Today we are celebrating the release of RUSTY NAIL by Nazarea Andrews. Rusty Nail is an adult contemporary romance, standalone novel, and it is the second book in the brand new River Street Bar series. Purchase links are below and you can grab the book for just .99 cents for a limited time.
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Life came easy to him.
Town playboy Aidric Jones has it all: money, women, a life without responsibility. Until his house burns down and a daughter he doesn’t know lands on his doorstep. No one expects him to step up, to grow up, but he finds disappointment is different when someone is counting on him.
And everyone is whispering…
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks everyone knew Olivia Buckley was going to end up pregnant and stuck in River City with a deadbeat boyfriend. Now she’s a single mom working for her parent’s construction company, unable to escape a reputation she hates. She’s fighting like hell to make a life for herself and her son, to prove everyone wrong.
They’re two people with nothing in common except a falling down house, two angry kids, and a town full of rumors–but maybe that’s enough
They’ll give them something to talk about…
New Adult | Romance | Contemporary
***I was provided an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review***
I cannot deny that I am a huge fangirl when it comes to single dad or mom type romance tropes. My favorite aspects are always when authors do a different twist on the drama and romance chemistry itself that really tickles my pickle. For the Rusty Nail, I loved the synopsis – the part with it being a small town where everyone knows everyone, it just adds to the fact that its an immediate drama factor. I love small town atmospheres.
Obviously before I go too deep into that ‘small town’ atmosphere, because it will honestly leak into the characters themselves, I have to admit right off the bat that I really enjoyed the writing style for the most part. Even though I liked the characters, the setting and the build there were just points that seemed or felt rushed. Because it was a ‘small town’ setting, there was this hovering drama but I felt it was skimmed a little too much, and would have liked more history instead of it being so briefly mentioned. You will see what I mean once I dive into the characters.
So the characters…
Aidric was a delicious piece of man meat. I know I say it constantly but seriously he was yummy. He definitely had a presence in the novel that I felt really invested to him, especially once he was presented with his daughter he had never known existed. He was an honest man with mistakes and took on his responsibility with force. It was fun to seeing how he took the town drama face on, not letting it bother him what people thought, though this plays in part with the fact that he came from the right side of the tracks in this scenario, so of course he didn’t care.
It was Olivia who was the girl on the ‘other side’ of the tracks who lived less unfortunate and was the town slut, though the rumor mill created that for her, she was anything but that content. Yes she did get pregnant right after high school, but not because she slept around, so she embraced her rumor and carried on, raising her son and doing what was best for them. I loved her ‘gives no shit’ personality, holding her head high and doing her job. Olivia was a fun character.
As the connection between Olivia and Aidric grew, so did the friendship between her son and his daughter. They were becoming a family without realizing it. I loved this about their chemistry. I also liked how they treated each other and the kids. Plus Olivia and Aidric’s sexual connection – whoohoo it was yummy.
The big pet peeve I had in regards to their chemistry which also more rolls around the kids plus the town. And not that it really damaged the story, but just created the wall for me that made things harder to connect or see the believable scenario – for one, the kids seem to be too invested in their parents life and the relationship. Like they do not act like children, though they are a reasonable age to add that they are not just silly children, but at times they were TOO grown up for the age in which they were. Then there was the issue of Aidric’s indiscretions as a playboy in the town making its way into the children’s school life, which I just couldn’t wrap my mind around. On top of this, on occasion there were mentions of Aidric and Olivia knowing one another when they were younger, Aidric was a few years older. But Olivia mentioned she had a crush on him in high school, but there wasn’t much else developed there. For me personally, I would have liked a little more history in the plot. It all goes back to the fact that this was a small town, and yet there wasn’t enough history there for me to get a grip on the imagination of the characters. There was so much going on in the now with the children and Aidric’s sister, I just would have preferred more the past than the current.
In simplest ways, it was too much with too little. I would have liked more placement in certain areas and less in others. Still the chemistry between Aidric and Olivia was spectacular build, it was believable, definitely swoon worthy.
Putting that aside though, I did enjoy Rusty Nail in a lot of ways. The romance was fun, edgy and cute enough with some spice that was deliciously sexy. The family dynamics was fun and it was definitely a fast paced, entertaining read. I liked the characters a good chuck of the way. As my first read from Nazarea Andrews I am very much curious as to what some of the other reads are liked – I definitely want to add more of her to my ever growing TBR.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories.
When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binge watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids.
N is a self-professed geek and enjoys spending her spare time lost in her favorite fandoms and can often be found babbling about them on social media.
She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.