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ARC review – Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.

  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing; 1st edition (November 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • FTC Disclosure: Received by the publisher for the purposes of an honest review

MamaMia and I teamed up to do a joint review for Wallbanger. You might want to fasten  your seatbelts and hold on. Things get a little bumpy when you get us together. :) Warning: Might be a little spoilery.

MK: Okay, so here’s the thing – I first read Wallbanger when it was still a fanfic. And I obsessed over it. Like, majorly. Every time there was an update, I dropped everything to go read. There were times when I had to log onto the website from my phone and pray I didn’t get caught because I worked in an office. They didn’t mind me reading on the computer as long as it looked like I was still working during slow times, but there’s no way to pretend you’re working when you’re reading something on your phone and turning purple because you’re trying not to giggle. And when I found out that it was being published, I honestly squeed like a little second grader.

MM: I was so anti Wallbanger.

MK: Why???

MM: First of all, the title. Wallbanger. I was like why? You could come up with such a better title. And then the actual cover, I was just like “Nooo, I’m not into this at all.” I just knew I was going to hate it, but then you emailed me and you were like “Oh my gosh it’s so great, you have to read it!” So I thought “Well if she’s gushing about it, there’s got to be something there, because you’re very particular about books.

MK: I am. I really, really am. And you’re right, I didn’t much care for the cover either. Probably because I was so used to the fan created covers when it was still a fanfic. I have one in my head that I will love FOREVER.

MM: So, I was like “All right, I’ll give it a shot.” And then I read the first paragraph.

Oh god.

Thump.

Oh God.

Thump thump.

MM:  And I was just like “What?” I was intrigued. And I read the first chapter, and I was just like GIVE ME MORE, THIS IS SO FUNNY! But it’s not schmaltzy, it’s good.

MK: Books that make me literally laugh out loud are the best.

MM: The thing is, I work at a library, and I was reading it on my laptop trying to hold in my laughter and that just wasn’t working so I had patrons look at me like “What is she doing?” *laughs* The only thing that made me really sad was there it didn’t seem like there was any room to make another book. Because the secondary characters all tied up nicely with their partners. And it made me sad because I didn’t want to let it go.

MK: I didn’t either! From what I remember in the fanfic, she wrote several one shots from other character’s POV and I loved the very end when it was in Clive’s point of view, who is probably my favorite character of the book and he’s the cat.

MM: I have to agree with you wholeheartedly, Clive is my favorite character. I loved that motif at the end. I have a friend who has a cat that she speaks for, and that’s what I imagine Clive sounds like.

MK: Yeah, it was a perfect characterization of a cat who thinks they’re human.

MM:   Exactly. And I was just really interested throughout the book in Clive. “He’s attacking Purina!”

MK: *laughs* Oh god, that was hilarious! He was strutting his stuff.

MM: So, I was wondering where she’d go from here, maybe she could write characters that loosely tie into this story, which would be nice because I’d definitely like to hear more from this author, and more from this story arc.

MK: She had a whole section with the couple that Caroline was redoing their house in the fic, and I really loved that, so I’m hoping that maybe she’ll bring that into another book because I just loved them so much. Or maybe Jillian and Benjamin’s wedding or something? I don’t know, I just loved them so much.

MM: Yeah, I’m hoping she expands on them some more.

[At this point, we had technical difficulties with our connection.]

MM: What else has Alice Clayton written?

MK: She wrote the Redhead series, which I didn’t read. I didn’t even know that they were fanfics, or written by the same author who wrote Wallbanger, but I’m definitely going to pick them up because I completely love her writing style.

MM: I definitely want to read more of her too.

MK: So, my overall opinion of the book? I’m obsessed. Not even kidding. Hilarious, laugh out loud funny, with amazing characters that I loved and adored. The only thing I didn’t like about it is that I WANT MORE OF IT! Final rating: 5 of 5.

MM: My final thoughts: a total 5 out of 5. Although I probably would have changed the title (cause Wallbanger just sounds like a fanfic title) I loved it. For me, it was a stern reminder not to judge a book by its cover–the stuff inside is crazy good!

 

Mama Kitty

MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.

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