Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktails #1
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 14, 2013
Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, she also has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Every moan, spank, and—was that a meow?—punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has—yep, you guessed it—no O.
Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has…well…mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick. A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight.
Oh my gosh! I had no idea Wallbanger was going to be as funny as it was! I mean, I heard it was funny and sexy, but I grossly underestimated it. Honestly, with a title and cover like that, I was expecting … well, I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t that. Seriously, though, this book was a whole lot of fun!
Caroline recently moved into a fabulous San Francisco apartment, it’s perfect. That is until she is all snuggly in her bed, ready to go to sleep, and the thump thump thumping against the wall starts. Oh, it’s not just the banging on the walls, poor Caroline can hear everything that’s taking place right on the other side. And let me tell you, it’s pretty damn entertaining. Only thing is, all of her neighbor’s wall banging antics are putting a severe damper on her ability to sleep. To top it off, he has a variety of women he is getting down and dirty with, and they all earn fitting nicknames from Caroline. Not only is her neighbor’s extracurricular activities keeping her awake, they’re taunting her. She’s been in a sexual slump since a very unfortunate and unsatisfying liaison with an undesirable fella.
I love Caroline! The woman is hilarious, and I love that she’s the type of person who is comfortable traveling and going out alone. She is a secure, independent woman with an abundance of snark. And then we have Simon the Wallbanger. Sure, he sounds like bit of a manwhore, but I totally respect his situation, especially after getting the full story. Plus, the guy’s enthusiasm for baked goods was funny and added a whole little theme to his and Caroline’s relationship that I enjoyed a lot.
Caroline and Simon together? Now that was pure delight! The evolution of their relationship was so much fun to ‘watch’. They went from loathing each other, to forming a friendship, to … well, more. It all felt genuine, and they had such fun chemistry. I also appreciated how mature they were about each other’s escapades. Well, of course there was banter and teasing, but they still behaved like adults in that regard. But then when things finally got hot between these two, it was so on!
Wallbanger isn’t only about “wall banging.” Friendships play a big role in the book. Not just the friendship between Caroline and Simon, but the group that is formed with Caroline’s best friends and Simon’s best friends. I loved the whole setup and situation they find themselves in. Good times for sure! I was laughing so hard at the inner dialogues of everyone when they were in the car. And of course I can’t forget Clive the cat! I think I may forever associate the song Pussy Control by Prince with Clive now – haha!
Wallbanger was definitely pure entertainment! I’m pretty sure I smiled the majority of the time while reading it. It honestly felt as if I was reading a television show or a movie. You know how that is, right? It’s definitely a good thing. I even got one of my male friends to start reading it, and he’s enjoying it so far! Now I’m looking forward to reading Rusty Nailed, the second installment in the Cocktails series.