Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Wallbanger (by Alice Clayton)

Release Date:  November 25, 2012
Wallbanger rating:  5 out of 5 stars

How are the sex scenes?
Fabulous! Real, warm, fun and sensual!
How are the story lines?
Wonderful. Rich, believable and very funny!
Would you read it again?
Definitely! And again after that too!
Back of the Book

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. 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...


Wallbanger by Alice Clayton is a deliciously fun, memorable Contemporary Romance set in San Francisco. With her trademark mix of silly and steamy, it was an engaging, feel-good novel with sparky, lovable characters, strutting pussy cats, wonderful descriptive prose, and loads of laughs.

Our heroine, Caroline Reynolds is a funny, intelligent, confident woman and a very talented interior designer - not decorator! She surrounds herself with her two equally crazy best friends Mimi and Sophia, has a wonderful job and lives with her mischievous cat, Clive. As she moves into her new apartment, she discovered that her neighbor was a bit of a cad with noisy nocturnal activities!  The majority of the story is heard from her point of view, which includes her humorous inner debates between Brain, Backbone, Heart, Nerves and Lower Caroline, with the constant update on 'The Return of O', her missing Orgasm. This kept me both entertained and frequently giggling.

With Caroline’s tendency to provide monikers for those she met, her self described status as “hot and sexy”, and shamelessly naughty humor, (my favorite kind of girl!!) it is no wonder the devilishly handsome neighbor, Simon Parker could not resist her. 

Simon is of course, the perfect specimen of male – tall, drop dead sexy gorgeous, piercing blue eyes, complete with an arrogant smirk guaranteed to charm and woo. Their first encounter with each other with Simon clad only in a sheet, and Caroline in what created her nickname of “Nighty girl”, was so exasperatingly funny, that you knew you were about to embark on an entertaining ride!

Simon, a successful Photographer, had been carefully hiding from love. He had witnessed in his parents’ marriage, natural, open affection, complete without false fanfare and wistfully recalled that they "...used to hold hands all the time. Not for show." His constant travels allowed him to remain un-tethered, but Caroline's open, warm and truly accepting nature finally cracked open his long-held clasp of singleness, offering him a face to call ‘home’.

In many ways, that's the love Simon had held out for. His 'harem' was temporary, safe, fun. Caroline was not looking for a boyfriend, feeling contentedly single, and was particularly determined to avoid the man seemingly unable to sustain monogamy. It was fun to read their comical journey into friendship through their ‘truce’, as they both waged internal wars determined to resist each other, despite the flirtation and taunting.

There is spark, intensity, innuendo, sexual tension and snarky banter from the start, and as the story progressed, so did their antagonism and despite best intentions, their interest.

Needless to say, resistance was eventually futile. Initially their journey of each other wasn't lustful and frenzied. (Well, not completely!!)  Caroline felt 'worshiped' by Simon. "With sweet kisses and soft touches, he began the process of getting to know my body, and it was exactly what I needed." Whilst in that ‘aahh moment’, Caroline then describes them as "Flaily and My Snorey Pants." Funny!

But when they finally had completed exploring gently, well.... the lust freely ran through their bodies 'like a freight train'. You will not be disappointed!

What makes their friendship/relationship believable however, is the genuine care and easy comfort with each other. Beyond the joking and fun, something special is forming.

Alice Clayton is extremely talented. Her ability to create beautiful, romantic moments, interspersed with splashes of unexpected humor, is brilliant. Caroline and Simon's banter is quick-witted, snappy, spiced with innuendo and downright hilarious. The supporting characters are given the perfect amount of airtime and storyline, and her stunning description of Spain, (and, cough, Simon), causes you to feel as though you are there, luxuriating with Caroline as she explores and enjoys and gazes at the shirtless ‘oozing sex’ Simon.

Wallbanger is the most refreshing romance I have read all year. The author takes her time exploring Caroline and Simon. From their initial zing of attraction/exasperation to continuous, feisty banter and from a little heartbreak to soulful and sensual love-making - it's clear why this couple became fabulous and true friends. The book leaves you feeling satiated. A MUST read book!  

Learn more about Alice Clayton and upcoming titles on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Published by Omnific Publishing
Disclaimer:  No compensation was received for this review.  


  1. Happy New Year Maddie! Thanks for the great review. I have been hearing so much about this novel, and have it in my TBR. I need to move it up!

    1. Thanks Pat! You are always so encouraging!! MM xx

  2. Great review - It is on the TBR pile!

  3. Great review, as I suspected it would be. Even I enjoyed this story a lot, when it was first posted online as Edward Wallbanger by feathersmmm. While I support former fanfic authors who can obviously write a good story and produce only original fiction, I find them a little shady when they don't bother with full disclosure. They post on their fanfiction.net profiles that they've Pulled2Publish, and all their fans/followers flock to review sites to say how amazing the book is. That's akin to asking ones friends, family and neighbors to leave a positive review regardless of whether the book is good or not.

    Aside from the debate over whether it's ethical or not (because if E.L. James could do it, so can everyone else). Then there's the beta - the lifesaver in the fanfic world. Someone who used her spare time to help clean up the fanfic, edit, proofread, spell check, clean it up, etc. Who knows if they even received any sort of compensation? And what about the charities. Some of these newly published TwiFic authors had previously auctioned off single chapters within the fandom to raise money for various disaster reliefs/charities.

    I sent Evie the original fanfic, so I'm curious to hear whether or not the two versions are identical. Who pays for something that is still a free read online? Download it, replace Bella and Edward with names you like and you have the published version.

    1. Yes, i didn't touch on any of that in my review! :-) Thank you for your comments! MM xx

  4. What a wonderful, thorough review, Maddie. This is one delightful read, I say. The exchange of text messages is insanely amusing and full of wicked fun!


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