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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In a small town like River City, everyone knows everyone else’s business- and if they don’t, they make up a story that suits them instead. Gossips constantly wag their tongues, completely content in their own superiority without regard for the feelings of the person who is the subject of their cruel remarks, and innocent children are held responsible for the sins of the parent in their eyes. This is the life that Olivia has been living since high school, and Aidric is about to get a taste of it as well.
Olivia is struggling to keep the family construction business in the black, but she is determined to overcome the small minded opinions of the people in town to make a real life for herself and her 11 year old son Theo who is her whole world. She may have made a mistake back in high school, but she is not some flighty, irresponsible bubblehead and that one night led to the best part of her life. When Aidric Jones reaches out to her for a quote to rebuild his house after a fire, it couldn’t come at a better time for her financially. Add in that Aid has always been one of the few people who treats her like an actual human being and she cannot say no to the sexiest man in town.
Growing up, Aid lived in the shadow of his siblings at times, so he became the carefree one who did what he wanted when he wanted and earned himself quite a reputation as a manwhore. Now that lifestyle just gave him a serious reality check in the form of an 11 year old daughter that he never knew anything about because her mother didn’t trust him to be responsible enough to be in her life. Now he is all that Kendra has left in the world after losing her mother and both grandparents in the span of a year, and he will not turn away from her. Rebuilding the Jones house becomes more important to him than ever to give his daughter a proper home, and Olivia is just the person to make that happen. He just doesn’t expect her to also become his lifeline when it comes to dealing with the unexpected ups and downs of becoming a parent overnight.
Theo and Kendra were wonderful characters in this story as they formed a bond of their own almost immediately upon meeting. Kendra is terrified that she is going to lose someone else from her life since that has been constant reality lately, and even at 11 years old, Theo has a fiercely protective nature. He protects her from the bullying of one particularly nasty little girl whose parents divorced after her mother allegedly slept with Aid (not one of his finer moments if it’s true), and he helps Kendra cope with a completely new family that has been dropped into her lap.
The Jones family may be River City royalty of sorts, but they could also be the poster children for dysfunction at times too. Natalie, Aidric’s older sister, is the mayor and one of my least favorite people in this series so far. She likes to think she is the all powerful wizard (or witch?) behind the curtain, but she often sticks her nose in where it isn’t wanted and her “help” only makes things worse. Her kids have varying levels of trust issues and complexes as a result of her choices, so how she thinks she is the best person to raise Kendra confuses me- and Aidric. Fortunately he sets her in her place, and thanks to the age gap between Aid and Natalie, he is able to turn to Dempsey and Charlie, 2 of Nat’s kids who are close in age to him, for some help.
Olivia quickly becomes more than a sounding board for him too, and he realizes that he doesn’t just want a quick bit of fun with her. The close bond being forged between Theo and Kendra adds another layer of complexity to the possibilities of a relationship between them, but he is determined to explore what could be if Olivia can just get over her fear of letting a man get close enough to her to hurt her again. He and Ollie definitely have chemistry, and the kids are good for a few giggles with some matchmaking attempts of their own. It’s not an easy ride with the eyes of the whole town on them, but all in all, I really enjoyed Rusty Nail and flew through the pages once I picked it up!
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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.