Series: Cocktail #1
Published by Omnific Publishing on November 27th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Reading Challenges: Bad Boys of Romance
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...
In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight...
When Caroline first moves into her new apartment, she is kept away by a constant moaning and groaning and banging against her bedroom wall. And it continues and Caroline learns the nocturnal habits of her neighbor. She learns that he has a “harem” of women, and for the fun of it she nicknames them since she can’t get any sleep. But then one night she has had enough, and bangs on his door demanding he quiet it down so late at night, dressed in a baby doll nightgown, she doesn’t appear to be the prim neighbor that Simon believes her to be.
“Now you listen here, mister,” I said, trying for a more adult tone. “I’m not going to spend every night listening to you try to crash you girl’s head through my wall with the force of your dick alone!”
At first the tension is thick between them, and slowly they turn from neighbors who can barely speak to one another without becoming angry, to friends and then something changes between them. Their relationship turns into something more, can Simon and Caroline get past the hurdles and stumbling blocks and find a happy ending….
Simon, lost his parents when he was just a teenager and at first his world came crashing down. But then he developed strong friendships and found a talent he was good at and one that he loved. He travels the world being a professional photographer only stayed at home for short periods of time. He knows that no woman would tolerate him being gone so often. So he doesn’t feel bad sharing his bed with friends who share “benefits” and he didn’t think anything of it until a passionate woman comes banging on his door. Simon is a hero that was quite fun and entertaining. He is quite the hound dog though, he likes his variety and has a great sense of humor. He doesn’t take things too seriously, and can be very spontaneous and loves his bread.
“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.”
I really gravitated toward his personality, I loved how loyal and playful he is.
Caroline is more serious minded, and very goal and career oriented. She is working her ways toward building a career in interior design and is really good at what she does. She struggles with finding the O (Orgasm) and her past relationship have not had good endings. Caroline doesn’t know what to make of her banging neighbor who is enthusiastic enough in the bed to knock off her framed pictures off the wall. She lives vicariously through his sex life. She feels like a peeping tom because quite frankly she doesn’t have a sex life so why not. Caroline is a character that is funny with a dry sense of humor but isn’t afraid of going after what she wants. I think what I really liked the most about her is how well you could relate with her in various ways. She seems realistic and you could definitely see yourself being her friend any day of the week.
Plot and Story Line
Now I have heard of this book for quite a long time, and honestly the name of the book I think is what drew me away from it for so long. I don’t know why, but I avoided it but the past year especially I have heard so many wonderful things about this author, and I just knew that I HAD to try her out and I am so glad that this title was available through my local library. I read this in one sitting….it was so dang good and freakin’ hilarious. I had a ball of fun and laughter with this book. I don’t think I have laughed so much in a very long time in reading a book. My goodness, I got hooked pretty quickly on Clayton engaging writing that pulls you write in. The first sentence just drew me in and I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. It definitely was not what I expected and I had a fun time seeing these two turn from not liking each other, to becoming friends and falling in love. Clayton handles their dynamics very well and even though the last part of the book was a bit too much sex than I would like, the rest of the book makes up for it. The romance that develops between them is so endearing. I really enjoyed seeing how comfortable they become with each other as friends and how that relationship turns into something more grounding for both of them. It isn’t the most “realistic” of romances I have read, but its one of those books you can jump into and escape reality and seeing two people who seem to have everything together and see a sweet and playful relationship develop. It was the perfect distraction that I needed. I am eager to see how this couple grows in future books of the series.
“You really have no idea, do you?”
“No idea about what?” I murmured, allowing him to
press me against the wall.
“How thoroughly you own me, Nightie
Girl,” he said, leaning in to whisper this part
in my ear. “And I know I love you enough to
want you to have your happy ending.”
Sexy and Hot!!! And I like the colors used and how the covers for the whole series match up.
Wallbanger was a romance that is charming, hilarious enough to knock your socks off….and guaranteed to give you an escape from reality and a love that mixes things up….LIVELY AND HEARTWARMING!