Monday, December 15, 2014

Tori Review - "Wallbanger" by Alice Clayton







SEMI-WARNING -
The cover and title of this FANTABULOUS Chik-Lit
may be a bit steamy but we promise, the book was AWESOME
and not at all what we expected. Hilarious and sweet!
Enjoy!


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Title: Wallbanger
Author: Alice Clayton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication: November 27, 2012
Pages: 303

Summary:

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..





             
Attempting to convey what a pleasantly surprising read this was will be an absolute pleasure on my part. Because I have to say…it was the title that had me rocking the Perplexed-Tori-face at first. Don’t mock. It happens quite frequently. After a glowing recommendation, I took my first look at Wallbanger. Appealing cover – definitely of the Chick-Lit persuasion, but Wallbanger? It gave me the crinkles. Eyebrows shot up and actual crinkles appeared. Finally, with an exasperated sigh at my own indecisiveness, I clicked buy and had the first page sitting in front of me moments later.

I was only going to read a few pages. Cross my heart. But 5 pages turned into 105 and before I knew it I was grinning…incessantly. So with a fanatical fervor, I kept reading until the clock beside my bed told me that it was far beyond the wrong side of midnight. Clayton worked wonders on my psyche that night and had me giggling…yes giggling…until I was certain that my boyfriend might possibly strangle me (with loving cuddles) if I didn’t put the book down and get some sleep.

Wallbanger begins much as the title indicates…with a noisy neighbor that poor Caroline is ready to strangle for his continuous late night, loud shenanigans next door. Fed up with no sleep, she barges across the hall to give said neighbor a piece of her mind. With a daring smirk, Simon Parker answers the door to a fuming woman in a pink nightgown yelling at him. Sounds like the beginnings of an intriguingly wonderful meet-cute to me.

Upon finishing this book, I found myself feeling as if I had just gotten to have a wonderful night out with the girls. Plenty of laughs, some drinks of the fruity variety, chocolate (as there always must be chocolate), and a much-needed reprieve from the dreary 9 to 5 headspace. The best part about the book was how authentic each of the scenes felt to me. From the witty banter to the romance…it just made my heart a little happier. Cheesy? Yes. True? Still, yes.

Clayton will make you feel like you have it all – the clever writing, the amazing characters, the delightful love story…and of course Clive…the best feline side-kick a girl could hope for. He will have you chuckling until the very last page. Guaranteed.

4/5 for Wallbanger! I was greedily enticed to buy the second book in the Cocktails series and I can’t wait to prop my feet up and slip back into another charming read.

Until next time,

Tori

~ TORI

  Tori is a  24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.

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