Synopsis from Goodreads: 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
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
Wooooooo! I knew I was buying this book the moment I saw its cover and man am I glad to say the book lived up to the awesomeness of the cover. Alice Clayton’s Wallbanger is a hysterical and hot little read which kept me awake far too late the last two nights!
Caroline is a twenty-something interior designer (not a decorator!) who has just about everything a girl could want: a posh new apartment, a great job with an established firm, two fabulous best friends, and a cat, Clive, who adores her. What Caroline doesn’t have is a boyfriend or her orgasm, or more simply, O. Since Caroline is no longer looking for wham bam, thank you ma’am hook-ups she can deal with no boyfriend but her missing O is a bit troubling.
Simon aka Wallbanger is the smoldering hot guy next door who has a harem of women (affectionately known as Spanx, Purina, and the Giggler to Caroline) who parade in and out of his apartment on a regular basis. While Caroline doesn’t care who Simon bangs she does care that his sexcapades tend to happen late at night and often wake her up. Simon’s bed banging against their shared wall (hence the nickname) only serves to infuriate Caroline especially given the fact there is no O of her own to be had. One night Caroline reaches her breaking point which results in her storming across the hall to bang on Simon’s door and telling him exactly what she thinks of both him and his harem. Up to this point Wallbanger is a good read; after the tether snapping, it gets all kinds of better 🙂
The absolute highlight of this book is the finely crafted, super funny dialogue and interactions between the characters. Caroline is ridiculously funny, witty, sarcastic, and always calls it like she sees it. (The hot tub scene in Tahoe, for example) Her skills are matched and even tested by Simon who takes great pleasure in both taunting Caroline and shamelessly flirting with her. The conversations between Simon and Caroline (both real and by text) and the flirtations often left me laughing out loud or panting just a little. And the fun doesn’t end there: the interactions between Caroline and her girls, Sophia and Mimi and are just as entertaining as the interactions between Simon and his boys, Neil and Ryan. Add to all of this the drama of the boys and the girls hooking up and you quite simple have a fast and funny read which will pull you in immediately. Clayton has a way with words and she certainly passes that way along to her characters. I can’t believe I am about to say this but I was actually far more taken with the dialogue in this book than with the naughty bits and I adore naughty bits!
And now, on to the naughty bits J There are certainly some pretty awesome naughty bits in Wallbanger but you would be mistaken if you assume this book is all about the naughty and nothing more. You understand from the beginning Caroline and Simon are going to have sex and while their steamy scenes are numerous they all make sense within the overall plot and none are gratuitous. The journey the two of them take to the bedroom is funny, sweet, sometimes frustrating but above all necessary. After all, a girl can’t go forever without her O, right? Additionally, the journey to the bedroom (and kitchen and bathroom) allows each of the characters to grow as well as allowing the plot to move forward. At its core, Wallbanger is a very good read that also happens to have some really impressive sex scenes.
Bottom Line: Wallbanger hooked me with the fantastic cover and reeled me right on in at page one. The story is engaging and slightly naughty with characters who are both likeable and excellent additions to the overall story. Clayton has really managed to pull everything together in order to create a lovely and easy read which will satisfy nearly all who choose to indulge. Due to the language and naughty bits I can only recommend Wallbanger to adults but do I highly and enthusiastically recommend this novel. Bang on!!
Favorite quotes: I rarely ever add quotes to my reviews but these three made me laugh out loud. You can thank me later 🙂
“Sweet Lord, there were out-of-control pussies on both sides of this wall tonight.” (Pages 10—11): this will be so much funnier when you read the scene this comes from 🙂
“I was tired, I was horny with no release in sight, and my cat had a Q-Tip sticking out of his mouth that looked frighteningly like a tiny cigarette.” (Page 26): again, funnier when you know more about Clive the cat.
“I allowed myself a moment to indulge in a fantasy where I was then quickly flipped and ravaged to within an inch of my life, but I wisely got control of my inner whore.” (Page 138): context be damned, this is just funny!
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