Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton

Wallbanger  (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton
This is an adult contemporary romance (Rated NC-17)
(Three Wallbanging Hearts)
Book Summary
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 Review
It’s been a while since I read this one. And I waited and waited to read because I’ve been burned in the past by jumping on the band wagon. I enjoy funny books. This wasn’t one of them for me. While I saw (heard) what was supposed to be funny, I found myself doing heavy eye rolling. It wasn’t until the 89% that I actually really laughed out loud to the point of peeing on myself. Other than that, meh!
The story was entirely toooo slow.
SPOILERS ~ be warned
What had me interested was how she was going to fall for Simon her neighbor. I’m sorry, but I don’t think I would be so turned on by a guy banging a new girl every night. So I listened on even when I wanted to give up because I was curious how this author would change my mind. Well, she eventually did. However, I thought there were many parts along the way, too redundant, and the romance dragged out far too long for the story to be a five star read. There was just nothing of substance to keep them apart that long.
And then there was the predictability.
For me it was the cat that stole the show. He made the book worth listening to. His behavior with his beloved on the wall almost had me laughing.
Overall, it wasn’t for me. Not every book is for every person. I thought the writing (technically speaking) was pretty good. I just thought the story could have been edited down to keep the reader engaged. I also thought the humor was so over the top that it wasn’t funny and somewhat unbelievable. And not the cast of characters in Simon’s bed. I thought that was pretty good.
However, this book may be perfect for you. So don't let my review stop you from reading.
Audio Review
Heather Smith was AWESOME as narrator. If not for her, I might have given up the book. Her narration was spot on.
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