Author: Alice Clayton
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Adult, Romance
Release Date: Nov 27th 2012
Source: Provided by publisher for review
I had heard many a good things about this novel. I saw it circulating around the blogisphere and when I read the summary I knew I wanted to read it.
Summary taken from Goodreads:
Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, 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, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each 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. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) 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. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…
In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.
Laugh-out-loud hilarity. After I finished with this book I leant it to my friend and she said she couldn’t read it at work anymore because she was laughing too much. That is the beauty and magnificence that is Alice Clayton’s writing. I found myself along the same lines. I read this bad-boy under 24 hours because I just couldn’t stop. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. The beautiful (I say that was a largely sarcastic undertone) words that come out of both Simone and Caroline’s mouth were like music to my ears. Their words were constant back and forth sexual banter. And, oh my did I find my ears read sometimes. This is the kind of novel that you laugh a little, read some more, get up walk to the kitchen for a tall cold glass of water, and then run and jump onto your bed and hold the words to your eyes as you bounce around. Then after not moving you look up and realize three hours has passed and you wish you could have Simone playing music to you through your thin walls. I smile even know thinking about Simone. The book is filled mounds and mound of craziness, but the sarcastic humour and all-around flirtatious jokes that Caroline and Simone pass between each other mad my day, week, and year. But, it wasn’t just the humour (although that is what definitely sinked it as favourite of mine) the story line was awesome. I can understand neighbours having a sexual attraction to one another, but when you don’t even know his name and simply refer to him as Wallbanger? Man, it was an awesome introduction, and Simone definitely has cool points for it. Then of course throw in a cat who thinks he is human and is searching for his one true love and I’m done like Thanksgiving Turkey. This book (which I currently own as an ebook) shall soon he donning my top shelf, where I house all my favourite books, gaining a place of honour among a few others. If you haven’t already learnt by this review that you should be out there purchasing this book than I will plain and simple tell you: Get. Your. Hands. On. A. Copy. Of. Wallbanger. End of conversation.
Caroline—The things that come out of your mouth…they are delicious like your baking.
Simone—the fact that a man can be so heart broken over home made bread almost made my heart break. Everything else about you, and then realizing that you were not real did make my heart break. You minx you.
This is who I imagine when I think of a certain Mr. Wallbanger:
I know, I know ladies. You can do nothing but simply nibble your lower lip and nod in agreement.
Clive—If only I could spend a day in your presence my life would be complete.
Nothing—Although at times I felt that it was actually Caroline preventing the relationship from going further, not Simone. Shocker, I know.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall this book was fantastic. The writing was exceptional and the way the humour, whether it was corny or not, worked its ways perfectly into the story make my jaw ache from smiling so much. The story line was unique to me as it was like nothing I had ever really read (alright yes I’ve read the whole best friends become lover stuff, but everything else makes it all different). Alice Clayton had my fingers aching from gripping my KOBO so hard, my eyes straining from reading well past midnight, and my back aching from sitting in random positions—all because I couldn’t put her book down. Scratch that. I didn’t want to. Whenever you are reading to release your next book Alice I will be ready to read it.
He was giving me a sexy little grin, and I knew that’s what he used to make panties drop. Ha—little did he know I wasn’t wearing any.
“You see nothing.”
“I see everything.”
“I will play Truth or Dare, you sucker, until you can’t tell your truth from your dare.”
Many of the other laughable may not be appropriate for all ages, so I had to tone it down….a bit.
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you love an adult romantic comedy then this, dear friends, is the Holy Grail.
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