|The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an—um—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...
This was one of those stories that took me by surprise in the best possible way and it ended up being the perfect weekend read. It’s hilarious, light hearted, a little bit crazy and a lot of fun.
Caroline moves into her brand new apartment, subletting it from her boss, and she’s welcomed to the building on her first night when her wall-sharing neighbor bangs his way into her life and she quickly nicknames him the Wallbanger. He and his “harem” as Caroline likes to call them, of three women come and go, all on different nights of course, he’s naughty, but not that naughty! The walls are thin and Caroline’s sleep is lacking as she also nicknames his women: Spanky, Purina and the Giggler. When she finally comes face to face with Simon, it’s a memorable scene, he wrapped in a sheet, she in her pink nighty, and she makes her displeasure known. Too bad Simon is amazingly hot, even when he’s smirking at her, and the sparks fly fast and furious.
It’s not all sunshine and chemistry after their first meeting. Caroline stays peeved at Simon and lets her best girlfriends, Sophia and Mimi, know all about it. But during a housewarming party they all attend for Caroline’s boss, they run into not only Simon but his two best friends and the girls and guys all click instantly, with the exception of Caroline and Simon:
The fun between these two never stops as later they share another moment:
The first thing I saw was blue. Blue sweater, blue eyes. Blue. Beautifully blue. Then I saw red as I recognized who belonged to the blue.
“Fucking Wallbanger,” I hissed, frozen on the spot.
His grin slid off as well as he played place-the-face for a moment.
“Fucking Pink Nightie Girl,” he finally concluded. He grimaced.
And it just went from there. Simon and Caroline finally start to let the hostility go and they slowly become friends but the banter and the quick dialogue doesn’t stop and they, along with all the supporting characters, had me laughing out loud through the entire story.
“Asshole,” I mouthed to him.
“Cockblocker,” he mouthed back, the smirk returning in full force.
We go along for the ride as Caroline, who hasn’t been able to orgasm for ages after one disastrous boyfriend chased her “big O” away for good (and the hilarious retelling of this story had me rolling), and Simon, who travels for a living and hasn’t ever really had a real relationship, begin their romance and it’s non-stop fun watching these two fall in love. There’s no major angst, there’s no drama, it’s a purely fun ride that made it easy to like both Caroline and Simon and I had a big smile on face going along with them as they became closer. I also loved seeing the changes in Simon. He’s not a one-night stand kind of guy, the arrangement he has with his trio of women suits all their needs, but when he realizes that his feelings for Caroline are more than friendly, he does what he needs to do to prove that he’s all in with her. He’s a sexy guy with heart, hard to beat that.
One thing that stood out was the use of other characters having their own POV’s on page. For the most part, it’s Caroline who steers this ship, but scattered through the story are little extras, text messages between all the characters or getting the inner thoughts of everyone during a silent road trip. It added another fun layer and let Caroline and Simon’s friends show a bit of their personality on page too.
It’s been a long time since a book charmed me from the beginning and had me laughing throughout. Everything worked for me here, the characters are funny and charming, even when being silly. The romance is sweet and sexy and Simon and Caroline were a joy to get to know.
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
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