, June 25, 2014

**Review & Giveaway** RUSTY NAILED (Cocktail #2) 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!



Rusty Nailed is the follow-up book to Wallbanger and  I REALLY insist you read Wallbanger first before you dive into Rusty Nailed.  If you have read Wallbanger, then you are in for a treat... more Simon, Caroline and Clive!  When I read Wallbanger last year, I never dreamed we would get more from this couple and I am very glad Alice Clayton created Rusty Nailed to give us the "what happens now" that I crave from favorite characters!  

My expectations for Rusty Nailed were very high since Wallbanger is one of the books I recommend constantly and while Alice Clayton did deliver a great story, it just didn't give me ALL that I wanted.  (I said my expectations were stupid high, didn't I?)   Alice Clayton gave us more Simon and Caroline that I have been missing and they did deliver the humor and heat!  We get to dive into what the reality of their relationship is like and watch them grow into their roles as boyfriend/girlfriend.  I loved that we got to dig deep with Simon in this book and really start to understand his character.  Caroline got a bit high strung in this book, for good reasons and it is was entertaining to watch how "pickles" got resolved.

Alice Clayton has a magic way with telling a story that is witty, funny, sweet, romantic and hot!  I love the cast of characters she created in this series and the interactions they all have with one another.  In Rusty Nailed the secondary characters did start to take over parts of the story, but since I enjoy them all it was fine for me.  While I am not sure this book was absolutely necessary, I did love catching up with "old friends", seeing how they are doing and learning new things about these characters.   My wish for the books to come in this series is that we do get to visit Simon and Caroline again, just to keep tabs on them while meeting the new characters.  

If you have been missing the Alice Clayton wit from Wallbanger and her fun, lovable and crazy characters (Clive even gets to tell part of the story in his POV), then Rusty Nailed is a great way for you to kick of your summer reading!  If you have not read Wallbanger I beg you, go read it, it truly is one of the funniest, sexiest books I have read in a long time (then read Rusty Nailed).  



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