29 July 2014

Review: Rusty Nailed (Cocktail #2)

Reviewer: Kelsey
Author: Alice Clayton
Format: ebook
Pages: 288
Rating: 7 out of 10

** Spoiler Alert -- Read the review for Wallbanger RIGHT HERE**

Summary (Goodreads nailed it): 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!

Thoughts: So...this should be brief (I just realized my dislike for the word 'brief'). 

I thought that this novel was pretty unnecessary. I mean, it was a cute story. It felt a bit like a fanfiction in that it continued the last novel and that it seemed to play to what the readership would want to see. I just wasn't a huge fan of it. I loved Wallbanger so I have high hopes for this novel but it just didn't play out. That being said, it was nice to see where the characters went after the last novel. It was nice to get a glimpse of the future. It wasn't a waste of time, exactly, just Wallbanger could stand without it.

I wish we would have gotten more of a glimpse into what was happening in Simon's head. People don't just suddenly change. Change isn't always easy. It wasn't easy in this novel, sure, but it wasn't hard either. I didn't find myself believing what the author was trying to tell me. How could one little thing change his life so much? He can't go from being quiet to very different. I want to be able to follow the change and see that it's happening slowly, over time. I didn't get that in this novel. I could see how what happened could start Simon on a path of change but it wasn't enough for me.

I love Simon; I'd let him so the things he did for Caroline to me...that probably sounds much worse than I mean it. If you want to know what things I'm talking about then you are just going to have to buy the novel and find out. I can't spoil all the good fun of it.

As for Caroline, if I had to do all she had to, I'd explode. Then again, my life looks headed in a similar busy direction so we shall see, won't we? The poor girl...

Basically: Where the novel went was acceptable. It was well written and entertaining. The novel didn't take too long to read. I just wanted more out of it than I was given. That could totally be my own fault. If you read this novel and think otherwise, let's talk about it. I want another perspective. 

1 comment:

  1. This is a witty, entertaining story that has bits of tension throughout. Perfect balance between those lighthearted and serious moments. I laughed, cried, held my breath and loved every second of it. AND we got to meet Viv Franklin, the heroine for the next book, so I am super excited for Screwdrivered. I cannot get enough Alice Clayton!


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