Title: Rusty Nailed
Author: Alice Clayton
Genre: New adult, romance
Summary (from goodreads.com)
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 cliche?
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!
After reading Wallbanger, I was both dreading reading the sequel, and drooling over the possibilities it presented. So after putting it off for a few months, I finally caved.
And I was extremely relieved!
(Can I get a "hollah!!" for some Tom Hiddleston love???? He's adorkable.)
Rusty Nailed was funny, cute, and just what I hoped for. While I don't think it was as good as Wallbanger, it was still a solid follow-up. Personally, I thought Caroline and Simon were just fine in their relationship, and that this was a somewhat unnecessary and drawn-out resolution to their hidden problems. HOWEVER. I am soooooo not complaining. It was a refreshing read--and quite frankly, a reprieve from the onslaught of "meh" books before it.
While I found it satisfying, I must point out the one major flaw I found with it.
TOO MUCH DRAMA.
And it wasn't even because of moody, broody, and delicious guy-feelings. You know, those love interests who go "oh but I don't know if I deserve this..." or "I don't know if this will work..." or "Well you see I forgot to mention I have a crazy ex..." (<-- HA.)
No, it was actually Caroline! And I had so many feels for poor Simon.
Alsooooooo. On a side note, it's not really as... steamy? as the first. Which is both bad and good, because exorbitant smut is annoying, but less is not always more.
Anyways, go forth and enjoy! Or start the series if you haven't, because it's totes worth it. Especially if you need some Valentine's Day cheering up!! This'll do it <3
Hugs and kisses~~