Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wallbanger, by Alice Clayton

Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know a book is worth 5 stars when the characters & their story sticks with you for days after you've finished reading. It has been 5 days since I finished reading "Wallbanger" and I'm still laughing and swooning over it! I'm tempted to go back and read it again, soon! When I heard that Alice Clayton, the author, is planning on releasing more books with these characters (the Cocktail series), I was actually giddy (I did a happy dance!). If you don't want to get into a series, this book could EASILY be read as a stand alone, since the ending is an actual ending (no cliffhangers).

A romantic, funny, sometimes erotic, contemporary tale of 2 neighbours, in their mid-to-late 20's, who meet under unusual circumstances. Dislike turns to friendship, turns to infatuation, turns to... *sigh* I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. I was soooo pleasantly surprised by the wit and the quality of the writing. I literally laughed out loud many times and had a severe case of the "hot-and-bothered" repeatedly. Part of the strength of this book lies in it's balance: it is hilarious but also very smart, it is romantic but not soppy, it is erotic but not an orgy sex-fest. I love romantic tension in a book and there is more than enough to go around in "Wallbanger". So deliciously frustrating at times!

The characters, main and secondary, are loveable and you can't help but become attached to them. I did, however, get confused repeatedly with the names of the 4 friends (Caroline's two girl friends and Simon's two guy friends) which made their interactions a bit confusing at times. I'm hoping to see more from the secondary characters in the sequels.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good laugh, smart characters, a good best-friend-turns-love story & hot and sexy love making.

It is a full-length novel (385 pages in print format) that could be read as a stand alone (no cliffhanger ending). Told in the first person, mostly from Caroline's point of view but there are a couple little parts from various characters's point of view too. Contains course language, mature and sexually explicit content.

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.

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