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.
Alice Clayton is one funny chick. I was so excited for Wallbanger. SO excited. I read The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed a few months ago and was IN LOVE. I was hoping this was the case for her newest book. And she didn’t disappoint. I laughed and swooned just as much. Simon was one delicious piece of man. YUM!
Amid a hilarious story about Caroline Reynolds and her missing O, is a wonderful romance. Caroline hasn’t seen her O in months. MONTHS. And she misses her. She’s tried summoning her – she pulled out the big guns: Jordan Catalano, Jason Bourne and Dr. Ross (that would be Jared Leto, Matt Damon and George Clooney people), and NOTHING. NO O. She’s recently moved into a new apartment, sublet to her by her boss. The first night in her new place, she is awakened by the most ridiculous banging…literally. The guy next door is banging some chick…aptly named Spanx (I’ll let you figure out why), into the shared wall of their bedrooms. Caroline couldn’t be less pleased about this fact. And then it continues night after night with a few different girls partaking with the Wallbanger. Finally, when she can take no more, she stomps over to his apartment…and that’s when we meet Simon.
Simon is delicious. In every sense of the word. Oh and he is funny. Funny, smart, hot, likes taking pictures. Come on people. And he loves baked goods. That just adds to the hilarity of the entire story. His obsession with the baked goods Caroline makes. Cracks. me. up.
“Thif if mine, righ?” he asked, spraying crumbs.
“How do you function in normal society?” I asked shaking my head as he took another monster bite.
I loved the development of Simon and Caroline’s relationship. Of course at first, it’s pure irritation. She’s sick of his, um, antics keeping her up at night. And he’s annoyed that she interrupted said antics. Soon enough, though, they learn of their mutual friends. That being said, they’re often being thrown into the same social circles. And then more happens. But like any great writing, the more doesn’t solve the problems. It actually just intensifies it for them.
I loved how real this story felt. And it wasn’t just one kind of story. You didn’t feel like it was completely Humor Chick Lit and it didn’t feel super tense angsty romance. There was just enough of both to make it such an enjoyable read. There were so many laugh out loud moments, but mixed in with tension and drama it had me completely sucked in beginning to end. Plus, there were so many fantastic references to all things I love. This included, My So Called Life, ER, Dawson’s Creek, and The Food Network.
I must also mention Clive. He cracked me up. His entire presence made me laugh. And he’s a cat. :)
I give this book 4.5 stars and highly recommend to anyone looking for a quick, witty, beyond funny romance. I know I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the Wallbanger. I miss him already. I also can’t wait to see what Ms. Clayton has in store for us next. I’m sure it’ll be nothing short of amazing!