ARC REVIEW: Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

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Title: Rusty Nailed
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktail Series #2
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 24th2014
Source: I was given a review copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review
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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!

My Feelings!
AAAAAND THEY’RE BACK!!!! SIMON AND CAROLINE ARE BAACK!!!!! 🙂 🙂 When I first saw Rusty Nailed on my Kindle, I couldn’t stop staring because I was just SO excited 🙂 And then I dove right in! I really like Rusty Nailed. To be honest, not as much as Wallbanger because it wasn’t as funny, but it was such a great read because of the characters, especially my favs, Simon, Caroline, and of course, Clive the cat (: And of course, the support staff: Mimi, Sophia, Ryan, Neal, and Jillian made their appearances! YAY!
Alright, so, Caroline? Yup. Still the gorgeous, witty, hilarious, and best heroine ever. Except, now we get to see the angsty side of her. Rusty Nailed was more on the after-happily-ever-what-could-go-wrong side, in that a lot of the book was Simon and Caroline exploring their relationship and figuring out how to balance everything in their lives while moving forward. So, there was a bit more drama and NO NO NO!!! moments in this one. But I LOVED IT. I loved the trouble and angst because it made the book so engaging and easy to read and so easy to stay in touch with the characters and their feelings. So, basically, I really loved it because of Caroline’s down-to-earth, no shitting me attitude. I seriously love her. Because of her character and narration throughout the book, awkward moments became hilarious, and funny & cute moments were ADORABLE. So, even though this book wasn’t as funny as Wallbanger, it was still hella funny 🙂
AND SIMON!!!! hehe. 😉 Simon is seriously the greatest man ever. He is funny, sooooo kind, GORGEOUS, HOT, and of course, a world-traveling photographer. So, basically, the perfect man. 😉 And the perfection continued in Rusty Nailed. Simon was completely adorable once again. The obsession with the breads ( and every other food the Caroline makes) makes an appearance! YES! And every time, it is the funniest thing ever when he’s drooling over food. And more than that, he’s the sweet Simon too! But he’s a sweet Simon with a bit of sass and lots of humor too.
..”Look, I adore you, and I want a home. Again. With you.”
That did it. Cue the waterworks.
“You’re killing me Simon.” I sniffled, tears and nose beginning to run.
“I know. I’m very cute when I’m vulnerable,” he said, making me snort in a very unladylike manner.
HEHE SEE!!! Simon and Caroline are totally back 🙂 I really love the easygoing yet serious relationship that Simon and Caroline have. I think in Rusty Nailed, a lot of the tensions are outside factors, like work and friend drama, but they always get through it, whether it’s with little moments or a huge blowout of emotion. I absolutely love how they’re so funny and complement each other so well, and it was such a great read, to see them strike, yet again. Their relationship is the best.

“Well, good goddamn, Dr. Phil, color me impressed,” I said, clinking my coffee cup next to his. “So what do we do next? Y’know, as people in a relationship after they’ve resolved a conflict?”

“Pretty sure a blow job should follow this,” he said seriously.

HAHA
So, even though we actually see a lot of Mimi, Ryan, Neal, Sophia, and Jillian, Simon and Caroline are still, hands-down, my favs 🙂
 They had me laughing until my stomach kind of hurt, and clutching my bed sheet in fear in their angsty moments, so it was kind of fantastic 😉
Rusty Nailed was a great read. It was a great mix of everything you want to see in a book. It had the
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HAHAHA. Basically, you should really read it, because you will fall in love with Simon and Caroline, and Clive, ONCE AGAIN 🙂

4.5 HILARIOUS BUTTERFLIES from me!! 🙂

4.5 butterflies

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FOLLOW/LIKE Alice Clayton, because she’s incredible, and you want more of her great writing @
OTHER BOOKS FROM ALICE CLAYTON:
The Cocktail Series:
Wallbanger (#1): Goodreads | Amazon | B&NMy Review ***ON SALE FOR $2.99********
COMING SOON on Sept. 2: Screwdrivered (#3) : Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
COMING SOON on Dec. 2: Mai Tai’d Up (#4): Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
The Redhead Series:
The Unidentified Redhead (#1): Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
The Redhead Revealed (#2): Goodreads| Amazon | B&N
The Redhead Plays Her Hand (#3): Goodreads| Amazon | B&N
To see all links go to:  http://pages.simonandschuster.com/alice-clayton/
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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW & 20 FUN FACTS & GIVEAWAY!): Red Hot Obsessions Anthology

