Series: Cocktail #2
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: June 24th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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!
“Dirty talk is an art. Do it too often, 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.”
Caroline and Simon are back y’all! From their funny beginnings in Wallbanger, to the growth of their relationship in Rusty Nailed, the journey from happy to happily-ever-after is one filled with dirty talk, baked goods, and that funny cat known as Clive.
“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”
But as much as I loved the hot and heavy moments between Caroline and Simon, I found myself slightly skimming MANY of their encounters. It’s not that I don’t love them getting their freak on or anything, but sometimes it just became too much? What was great about Wallbanger was that the sexual tension was so strong it made it worth waiting until almost the end of the novel for the nookie to happen. I guess this is just one instance in where I think less is more and prefer the build-up to the the finale.
Fucking gorgeous man. And the best part? The way he looked at me. Like I was the prettiest girl in the room.
The man was a poet.
I was too.
What I enjoyed the most were the moments of vulnerability between Simon and Caroline and how their relationship evolved. Simon, previously known as Wallbanger, is a fantastic boyfriend. Seeing his growth into the boyfriend role he was so afraid to fill was refreshing. When Caroline needed him the most, he was there. I loved that he never disappointed me, as some book boyfriends do in follow up (see Twisted).
When you were in a long-distance relationship, of course you made the most of the time you were together. But sometimes, it was the unexpected that really made the difference. The unexpected emotions you were hit with when you saw that face, looked into those eyes, felt those lips. The unexpected reminder of why you fell in love with this person could hit you so powerfully. And this was that time.
I became a bigger fan of Caroline in this novel. I have read a few reviews where some have called her the dreaded “B” word but I have to defend her. Yes, there were moments when she was bitchy, but never was she a bitch. There is a difference. If anything, I found Caroline relatable, as she was just trying to find a way to have it all; the job, the boyfriend, the friends, the life. In many ways, Rusty Nailed was a true testament to the growth of Caroline and Simon as a couple and as individuals.
While I didn’t love Rusty Nailed as much as I loved Wallbanger, I still enjoyed it. I laughed, I giggled, and I may have fallen in love with Clive the cat. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Cocktail series!