Series: Cocktail #2
Published by Gallery Books on 24th June 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humour, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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?
Reviewed by Shannon
* I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
“Getting ready to go through customs now, Caroline.”
“Do you have any idea how much you please me, Simon? Over and over again. Just the thought of you almost makes me want to please myself,” I murmured, and heard him groan.
“Business or pleasure, Mr. Parker?” I could hear an official sounding voice say.
“Pleasure, please,” I answered naughtily, and Simon hissed.
“Hanging up on you now.” And he did just that.
I fell back into the pillows, flushed and giggly. The things that Wallbanger made me do.
Oh Caroline and Wallbanger…how I’ve missed you. The conversations and text messages you two have are some of the funniest I’ve ever read. Hot sex is a bonus 😉
Rusty Nailed started after Wallbanger and if you haven’t read Wallbanger, I highly suggest it. If you don’t you’ll miss some of the jokes, plus you’ll miss learning how Simon became Wallbanger in the first place and that would just be tragic. The prologue gave some highlights into the first 10 months after Wallbanger and was quite funny. From there our story really started. Simon continued to travel a lot for his job and Caroline started getting more responsibility at work which equaled not as much sexy time. Sure that was disappointing but it was great seeing their relationship progress. Like every couple they had problems and conflicts they had to work on. Plus insert their friends and their issues and it made for even more conflict which often equaled lots of funny moments. It also served to provide us lots of awesome text messages which were my favorite part in Wallbanger…well mostly.
Now with books like these that happen after the couple gets together, the big question is can a second book about them being together be interesting and as good or better than the first. Well, I can confidently say that this book is awesome. I think I may love this one more than the first one. I like the issues and obstacles they had to deal with plus the ending is freaking hilarious.
In terms of our characters, Caroline and Simon, I continued to love them. I also enjoyed being able to have Simon in the entire book this time since we mostly heard his activities in Wallbanger…well at least in the beginning. Plus needy Simon was kind of funny. And Caroline continued to be awesome even when she was super stressed and felt smothered by too much Simon…yes…who knew there was such a thing as too much Wallbanger.
We also get to meet Viv, who is the main character in the next book in the series, Screwdrivered. She went to high school with Simon and we met her along with some of Simon’s old friends at his 10 year high school reunion. And rest assured she’s awesome. She’s kind of the female equivalent of our Wallbanger.
With that said, I really really loved Rusty Nailed. I couldn’t read it fast enough and after meeting Viv I can’t wait to read her story.
I know it’s not logical; I know it’s not even physically possible – but I swear on all that is holy, they walked in slow motion. Like in some kind of action movie. Simon took point, Trevor just off to his left, and the rest slightly behind, like geese in a V. Everyone stopped to watch. It was like the sexiest train wreck ever; no one could look away.
“You face planted? Right in her office?”
“Totally. I ate carpet.”
“I knew you weren’t just experimenting in college!” Mimi yelled.
In a place of honor on its own marble round was my KitchenAid mixer. Stainless steel. Cool to the touch and crafted to perfection. Was there an undermounted lighting fixture directly above it, to make it a beacon of hope and goodness throughout the land? You bet your sweet bippy.