Review, Interview & GIVEAWAY – Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Wallbanger by Alice ClaytonAvailable: August 13, 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Gallery

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Find Alice: Website/Facebook/Goodreads/Twitter

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.

**The awesome people at Gallery Books are allowing me to give away THREE print copies of Wallbanger to US winners!! Giveaway open until 8-12-13 at 11:59pm EST with winner announced shortly after. To enter simply answer the following question:

“Do you enjoy humor in your erotic romances?”

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A Short Interview With The Author

What’s your favorite personality traits of Simon & Caroline in Wallbanger?

Great question! I think what I love most about Caroline is how thoroughly she commits to anything and everything that she is passionate about, whether it’s her job, her friendships, ultimately her relationship with Simon. And Simon? Sigh…Simon. I think my favorite part of his personality is he doesn’t apologize. He does when he’s done something wrong certainly, but he doesn’t apologize for his life, for his lifestyle, for making things work for him.

Did you have a soundtrack you wrote Wallbanger to?

There is! Although it’s not as in depth as the soundtrack for The Redhead Series, those books I have literally scored like a movie scene by scene! But yes, there is most certainly a soundtrack to Wallbanger, in fact there’s a list of inspirational songs on my site, here’s the link! Lot’s of Big Band of course… http://aliceclayton.com/books/wallbanger/soundtrack/

If you could go back and change something in an already published book would you? If so, what?

Oh my goodness no, because I would forever be chasing my tail on that one, right? I mean literally, there are thousands of little changes here and there but I think if I ever started making changes, it would be like pulling on that annoying thread at the bottom of your sweater that just starts to unravel and then BAM, you’re naked at work. And then no one can enjoy their coffee…

What was your favorite job before becoming an author?

I used to be a corporate trainer for a cosmetics company, and my job was to literally travel around the country, talking to women and teaching them how to showcase their beauty. I got to teach women how to teach other women to think differently about their skin and their makeup and how beauty can mean many things. Plus the frequent flyer miles were fantastic!

What’s brewing in your mind? Writing anything now?

Oh my goodness, I am working on something that I am DYING to talk about, but I can’t announce it yet! I am writing something new that should hopefully be something people are excited about, I can’t wait to talk about it! Project wise, I have all kinds of things coming up soon, including Have Boobs, Will Travel, a travel show I am working on with my buddies actor Greg Grunberg, blogger Brittany Gibbons, and actress Keili Lefkovitz. Watch for that soon!

What would you say is your quirkiest habit?

That I eat salt. Literally, I will sit down with a plate full of Lawry’s seasoned salt and lick it clean. You should see my ankles…

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My thoughts on Wallbanger: This book was hilarious! With a title like Wallbanger I thought it was going to be more erotic then it was. In fact the hero spends the first quarter of the book banging other women in his apartment directly on the other side of the heroines wall.

Caroline has just moved into a new apartment and things are looking up for her. She’s got a wonderful place to live, great friends and a job she enjoys. The only thing she’s missing is her “O”…her pesky orgasm has been missing for months. On a self imposed hiatus from men she’s certainly not looking for anyone but she’s constantly thinking about sex courtesy of her faceless neighbor with his harem of women and amazingly loud sexy times.

When a sleep deprived Caroline finally confronts Simon, sparks fly as well as tempers. It takes quite a while for the two to warm up enough to each other to have a friendly, albeit laced with sexual tension, conversation. It takes even longer for them to actually get together. The sexual part of their relationship is extremely slow moving, but that leaves a lot of room for snarkiness and hilarious hi-jinx, which this book has plenty of.

The best part of the entire book is the constant text messaging and thought POV from all the characters. It’s hilarious to get to hear all the things people think and also how realistic it makes the story seem. The way it’s woven all together is magical and hilarity ensues often. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a hero who is so obvious in his sexual conquests…especially when those conquests are not the heroine…but Clayton makes it work in a way where I not only didn’t care but I liked the hero almost immediately.

I can’t wait to get more from this author, she’s definitely an up and comer to keep your eye on!

I give Wallbanger by Alice Clayton 4 stars!

22 Comments

  1. I think humor in erotic romances is sometimes a must. At times the characters are very serious and as a reader it’s great to be able to see a softer side, and hell who doesn’t like to laugh?!!

  2. I love humor in all of the romance genres. I love to laugh so to me if there’s humor in book it makes it all the more real.

  3. I don’t think that I have read a humorous romance yet. I have read an extended excerpt of this one and it had me laughing so hard, I out it on my TBR!
    Hilariously wonderful interview!
    Great review as well, Nikki! Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity to read it. 🙂

  4. The best reads, I’ve found, have humor in them and actually it seems pretty rare. We could use a lot more of it…especially in the erotic ones. Love it. Thanks for the giveaway. Can’t wait to read this one.

  5. LOL Lawry’s Seasoning salt is great, but I’ve never licked it off a plate:) As far as humor in erotic romance– heck yes! I actually think humor is great in ANY genre.

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