Caroline Reynolds is an independent women who’s just moved into a new apartment. She’s also a women who has lost her “O” after a calamitous night with an ex-lover. It’s been months. So when her nights are suddenly intruded upon by her next door neighbours late night booty calls, she’s even more irritated. And thus a war ensues between Caroline and her sexy next door neighbour, Simon Parker.I didn’t know what to expect when I downloaded Wallbanger. I’d seen a few reviews that raved about it, and others that avoided it completely because it originated from Twilight fanfiction. Having read Twilight, Wallbanger must have been rewritten and edited to an inch of its life, as it is absolutely nothing like Twilight. Everything is different; from the characters and friends, to the whole plot and romance. So, as I was in the mood for a contemporary romance I decided to give this a go.
I loved this book from the first few pages and Clayton definitely has a knack for writing funny scenes, especially with regards to the wallbanging – they had me in stitches.
I woke up faster this time, because I knew what I was hearing. I sat up in bed, glaring behind me. The bed was still pulled safely away from the wall, so I felt no movement, but there was sure as hell something moving over there.
Then I heard… hissing?
I looked down at Clive, whose tail was at full puff. He arched his back and paced back and forth at the foot of the bed.
“Hey, mister. It’s cool. We just got a noisy neighbor, that’s all,” I soothed, stretching my hand out to him. That’s when I heard it.
I cocked my head sideways, listedning more intently. I studied Clive, who looked back as if to say, “T’weren’t me.”
“Meow! Oh, God. Me-yow!”
The girl next door was meowing. What in the world was my neighbor packing to make that happen?
Clive, at this point, went utterly bonkers and launched himself at the wall. He was literally climbing it, trying to get to where the noise was coming from, and adding his own meows to the chorus.
“Oooh yes, just like that, Simon….Mmmm…meow, meow, meow!”
Sweet Lord, there were out-of-control pussies on both sides of this wall tonight.
Wallbanger is full of these laugh-out-loud moments. They blended so well with the lovely budding romance between Caroline and Wallbanger *aka Simon*. The way they meet (with Caroline marching over to his place in her little pink nightie to have it out with him about his late night activities, and how they were keeping her awake) is just so cute and funny.
I did wonder if this romance would work for me, considering Simon had three women on the go, but Clayton weaves her funny words with some truly touching moments. Caroline and Simon may have had an instant attraction but it wasn’t love at first sight. Their relationship built from utter annoyance to a great friendship and then beyond. The pacing is excellent and although it takes them a while to get it on, it made everything seem so much more realistic than if they had jumped into bed together straight away.
Simon’s explanation about his lifestyle was good enough for me. All three women he was *ahem* banging knew about each other and because of his job as a photographer he wasn’t home enough to think about long term relationships. This arrangement worked well for him and his ‘harem’. That’s why I could easily get on board with Caroline and Simon falling in love. It’s slow, not rushed, and you see Simon changing his thought process and his lifestyle as he begins to end things with each of the women when he realises he has feelings for Caroline.
It’s the same for Caroline in a way too. She doesn’t trust Simon one iota at the beginning. She thinks she’s got him all figured out, but as their friendship grows she learns more about him and begins to see him differently. And the sexual chemistry between these two is smokin’ hot.
I loved how their friendship grew into something more. They watched movies together, cooked together, talked and laughed together, and even texted each other, which leant a hand to some hilarious scenarios. The romance aspect had me melting, with passages such as:
“How thoroughly you own me, Nightie Girl,” he said, leaning in to whisper this part in my ear. “And I know I love you enough to want you to have your happy ending.”
And then he kissed me—Heart was in heaven—kissed me like it was a fairy tale, even though in this fairy tale I had dough sticking to my back and a cat with a pawful of nuts. But that didn’t stop me from kissing him back as though my life depended on it.
There are lots of up and downs and the will they, won’t they scenario had me in knots, but I really enjoyed that aspect as it kept me guessing. I knew how Caroline and Simon felt about each other, but I really didn’t know if it was going to end how I wanted it to.
There were a couple of things that could have been dulled down slightly, one of which was was Caroline’s “O” – most of the time when Caroline talked about it as though it was a living thing was hilarious, but at other times it did get a bit too much, but other than that I can honestly say that I loved this book.
For me, Wallbanger was a fabulous read. It’s funny and endearing, with great characters and a steady, well-paced story. Caroline is the pretty girl next door who’s smart and independent, Simon is the hot, delicious leading man and all the supporting cast of bffs were a terrific addition. I really enjoyed this book, it’s a fantastic contemporary romance, I’m just sad it’s not part of a series. To fill the void, I instantly downloaded the first book in Clayton’s other series, The Unidentified Redheaded.
Update: Since I wrote this review, Wallbanger has now become the first in the Cocktail series.
Rating: 4 Stars
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Omnific Publishing (Nov 2012)
Ebook: 314 pages