Review of Rusty Nail and Blog Tour

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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RUSTY NAIL by Nazarea Andrews

A Standalone Contemporary Romance

(River Street Bar series, #2)



In a small town, rumor is everything…

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…

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After reading the first novel in the River Street Bar series, Fireball, (you can see my review here), I expected to love Rusty Nail as much as I did Fireball, but I didn’t. While Fireball had a sense of humor and definite affection for its characters, Rusty Nail felt pale in comparison. It also felt like it could have undergone a substantial edit with someone paying attention to word meaning and sentence variation.

Aidric discovers that he has an eleven-year old daughter, Kendra, after her mother dies. He steps up, brings her to his home, and tries to do his best to add stability to her life. Meanwhile, Olivia (Ollie) is renovating Aidric’s family home, has a son, Theo, who befriends Kendra. Aidric and Ollie are attracted to each other.

While I liked Aidric’s character, I thought Ollie went off the handle a little too often. And the irony of her saying “Language” to Theo (meaning he should watch his language) when she was dropping numerous instances of the f-bomb struck me. Obviously there is no expectation of learning by example here. And, perhaps it’s because I felt frustrated by this novel that the swearing seemed gratuitous after a while, but then I feel that the f-bomb loses its intensity if it’s as common as “the.”

All in all, I was disappointed. It was a decent enough read, just not as excellent as Fireball.

I will say that this review comes with a caveat: your-mileage-may-vary. There are plenty of readers who are loving on this novel, and maybe you will be one of them.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

rating: 3-but

3 butterflies out of 5



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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.



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