In my first introduction to the work of Alice Clayton, I jumped into Rusty Nailed hearing many good things about the first book. Understanding that the characters were already developed, and this is continuing their story, I enjoyed the trajectory and portrayals of the characters. While most of the humor, for me, was more in the ability to relate to the situations and issues, rather than a true laugh out loud moment, this helped keep moving the story forward and added a lightness to what was, at times, a rather stressful and trying situation.
We all know that relationships are work, and sometimes we take for granted the person we love because the security of the connection is so strong. And that is where I think Caroline’s head was for most of this story. She was alternating between being excited to see Simon when he was home, to finding her groove when he was gone, and his changing his own schedule to spend more time with her keeps her off balance and unsettled. Her behavior wasn’t particularly gracious or loving, and fortunately she sees that in time to make some adjustments before it is too late. For his part, Simon is making all sorts of adjustments in his career and attention: taking more time at home, focusing on Caroline and trying to make sure she knows she is appreciated. These two have an electric connection and take pleasure in one another – with great make up and make out scenes that are as steamy as they come.
. While the first book may have been focused on the ever-elusive O, this book is an exercise in practice makes perfect.
Narration for this story was provided by Heather Smith. I had a love-hate relationship with the narration: unexpected and unnecessary pauses, breathy narration and some overly-exuberant emotive additions were unevenly applied, and made for a fairly choppy listen. Character voices were clearly delineated and reasonably consistent, but there was a steady dose of “too much’ added to the words that brought the performance into overacting rather than presenting.
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 2 Story 4
Title: Rusty Nailed
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktail #2
Also in this series: Screwdrivered
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Heather Smith
Published by: SimonandSchuster.com/Audio
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 14 minutes
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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!
A copy of this title was provided via Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.