3.5 Stars Arc received from author in exchange for an honest review
Rusty Nailed is the continuing love story of Caroline and Simon.
I loved Wallbanger. It was one of those reads that kept me in hysterics. Was happy to see this couple finally come together and Caroline was able to achieve the big “O”. Simon was adorably charming and sexy. A perfect compliment to Caroline’s flakey and funny ways. The hijinks between her, Simon and her close circle of friends set the storyline on an amusing and hilarious path.
In Rusty Nailed, Simon remained the ever serious and sensual gentleman. I found that Caroline’s character had changed a bit – she became serious, a little irritating and less flighty. Her life has taken a turn and pressures from both her personal and career life created havoc in her world. Once again, her boss plays puppet master, dictating the course of Caroline’s life by forcing her into a more domesticated situation as well as more business responsibilities. All these changes cause her to become uptight, as Simon slows down his travels to spend more time at home.
I am a fan of Alice Clayton. She delivers loveable and funny lighthearted romances. I liked Rusty Nailed, but the middle of the book dragged for me. The plot felt as if it stayed in limbo. There was very little insight into their lives and the progression of their relationship. Something was brewing with Simon; he was more introverted and mysterious. Yes, there is a point where he comes face to face with the heartbreak of his parent’s loss, but something seemed to plague him. What ever was troubling him was unresolved. Leaving me with unanswered questions about his behavior throughout the story.
I did enjoy catching up with the happenings of the secondary characters. High level of tension existed between Neil and Sophia. At times I wished this was their story – it kept the plot moving forward. Neil, of course did something incredibly stupid and Sophia was devastated. (Although, at times I wanted to scream enough already and get over it). Their drama made the read more interesting.
And of course there’s Clive.
The lovable yet snarky kitty, that in my mind is a cross between Garfield and the Chester Cat. He brought a refreshing level of humor to the story’s end. All in all, it was a pleasant read which had some funny as well as tender moments. Alice Clayton has a great writing style as well as a warped, witty sense of humor.