Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, 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, she also has an oversexed neighbour with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Every 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. 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 neighbour. Their late-night hallway encounter has…well…mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick.
A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight.
This is the first in Alice Clayton’s The Cocktail Series and it’s something that I’ve been looking forward to reading for quite a while. I started this as part of the #SexMeUpReadathon that the girls over at Gosling Girls Book Tours were running between the 21st and 25th of July.
The story is all about main character Caroline Reynolds. Caroline has just moved into her new apartment in San Francisco with her cat Clive. She’s got a great job, this brand new apartment, she’s not had successful sex for a while and what is NOT the perfect remedy? The sex god next door.
I was really looking forward to reading this hoping that I would like it and I can’t lie I was a teensy bit disappointed!
At first I liked Caroline’s character. She was funny and interesting and I liked the way that she engaged with you as a reader through the almost interactive narrative. I found some of her quirky thoughts and names for her “hoohah” funny and I thought that her character had a little extra pep, similar to the main character in a chick-lit novel.
The story was predictable insofar as the next door neighbour – so aptly nicknamed “Wallbanger” – was indeed a wallbanger. I thought that this was a fun introduction to the other main character in the story – Simon Parker. I enjoyed that they had a bit of a love/hate relationship going and when it turned out that it was a small world after all their relationship started to take on a new meaning. I liked the progression from friends to more although I expected it to be faster and with more chemistry than what I felt there was.
I read through the story quite quickly but felt more like I was just trying to finish it more than I was hooked. I think it was a more heavy mix of silliness than steaminess and that wasn’t what I was hoping for so it let the book down a bit for me. The writing was good throughout and the story had enough of a mix of predictability and the unknown to keep you interested.