Title: Wallbanger (Cocktail #1)
Author: Alice Clayton
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
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…
Review: This book was delightfully fun, cheeky, and sexy! I’ll be honest and say I never expected this book to make me laugh because of a cat, but here we are. It’s got a frenemies-to-lovers trope happening and I enjoyed it overall.
To sum things up, this book is about a man with a very exciting (and loud) sex life and sexually frustrated woman just trying to get her ‘O’ back. Caroline and her neighbour Simon kind of begin this rocky relationship where she jokes about his harem of girls and he begs her for her baked goods. The sexual tension is present from the first moment they begin their verbal sparring, but this is a total slow-burn romance. There are some ridiculous moments you can’t help but laugh at, but it was fun to read.
While I did enjoy the romance between Caroline and Simon, there were a few issues I had. There is a definite detour from the main couple when two other romantic relationships are explored and I think those parts could have easily been separate books in themselves. I’m a total fan of a subplot that serves a good purpose for the story, but this book tried to tackle too many things at once. I was also not really a fan of the chapters that involved strictly the characters thoughts because it was confusing to follow.
I will say that some of the best parts involved her extremely sassy cat Clive who goes wild for the meowing happening next door. He also hates men…a lot. Let’s be honest, I just need some more Clive. He deserves a performance award for Best Supporting Character.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book and I will definitely be continuing this series and trying out Alice Clayton’s other books as well. If you’re looking for lots of laughs and endless sexual innuendos then Wallbanger needs to be on your list!