Book Review, Comedy, Enemies to Lovers, Romance, Series

Wallbanger (The Cocktail Series Book 1) by Alice Clayton


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 neighbor 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 neighbor. 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.


Sexual frustration is a bitch. Especially when your next-door neighbor is banging the pictures off your wall each night with a new partner.

Meet Caroline. Interior designer. Loves Clive, the wonder cat, her best friends, Sophia and Mimi, her new apartment, cooking, and getting her sleep at night. Hates losing her O, and pretentious wallbangers.

Meet Simon. International photographer. Loves traveling, windsurfing, zucchini bread, and sex. Hates judgmental cockblockers.

The building sexual tension between Caroline and Simon is a joy to watch with plenty of laughs. Caroline’s directness and confidence are refreshing and her ability to stay true to herself is a big plus in my book. Simon’s background is heartbreaking and is a big part of why he lives the way he does. He travels frequently for his job which is a dealbreaker for most women. When he realizes Caroline is not like most women, the wooing begins. 

I also love the supporting characters including Caroline and Simon’s friends who have a little back story of their own which is intriguing in their own right. Let’s just say there is a bit of swapping partners going on.

There are so many LOL moments in this book that I can’t list them all.  I think my favorite hilarious scene was when Caroline’s cat, Clive, realizes he’s in love with the meowing sex kitten next door and starts caterwauling through the wall. Not to mention later on Clive meets the woman, nicknamed Purina, in person which takes catfight to a whole other level.

Overall, this is an extremely funny and sexy romance about finding love where you least expect it. If you enjoy a good enemies-to-lovers story with loads of sexual tension, LOL moments, and delightful characters, give this book a try.

Thank you to Ms. Clayton for this opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.



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Alice ClaytonAlice Clayton worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read: laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. And she finally got her Bernese Mountain Dog.

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