Author: Alice Clayton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy from author
Published: November 27, 2012 by Omnific Publishing
Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid 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.
Why I Read this Book: I am a huge fan of the author’s Redhead series so when I found out that she’d written another romantic comedy, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I just knew I was going to thoroughly enjoy this book just from reading the synopsis. (And I was right.)
What I Liked: I didn’t think I was going to like Simon, being the man whore that he is and all, but I did. He wasn’t as whorish and I had originally thought and his ‘extracurricular activities aside, he’s a good guy. Simon’s ‘wallbanging’ was explained not only to the reader, but to Caroline as well. I felt more comfortable about his character for being upfront about it.
The author didn’t go with the obvious when Caroline and Simon were in Spain. I don’t want to say too much but the time in Spain and what happens was realistic and I’m pleased that the author didn’t take the easy route.
The author has a way with words. Her writing is fluid, unfiltered, and humorous. And the spotlight doesn’t just shine on the hero and heroine; there’s a whole cast of characters that intrigue me with delight. It’s a real joy reading her books. The only problem is I’ve read them all.
What I Didn’t Like: Be prepared to act a fool, which may or may not include snorting, while reading this book.
The beginnings of carpel tunnel were threatening to set in as I tried desperately to get myself off.
“Asshole,” I mouthed to him.
“Cockblocker” he mouthed back, the smirk returning in full force.
Overall Impression: Wallbanger is loaded with witty, flirtatious banter and hilarious sexual innuendos. Alice Clayton has a knack for writing thoroughly satisfying romantic comedies. You'll laugh so hard, you may just pee your pants.