Series: Cocktail #1
Author: Alice Clayton
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 27, 2012
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About Wallbanger: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...
Squee! My first audiobook review! I kind of don’t like that it’s for Wallbanger, because the overall rating would absolutely be 5 stars if I wasn’t incorporating the audiobook into the rating (more on that later).
Just for fun, I thought I’d include my original Goodreads review from way back in 2012:
“I could not stop grinning and laughing out loud while reading this book. Caroline is a hilarious protagonist whose language and sense of humor reminded me of so many millennials in their 20s. The witty banter/flirting-but-not-flirting between Caroline and Simon was adorable and actual LOL-inducing. Great, quick read!”
First of all, please ignore my nerdiness. I can’t believe I said “millennials” in a romantic comedy review. Good god, I can be pretentious sometimes. 😛
Anyway, this is one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies, and actually one of the books that got me really into the genre after spending awhile exclusively reading more intense contemporary romances like Fifty Shades of Grey and the Crossfire series and Gabriel’s Inferno and stuff.
Back then, this book was kind of a “duh” moment for me. I’ve always loved rom-com, and I had recently realized how much I loved hot and heavy novels. Why did it take stumbling upon this book to make me realize that the most perfect genre for me was the one that combined them both?
So I was really excited to start the audiobook. Except I was stupid and didn’t listen to the sample before buying it. The narration…didn’t click for me. I felt like the narrator was really exaggerated. Like, you know how when you tell a story or read a book to a little kid and kind of over-act a bit? That’s how this felt.
I did find it hilarious how into the sex noises she got. I mean, the audiobook starts with what’s basically an orgasm noise. If my car’s door hadn’t still been open with someone else standing two slots over in the parking lot, I would have cracked up. Instead, I just turned red, avoided eye contact, and sped out of the lot.
About Alice Clayton:
Alice Clayton worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).
She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.