Series: Cocktail #1
Published by Gallery Books
Published on November 27th, 2012
Genres: Adult, Adult Contemporary, Comedy, Contemporary Romance
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The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she's gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy's athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly...
In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight...
“He was wooing me. And I was letting him woo. I wanted the woo. I deserved the woo. I needed the wow that would surely follow the woo, but for now, the woo? It was whoa.”
This book was the breath of fresh rarified air that I had been searching for. In a sea of romance novels, Wallbanger stands out from the rest.
This book brought the funny from page one, to page done. Every character in the story brought their own flavor to the mix. When even the cat is entertaining, you know it’s a well-written book. There was never a dull moment, either. I loved Caroline. She was the perfect heroine for a romantic comedy. I loved being in her head, as most of the stuff she thought and said had me laughing out loud.
“I moaned like a whore in church.
To be fair, I’d never actually heard a whore moan in church, but I had a feeling it sounded a lot like the unholy sounds pouring forth from my mouth.”
“Yep, ready to go. Simon, this is James. James,
Simon.” They leaned in to shake hands, and I could see that
they both exerted a little extra force, neither seeming to
want to be the one to let go first. I rolled my eyes. Yes, boys.
You can both write your names in the snow. The question is,
who would make bigger letters?”
My other favorite person in the story: Simon. What a dreamboat. He gave as good as he got, where Caroline was concerned. He wasn’t some misunderstood, womanizing, alpha male. But rather, he was a perfectly realistic depiction of what men in romance novels should be: normal. Simon and Caroline were perfect for one another, and the dynamic of their relationship fed the story. I loved the banter/dialogue between the two of them. They had me laughing and swooning non-stop.
This book was not just a one-dimensional, all-for-the-laughs kind of story. There was of course, the romance, the steamy, and the feels. I loved that I was able to come away having felt a full range of emotions. Alice Clayton successfully executed a brilliantly written, multifaceted love story. Sure, I laughed through most of the book, but at the end of the day, above all else, I felt the LOVE.
“You really have no idea, do you?”
“No idea about what?”
“How thoroughly you own me, Nightie Girl,” he said, leaning in to whisper this part in my ear. “And I know I love you enough to want you to have your happy ending.”
“You know those moments when everything is exactly the way it was meant to be? When you find yourself and your entire universe aligning in perfect synchronization, and you know you couldn’t possibly be more content? I was inside that very moment, and fully conscious of it.”
4.5 BRIGHT STARS!
I will read anything this woman writes.
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