Rusty Nailed (Cocktail 2) by Alice Clayton
Part of a series but has an ending. Must be read after Wallbanger.
I feel like I have been waiting for Rusty Nailed forever! The Redhead Series secured Alice Clayton on my list of favorite authors, then Wallbanger just reinforced it. Alice has a way of mixing sweet, serious, sexy and laugh-out-loud funny that just makes you fall in love with all of her books. Wallbanger ended well, and as much as it’s nice to visit a favorite couple again, it totally wasn’t necessary (but I have no complaints!), so I just thought this book was about another couple. When I love an author the way I do Alice, I don’t even read the blurb before I dive in, so after a few pages, I decided to re-read Wallbanger to get back into Simon and Caroline’s relationship (there is my lack of memory again!) and come back to Rusty Nailed.
I am so glad I did! I loved Wallbanger even more the second time around, even adjusting my rating a bit higher to reflect that. (See my review). Rusty Nailed is definitely a second book. We don’t have the excitement and banter of a couple who may or may not get together. We don’t have the tease that we had for like 90% of Wallbanger. But we do have much more of ‘Pink Nighty Girl’ and ‘Wallbanger’, going through the ups and downs of a relationship. It was funny, though not as funny as the first, it was sweet, it was real, and thank goodness, it was sexy.
And there was lots of our favorite cat, the awesome Clive (who totally makes me want a cat).
Caroline and Simon are doing incredibly well. They still have their separate apartments even though they sleep together most nights when Simon is in town. Caroline enjoys his out-of-town photography jobs, because she occasionally likes her alone time. It’s one of the reasons their relationship works so well. She also still uses her favorite appliance to make Simon moan.
“Every woman needed a little self-love once in a while. Am I right? And my self-love machine was stainless steel, powerful, and came with an optional sausage attachment. Ahem.” ~Caroline, referring to her KitchenAid mixer.
“I’ve got turnovers.”
“I already like where this is going,” he murmured, his hands tightening around my waist,
“No no, I mean I have turnovers that I need to put in the oven.”
“Wait, those are like tiny pies, right?”
“Yes, Simon, they’re like tiny pies.”
“You know what it does to me when you go Uncle Jesse on me.”
Caroline and Simon found a relationship that works. They are explosive and hot when they are together, but they are busy with work, and also work fine when apart. They are learning to deal with conflict a little too.
Well, good goddamn, Dr. Phil, color me impressed,” I said, clinking my coffee cup to his. “So what do we do next? Y’know, as people in a relationship after they’ve resolved a conflict?”
“Pretty sure a blow job should follow this,” he said seriously.
But things start to change a bit when Jillian decides to take a very extended honeymoon, and she leaves Caroline in charge of the whole company. She also has Caroline and Simon house sitting in the ‘suburbs”, a place they said they would never want to be. But it grows on them.
Pretty soon, Simon is turning down jobs, Caroline is working her ass off, and the tables have turned. In fact a pizza box with Cory Weinstein’s photo may be enough to push Caroline into another “Great Orgasm Hiatus”.
There is a huge lack of communication between the couple, but luckily it doesn’t cause any major damage or angst, just kind of an annoying undertone. There is also the big side story of Neil and Sophia that takes up a chunk of this book.
- Alice’s signature humor shines through.
- The characters are delightfully immature adults (Love that, so am I)
- More of Pink Nighty Girl and Wallbanger? Yes please.
- Simon…I fell even more in love with him. He was perfect.
- Clive’s adventures were pretty awesome.
- Great sex right from the start this time.
- LOVED the epilogue!
- Caroline’s pickle got on my nerves (heh). TALK to him!!!!
- Felt like a second book, I missed the falling in love excitement, and the messy real world stepped in a little too much.
- Not as funny as the first book, although it was still funny.
Rating: 4.25 stars, 4.25 Heat
I loved reading Rusty Nailed. It was refreshingly funny, sexy and sweet. I fell even deeper for Simon, but got a little annoyed by Caroline. Simon was being amazing and she didn’t appreciate it enough to talk to him about her issues. This part of the story just went on a little too long for me. Still, I totally recommend it, and every other book by Alice Clayton. She writes the perfect blend of funny, sweet and sexy that is just my favorite type of happy-making book.
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