Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

**3 out of 5 Stars**

**WARNING:  SPOILERS AHEAD**


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.


Oh My Geez...this book was funny.  It had a great writing style and was easy to follow.  It had me laughing hysterically throughout   I enjoyed the characters especially Caroline.  Her inner monologue had me rolling.  The story was easy to follow though it carried on a little long in my opinion.  It's straight-forward and there aren't any twist and turns along the way. 


Caroline is pretty with blonde hair.  She's is an interior designer...not a decorator.  She just moved into a new apartment.  The sassy, intelligent  ambitious and she knows what she wants.  She's had a few bad experiences with men.  One of the experiences, with a man she refers to as the machine gun, her big O has disappeared off her radar.


Simon is gorgeous with dark hair and sea blue eyes.  He has a never ending series of women coming in and out of his apartment.  There's only 3 of them but still.  He lives in the apartment next door.  He's sweet, and loyal.  Once he gets his sights set on Caroline everything else fades into the background...other women included.  He is a photographer who travels all over the world.


Caroline's first night in her apartment she is startled awake by a noise coming from next door.  The guy and his companion are going at it.  She becomes known as Spanx...I'm pretty sure you can figure out why seeing as how the walls are so thin, Caroline can hear every deal of their sordid sexual encounter. The following night it's the same only this time the woman Meow's like a cat...yeah.  This sets off Caroline's cat.  She becomes known as Purina   Next comes the gigglier.  


After she's put up with it for a few weeks she's finally had it and marches next door, dressed in a pink nightie no less, and demands he put a stop to it. He becomes the "Wallbanger" and she becomes "pink nightie girl".


After this point, not a lot happens.  They hate each other at first but we all know there is a thin line between love and hate...or in this case lust.  They quickly become friends, hanging out when he's not off somewhere working.  She's attracted to him but she has no idea that he's falling for her and quickly.


They take a trip to Lake Tahoe and something almost happens in the hot tub but he stops it and she's hurt.  Things change for awhile and she goes on a date with her ex.  It doesn't go well and she ends up spending the night talking to Simon instead after the date is over.


They take a trip to Spain and at this point they are officially dating.  He's cut ties with all the other girls and now it's just the two of them.  On the last night there, they sleep together but the big O is still missing.  She comes home and is trying to put a little distance between them but he takes an early flight and wants to know why she faked it.  When she tells him why he makes it his night's mission to remedy this fact.  And he does, quite well.


They aren't engaged or anything at the end but they are still together and going strong.  

Her friend's are hilarious   Oh and the cat is down right funny.  It thinks it's human and master of her apartment.  He likes to attack people especially Simon when he's otherwise occupied.


It was a good book with no ups and downs.  It took them forever to finally be with each other and the book drags in a  lot of places but it's worth a shot.  It would make a great beach read or bathtub read.  I'm giving it 3 stars because there isn't a lot to it and it wasn't a book that I couldn't just put down.  I did enjoy it though


My Simon/Caroline