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.
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I loved this book. It isn't at all what it seems. I saw the image and thought that had to be total smut but upon reading the description (thank goodness it was right there with the image), it sounded promising and upon reading review decided to give it a try.
I'm so glad I did! I couldn't believe how easily I slipped into this book. I wanted to keep reading when it was time to make dinner, go to bed or just do something else. I had it on my mind the entire time I wasn't reading right up until I finished it.
The dialogue is great. The writing is fresh and fun. Clayton is great with the written word and made this book really easy to just relax and let the story lead you. Clayton also has a great sense of humor in her writing and my biggest compliment would be that the "romance" aspect wasn't completely cliche.
Clayton made the relationship between Simon and Caroline come alive in neighborly anger, friendship and more.
Clive the cat was pretty hilarious too and anyone who owns or had owned a cat will see the truth in his behavior. Clearly Clayton had a cat.
And while this book wasn't at all what first glance implies, that isn't to say there are no steamy scenes. They aren't overly explicit and they seem to fit into the story without detracting from the story.
I would definitely recommend this book.