Rusty Nailed (Cocktail Series #2) by Alice Clayton

Rusty Nailed (The Cocktail Series Book 2)


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?

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!


Rusty Nailed was an interesting read for me. Maybe if I would have read it right after reading Wallbanger I would have enjoyed it more. It starts of with Caroline and Simon happy together and just doing their thing. Simon still travels a lot and it works for both of them. Really the first half of the book I kept thinking okay, so is anything going to happen or is this just a glimpse into the life of this couple? It was just like the day to day things with both of them and then seeing them happy together when they are in the same spot. Nothing too exciting, and maybe if I had just read them getting together and whatnot I would have loved the extra time with them, but as it was I was just eh on it. There are some couples that I absolutely love and would read anything about them, but Caroline and Simon I didn't really remember that well so it was kind of odd for me.

Then about half way through you do start to have some problems. Really the problem is Caroline doesn't communicate with anyone and just holds everything in until she explodes and things are bad. I get that, I know people who are like that. It just was an alright read. I liked Simon a lot in this book and reading him happy and doing things for them and really being there, but Caroline needs to learn to stick up for herself and tell people what she thinks and ask for help when she needs it. It is not good to hold everything in and so she just needs to figure some stuff out. An alright read, and if you love this couple then definitely check it out. If not then eh. I could take it or leave it.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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