I will always be the girl who reads an Alice Clayton book without hesitation. She is an author I feel no need to read the synopsis for before knowing if I want to read the book, because I know without a doubt what I am about to read will make me laugh and put me in a happy mood. This book was no different. I love Alice’s humour. I love the characters she gives us. And she always leaves me wanting more!
Rusty Nailed gives us a glimpse of what’s going on in the lives of Simon and Caroline (and Clive too of course, that sly little bugger!). Perhaps the word glimpse isn’t exactly the correct word, because it is their book, but in my mind I felt there just wasn’t enough about them. I was expecting a book packed full of Simon and Caroline goodness. Not that what was there wasn’t good, because hey, it was freaking fabulous, I just wanted less about what ridiculous antics Sophia and Neil were doing to get back at each other and what places Jillian was now at and going to next on her European honeymoon tour.
The story really begins at Simon’s High School reunion. This is where Caroline gets to see where he came from, and what parts of his past, make up her Simon of the present. This is also where Simon begins to re-evaluate what he is doing with his life and where he wants to be in the future. Once he starts changing things up, it starts to rock Caroline’s world, in a sense. She’s not quite sure what Simon’s behaviour all means. Between this and the other heart-sinking circumstance that they are dealing with, she finally let’s all of her bottled up emotions blow up. Thankfully, it is quickly defused, because they needed to band together. And let’s face it, they really are too fabulous together for it to make sense if they were to ever spend any significant periods of time apart.
It was so fun to see them progress to this point in their lives. To see them really mesh together and work through things as the happy, funny, and sexy couple we have all come to know and love. As with Alice’s other book couple, Jack and Grace, I really don’t think I could ever get enough of them.
HEA’s come in all different forms depending on the book couple or the writer (and holy crap YAY!!) Alice isn’t completely done with theirs. Simon and Caroline are getting a novella, but apparently we have to wait till 2015!! Oh well (Cue the poor me violin’s and insert the grumpy cat memes here). With that being said, I am so freaking excited to see what Alice has in store for us next with Screwdrivered!
How do I love thee……………………………………
Simon Parker is one of my most favorite guys EVER. Like EVERRRRRRR. I love that dude so much. He bang’s walls, he eats zucchini bread, he deals with cat drama for his chick. He realizes that a peep hole holds more significance than a shanty conversation. I think Simon holds the key to his own Happy Ending. I’m almost certain that Simon might be his own enemy, and his own remedy.
Caroline……………………..Simon…………………………. Good GOD I love them so!!!
There is something to be said about the infamous WALLBANGER. That story made me want to learn, and feel, and touch. Great stories bring us life. The saga of Simon and Caroline is a story that I could read on, and on, and onnnnnnnnnnn.
These two don’t have a traditional story. It’s so supremely awkward and sweet. It’s weird right?
I mean, for real. This chick has a crazy cat with an awesome name… AND, on top of that she can turn a “mixer” into a Regular event, and make zucchini bread into something that we all should want and NEED. I mean really, what person doesn’t want baked goods right?
I have full respect…
That being said… I was looking forward to this story so deeply, so profoundly that I almost couldn’t contain myself when it came into fruition. I was like BAM! Rusty Nailed is here!! Like finally!!!
Am I satisfied with the full event? No… Unfortunately I am not. Do I think Alice is clever and witty, and AMAZING? Of Course!
The writing speaks for itself. I firmly believe that there are a special few that can fully grasp the wit that IS Alice Clayton…
That being said… I find this a mediocre piece of work of what the Author is capable of.
This story was entirely abundant in writing standards. But I totally expected more by such an esteemed Author. Alice Clayton is one of my “Genius” Authors. I will love her FOREVER! And I recommend WALLBANGER with all of my heart. I just really wanted more “guts” to this second installment.
Rusty Nailed is a good read, just not a great one. I wanted to love it so terribly bad! Do you get more Simon and Caroline? Of course you do! That’s the whole point of the series moving forward. But for me personally, I need angst and SHIT, and Angst!! Good lord I love SIMON SO MUCH!!!! And to see him living his day-to-day life was cool… but it wasn’t profound. I NEEDED PROFOUND. I needed tears. I needed something more than what I got.
Simon is one of my favorite guys EVER. He’s quirky, he’s funny, and he’s HOT! SOOOO HOT! Caroline & Simon will always be one of my fave couples forever. And no matter what-- I can honestly say that it was nice to get even a little taste of them. And Alice Clayton… Oh Alice, you will forever hold a piece of my heart . I just wanted more.