Wednesday, June 25, 2014

***Sandy B's Review*** Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

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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!

Sandy B's Review
Wallbanger is among my fave reads EVER. It was great to catch up with sexy Simon, Cutie pie Caroline and everyone's favorite feline Clive. We also get to catch up with the assorted cast of characters. Though let me say off the bat - the melodrama between Neil & Sophie, and whether or not he cheated, went on for much long.

Simon and Caroline are chugging along each one busy with their respective careers. Living together but living individual lives almost. Then Simon just stops traveling and taking on jobs. At the same time that Caroline gets the lead designer job on a huge hotel redesign and gets the chance to be a partner at her company. Now that both are under the same roof, the stresses that most couples deal with daily. Add the pressure of purchasing a home, relocating, do we/don't we want children and you can imagine the roads gets really bumpy really fast.

The funny witty banter via text messages that we loved in Wallbanger is still here. The sex is hot! Appropriately scattered throughout so it's not on every page. Again, I herd the same impression - that the angst and misunderstandings between Simon and Caroline took up too much of the book. Don't worry! Alice Clayton can write her butt off and does so once again. She manages to tie up all the lose ends and bring things to a satisfying conclusion. Is it Wallbanger? No. It is not. It is the continuing journey of these two people as they get to really know each other and build a life together. In the final analysis of things - I want to read more about them. I want to know where they end up. What's that old saying? Leave them wanting more and in this case, I totally did.

About the Author 
Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace. 

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person...

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