From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton, known for her “deliciously addictive” novels, this Cocktail series novella reunites readers with Caroline and Simon from the wildly successful Wallbanger. And today I get to share with you its stunning new cover and a sexy little excerpt!!! ♥
It is exactly 100 days before the return of Simon and Caroline from Wallbanger! The Cocktail series is getting three more books and the first one is coming to us on 24 June 2014. Today, I have the great pleasure of sharing with you a little excerpt from Rusty Nailed and an awesome signed giveaway of the first two books in the series… ♥
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 bestselling 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!
I passed by on my way to the kitchen, and was stopped by a hand on my ass.
“Hi,” he answered, his eyes still on the computer.
“You need something?”
“Always,” he answered, maneuvering my ass so it was on his lap.
“Not always, you were sleeping earlier,” I pouted, as he swept a piece of hair behind my ear.
“I’m not sleeping now.”
“I’ve got turnovers.”
“I already like where this is going,” he murmured, his hands tightening around my waist.
“No no, I mean I have turnovers. That I need to put in the oven.”
“Wait, those are like tiny pies, right?”
“Yes Simon, they’re like tiny pies.”
“You know what it does to me when you go Uncle Jesse on me.”
His eyes widened, and something else hardened. “I do indeed.”
Kissed me fierce he did, and while I did my best to remind him of my turnovers, he did his best to make me forget. And I did, until the doorbell rang.
“Dammit,” he muttered, releasing me.
“Saved by the bell,” I sang out, rising off his lap.
“You know what it does when you go Kelly Kapowski on me.”
“I do indeed. And if you’re a good boy tonight I’ll give you my own special Bayside cheer later on.” I winked, and danced away from his grabby hands. “Now go do something with that,” I instructed, pointing at his enthusiasm.
He strutted away.
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Cocktail – Reading Order and Purchase Links
Wallbanger: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Paperback | B&N
Rusty Nailed: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Paperback | B&N (24 Jun 2014)
Screwdrivered: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Paperback | B&N (2 Sep 2014)
Mai Tai’d Up: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Paperback (2 Dec 2014)
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Don’t you just love when you start reading a book having no expectations whatsoever one way or another and then you discover after reading only 20 pages that this is one of those books you’ll just LOVE forever? This book and its sequel The Redhead Revealed were those books for me.
I was so in love with every page of this story that I didn’t want it to end … ever. Ms Clayton is not just a great storyteller; she creates characters that you wish you knew in real life. Her writing style is so engaging that I found myself highlighting entire paragraphs, pages sometimes, wanting to read them again at a later stage, over and over again. The humour and the romance in this book are so exquisitely intertwined together. The story flows beautifully and naturally and you find yourself giggling like a schoolgirl the whole time.
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