Title: Red Hot Obsessions (Boxed Set)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Wordcount: 800000+ or about 3000 pages

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22034810-red-hot-obsessions

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***10 TALES OF ROMANCE FROM 10 BEST SELLING AUTHORS***

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Ten top selling authors come together to bring you ten titillating full-length novels of love, passion,

discovery, and anticipation designed to tease the senses.

Your next obsession starts here.

Hot men.

Lusty women.

Dirty, raw, and arousing.

Enough angst to twist your insides.

From first kisses, to dangerous encounters and college seductions, we’ve collected all your favorite

stories and combined them into one scintillating read filled with the confident, sexy and mysterious

bad boys that will make even the nicest girl’s heart throb with desire.

 

  • His Wicked Games (Ember Casey): Lily would do anything to save her father’s failing business- even take on the infamous billionaire Calder Cunningham. But she’s not prepared for the wicked

    terms he has in mind…

  • Fierce (Clarissa Wild): Hot, brooding college bad-boy Hunter turns out to have moresecrets up his sleeve than geeky book-worm Autumn can handle. Too bad for her he doesn’t give up

    the fight easily.

  • That First Kiss (J.C. Valentine): Playboy and rising author Tate Larson is focused on his workwith no plans of settling down anytime soon… that is, until a chance encounter with Southern beauty

    Piper Donovan derails all his plans

  • Slow Burn (V.J. Chambers): A college junior, in hiding from a corrupt shadow wing of an armscorporation, finds herself saddled with a restrained, no-nonsense bodyguard—who also happens to

    be jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

  • Layers Deep (Lacey Silks): He needs her to save a friend. She needs him to plan herrevenge. Their pasts scar them Layers Deep. Their passion distracts them… and distractions can be

    fatal.

  • Learning Curves (Olivia Rigal): Ariane wanted to spice up the life of her cooking school but one of her Americanstudents may be hotter than she expected.
  • Can’t Shake You (Molly McLain): Carissa’s gotten herself into a mess with an imprompturenovation project, and the only contractor available to help her out happens to be the one man

    she’s never been able to forget. Josh is also her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, therefore completely off-
    limits…unless they don’t get caught.

  • His Indecent Lessons (Sky Corgan): When Cheyenne started her first year of college, she didn’texpect to fall head over heels for one of her professors. His interest is totally academic though, and

    he’s going to give her private lessons she’ll never forget.

  • Sorority Pledge (Daizie Draper): Inexperienced college students, Addison and Logan,recognize the need for power play in one another when they first meet. But as they dive into a

    BDSM lifestyle while trying to balance college life, they discover their sizzle doesn’t come without

    consequence.

  • Rae Omnibus (Blair Babylon): Rae will do anything to stay in college and for her dream of a clinic for autistickids, but when the sexy and mysterious owner of The Devilhouse offers her job, she realizes that her

    small-town definition of “anything” was far too limited.

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RED HOT OBSESSIONS WAS SOME SERIOUSLY HOT STUFF. Just saying 😉

No, but honestly, theses short stories/mini-books were GREAT, because they ranged over every type of love story one could ever wish for. Every author took their own spin on these hot gorgeous boys and the witty and full-of-humor girls, and it was SUCH a great read. PLUS, I got to read 10 books in one shot. So, it was great.

Some of my favs? Were actually the first two I read. His Wicked Games and Fierce. I really liked these two the best because they had such great storylines, and made my heart pound, but they were completely different stories.

