Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review & Giveaway Rusty Nailed (Cocktail #2) by Alice Clayton

Published: June 24, 2014 by: Gallery Books

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!


Hello, beautiful people!! Did you miss the Wallbanger? Of course you did! *wink-wink*

Let me tell you, I was afraid this book will disappoint me. I mean, how can it be better than the first volume, right? 

I’m happy to tell you I was wrong. This book is awesome! I loved every single moment of it and I’ll extend the warning I gave everyone after finishing Wallbanger- do not read it in public! Do not eat or drink! You risk people thinking you are crazy or choking to death. 

If in the first book we’ve seen Simon and Caroline meet in a very “unusual” way, now we get to see the more mature, responsible side of them. 

Their relationship is going strong and they have adjusted well with their busy lives. Or so they think. 

But once Jillian, Caroline’s boss gets married and decides to go on an extended honey moon, she’ll be left with more responsibility than she can handle and she finds it hard to get free time for her personal life. But the Wallbanger has plans of his own.

If they were the main source of amusement before, now it’s Sophia and Neil’s turn to entertain us. He screwed up and she’s giving him hell. The situations they get themselves into are funny as hell and they made even Simon and Caroline cringe once or twice. That should tell you something.

The writing style is just as good as before and the few new characters you’ll meet only add to the story in a good way. 

In a few words, Alice is a genius and if you haven’t read this series don’t waste any more time. You don’t know what you’re missing!! I can’t wait to read Screwdrivered. Is it September yet?

Happy Reading!


Novelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman–and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career: author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she’d been missing since walking away from the theater 10 years before.

She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series–The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast (check them out on iTunes) and has recently partnered with actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz on a new travel show that will begin filming in January.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Marys, eight hours of sleep and a good pounding.

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