Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

  • Title: Wallbanger
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Format: Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (August 13, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1476741182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476741185
  • Author's website:
  • Notes: I received a copy of the book from the publisher

Caroline Reynolds was looking forward to enjoying her new apartment. It was absolutely gorgeous, resided in a trendy San Francisco neighborhood and was unbelievably affordable being it was rent controlled. Feeling extremely lucky she fell asleep only to be rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her neighbor who is getting it on his bedroom with his girlfriend. With two more sleepless nights and two different woman banging the man's headboard against her adjoining wall causing pictures to be knocked off walls, one of which crashed down on her head, and her bed to be physically moved, she'd decided she'd had enough. The next time she's rudely awakened by the obvious man-whore she's nicknamed Wallbanger, she storms over to his apartment, not taking in account she's wearing her tiny pink nightie, and confronts him asking him to keep it down. Something she immediately notices will be hard for him to do as she can't ignore his obvious "happy" state. What she didn't expect was for the man to be devastatingly gorgeous or that she'd be having dreams about the man in the nights to come. She also never expected he'd be a family friend of one of her friends, or that they'd end up meeting at a party and things would get awkward...

     "So I was thinking, since we're neighbors and all..." he began.
     I turned to look at him. He was giving me a sexy little grin, and I knew that's what he used to make the panties drop. Ha--little did he know I wasn't wearing any.
    "You were thinking what? That I'd want to join you some night? See what all the fuss is about? Hop on the welcome wagon? I have no interest in becoming one of your girls." I answered, glaring at him.
     He said nothing.
    "Well?" I asked, tapping my foot angrily. The nerve of this guy... 
     "Actually, I was going to say. since we're neighbors and all, maybe we could call a truce?" he said quietly, looking at me in a very irritated way.
     "Oh," I said. It was all I could say.


This is one of those books that needs to come with a warning. ***CAUTION--Do not eat or drink while reading this book. You may find yourself laughing hysterically causing you to choke on any food or beverage you may be trying to ingest.*** This was extremely funny and had me rolling on the floor laughing my butt off. It was reminiscent of one of my favorite old time movies, Pillow Talk, which debuted in 1959 and starred the adorable Doris Day and the incredibly hansom Rock Hudson. Granted, the language is a little more coarse and the humor a touch less innocent than Pillow Talk, but it was incredibly charming all the same.
Caroline is a spitfire of a girl with a quick wit and a wicked sense of humor. She's a bit of a tomboy yet still manages to be extremely feminine. She's an interior designer and it's her boss, Jillian, whom she's good friends with, who knows Simon (aka Wallbanger). Simon's a good friend of Jillian fiance, Benjamin. Against her better judgement, Caroline finds herself drawn to the overly confident, sexy neighbor and keeps having to remind herself he has a harem which she does not wish to be part of.

Simon is devilishly handsome, and he knows it. He's a photojournalist who spends most of his time traveling making a relationship difficult. He's traveled the world and hasn't had a serious relationship in years. When he meets Caroline, she throws him for a loop. She's so different from any of the woman he's ever met. She keeps him on his toes and amuses and distracts him.

At the beginning it seems there is no way these two could ever possibly get together. As they start to get to know each other, however, the two find they share a lot of the same interests and sense of humor. As they become friends their initial attraction for each other grows, and its fun to see how things played out.

Overall, this one gets 5 out of 5 roses. An incredibly funny, witty, and delightful read that will have you laughing like a lunatic. I adored the banter that went on between the two characters. I loved all the hilarious situations the two main characters found themselves in. If you're looking for a book to put you in a good mood and lift your spirits, you may want to give this one a try. I HIGHLY recommend this one. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a  SHOWER rating--a cold shower may be necessary (need I say more?). Some books should come with a warning; make sure your significant other is handy and/or your shower is in good working order. lol I look forward to reading more books from Ms. Clayton. In two words, this one was well played. ;)

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