Title: Rusty Nailed
Series: Cocktail, #2
Author: Alice Clayton
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Humor
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?
3 / 5 Stars
As it states in the synopsis, Rusty Nailed is the sequel to Wallbanger. (You can find my review for Wallbanger here.) It continues from where Wallbanger left off and has the same hilarious characters.
In Rusty Nailed, Caroline and Simon are navigating their relationship. They’ve been together for a while now and things are going smoothly. Caroline is stepping up to take on more responsibilities at work from a honeymooning Jillian. Simon is off on his normal photography adventures. They’re house-sitting for Jillian and enjoying their sexy time together.
Then, after one weekend at Simon’s high school reunion, everything begins to change. Simon cuts back on traveling and convinces her to buy a house together. Caroline’s working like crazy. Everything is completely overwhelming her. Tension is starting to build up and she starts to take it out on the ones she loves the most. Simon and Caroline have to work through their problems the way all couples do.
I hate to say it, but this is probably one of those sequels I could have done without. I love Caroline, Simon and all of their friends. I just didn’t feel like this story did them justice. There were still a lot of funny and sexy moments, but they were overshadowed by Caroline’s stress.
Caroline’s stress with her job, Simon and her friends took center stage in Rusty Nailed. She was always on the edge, so close to blowing up. It kind of stressed me out reading it! I mean, she has so many amazing things in her life and all she wanted to do was complain. I wanted to go back to the fun of Wallbanger. Things did look up at the end, but I wish the entire book would have been a little less stressful.
Would I suggest reading Rusty Nailed? If you loved Wallbanger, it’s worth giving a shot. It was fun seeing what was going on with everyone. And it did introduce me to a new character, Viv, who will be the main character in the next book in the series. I’m really looking forward to reading her story. She seems like a lot of fun.