Published by Gallery Books on June 24, 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Humor, New Adult, Romance, Women's Fiction
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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 have to start my review with an apology. I was supposed to read/review in June however, do to unforeseen circumstances surrounding my surgery and recovery I did not. It’s literally taken me this long! I feel terrible but I was determined to get it done and posted this week! I’m just so sorry I didn’t get it done sooner.
Okay on to business!
I love everything about Alice Clayton’s writing. She writes these amazing little stories about real people in real situations. They’re not just lovable characters, they’re these perfectly flawed, funny individuals who bring so much life to the pages. All the characters in Alice’s books are like this. I’m not the type of reader that cares about how rich or gorgeous a character is. I want depth, realism, maturity. I want believablity (yes I know this isn’t a word). And you get that in spades with Alice Clayton. Especially in Rusty Nailed, which is the continuation of Caroline and Simon’s story.
There were so many times while reading that I found myself not only laughing out loud, but feeling all warm and fuzzy. It’s so refreshing to read a story about a couple with real issues. There was no unnecessary drama. No contrived plots. Just a simple story of a man and woman trying to navigate the emotional and psychological chaos of relationships. The arguments and disagreements between these two were not only humorous in ways, they were expected. And honestly at times I found myself siding with both of them. Because as in real relationships sometimes there are no clear winners. Sometimes you just have to agree to disagree.
I loved that all the friends were back. Mimi and Ryan and Sophie and Neal make several appearances. These characters all different in their own right, bring so much life to the story. Allowing the reader to see the special dynamics between the male friends, the female friends and the couples as friends. It was a lot of fun to read. I also thought it was great seeing Simon deal with his demons. I’ll always have a soft spot for Simon, even more so after this book. Caroline too faces her own set of obstacles, some of them she puts on herself, anyone remember the missing O? LOL Let’s just say it makes an appearance again! Poor Caroline and that illusive O!
No relationship is perfect. We all have ups and downs. Some of us with more baggage than others. It’s the trials and tribulations and how you handle it all that makes it or breaks it. When you love someone you find ways to fix the problems. Rusty Nailed really explores all the different sorts of obstacles we incur separately and alone. She allows them to make mistakes. She allows them to grow and to even heal. But in the end she allows them to find their path to happiness.
My favorite little fellow, Clive, also has several appearances and as always add that silly playfulness we’ve come to expect. I very much look forward to reading the next book, Screwdrivered. I also hope we get to see more of Simon and Caroline in future books. They’re one of my most favorite couples!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*