Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
Rusty Nail is the second book in the River Street Bar series from Nazarea Andrews, and it's got thirty-year-old single mother and owner of Buckley Contractors and Construction Olivia Buckley and River City playboy and firefighter Aidric Jones, who I estimate to be about thirty-two or thirty-three as its main characters. When Aidric receives a phone call regarding an inheritance, he's immediately wary knowing full well that it means someone's passed away. He's shocked when he learns that he's the sole beneficiary of the estimate of a woman he spent the weekend with when he was a junior in college and she was a sophomore. He's doubly shocked when he's told the caveat: he must retain custody of an eleven-year-old daughter, Kendra, that he never knew about. His bachelor pad isn't sufficient for the both of them, and so he calls in Olivia. Pretty soon, though, Ollie isn't just there to head the renovation project of the Jones House, but Aidric turns to her for help with Kendra, who now finds a best friend in Ollie's eleven-year-old son Theo. Can the two most gossiped about thirtysomethings of River City find love and a blended family together or will the prove the rumor-mongers right by falling apart?
Ah, a hero and heroine that I like equally! Yay! I wasn't a fan of the heroine in the first book--who happened to have graduated in the same high school class as Ollie, along with the hero (and Aidric's nephew!) from there too--but Ollie was a force to be reckoned with. She was independent and refused to back down from anything life threw her way. Aidric may have come off as someone who didn't take responsibility seriously, but there's a whole lot more about him than meets the eye, and he certainly stood up to the challenge of caring for his daughter. I liked these two together, especially since they had been the target of the gossip that's become synonymous with places like River City, and yet chose to not have to defend themselves verbally but proved everyone wrong through their actions instead. Their children--Aidric's Kendra and Ollie's Theo--were only eleven yet they spoke and acted like they were twice their age, which at times left me raising an eyebrow or two in disbelief. Still, I did enjoy reading this second River Street Bar book, and found it to actually be a more enjoyable one than the series starter by a smidgen. Rusty Nail gets four stars, and I look forward to book three. ♥
Read my reviews for the River Street Bar series:
Fireball (book one) - four stars - My Review
Rusty Nail (book two) - four stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 12 May 2018
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