In 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?
Rusty Nailed is the continuation of Simon and Caroline’s (aka Wallbanger and Nightie Girl) story and we find them settled into a nice rhythm in their relationship and while I didn’t find it as laugh out loud funny as Wallbanger and a little slow in some aspects, I still enjoy seeing Simon and Caroline’s relationship grow, as well as the others around them. Simon is still travelling the world doing his photography thing while Caroline continues to excel at her job with Jillian Designs, but then a wrench is thrown into their idyllic relationship that has them both looking at who they are and who they want to be, apart as well as together.
Simon confronts the demons from his past, and while difficult, they give him the kick in the ass that he needs to finally figure out what he wants his future to be. Caroline is faced with dealing with her present situation and working out if what she’d always thought she wanted is right for her. Both Simon and Caroline are still the fun, quirky and outspoken characters from Wallbanger, but grow up just a little bit more. Do they still have their disagreements? Of course! But that’s what makes them, them and they way they navigate their way out of them shows that they are truly meant for each other.
Mimi, Ryan, Sophia and Neil are still apart of their lives and add in their own antics that keep both Simon and Caroline on their toes all the while reinforcing what a great relationship they have. And then there is Clive. He still steals all the scenes he’s in and is as lovable as ever. For a cat.