Category: romance with comedy thrown in

Release day review: Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

I don’t know about you but I think we’ve all been pretty damned patient waiting for our next fix of Wallbanger goodness! Well, the wait is finally over and I was so happy to receive a copy of Rusty Nailed in order to share it with you. Wallbanger was so much fun: Simon the sex-god who always ‘stood to attention’ (if you take my meaning) and Caroline, such a fun character – someone you’d definitely want to be friends with. And Clive – how could you fail to love a cat with such attitude?

Here’s a quick review – enjoy.


Book: Rusty Nailed

Series: The Cocktail series #2

Author: Alice Clayton

Format: Uncorrected arc

Review by: Onnica


Basic story: Caroline and Simon have been together for a whole, perfect, sex-filled year. They maintain their separate residences, although Simon can mostly be found with Caroline and Clive. When Caroline’s boss gets married and decides to take an extended break for her honeymoon, Caroline has to rise to the occasion and take on the running of the company. Scared and overwhelmed? You bet! But it’s the chance of a lifetime and she’s determined to make it work. With Simon gone a lot of the time on work assignments it won’t make much difference, will it?

Except, Simon has been getting ‘that look’ lately and is accepting less and less work. Throw in an invitation to his class reunion and he’s forced to face some issues in his past that he’d successfully buried. With Simon home more, the pair are getting to know each other better and Caroline feels that she should be rejoicing. That’s what any sane woman would do who had the Wallbanger all to herself, right? Then why isn’t she happy? With the demands of adulthood bearing down on her, Caroline must decide what she wants out of life and whether she can have it all and still stay sane.

Why you should read this: Hellooooo, it’s Alice Clayton – of course you have to read it! I don’t know anyone out there who didn’t like Wallbanger, so I’m thinking if you want more Caroline, more Simon (seriously – swoon) and of course more Clive, then it’s a no-brainer. The couple are SERIOUSLY hot for each other. They never stop – and that’s cool, because the scenes are always delivered with humour and style. I still love Caroline for her self-confidence and her non-shrewish behaviour. We really got a better look at these two characters, we find out more about Simon – who he was and why he was the way he was. He’s not just the hunky, cocky next door neighbour, he’s also a devastatingly sweet boyfriend and human being. (Okay, okay I’m going overboard, but I’m in love with a fictional character – like you haven’t been there?!)

What you might hate: You won’t! But to play devil’s advocate for a moment, Caroline goes through some stuff that she needs to work through – you may find her perhaps a little bit exasperating – but it’ll all be fine! Don’t panic! Some readers weren’t taken with Clive and perhaps there was a bit too much cat pov in the book!

Rating: 4/5 for a sexy, satisfying read and a very welcome return to two beloved characters. Makes me want to find my copy of Wallbanger and delve in all over again…

Rusty Nailed is out today! (24 June)