Series: Cocktail #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 27, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 13 hours and 53 minutes
Narrator: Heather Smith
How I got it: I bought it!
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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...
Wallbanger has been on my TBR list for an incredibly long time. It’s a book I’ve heard many people rave about and I knew I would get around to reading it one day. It wasn’t until one of my non-blogging friends asked me if I’d read it and insisted I did because it was “hilarious” and the characters have a “ridiculous amount of sex at one point” that I finally decided to give it a whirl. I listened to it on audiobook, which I’m convinced is the best possible way to enjoy the entire experience and I can’t believe it took me this long to do it. I listened to it namely during my commutes each day and I can’t tell you how many times I caught myself literally laughing out loud, almost to the point of crying. Other drivers must have thought I had lost my mind. (Which they might think on any other day for a number of other reasons, but that’s neither here nor there.) 😉
Wallbanger was sexy and hilarious and sweet. Caroline has the best inner dialogue of any character I think I have ever read. She’s spunky and witty. Heather Smith narrated her part in the audiobook and she was absolute perfection. Her voice was just as I’d imagined Caroline’s. It was difficult to like Simon in the early chapters because it took awhile to get a real feel for him. Early on he came off like a manwhore, but looks can be deceiving. Underneath he was an incredibly sweet guy. I loved watching Caroline and Simon’s animosity for each other grow into a mutual understanding, friendship and then, ultimately, more. Despite the name, this book wasn’t all about sex. Granted, there was a focus on sex because poor Caroline has lost her “O” and doesn’t know how to go about finding it again, but there was also a focus on friendship and romance outside of the bedroom. There’s not nearly as much sexy-time in this book as I thought there would be, until there is and when you get there, you’ll know what I mean. But, the story didn’t lack any because of it. If anything, I think it made it stronger.
The entire cast of characters, from Caroline and Simon to Jillian, Sophie, Mimi, Ryan, and Neil to Purina, Spanx and the Giggler, even right down to the cat, Clive, were flawless. They each added something special to the story and I can’t imagine it without any of them. There were many moments that made me laugh out loud and just as many that made me swoon. (Oh, and while some might find the epilogue cheesy, I thought it was freaking brilliant and adorable.) Romance, baked goods, sexy vacation and a smokin’ hot travel photographer. What more does a girl need? Wallbanger was just an all-around fantastic book that I’ve recommended to pretty much everyone I know since I finished reading it a month or so ago. I just recently learned there will actually be a series around these characters and I am eagerly anticipating the sequel, Rusty Nailed, this coming September.
If you like your romance with a side of comedy and strong characters, you have to give Wallbanger a try. I guarantee you’ll fall head over heels for this story and these characters.