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Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Wallbanger

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 27, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Cocktail #1
Published by Omnific Publishing
Pages: 384
 

“I had a problem going to sleep because I was laughing a little too much to want to get any shut eye.  I just wanted to be reading it ALL the time.” ~Under the Covers

I’ve had my eye on this book for a while but never made the decision to get it until earlier this week when an author I love said they had read and liked it.  What do I do?  Go rush and buy it.  I started it that night and I had a problem going to sleep because I was laughing a little too much to want to get any shut eye.

So basically this story goes something like this.  Caroline moves into a new apartment that she has sublet from her boss.  Nice and settled in, she soon discovers that she shares a bedroom wall with the neighbor and that he has the habit of having sex with multiple women, there’s Spanx, Purina and Giggles, and when he does he likes to bang the walls.  Literally.  As in picture frames on her side of the room falling on her head type of wallbanging.  Simon, the Wallbanger, turns out to be her boss’s fiance friend and they formally meet at a social event and develop a true friendship.  That, along with the humor of the book, was my favorite part.  Simon and Caroline were perfect friends, so compatible, had a great time just hanging out together before things even got remotely sexual.  But the sexual chemistry was always there, the flirting was as well.  And then there were the baked goods…

I can honestly say this book had me laughing out loud and getting weird looks from people.  I just wanted to be reading it ALL the time.  I wouldn’t say it’s erotic or sexy, even though eventually there is sex.  The sex scenes were written in the same funny context as the rest of the story and lost some of the sex appeal, but they were no less entertaining to read.

WALLBANGER truly reads like a romantic comedy.  I would actually love to see this on the big screen, I think it would be a hit.  Caroline is a great heroine, she’s feisty but not overtly so.  She’s funny and just a girl you want to hang with.  But she’s still confident, even after she lost her ‘O’ after a bad one night stand.  And then, of course, there’s Simon.  *sigh*  He’s cultured, romantic, funny, he can cook and can appreciate good food.  He’s a photographer and takes the girl on trips!  He goes out of his way to establish a friendship because quite frankly he wants her.  OK, I have a bit of a crush here.

And then there’s something I found out after I was already 50% into the book.  This is actually a Twilight FanFic.  How in the world is that possible is beyond my comprehension.  Two characters more opposite than Bella and Edward could not exist.  And that’s a great thing because being in Caroline’s head during a big part of this book, I don’t think I could’ve handled it if it was Bella.  She would’ve been over-analyzing things and creating crazy problems in her head that didn’t exist, instead of just having a nice glass of wine and letting things roll.

Of course, we can’t forget about the secondary characters in the book, which were hilarious and amazing as well.  But aside from all the humans, the one I have to talk about is Caroline’s cat, Clive.  Boy, did that cat steal the show.  From falling in love with Purina and climbing the walls, to the time he attacked her and strutted his stuff in front of her and then when he peed on Simon’s shirt.  That cat is a rockstar!  Granted, not a rockstar I would ever want to live with, because the little shit would be back at the pound, but soooo entertaining to read.

I will be reading more by this author because, simply, I thought the writing was superb and the story was so entertaining that I need to know what else is going through Alice Clayon’s mind.

Favorite Quotes (some…)

“I moaned like a whore in church.
To be fair, I’d never actually heard a whore moan in church, but I had a feeling it sounded a lot like the unholy sounds pouring forth from my mouth.”

“I panted like a whore in church. The Church of Simon… where I was dying to kneel before him.”

“Hi, pot. It’s me, kettle,” Sophia snapped back
“Hi kettle, you have about thirty seconds before this pot kicks your ass.”

“The girl next door was meowing. What in the world was my neighbor packing to make that happen?”

“Have you seen this guy yet?”
“Nope. My peephole is getting a workout, though.”
“Glad to hear at least one hole is getting some action around here.”

“Sweet Lord, there were out-of-control pussies on both sides of this wall tonight.”

“Spanking Simon. What a great name for a band.”

“Relatively quiet, actually. Either he really listened to me and is being neighborly, or his dick finally broke off in one of them and he’s sought medical attention.”

“Now, you listen, mister.” I said, trying for a more adult tone. “I’m not going to spend every night listening to you try to crash your girl’s head through my wall with the force of your dick alone! No way, buddy.”

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About Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person...

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Adria

I actually read this story back when it was fanfic, I loved it then and I can only imagine it’s better now. I really have to get a hold of this book to read it. Great review!

Leigh

YAYAYAYAYAY!!! So glad you loved it, Francesca!! Excellent review!! You covered it so perfectly! 🙂

Oh, and I had NOOOO idea that it was previously Rwilight fanfic….never would have pegged that!

Camille

I LOVED Wallbanger! One of my favorite reads from 2012. I lost quite a bit of sleep with this one, too!

erinf1

I also loved this book! It was funny, snarky, romantic and hot, hot, hot. I’m also confused at the Twilight fanfic. It’s no where near anything related to Twilight. Huh….

Sophia Rose

This sounds like a blast to read and my nearest and dearest already think I’m nutty when I interact with my books so laughing out loud wouldn’t phase them at all.

Thanks for sharing!

trish dechant

Francesca,
I read this as a fanfic back in the day and I loved it–especially Clive 🙂 This story is definitely a laugh-out-loud one.
Thanks for the review!

Lily B

Great review everyone that I know that read this, loves this book. I am going to have to see what is all about soon 😀

Timitra

Will be checking this book out-thanks for the great review Francesca!

Lori Meehan

Thanks for the review Francesca. The book sounds fun, I love the quotes.

Bube

Hahah,funny quotes 😀
I know about this book,but so far I haven’t read,I have to read in the fastest possible time 🙂

Excellent review Francesca!
Thank you 🙂

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