The Book Barista Reviews Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton


ISHO SummaryIn 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!

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I loved Wallbanger!!!  That is the reason why I was thrilled to hear that we’d be getting more Wallbanger and Nightie Girl aka Simon and Caroline.  Once again Alice Clayton has written a funny, sexy story with definite laugh out loud moments.

In Rusty Nailed we see Simon and Caroline’s relationship grow.  Their relationship is mostly easy and and very sexy. [Note: A hammer and a tool belt will never be the same for me again.] With changes in their careers, more responsibilities for Caroline and some time off for Simon, things are a little different for them.

A big part of this book is the stories of the secondary characters, Caroline and Simon’s friends.  A few of these moments had me really laughing.  Of course, this review would not be complete without mentioning the most important character of all, CLIVE THE CAT!  I LOVE CLIVE!!!! I really enjoyed this book but Clive brought it up a notch…or ten.

I definitely gave this book five delicious steamy cappuccinos, with some catnip thrown in for Clive.

five cappuccino

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ISHO Author Bio

aliceclayton_picNovelist Alice Clayton makes her home in St. Louis where she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up after, and is trying desperately to get her long-time boyfriend to make her an honest woman–and please buy her a Bernese Mountain dog.


After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and educator, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career: author. Having never written anything longer than a grocery list, she soon found writing to be the creative outlet she’d been missing since walking away from the theater 10 years before.

She has a great time combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, and she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, the first two installments of The Redhead Series–The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed. Her latest novel Wallbanger is a return to her trademark comedic erotica, or funny smut, that Alice has become known for.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast (check them out on iTunes) and has recently partnered with actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz on a new travel show that will begin filming in January.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Marys, eight hours of sleep and a good pounding.

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