Rusty Nailed, Paperback

Rusty Nailed Paperback

Part of the The Cocktail Series series

4 out of 5 (10 ratings)


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 TODAYbestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humour, and serving sizzling romance straight up!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Romance
  • ISBN: 9781476766669



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I'm surprisingly disappointed and I'm not one to write negative reviews but I feel it must be done. I first have to say, I've read several of Alice Clayton's books, the first in this series was very funny, laugh out loud, witty and smart. Caroline and Simon were so much fun to read and had high hopes this would follow in the same footsteps.Rusty Nailed was an easy read but I kept waiting for something to happen. The story focus was on Caroline being in love and juggling her day to day (career, friends, love life, new place, her cat). It didn't draw me in but left me saying, Yeah...dont most people feel like we cant do it all? Most know that ideal is just that, good in theory but not realistic. More, do I care that the main character cant? No, I didn't. It was disappointing because I expected more substance. The author has shown in the past that she can give readers more. Overall, I liked the story but didn't love it.

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Have you read Wallbanger? Yes? Read on...<br/>No? Get the hell out of here. Turn around, read Wallbanger then report back. <br/><br/>Ok, not that is settled. Let's get to the nitty gritty here. And when I say nitty gritty, I mean Simon. <br/><br/>God love that man. He is the ultimate man whore turned swoon worthy love of my life character. I mean really kids, he is the bee's freaking knees. He is sweet, caring, understanding, funny as hell and sexy. He is the whole damn package and then some. And? He gives good sexy time. God bless Wallbanger. <br/><br/>Rusty Nailed is the story of Caroline and Simon tumbling from being in a relationship to being in what is looking to be a life-long relationship. Sure, they have ups, downs...etc. But at the core of this story it is Simon and Caroline proving they have what it takes to not only last, but to be awesome at it. <br/><br/>You know what I really, really loved about this story? Seeing two people so absolutely, totally smitten with each other. The overwhelming sense of "I am so damn lucky to have this person in my life" with them just made me grin. We all get pulled into the mundane of life, but if you are lucky, I mean really lucky, you get to spend that life with a person that makes you sigh when you see them. A person that you say "holy crap, how did I score THIS??" A person that feels the same way about you. That's Caroline and Simon. They are just so totally blown away by how amazing the other person is. THAT right there? That's a recipe for greatness. <br/><br/>Side characters also made this a fun read. The gang is all here, some happy, some struggling, all great friends. And of course we have Clive to bring us comedic relief. And we get to swoon over how much Simon loves Clive. Simon / Clive heart to hearts are some of my swooniest moments. <br/><br/>There is baking and shaking and love and strife. There are major changes, some good, some that are a struggle. In the end, it's all about finding their groove and getting on to the great business of loving life with each other. <br/><br/>Everyone should be so lucky! <br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>

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RUSTY NAILED is the sequel to Wallbanger. Simon, Caroline, and crew are back. Readers are treated to the succinct high points of Simon and Caroline’s first year of couplehood in exotic locales before they get down to the nitty gritty daily grind of togetherness. Simon jumps wholeheartedly into committed monogamy with Caroline, even opening up about his past and childhood. I didn’t think it was possible but Simon is even more desirable as he grows and embraces with open arms everything about being a couple. Simon isn’t perfect but his growth, willingness to compromise, and genuine desire to make Caroline happy are a thing of beauty. Caroline has taken over running Jillian Designs while Jillian and Benjamin take an extended honeymoon. Her headfirst plunge into full blown adulthood professionally and personally occupy much of RUSTY NAILED, especially the professional aspect. RUSTY NAILED Caroline regresses instead of maturing and isn’t as appealing as Wallbanger Caroline. She improves toward the end but there’s much ado about nothing with Caroline this time around.A lot of the focus, when not on Caroline and how well she is or isn’t coping, is on Sofia and Neil. In this readers humble opinion their situation was truly a tempest in a teapot. All the drama and taking sides reeked of high-school and was beneath all the characters. Personally, I came down on the male side of this to-do.While there’s humor it isn’t as prevalent as it was in Wallbanger which had me snorting from laughing so hard. More humor and less manufactured silly drama would have been preferable.RUSTY NAILED was a quick, slightly disappointing read but I wouldn’t have missed Simon and Clive the cat for the world. Those two males made RUSTY NAILED for me.Reviewed by IvyD for Miss Ivy's Book Nook

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I'm having a hard time deciding on a rating for this book. Yes, it was great and wonderful and funny, which should mean that I give it an automatic five stars, but I'm not sure if it deserves it. It was a pretty quick read, except that I didn't feel like reading it all in one setting--different from how I felt about Wallbanger.My first issue, which you may have already guessed, was the book length. It was a bit shorter than I hoped. I, like the lovely miss Caroline, felt rushed and overwhelmed by everything that was going on and how quickly it was happening. I don't like when what should be a light-hearted book has overwhelming feeling. I also don't like when it feels like a book is merely an outline of what it is supposed to be, which is one of the things that I was feeling toward the end of it. I wish that the next two installments in the series were devoted to Simon and Caroline, since I feel that there were some issues with their story that weren't developed enough. At the very least, it would be nice if the other two stories were about Mimi or Sophia and their beaus, because I feel like readers have more involved in those stories than they might have in the ones with the new characters. That's not the direction she went in, though, and it's her series, so I'll deal.And, like I said, it was funny, but it wasn't as funny as Wallbanger. That book had me snorting and laughing and giggling all over the place. While this book was funny, it wasn't that kind of funny. And I only gave that book four stars when I read it, so the lack of massive amounts of hilarity should have me giving this book a four or less. There were also some editing issues. I don't know whether to fault the author or her editor on this. For example, when describing Simon pulling up her pink nightie, she said that he had it up to her shin. I'm pretty sure that a nightie doesn't reach one's shin, especially if that same nightie was short enough for him to see her panties underneath it. I'm pretty sure that chin was what she meant, but it said shin and I couldn't help but feel like someone really missed the ball on that one. Overall, it was a cute and sweet story, but it just lacked something, so I'm downgrading it to a four. I shouldn't feel bad about that, but I do. I really wanted this book to be worthy of a five star rating, but it really wasn't. Maybe the next two books will be. I hope they are because I really adore the way that Alice Clayton tells a story.

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A fantastic follow up to Wallbanger, Caroline and Simon are living their happily ever after in Rusty Nailed. This is the story of what happens after finding your soulmate. They love one another desperately, but finding room in life for each other proves to be a bit more difficult than either anticipated. I adored Caroline and Simon in Wallbanger, so I was thrilled when I heard the sequel was coming out. Totally going to name drop, but I was lucky enough to meet Alice Clayton in May at a Chicago book signing. Trust me, I tried to get some hints at what was to come, and she was a steel trap. Fantastically nutty and a girl you’d totally want to have a martini with, let me assure you. Simon and Caroline are going through growing pains in the months following the end of Wallbanger. Simon slowly becomes disenchanted with his life as a world traveler and wants to spend more time with Caroline. After traveling for years, he’s content to be at home. Caroline begins to question if he’s truly content or if more things are really happening under his tough exterior. I would strongly recommend reading Wallbanger before picking up Rusty Nailed. Irreverently hilarious and ultra sexy, Rusty Nailed is utterly wonderful. Alice Clayton has another hit on her hand!

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