June 28, 2014

Rusty Nailed (the Cocktail series) by Alice Clayton - BLOG STOP & REVIEW

In this sequel to Wallbanger, fan favorites Caroline Reynolds and Simon Parker negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in Sausalito.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on an extended 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. And with Simon, her hotshot photographer boyfriend, gallivanting all over the world for his job, the couple is heavy-duty into "absence makes the heart grow fonder" mode. No complaints about the great reunion sex, though!

Then a trip back east to his childhood home has Simon questioning his nomadic lifestyle. He decides to be home more. A lot more. And he wants Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort out their relationship. Sure, more togetherness is a good thing—but does less traveling and working have to mean the other extreme? Apple pie and picket fences? With this second book in the Cocktail series, USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy confection of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!
 Caroline and Simon's story continues in Rusty Nailed.  Caroline's boss is getting married and heading off on a honeymoon/sabbatical of undetermined length.  Caroline's days are filled with getting ready for the wedding and preparing for her boss to be gone for months.  Caroline got a new big project so she's got a lot to stress over.
Simon is ever the world-famous globe-trotting photojournalist.  He's never really had a serious girlfriend and has found he likes coming home to Caroline.  He likes having the freedom to travel the globe shooting pictures wherever he wants - usually he schedules shoots in tropical locations over the holidays.
Now that he and Caroline are in a real relationship they have things to work out - like where to spend the holidays or whose side to take when your friends are fighting.  Does Simon become weary of world-travel and setting down with a good woman?  As the pressures of Caroline's job start getting the better of her can Simon step-up and show Caroline that he is husband material or if he is just a wallbanger?  
Alice has kept up her streak of delivering humorous and edgy reads.  Caroline and Simon are one of the cutest couples ever!  I love how he eats his zucchini bread and how he adores Clive.  Caroline and Simon's cadre of friends keep their life interesting and keep their relationship in perspective.  Here's to the wallbangers of the world who make our lives go round.
~Review by Carmie~

About the Author:

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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