His Wicked Games is the adult love story, and it was so fun watching the main character, Lily, as she journeys her way through the man that is Calder, who was one FINE man. 😉 What I loved most about this story was that it didn’t oversell anything or anyone. The story ran very smoothly, and usually, when I read short stories, I sometimes feel as if the stories are forced and authors are clamoring to put huge story into less words, and that just annoys me at times. But His Wicked Games was really smooth in that Lily’s and Calder’s stories weren’t rushed at all. In fact, they took their time exploring each other and, even though I felt it was a litttle predictable ;), I still really enjoyed their story and YAY for happy endings 🙂 🙂 I would give it 3.5/4 STARS!

Next, we have Fierce, which was some seriously good reading material 😉 It follows the story of college freshman, Autumn who meets other college freshman, Hunter, but theirs isn’t the typical college romance, because Hunter is a bad boy. And when I say bad, I mean BAD. But, I mean bad boys are always the best right? 😉 Hehe. I actually really felt the chemistry between the two, and at times I was feeling for Autumn, because I was like, “What the hell is Hunter doing right now?!”, but it all worked out. The thing I liked most about Fierce? The intricately woven story. I had my doubts in the beginning, but it was a great ride. All the plot twists and events had me guessing until the very end and speaking, of the end, YAY! I absolutely loved the ending on Fierce. It was in no way abrupt. Rather, it brought the entire story to an end while bringing the entire story together and giving me and the rest of the audiences the closure needed 😉 It was a GREEAT ending and I LOVED LOVED LOVED HUNTER ❤ 🙂 I give Fierce 4 STARS!

All in all, Red Hot Obsessions was a great read! There were so many great characters and stories in one anthology and it was soooo much fun getting to see their stories play out and all of them come into their happy endings.
As a whole, I give it 4 STARS!!!! 🙂

  1. Olivia Rigal sings every Wednesday night in the karaoke club
  2. Olivia Rigal went to dog grooming school
  3. Lacey Silks had a passion for acting when she was a teen. As an extra she met Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Ricky Lake, Brendan Fraser, Jerry O’Connell and Shirly MacLain
  4. Lacey Silks is afraid of flying. If you ever sit beside her on a plane, don’t mind the Hail Mary’s. And good luck getting to the bathroom. She will not unbuckle her seat belt through the entire flight
  5. Before she was an author, Ember casey worked as a pastry chef. She’s never met a cake (or puff pastry, or tart, or chocolate truffle) she didn’t love
  6. Ember Casey started writing Romance because her critique group kept telling her that her attempts at Young Adult were too, uh, “adult”
  7. J.C. Valentine is a reality TV junkie. The Kardashians hold her prisoner often and without mercy
  8. J.C. Valentine loves thunderstorms. They’re perfect for writing
  9. Clarissa Wild always drinks tea when writing, and she needs at least 2 cups of earl grey tea a day
  10. Like the main character in her book Fierce, Clarissa Wild is actually quite a book-nerd, and not just that … she loves playing videogames as well
  11. Sky Corgan actually participates in the BDSM lifestyle as a dominant
  12. Sky Corgan has to have complete silence while writing, so no coffee shop writing
  13. V.J. Chambers still watches The Vampire Diaries, and she’s still on Team Damon
  14. V.J. Chambers has a cat called Isis, and she does not like to relinquish the keyboard for her to actually write. She would rather lie on it
  15. Blair Babylon has lived in 5 US states: Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey and New York
  16. Blair Babylon was a child actor and model who did over 30 TV commercials and a short-lived PBS series
  17. During her tween years, Molly McLain began writing while listening to Wednesday night dedications and requests on radio. Since no one ever dedicated a romantic song to her, she made up her own love stories instead. To this day, all it takes to get the creative juices flowing is a little REO Speedwagon
  18. Molly McLain is a closet WWE fan. She may or may not fangirl over Randy Orton to the point her children refer to him as her boyfriend. They’re also kind enough to pause the TV when he’s on so she can drool
  19. Although Daizie Draper’s pretty kinky, she’s more of a switch than a straight-up sub. The BDSM in Sorority Pledge veers into many untested areas for her because Addison, the sub in the story, learns she’s masochistic, which I Daizie is not
  20. One of Daizie’s quirky things is that she hates crumbs, like stepping on them with her bare feet. It just irks her like nothing else

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