Series: Cocktail #2
Author: Alice Clayton
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 24, 2014
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Related Books: Screwdrivered, Wallbanger (Audiobook), Nuts, Cream of the Crop, Roman Crazy, Buns
About Rusty Nailed: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!
Recommended for: People who like reading about friends becoming more, ridiculous comedy fans (think people named Barry Derry), banter fiends. Oh, the banter…
Oh, Wallbanger and Mink Nightie Girl, how I missed thee.
Excuse me, I need to catch my breath. Either from panting or cracking up. Because I was always doing one of the two while reading Rusty Nailed. Alice Clayton, you never disappoint!
Wallbanger is one of those books that I reread at least once every few months. And every reread, I find more things that I find highlight-worthy. At this point, the entire book is highlighted.
It’s also the kind of book you can’t read in public without embarrassing yourself (not that that stops me! #NoShame). You’re either laughing out loud until you choke on a pretzel, or Simon is getting you hot and bothered until your lids start to droop. As Caroline has said, he gives good banter.
When I love a book so insanely like I do with Wallbanger, I’m usually cautiously excited for the sequel. If I set my expectations too high, and it falls short, I have to live with the fact that one of my favorite authors wrote a book that wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. It blows.
That did NOT happen with Rusty Nailed. Nope. Not at all.
Alice Clayton books turn me into an embarrassing human who shouldn’t read in public. But let’s be real. That’s not gonna stop me. I devoured this book. I stayed up past my early bedtime so I could start it when it arrived on my Kindle at 12:01 am. Even though I stayed up late, I also woke up early to read before I had to leave before work. I found a quiet corner of the kitchen and read on my lunch break. I was a woman obsessed.
My favorite thing that even though the Happily Ever After has already started for Simon and Caroline, it’s not rainbows and butterflies and it’s also not serious. Serious sucks.
They’re ridiculous. Their friends are ridiculous. Their lives are ridiculous. And I love it. These are the groups that you read a chapter about them at breakfast catching up on their lives and it just feels…familiar. If I had a dollar for every time the table next to us started eavesdropping after hearing us say something crazy and inappropriate…I’d be rich enough to actually buy all the books on my Amazon wish list.
My other favorite things:
- Mimi. Just…Mimi.
- Sophia and Neil’s drama. I could totally tell that it would end up the way it did, with someone discovering the way they did, but that didn’t make it less funny.
- I totally related to Caroline’s self-discovery of wanting to prove to herself that she could manage the business, even though she finds out that’s not what she actually wants to do.
- Caroline is me. I is she. We’re totally on the same page. I was getting mad at Jillian and fed up with Simon, too.
- Clive’s. Motherfucking. Epilogue. (Don’t pardon my French. The epilogue was that great.)
- Berry Derry. James Brown. Cory Weinstein (That machine gun fucker). Loved these cameos, old and new.
I’m kind of disappointed that the next two books seem to focus on new characters (so we met Vivian a little, but still…).
I’m going to pray that we get at least 3 bonus chapters/scenes: One for Jillian and Ben, one for Mimi and Ryan, and one for Sophia and Neil.
But overall, it made me laugh as hard as the first, and was also just as hot. So I’m happy. 🙂
The Cocktail Series:
- Book 1: Wallbanger
- Book 2: Rusty Nailed
- Book 3: Screwdrivered – coming September 2
- Book 4: Mai Tai’d Up – coming December 2
About Alice Clayton:
After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice Clayton picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at age thirty-three to begin a new career as 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 ten years earlier. 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 also to buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.