Wallbanger (Cocktail #1)
By Alice Clayton
Published August 13th, 2013 (first published 2012)
About the book:
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…
It was about time I got around to reading this wildly popular book. I purchased my copy in Target. Now that’s a book that has mass appeal, no? Even if the cover is a wee bit on the provocative side. And that title? Shameless!
And so true, because indeed, the story is about the hot neighbor next door who frequently wakes up our sexually frustrated heroine, Caroline, to the sound of him banging his *ahem* bed against their shared bedroom wall. Add in the running commentary coming through paper thin walls and Caroline’s own inner commentary, and you have a pretty funny read.
I think my expectation was that this was going to be a laugh out loud, riotous read; a welcome comedy relief from some of the heavier plots I had read recently. Turns out this story had more of a serious romantic plot than I anticipated so I wasn’t quite ready to deal with Simon and his attitude towards women and sex. But I stuck with the story because it was compelling and I really wanted to see how this came around to have a HEA. I have faith in the HEA 🙂
It was a well written story and had surprises along the way that kept me completely glued to the book. I’d say it was a fast read for me. Gratefully, Simon migrated from the dark side to my good side (for clarification purposes, that would be the opposite of the dark side) by the end of the book. He earned it and that’s the only way to do it.
Wallbanger is a unique take on modern love and romance and it won me over in the end. I stayed hooked and drawn in to the story all the way to the finish, despite my reservations about Simon. I’d say that’s pretty good for a book that missed my expectations completely but still ended up winning me over.
About the author:
ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).
She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.