In this sequel to Wallbanger, fan favorites Caroline Reynolds and Simon Parker negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in Sausalito.
Playing house was never so much fun - or so confusing. With her boss on an extended 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. And with Simon, her hotshot photographer boyfriend, gallivanting all over the world for his job, the couple is heavy-duty into "absence makes the heart grow fonder" mode. No complaints about the great reunion sex, though!
Then a trip back east to his childhood home has Simon questioning his nomadic lifestyle. He decides to be home more. A lot more. And he wants Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort out their relationship. Sure, more togetherness is a good thing - but does less traveling and working have to mean the other extreme? Apple pie and picket fences? With this second book in the Cocktail series, USA Today best-selling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy confection of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!
©2014 Alice Clayton (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
I have to say, if being walled was good then getting nailed is even better!!! As with the first Clayton gave me a great balance of sexy hot, comical, and just enough drama to not roll my eyes. Whats even better is that once again Smith did a great job giving me a good distinction between character lines and narration.
I love Alice Clayton and would read more from her, but this book was so dull! If you're going to write a sequel to something as funny and well-loved as Wallbanger, as least make it interesting. I was yawning the entire book!
I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.
To see the progression of Simone and Caroline's relationship. She didn't become someone different because she was in a relationship with Simon.
She did a great job.
I have listened to The Red Head series by Alice Clayton and now Wallbanger series. I am in love with this book. It's real, mature, funny, and honest. More than worth the credit.
The book started off as a confusing mess. You couldn't help but get the sense that the publisher demanded a sequel and the author went through several periods of not knowing what to say to continue the first story along and in the end, you got a horrible start.
Things did eventually get better but half-way through you couldn't help but feel sorry for the person and their horrible relationship. The saddest part was, she didn't seem to know her relationship was built totally around sex. He didn't seem to care about her needs, her problems or sharing any part of his life and even if she worked a 100 hours that week, hey as long as he got him some, who cares, right?
The most disappointing part is really that the author didn't seem to get how completely unhealthy this relationship really is. This isn't love. This isn't romantic. This is just sad. Sex does not a relationship make. Even if it's great sex. And just because you have sex 5 times a week, doesn't make it great sex. If you worked so much that week your eyes are about to bleed, going home to have to make your man happy by giving him a bj isn't right. That's not romantic. That's just serving your man to make HIM happy. I don't know. This whole story just rubbed me the wrong way.
Eh. Not really. I mean if you can get the book at a great discount, sure. It wasn't bad but I wouldn't suggest paying full price for this one.
For those of you that enjoy your romance with a side of shtick and a pinch of predictable, Alice Clayton is the author for you. After Wallbanger, I wasn't sure where things could go with Simon & Caroline, but, I liked the direction of their journey in this second book. The narration was a bit of a distraction as usual--breathy at times and completely overacted in other moments; however, it's the writing--that sass, humor, and superbly written 'smex' that will make me purchase any other book in this series without question.
I really liked the first one. That's before they started to do the rabbit. That's what I call it when there is more sex than story. I can almost predict the next book, they are redoing a house. They will have sex in all the rooms. When they get to the last room of this old Victorian house, they will add on and start all over.
Every once in awhile I'll read a book that's so enjoyable that I'll purchase the audiobook when it comes out for the additional experience. That was the case with Wallbanger, the first in this series. When Rusty Nailed came out I remembered being disappointed by the audio version of Wallbanger, but purchased the audio version of this automatically because of my overall enjoyment of the first book. Well...I should have gone back and listened to Wallbanger or listened to the sample of Rusty Nailed. Heather Smith's narration is so saccharin, overly animated and breathy that I couldn't get past chapter 4 before I went on Amazon and purchased the ebook version. While I couldn't stomach listening to another minute of Rusty Nailed, I enjoyed the ebook version almost as much as Wallbanger. Don't waste the credit, read the book!
Can't sing the praises of this book enough excellent writing story telling and narration
Will listen and re listen to these two books , one of the best read /listen in a long time
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