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.
Laugh-out-loud, snort-tea-through-your-nose, stupid-grin-on-your-face funny!
I found that this took a little while to get going. At about the 25% mark, it was dragging and I was thinking to myself ‘Ok, so? Come on, get to the point.’ And then it did!
And it was hilariously funny, brilliantly witty, yet adorably romantic and incredibly sexy! Yep, all of those things rolled into one book.
Wrapped around each other but now clad in a pink nightie and a pair of sweatpants. To be clear, I wore the pink nightie.
I loved every single character in this book. Alice Clayton has such a way with writing characters you can’t help but adore. I want to be friends with Caroline, Sophia and Mimi! I want to meet a group of men like Simon, Ryan and Neil! And I want a boss like Jillian!
The one liners were priceless. Caroline’s thought processes were so so funny. You will get strange looks if you read this in public because you will giggle-snort-splutter all the way through.
The text chats were brilliantly thought out and so clever. The author gave us so much information by sharing the text messages between all of the different characters, without having to write out long winded scenes. And it really gave an insight into the relationships between the characters. I especially loved the texts between Caroline and Simon… *swoon*!
You done with work?
Yep, at home waiting for you.
Now that’s a nice visual…
Prepare yourself, I’m taking bread out of the oven.
Don’t tease me woman…zucchini?
Cranberry orange. Mmmm…
No woman has ever done breakfast bread foreplay the way you do.
Ha! When you coming?
Can’t. Drive. Straight.
Can we have one conversation when you’re not twelve?
Sorry, I’ll be there in 30
Perfect, that will give me time to frost my buns.
Oh, didn’t I tell you? I also made cinnamon rolls.
Be there in 25.
Speaking of Simon… *swoon a little more* Hot hot hot. That first image of him wrapped in a bed sheet, covered in sex-sweat, pretty much sets you up for the rest of the book. This is man is sex personified!
Beneath the sheet – which was already lower on his hips than should be legal –
But beyond that, his feelings for Caroline are so cute! I loved the ‘getting-to-know-you’ stage… the scary movie, the baking apple pie, the attack of the water pipes, the cute nicknames, the nooking … it all developed so naturally and believably. Brilliant brilliant writing from Alice Clayton.
“You gonna bang my walls, Simon?” I laughed.
“You have no idea,” he promised.
In the words of Simon, if you’re after a chuckle and a truly spiffy read, Wallbanger is your book and Simon “Wallbanger” Parker is your man!
Just trying to get a visual of you on the beach in Spain…
How’s that working out for you?
Spiffy? Did you just say spiffy?
I typed it actually. You got something against spiffy?
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