Monday, January 28, 2013

Book Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Author: Alice Clayton
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Source: Purchased
Buy: Barnes and Noble | IndieBound | amazon

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars - sexy, funny, extra half star for Kitchen Aid mixer usage. Read it with a slice of zucchini bread on hand.

Synopsis: 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.

There are days when I miss "Sex and the City". That fun girlfriend chatter and camaraderie. The honesty that they had with each other. And I found exactly that in Alice Clayton's Wallbanger.

I'll admit I read this when it was fanfic and trust me, I read very few fanfics but this, this was funny and well written. So, I quickly fired up my ereader and purchased a copy. I realized that I read the fanfic so very long ago that I didn't remember much of it. And frankly, Wallbanger is it's own story. None of those annoying leftovers of fanfic threads are present. At least, they weren't for me.

Here's what I really loved about it -- the character development. Simon's just the annoying neighbor with a harem (okay, three girls) that cause a bit (understatement) of a ruckus in Caroline's life. Oh wow, I remembered a few places I had lived in that were like that. Thin walls tell all tales. And Caroline, well, she's doing great in her work life but not so much in her personal life. The Case of the Lost O is a major mystery to solve. I adored and related to Caroline (no, MMs, not over the lost O) but because she baked. She's a girl who knows her way around a kitchen and I loved that. I mean, I'm the girl who wanted to make macarons after reading a book about traveling in France. Caroline's also surrounded by two good friends who get her and a boss who understands. That made it so much more believable for me because often when things aren't working out in one area of our life, they are in another.

The other thing I loved -- the tension. Man, can Alice Clayton write that. Add to it some witty banter moments and I was already planning to read her other series, The Unidentified Redhead and Redhead Revealed. Plus, I was planning on baking some zucchini bread. Simon and Caroline's romantic arc had that perfectly paced rhythm of misunderstandings and interruptions and well, it had Clive. Clive can easily get a nomination for Best Supporting Feline in a witty, sexy romance.

If you're in the mood for tension, banter and sexy moments, pick up Wallbanger and let me know what you think. In the mean time, I'm on pinterest looking up more recipes. Maybe one for brioche?

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